Campbell Hausfeld Gravity Feed Spray Gun Kit Review

 *Note: I received this tool at no charge in exchange for my unbiased review

*Note: I received this tool at no charge in exchange for my unbiased review

 

Using a spray gun can take the finish of your projects to the next level.  The spray gun kit from Campbell Hausfeld priced at around $60 ensures the perfect finish is within reach for even the amateur woodworker and hobbyist.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

The Campbell Hausfeld Gravity Feed Spray Gun Kit includes everything you need to start spray painting, save for the air hose and compressor.  

Two different sized spray guns are included in the kit; a larger one and a smaller “touch-up” spray gun.  The kit also includes air pressure adjusting valves for both spray guns, an array of cleaning accessories, paint filters, a 1/4 in coupler and plugs, PTFE thread seal tape, and a universal spray gun wrench.  Everything comes neatly packed in a durable storage case. 

 Everything you need to start painting

Everything you need to start painting

 

CAMPBELL HAUSFELD GRAVITY FEED SPRAY GUN FEATURES

One thing in particular I love about this kit is that it comes with two spray guns.  This makes it easy to pick the size I need for the job at hand, or I can have both spray guns ready to go if my project calls for multiple paint colors.

Both spray guns can be fine tuned for your project using the pattern control knob and fluid control knob.  You can even the change the direction of the fan to spray either horizontal or vertical by adjusting the air cap on the nose of the spray gun.

 Be sure to read up on how to properly thin your material before pouring it into the canister

Be sure to read up on how to properly thin your material before pouring it into the canister

 

TESTING THE CAMPBELL HAUSFELD GRAVITY FEED SPRAY GUN

While not overly complicated, this is not a tool you’ll want to use without first reading through the operating instructions. 

It only took a few practice strokes and a couple valve adjustments to get the gun spraying a nice, even coat.  

The project I painted was a large, homemade oak tree prop for Halloween.   Given it’s irregular texture, I was surprised by how well a single pass with the spray gun covered my project.  This HVLP (High Pressure Low Volume) system enables the paint to coat evenly and get into cracks and crevices in a single pass.  A conventional spray gun uses a high air cap pressure to atomize the paint particles, which creates a lot of “bounce back” from your material and makes it difficult to paint recessed areas.

Since the project was large and the surface irregular, I was certain I would have to refill my canister with paint before the job was done.  Instead, I painted the entire project with an even coat using only a quarter of the paint in the canister.  HVLP systems have a higher transfer efficiency rate than conventional spray guns, which means you save money by spending less on finishing materials.  

Campbell Hausfeld recommends using at least an 8 gallon air compressor for optimal results.  My air compressor has a 4.8 gallon capacity and ran it fine.  Mind you, I was painting in 5-6 second bursts for my project.  If you intend to tackle a larger project you will need an air compressor with the recommended capacity.

 This HVLP spray gun makes it easy to paint those hard-to-reach recesses

This HVLP spray gun makes it easy to paint those hard-to-reach recesses

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE CAMPBELL HAUSFELD GRAVITY FEED SPRAY GUN

Both set up and clean up are time consuming, so you’ll need to plan accordingly.  For larger projects or projects requiring a superior finish, the extra time spent will be well worth it.

In the end, you’ll end up using much less material than usual, whether it be paint, stain, or sealer.  I’m looking forward to using this handy tool on some upcoming furniture projects.

CAMPBELL HAUSFELD GRAVITY FEED SPRAY GUN KIT RUNDOWN

  • Ideal for carpentry, automotive painting, and more

  • Provides optimal atomization of paint particles to increase coverage while minimizing paint use

  • Prevents "sputtering" and enables consistent material flow

  • Requires 2.1 SCFM at 40 PSI

CAMPBELL HAUSFELD GRAVITY FEED SPRAY GUN SPECS

Average Air Consumption: 0.7 CFM @ 40 PSI

Feed Type: Gravity

Mix Type: External

Bleed Type: Non-Bleeder

Noral Inlet Air Pressure: 40-50 PSI

Max Inlet Air Pressure: 80 PSI