Would a 6 gal 3.5 hp air compressor have enough power to run a paint spray gun?

I am considering purchasing a KingCraft 6 gal 3.5 hp air compressor from Aldi, but want to be sure it is powerful enough to use a paint spray gun. It is model 6851-12. Thanks.

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  • Hondu
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    You need to do a little research on the paint gun you plan to use with the compressor. Tank size and hp of your compressor isn't really relevant. The compressor capacity in cfm (cubic feet per minute) at a specified psi in relation to the sprayer is what you need to consider. If the paint gun requires, for example, 10 cfm at 60 psi, the compressor has to be able to produce a minimum of 10 cfm at that same pressue or have a REALLY BIG Tank

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  • Sheri
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    You should look at the gun(s) you're going to use. Get the cfm requirements for them, then match them to the compressor. That being said, that's a pretty good sized compressor, and a 60 gal tank's pretty healthy for light to moderate work. Most of the guns I've seen would be easily matched by this unit.

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  • renpen
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The answer to this question is simple. Look at the CFM that the compressor is rated at and than look at the CFM demand for the spray gun. The supply has to exceed the damand.

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  • 8 years ago

    Its not the size of the motor and tank thats important for this ,its the amount of air in cubic feet per minute or cuft/min that is important. As has been suggested you need to find out the requirements of the spray gun first.This sort of size is normally used for things like nail guns.

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  • 8 years ago

    If your going to paint a car,the answer is no.If your going to paint small objects,that don't require a lot of working air presure,it might be ok.

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