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Offline RJNeal

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Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« on: March 28, 2022, 07:09 PM »
As the tittle says. Any pros and cons. I really don’t do much finish work. But I have a bunch of smalls projects here and there I rather do than farm out.
Any advise would be helpful and great.
Thanks
Rick.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2022, 09:33 PM »
Get the 4 with a T-75 gun.

Tom

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2022, 10:02 PM »
Thanks Tom. I went with the Q4 and the T-75
Rick
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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2022, 03:36 PM »
I have the Sprayfine unit.  They sell it as a complete system (or in components).  Very good (but a bit noisy).  $560.00 including all the hoses, a good spray gun and the Level 4 sprayer.

I have no reservations about recommending it.  The only challenge was determining the right amount to thin the paint.  After that, easy.

https://www.turbineproducts.com/sprayfine-a401-4-stage-turbine-hvlp-spray-system/



Offline RJNeal

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2022, 09:11 PM »
Thanks Packard. I received my Q 4 today. Now practice makes almost perfect.
Rick.
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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2022, 11:37 PM »
When you figure out how much to thin your paint, it will all see easy. But until I got that right, I kept asking, darn, what am I doing wrong.

When you figure that out you are on your way.

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2022, 05:41 AM »
Thanks for the tip. They included a funnel type viscosity tester that you time the material flowing through.
Rick
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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2022, 08:48 AM »
Yes, a Ford cup.  I did not have one when I started.  I almost always spray Advance and I know how much water to add to the cup so I don't use the Ford cup very often.

I do recommend you get some mixing cups and lids.  You will find them very handy.  I got the TCP cups from Amazon.com.  Very cheap.

Get the ones with a few lids and also a pack of tongue depressors to stir the paint in the cups.

A mask and eye protection is a must.  I got the mask with removable filters.  The air flow is better.

« Last Edit: March 31, 2022, 08:50 AM by Packard »

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2022, 09:02 AM »
And when you're ready to 'upgrade', the 3M PPS 2.0 is wonderful. Spray upside down, any orientation without worrying about fluid getting to the gun and makes cleanup a breeze.

If you can get access to and become comfortable with products like SW Kem Aqua Plus you can skip the whole thinning process altogether.

Matt
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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2022, 09:15 AM »
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/collision-repair-us/featured-products/paint-preparation-system/

They are showing it for gravity-fed sprayers (which I have), but not for siphon sprayers (which I have and prefer).

Does it hook up to siphon sprayers?

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2022, 09:17 AM »
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/collision-repair-us/featured-products/paint-preparation-system/

They are showing it for gravity-fed sprayers (which I have), but not for siphon sprayers (which I have and prefer).

Does it hook up to siphon sprayers?

Here's the place to go @Packard https://www.phelpsrefinishing.com/3m-pps
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2022, 09:23 PM »
Thanks Matt and Packard. I did research on the 3M PPS cup. Looks awesome. I’ll probably pick one up depending on resources $ and how much I’m using this. Much appreciate the tips given.
Rj
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Offline krudawg

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2022, 09:47 PM »
Get the 4 with a T-75 gun.

Tom

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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2022, 06:05 AM »
I’ve been shooting HVLP for about 5 years now.  I didn’t know I was supposed to need the 3M cup until now.  With a siphon cup I feel I don’t really need it.  The gravity feed is more of a nuisance to fill because it does not stand upright for me so if I used the siphon cup more often, I might spring for it.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2022, 07:08 AM »
I’ve been shooting HVLP for about 5 years now.  I didn’t know I was supposed to need the 3M cup until now.  With a siphon cup I feel I don’t really need it.  The gravity feed is more of a nuisance to fill because it does not stand upright for me so if I used the siphon cup more often, I might spring for it.

With a siphon cup it's less of a need and more of a convenience. With the gravity cup I place it more into the 'need' territory. Having the collapsible liners that you can store for future use is pretty great. And the 3M lids have built in filtration which is another bonus.

Matt
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Offline Packard

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Re: Thinking about buying a Fuji mini-mite 3
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2022, 08:45 AM »
But at over $200.00, I can't justify it.  I just don't paint that much.