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Fun small Critter!Rating:5 out of 5 starsI just got my critter yesterday and used it for the first time today. First of all, I despise painting, always have, probably always will. But, I’ve got to say that painting with this small guy isn’t all that terrible. 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 vital thing to know: Make sure you have extra jars. Paint doesn’t strain as quick 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 reckon 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 shopRating:5 out of 5 starsI have used this for all finishes from oil based interior and exterior primers, and interior and exterior latex. Thinning is required but the end is superb. The cost, quick color changes, and ease of cleanup are fantastic. It is a hassle working with the small jars but I mix enough for 2-3 jars. Then I’m excellent for 30 min of spraying. The other review about clogging was all incorrect. The problem was in the paint not the Critter. When it clogs it means the paint needs thinning or straining. Ancient unstrained paint clogs any sprayer!
Smart, Simple, Simple DesignRating:5 out of 5 starsAs a woodworker, I have been using the Critter Spray Gun for a few months now. It does a fantastic job on small to medium sized projects- smooth end, very simple cleanup.
As with most every spray gun, even qualified 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 vital to me as a craftsman: after working for weeks on a project, I need to apply a smooth even end. With a small practice, the Criiter will provide this. The second desired feature, is to have an simple cleanup, so that I don’t hesitate because of dread (laziness)to use the tool. Again, this sprayer is the simplest cleanup of any sprayer that I have used. The ability to store, and have ready, my finishes is a huge 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 TubeRating:1 out of 5 starsI tried out this Critter Spray Gun today using Benjamin Moore latex paint. It worked honestly 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 clean small 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 plot 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.
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