I'm looking to buy a decent spray gun. I bought a mini gun similar to the HF version from a company on eBay, and it was unusable out of the box. The needle packing was disintegrated, so when I first filled it with water to test it, it was leaking and dripping down the trigger. Worthless piece of junk. That's what I get for buying a $25 gun. I'll not make that mistake again.
So now I'm looking at decent mid-range guns in the $200 or so range. I want something that can do shaded dye application (i.e., able to lay down a very light pattern), but I also want to be able to spray waterborne lacquer and other thicker finishes. I know from my research I want a tip in the 0.8 to 1.0 mm range for dyes, and for thicker fluids I'll need a 1.4 mm or larger tip.
I've found kits at www.SprayGunWorldcom that meet my criteria, but I'm having a hard time deciding between a full-sized gun or a mini. For most of my work I think a mini would be just fine. Things like turned pieces don't take a lot of finish, so the cup size would not be a problem. In the future though, it's likely that I'll be wanting to spray bigger things, like guitars or furniture pieces. I don't know how well a mini would do for larger pieces. Will the 125 cc cup be too small? (I could always get a larger cup for the mini gun.) Will the 7" to 8" spray pattern of a mini be too small?
Here are a couple kits I'm looking at...
Full sized kit, with 1.0, 1.4, and 1.7 mm tips
Mini kit (I'd get the .08, 1.2, and 1.5 mm tips)
Given those choices, which would you recommend? Any other suggestions in a similar price range? The Sharpe Finex series looks good on paper, but I've seen a number of negative reviews about them, so I think they're out of the running. I can't justify the price of a SATA or Iwata gun. I know a lot of guys are happy with their HF 34340 guns, but I don't want one, and I don't want the P-C gun either.