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What Projector Set Comes Stock with the Wagner HVLP Conversion Gun?
by Dene Alston
This is one of the most.. common questions we have received here at GleemPaint.com.
By the way... the short answer is - it comes with a #2 set.
But you may also wonder:
For a little background... HVLP guns come with a stock projector set (also called a needle set). These parts control the outflow of paint once the trigger is pulled. The set has 3 primary components - the aircap, the needle, and the nozzle.
A larger needle set equals a larger hole for the paint to spray through. The sizes typically range from a #2 set at the small end to a #6 set at the large end. Being able to switch out projector sets enables the gun to be used for many different finishes. So with the same gun you could spray a lacquer and then turn around and spray a heavy latex paint by switching out the sets.
One of the reasons for the confusion with the Conversion Gun is that for years the Wagner company made the Conversion Gun with a #3 aircap and a #2 needle and nozzle. This was a very odd thing to do since projector sets usually always have matching components. Well for years on the Conversion Gun the aircap said #3 right on the outside for everyone to clearly see while the #2 needle and nozzle were tucked away inside out of sight.
So, understandably, people assumed that the gun came with a #3 projector set. Many still think it does.
Well, as you now know, it comes with a #2 set. The #3 aircap never did anything a #2 aircap couldn't have done. Why they ever had this configuration we'll never know. Thankfully, now they have switched to an aircap that simply reads "L" (for Low CFM) instead of the misleading "3".
Hopefully this clears things up a bit.
For more information on the gun see: Wagner HVLP Conversion Gun.
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