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If you have used the 118 Siphon gun in Woodworking, Ceramics, Upholstery or anything else, we would like to hear your comments. With your permission we would like to post your comments on this page for others to read.
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Blown Away, March 7, 2004
Reviewer:Bob Hounslow Burlington, Ont
In the past couple of weeks I have made my wife a new vanity, a traditional style mirror and a wall cabinet for her bathroom. There was a lot of moldings and crown on the pieces so I wasn't looking forward to painting them. I remembered that I had bought a Critter Sprayer a month or so ago so I thought I would give it a try.Since this sprayer looks so simple I really wasn't expecting the type of finish I wanted. I have to tell you that I hate painting and brush strokes drive me crazy so on I went just hoping that this little sprayer would at least do a half decent job.I sprayed two coats of primer and three coats of paint and it turned so well I couldn't believe it. I lightly sanded between coats and the finish is smooth as glass just like a factory finish. My shop is not the biggest and I really liked the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of overspray. There was less that I get with a spray can.The primer and paint I used was latex and I didn't have to water it down a bit. Straight from the can to the Critter. I was blown away that the paint sprayed so nicely without being cut at all. If handles uncut paint and primer that well it will do a nicer job with stains and varnishes.
I would recommend this product to everyone.
Now I need to order additional parts because I know that I'm going to be using The Critter a lot from here on in.
product, March 3, 2004
|Reviewer: Fred Hirsch from Phoenix, AZ|
I have used several other spray guns for a long time and wanted a simple gun for my
home that didn't need a large compressor. I run this off a small 2 gal senco compressor
and never have any problems. I'm very happy with this product. I have only sprayed latex
through it but see not reason why it wouldn't do just fine with other mediums.
A HUGE SECRET, February 22, 2004
|Reviewer: jh4321 from memphis, tn United States|
First things first. This little marvel will not teach you how use a sprayer, you must
learn for yourself. This IS THE SPRAYER TO START WITH though. The critter has to be the
biggest secret on the market. I bought this a few months ago thinking "well I can
always return it", but it is everything the Amazon review says.You can't stand on
your head and paint or do other wierd things and get good results with any sprayer. If you
follow good spraying procedures this sprayer will save you ALOT of time and money. I had
considered the pain of selling my carpentry compressor to buy a larger model that could
run a "professional" spray gun (meaning expensive),plus buying the spray gun.
The critter probably saved me about $800.00! I use this sprayer for furniture refinishing
and I now believe you could paint a car with it. It would take no more time or effort than
rattle cans and its cheaper. Just remember you have to play with it first on scrap
material and learn the feel for the adjustment and don't think you can paint in just any
position. I find that keeping the gun level to the ground works best.
I'm Hooked! FEB 6, 2004
I've been using my Critter Sprayer for the last several months, and wouldn't sell it for any amount. Well, maybe I would but only because I
know I can buy another one. LOL
I'm a professional decorative artist, and teach decorative art classes in my Home Studio. The "Critter" has made my life much easier, and the
finish I get on my surfaces is superior. I'll never brush a base coat or varnish again. I'm hooked.
Pleasantly Surprised FEB 5, 2004
I own & operate a furniture repair, restoration, and refinishing business. The majority of my spray work is done with an HVLP unit. I've seen "Critter" ads in trade magazines and in mail order catalogs for quite some time. Seeing what looked to be so simple mated up to a mason jar and costing about $40 US, I thought that it was likely not very effective. I was looking for an airbrush alternative for some of the larger touch up work and for finishing smaller projects and decided to give the Critter a try.
My first use of the Critter was for a latex repainting of some end tables with a lot of nooks, crannies, and trim work. After a short practice session, I tackled the tables. I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased at the ease of use, the minimal overspray, the ability to control the finish placement, and, most of all, the end result.
I see many more uses of the Critter in my future work - especially in areas of staining, touch ups, and toning. I wish I had bought the unit a long time ago.
Thanks for a putting out a good product that does what you say it will do.
Floyd J. Hoffer Nancy, Kentucky
Unbelievable, November 19, 2003
|Reviewer: James Ott from Decorah, IA United States|
I have used many many spayers. All the way from Wagner cheapo's to VERY expensive systems.
This beats them all. No you are not going to paint a house with the critter. But if you want an excellent finish Urethanes etc and desire a clean-up time that is faster than any brush. This is the system for you.
From an: Avid Woodworker
Get the Critter! Excellent latex spraying!, September 15,
|Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast from St. Louis, MO United States|
After many failed attempts, and hours of cleaning parts for my HVLP cup gun (which will make a lovely planter) I purchased the Critter Siphon Gun. I was encouraged by other reviews, but was blown away on the day I used it for the first time!
My target was a pine amoire, that was to become satin black. I thinned the inexpensive black latex with the proper amount of flowing agent (Floetrol, available at Home Depot), and adjusted for final viscosity with clean water.
I set the compressor at 35 psi, screwed on the simple to fill mason jar reservoir and went at it. The unit sprays a round pattern, which took a bit of getting used to. The trick is to apply a number of thin coats holding the gun 12-14 inches from the surface.
The results were amazing. No orange peel. Very little overspray. I do encourage users to wear a particle mask, approved for spraying latex paint. 3M makes a disposable for about $5. A more elaborate version with charcoal filters (replaceable) is available for about $30.
This little gun was amazing and cleaned up in about 4 minutes.
Fun little Critter!, April 10, 2003
|Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast from Costa Mesa, CA USA|
I just got my critter yesterday and used it for the first time today. First of all, I
hate painting, always have, probably always will. However, I've got to say that painting
with this little guy isn't all that bad. I was blown away by how simple the design of the
thing is. Looking at it, you KNOW that some clever person figured this out in the garage.
One important thing to know: Make sure you have extra jars. Paint doesn't strain as fast
as coffee, so there's quite a gap if you paint, strain, paint. It took about 20 minutes
for a jar's worth of paint to strain (probably half a quart). What's also cool is that the
jars used on the critter are standard mason jars. You should be able to pick them up at
any place that sells canning supplies. When you're done painting something, but think
you'll use that paint again, just cover the jar and save it for later. Very slick.
Overall, a very cool product.
One of the best tools to have in a shop, November 1, 2002
|Reviewer: Broughton Bracewell from Gainesville, FL USA|
I have used this for all finishes from oil based interior and exterior primers, and
interior and exterior latex. Thinning is required but the finish is superb. The cost,
quick color changes, and ease of cleanup are great. It is a hassle working with the small
jars but I mix enough for 2-3 jars. Then I'm good for 30 min of spraying. The other review
about clogging was all wrong. The problem was in the paint not the Critter. When it clogs
it means the paint needs thinning or straining. Old unstrained paint clogs any sprayer!
Smart, Easy, Simple Design, October 1, 2002
|Reviewer: Scott L. Keller from Simi Valley, Ca USA|
As a woodworker, I have been using the Critter Spray Gun for a few months now. It does a great job on small to medium sized projects- smooth finish, very easy cleanup.
As with most every spray gun, even professional guns, the media being sprayed will usually need to be thinned to some degree; this gun is not any different. I have not used it for spraying latex paint, but I would expect it to do a fine job after diluting the paint with water.
Two things are very important to me as a craftsman: after working for weeks on a project, I need to apply a smooth even finish. With a little practice, the Criiter will provide this. The second desired feature, is to have an easy cleanup, so that I don't hesitate because of fear (laziness)to use the tool. Again, this sprayer is the easiest cleanup of any sprayer that I have used. The ability to store, and have ready, my finishes is a big bonus.
This is not the type of spray gun that someone would use to paint a room, but for a
door, railings, and furniture, it will do what you expect it should do.
Clog in the Feed Tube, September 12, 2002
|Reviewer: bigjohn26 from Prince George, VA USA|
I tried out this Critter Spray Gun today using Benjamin Moore latex paint. It worked fairly well for about 20 minutes, then it clogged up and would not shoot paint. I cleared out the feed tube and tried again. Only got about 5 minutes on the second attempt before it clogged up again.
It would be pretty neat little spray gun if it would operate clog-free. When it did work, it laid out a pretty smooth surface. It may be that this paint is not adaptable to spray guns. I plan to consult my paint dealer to see if there is some additive I can use or if there is some other trick that will let me make the thing work.
If I can't shoot latex paint, I guess I'll just keep it on hand in case some other
spray job pops up.