Please cut to the chase (whatever that means) and tell us---Is the HF LPHV good enough to use for waterbase laquers and shellac?
If the HF will not produce a very good finish, it does not matter what the price. On the other hand I am not (at this time) going to spend $200 for a gun.
My laquering and shellacing techniques stink to the clouds in the stratosphere (had you noticed the change in cloud colors?). Therefore I need a tremendous amount of practice or perhaps a LPHV setup.
The HF unit is in my current price range. Which of the HF units did you purchase?
By the way, if you ever need some slightly sloppy laquer or shellac work, let me know. I redid the antique cabinet I did in the guest bathroom four times before satisfaction. Glenn, re-sanded my band saw cabinet twice. That was because I added one more coat of shellac to give it a little more material...twice.
First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.