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Earlex Spray Station 5500 HVLP Paint Sprayer with Bonus 1.5mm Fluid Tip Needle

Spray a showroom-quality finish in a fraction of the time it takes to brush one on.
Item #
56736
Rating:
92% of 100

Spraying water and oil-based coatings is so much easier and convenient with the Earlex Spray Station 5500—and you get a quality spray-on finish! This semi-pro paint spray station is designed for the light contractor, woodworker, and serious DIY enthusiast. It has three spray patterns with an adjustable 1'' to 12'' fan width, a one-quart container, 13' hose that allows you to reach around large projects, and comes with a general purpose 2.0mm stainless steel needle for most paints, and a 1.5mm needle for varnish, water-based stains, lacquers, and shellac. Now you can achieve showroom-quality finishes on cabinets, furniture, interior and exterior doors, shutters, even cars.


Features:
  • Three spray patterns; two for flat surfaces, one for detailed work like spindles or rough surfaces
  • Fast Push N' Click pattern switch
  • Adjustable 1" to 12" fan width
  • Pro-Metal Spray Gun with one-quart teflon coated container for fast, easy cleanup
  • Built-in spray gun storage area prevents the container from tipping when not in use
  • Built-in carry handle makes mobility easy
  • 13' paint hose and 5-1/2' power cord give you mobility to get the job done fast
(1) Earlex Spray Station 5500
(1) Pro-Metal Spray Gun w/13' Hose
(1) One-Quart Teflon-Coated Finish Container
(1) 2.0mm Stainless Steel Needle
(1) 1.5mm Fluid Tip Needle
More Information
Brand Earlex
Manufacturer Part Number HV5500US2
Weight 11.9500
Tech Spec
  • Cord Length: 5-1/2 ft
Cup Capacity 32 oz
Cord Length 13 ft
Style HVLP
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My earlex Spray Station worked great. Sprayed water based finish on a stand alone kitchen cabinet. Saved me a tremendous amount of time. Sprayed a nice finish no runs and dried fast.
The price was to good to turn down. A free bonus 1.5 needle which I would of had to buy and a $50.00 rebate. Easy to use Very happy with this product.
July 8, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great sprayer for it's price, it's pretty quite, light weight, and I love have everything stores into itself making it easier to store away when you're not using it.
June 19, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
The low pressure spray helps with over spray and overall the system works great! I would definitely recommend this product!!
June 11, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great unit for a great price
this is a very nice unit for the price.
June 10, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
It was very easy to set up and get going. I did not dilute any product and sprayed directly out of the can. It was very easy to clean.
I’ve completed one project with it and the results are excellent.
June 9, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Excellent results
Easy to use and excellent results. I highly recommend this sprayer.
June 3, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great furniture sprayer
Very pleased with the sprayer. It sprayed a lacquer finish flawlessly. It does feel a little light and cheap, but I promise the finish was as good as anything else I’ve used that cost twice as much.
May 26, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Earlex Sprayer
Great little sprayer for my shop and cannot beat price!
May 21, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Be Patient, Results Are Awesome!
Be patient, do the proper research, and properly prep the work pieces. For the money this sprayer performs very well. Just finished the kitchen cabinets and Master bath vanity and woodwork, I used Sherwood Kem Aqua Plus waterborne lacquer and the results were amazing. That being said, I downloaded the product data sheets for both the Kem Aqua Surfacer and Kem Aqua Plus Tintable, and talked to Earlex Customer Service, as the product data sheets listed HVLP as a spray method using an air pressure of 8 to 10 psi (3 stage sprayer minimum) and a needle/nozzle set of 1.5mm. my sprayer came with both 1.5 and 2mm needle/nozzles. Earlex Customer service mentioned that the HV 5500 Spray Station only generates 2.2 psi (2 stage), so in light of this information, I used the 2.2 mm needle/nozzle set to compensate for the difference in pressures. Experimenting with flow adjustment knob and this pressure of 2.2 psi, I was able to generate the necessary spray intensity at all 3 pattern settings, and the finish turned out very smooth and flawless. One very important aspect above and beyond the sprayer is workpiece preparation. My items were clean, dry, free of grease, oils, other contaminants, and properly sanded to manufacture recommendations, with additional sanding in between primer coats. All of this work paid off big time. So at the end of the day it's not just buying a sprayer, filling it with paint, and spraying items, don't think the average person would be very impressed with the results. So in summary this sprayer as a tool can provide exceptional results if patience, research, and proper workpiece preparation is employed. Hat's off to Earlex for an awesome entry level HVLP sprayer.
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New Master bath vanity door.
Master bath walk in closet entry and vanity
Painting jigs for easier painting
Foldable, portable spray paint booth.
May 5, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Sprayer
I really like tools that take away some boredom-tasks and add an element of fun. And the fun isn't spoiled by a tedious cleanup, that's easy too.
April 27, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
5 *****
alex f on Jun 21, 2020
My woodworking mentor recommended this product
Ronald K on May 25, 2020
5 *****
alex f on Jun 21, 2020
Spraying 700sq ft of tongue and grove
Randy Juette O on Jun 2, 2020
My woodworking mentor recommended this product
Ronald K on May 25, 2020
Reviews, looking for a good starter HVLP sprayer for wood finishes
Sammie O on May 17, 2020
Recommendation of a friend...and I need to up my finishing game!
Michael P on May 10, 2020
We have a large project in front of us and time is valuable. The sale price of this system is unbeatable.
Rob M on Apr 28, 2020
I choose this as I am in the process of redoing our kitchen. After reading reviews and seeing photos about this sprayer I thought I would give it a try.
Richard C on Apr 12, 2020
good price, free shipping
RONALD MEFFORD M on Mar 30, 2020
Rockler had the best deal that I could find anywhere and they have a very reputable reputation for good quality products.
Want to start spraying and this has been a consistently recommended one
Donald F on Mar 1, 2020
Apply finish to furniture
mark d on Jan 18, 2020
A great opportunity for a fair price.
Larry D on Dec 15, 2019
For my work shop and it has a really good review and recommendations
HERNAN C on Sep 25, 2019
sprayer for cabinet finishing and painting Rust-oleum on metal gates and fence
Timothy H M on Jul 23, 2019
Researched different types, and this seemed the best option, for a serious DYI er,
John C on Jul 7, 2019
It was recommended by a friend
Joan Segarra I on Mar 24, 2019
I have researched other sprayers and chose this one because of the reviews and the price. I will use it for periodic projects so it should suit me fine. I have another Earlex product that has served me well. This one is compact and well thought out. It is still quite a lot of money but I think well spent
KENNETH R. on Mar 17, 2019
I'm building kitchen cabinets which will be a combination of painted plywood and stained hardwood. My workshop is still new and growing and this is my first real purchase of finishing equipment. <br /><br />Every review I read for sprayers in this class (home workshop) reference the Earlex as the standard. So I bought the Earlex!
Robert P on Mar 11, 2019
Needed a good all around sprayer and saw the great reviews and sale for this one.
Donald B on Mar 3, 2019
The reviews were helpful.
Greg on Feb 11, 2019
Professional job without over spray. Looking forward to trying it out.
Serge F on Jan 20, 2019
A great friend who is a professional Master Carpenter uses this exact sprayer and recommended it to us.
MRS J on Nov 18, 2018
Great results
Mauricio Ramirez L on Nov 9, 2018
I've been using a hvlp sprayer connected to my air compressor. It creates quite a bit of overspray. Based on the reviews, I'm hoping this product will great reduce that and provide a high quality job.
Larry M on Aug 22, 2018
I chose this based off of reviews and results others have achieved spraying cabinets.
Ryan O on Aug 5, 2018
Have built some cabinets and drawers and also want to paint some of my doors. Want a nicer look that I can get bruishing.
Larry D on Jul 5, 2018
I choose this sprayer because of the brand and history it carries. There were so many good responses from other customers. It seems to fit my needs.<br />Thank you
Edgar M on Jun 29, 2018
Quality, outstanding reviews on you tube.
Lee in Arkansas on Jun 28, 2018
To use!
Preacher on Jun 23, 2018
great deal. great reviews.
john s on Apr 5, 2018
Good reviews and wanted a sprayer, but not willing to sell the farm to buy one.
MICHAEL C on Apr 5, 2018
This unit has a lot of positive reviews and a lot of people use it.
Ryan L on Apr 5, 2018
I chose the Earlex 5500 because of its positive reviews and upon the recommendation of others who use it.
Roger H on Mar 30, 2018
By the good reviews and descriptions of applications it is capable of.
Douglas D on Mar 23, 2018
Want to Spray Lacquer on my Wood Projects and Kitchen Cabinets
Jeff on Mar 12, 2018
Good reviews and on sale
Matthew N on Feb 22, 2018
good reviews
Leslie S on Feb 21, 2018
Had pretty good reviews and price is reasonable.
don m on Feb 1, 2018
Online reviews and videos
Todd A on Jan 9, 2018
price and positive comments
Kay W on Jan 3, 2018
Recommended
William B. F on Jan 2, 2018
I wanted a quality sprayer without breaking the bank
Tom W on Dec 9, 2017
Brand name and promotion from Rockler.
Robert E on Dec 5, 2017
Heard this unit was fairly good, and this offer was a pretty good deal.
Stephen V on Oct 28, 2017
Earlex reputation,Rockler support and, finally, great price.
Terry M on Oct 27, 2017
To attain a more professional finish.
Wayne M on Oct 25, 2017
Old Sprayer was ruined
Mark A on Oct 1, 2017
I plan on using General Finishes Milk Paint for a couple of different projects and this sprayer is recommended by the General Finishes website.
Tiffany U on Aug 11, 2017
To improve my woodworking skill.
Ofelia Z on Jul 26, 2017
Excellent reviews
Richard G on May 28, 2017
Spraying 700sq ft of tongue and grove
Randy Juette O on Jun 2, 2020
Reviews, looking for a good starter HVLP sprayer for wood finishes
Sammie O on May 17, 2020
Can u use Earlex 5500 to paint autos ?
Mike C on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can, but you will need the finer nozzle set - 1.0 and be very careful with viscosity to prevent runs. Some experimenting needed with your paint.
Will this sprayer spray oil base stain?
goodstuff on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes.
Will the Earlex Spray Station 5500 handle interior acrylic paint products with only minor thinning?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Earlex 5500 will spray most any coating but they need to be thinned to a minimum of 16 seconds. Earlex supplies a measure cup that allows you to fill with paint and time how long it takes to empty. If it empties in 16 seconds or less spray away.
I am not getting a smooth finish coat. I have tried all three needle sizes. The spray is not atomizing small enough particles of paint to create a smooth finish. Do I need to thin the liquid even more?
Wes M on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't' know what you are spraying so I'll be general. With latex paint, thin it 10% with water. Water is the only thinner for anything water based. For a nicer finish also add Floetrol to help it level. Use the 2.0 or 1.5mm needle set, depending on how thick you apply the coating. The bigger the needle, the thicker the application. With any proper wood finish such as stain, polyurethane, lacquer, etc. use the 1.5mm needle set, thin if required (usually not much) 5-10% with the proper thinner. Adjust the sprayer for maximum flow with minimum spitting. Spitting is the result of having too much fluid in the airflow. The knob on the back of the spray gun controls fluid flow. Then, spray from 6" away from the project and apply a wet coat with each pass. Lay the project down (if you can) so that gravity helps too!
Will this handle WATCO 63041 Brushing Lacquer?
Pullhook on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes, it will spray brushing lacquer. I had to use a light coat, but it came out fine. hope that helps.
Can this sprayers be used to paint interior walls. Is a mask necessary and is there much drift?
Geri S on Apr 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Earlex line of HVLP are finishing machines, that can spray paint. Most latex paints can be sprayed with the 5500 by thinning 10% with water. There is some overspray, less than 10%, an airless sprayer would have about 60%, so I would still cover things and wear a mask, just a dust mask should be fine in most situations with latex paint. As for walls, well...if it's a perfectly flat drywall, I would say no, but if there is any texture at all, then yes, it will do fine. Feel free to contact us at technical support 888-783-2612.
Can this sprayer be used out side to pint a garage door, or house exterior siding?
Wayne P on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, of course. I use mine in my garage but have used one to stain a deck and pergola. Very versatile tool. Having the correct needle/tip is key.
Tech details list cord length at 5.5 ft; Overview says 13ft. Which is correct???
John P on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The correct length for the power cord is 5.5 feet.
Used with SW Pro Classic acrylic alkyd? How much thinning?
Starman on Mar 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are two schools of thought. A house painter would want to thin less and use a larger nozzle and hopefully finish with one coat. A finisher would be willing to thin more, use a smaller nozzle and apply as many coats as it takes, usually 2 or 3. We suggest starting by thinning enough, with water, to get the viscosity between 130 and 160 seconds. Then run tests with both the 2 mm and the 1.5 mm nozzle set to determine what works best for your project. If the sprayer is spitting paint, cut down on the paint flow or thin more. We do not suggest thinning more than 20%.
The model number is HV5500US2. Does this come with the cleaning kit and viscosity cup? These do not appear to be listed but usually are included with Earlex products.
HandyGuy on Jul 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes, it comes with lots of brushes and a viscosity cup. you might want to add the 1.0 needle if you plan to get a really good finish. the needles that come with the kit are good, but splatter a little too much.
I wonder if the question about overspray was asking, is this technically an airless sprayer, or does the unit contain a compressor to provide air pressure for painting?
edward b on Nov 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No this is not an airless sprayer. It has it's own turban compressor. The HVLP puts more material on the work at lower pressure which cuts down on overspray, but doesn't eliminate overspray completely. Hope this in helpful.
Will this sprayer spray oil based paint?
Gayle J on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes-don't dilute too much. Use the finer tip. Best to spay oils horizontally.
will this unit spray latex paint on vinyl siding & hold up in all weather conditions ?
I need to paint my vinyl siding on my house & metal siding on my pole barn.
KENNETH B on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It could but would take way too long. This is a smaller more precise guy for fine finishing. Go get you a Graco airless with a 515 tip.
Alkyd paints? Will it work?
Tito_ on Jan 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will. The paint may require some thinning, perhaps 10% with water for water based paints and 5% mineral spirits for oil based paints. Never thin paint more than 20%.
How does this comparison to Fuji?
Bob N on Oct 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I used the earlex a couple years. Worked fine. Recently upgraded to a Fuji semi pro 2. Like it way better
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Can you spray Advance latex paint with 2.0 tip?
Wayne W on Apr 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can spray just about anything with the 5500 as long as it's thin enough. The 5500 does have an upper limit viscosity number of 160 seconds through a Ford #4 cup, which comes with the kit. This usually works out to about 10% thinning of latex type paints, with water. If the sprayer spits, you can cut down on paint flow...add a flow agent ( in addition to thinning with water)...stir with a mixer in a drill until the paint is creamy smooth (about 1 minute)...strain the paint. Any one or all of these will make a difference. Also, you should be spraying from 6" from the project and laying down a "wet" coat with each pass, not 5 passes to get it wet. If you can lay the project down and spray down onto it, gravity will help it level too!
Will this spray hot solvents? My Wagner apparently can’t be used with laquer/ laquer thinner and I’m wanting to finish cabinets- always used solvent base and a cup gun but want to upgrade to this or something similiar
Ben D on Apr 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can spray lacquer and clean with lacquer thinner with the HV5500. There is one change you should make. We sell the sprayer with a non-stick coated cup. The lacquer will compromise that coating, we have another cup without the coating. It's part #L0190A.
Will this spray powder glazing for cabinetry?
Scott M on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can apply powder glaze with the 5500. Use the 1.5mm needle set for the most control or the 2mm to really lay it on.
Is this recommended for use with chalk based mineral style paints?
Ashley on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The 5500 can spray chalk paint. If you want the chunky chalk paint look you can try the 2 mm nozzle that comes with it or you can order the 2.5 mm nozzle set and spray it unthinned. For a smoother appearance use the 2 mm or 1.5 mm with thinned chalk paint, up to 40%. Good luck with your projects.
How many stages?
Bob C on Mar 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The HV5500 is a two stage turbine that produces 2.2 psi @ 42 cfm.
Does this sprayer come with multiple tips? If not are there other spray tip sizes available for sale for this sprayer?
Adam C on May 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the sprayer comes with both a 2.0mm and 1.5mm tip/needle. You can also purchase a 1.0mm and 2.5mm.
1.0mm Earlex Fluid Tip Needle, HV5ACC10USR
1.0mm Earlex Fluid Tip Needle, HV5ACC10USR
2.5mm  Earlex Fluid Tip Coarse Finish Needle, HV5ACC25USR
2.5mm Earlex Fluid Tip Coarse Finish Needle, HV5ACC25USR
Does it spray a fine mist?
Kevin B on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The earless system is an HVLP system, (High pressure low velocity). The spray does come out as a "mist" with fine particles. It has three spray patterns with an adjustable 1'' to 12'' fan width. If you would like to get a sense of how "fine" the mist is, there are examples on youtube.
Can I spray polyurethane water base? If so, do I need to thin it?
FREEDOMFIRE on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The Earlex sprayer is a great choice for spraying water based poly. Use the 1.5mm needle and in most cases you can use the product directly from the can without the need for thinning. However, it is still worth checking the viscosity with the measuring cup provided.
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Satin, Pint
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Satin, Pint
General Finishes Enduro-Var Water Based Urethane Top Coast Satin, Quart
General Finishes Enduro-Var Water Based Urethane Top Coast Satin, Quart
what needle and tip for General finishes high performance topcoat. Their web site wants less than 1.5MM ???
Dave B on May 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have sprayed the GF High Performance top coat with the 1.5mm needle supplied. You can spray the finish directly from the can without the need for any thinning. You can use the 1.0mm needle if you wish, but I haven't found it necessary when spraying the High Performance, as it has good self leveling properties.
1.0mm Earlex Fluid Tip Needle, HV5ACC10USR
1.0mm Earlex Fluid Tip Needle, HV5ACC10USR
Can this be used for automotive painting like enamel base and clear coats? The Wagner motocoat linked to this one for a better finish for cars.
NekoM on Jan 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Have not used for automotive paints but think it should if they are reduced to appropriate viscosity with paint manufacturer’s recommended thinner or reducer.
what material can i spray with a 1.5 mm needle set?
Shawn p on Nov 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 1.5 is your fine finish needle set (furniture, cabinetry). Generally when you want to get a fine finish in 3-6 coats, the 1.5 should atomize properly for you. It can be stain, lacquer, poly or oil based paint or thinned latex paint.
What needle should I use for water-based poly? Seems like 1.5 or 1.0mm. Plan to use the guns almost exclusively for poly and it seems like that may be the ideal material to spray. Thoughts?
Mark O on Mar 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 1.5mm is the optimal fine finish needle if you want to be done in 3 or 4 coats. When you go down to the 1.0 you may want to apply 10 or more coats, like musical instruments.
Will the Earlex 5500 system spray marine enamels?
Lou B on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used mine to spray automotive enamel and I was really surprised how well it came out. I used one part thinner to two parts paint and it went on smoothly. good luck.
How does the #56405 compare to the old model (#61577), which I believe was rated 1000 watts? And to its bigger brother, the Earlex 5500? Looking to spray latex primer and enamel on interior cabinets and trim. Also being able to do larger areas (exterior doors, walls) would be a nice bonus.
TerryB on Feb 15, 2019
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BEST ANSWER: I don't have the experience with older model, what I can say is that Earlex 5500 current model has performed with flaw. Oil or water paints using thinning guide provided by Earlex. Smooth finish easy clean up. Definitely recommend!
I am considering using this to spray enamel on plantation shudders. Will this work well?
Jim K on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will work perfectly, using the 1.5mm fluid tip/needle set. Thin your paint about 5-10% and spray from 6" away from the project.
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