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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.
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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.

  • 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
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Brand Earlex
Manufacturer Part Number HV5500US2
Weight 11.9500
Tech Spec
  • Cord Length: 5-1/2 ft
Discountable No
Cup Capacity 32 oz
Cord Length 13 ft
Style HVLP
4.7 / 5.0
97 Reviews
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As advertised and then some.
I have never fancied myself a fine, or even mediocre, finisher. This sprayer changed all that on the very first use.
February 19, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Super happy that I finally pulled the trigger and purchased this sprayer first day I got it I painted 6 interior doors and the turned out awesome
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February 1, 2020
1 month ago
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February 11, 2020
Earlextech Earlex Expert
Adjustable Nozzle is Great
I make furniture and my finish coats have always caused me frustrations. I'm constantly sanding the polyurethane coats to get them smooth. I went to this Earlex 5500 and what I really like about it is the adjustable spray nozzle. I tested the materials on a scrap board and found my initial setting way too heavy so by turning the adjustment knob, I reached a perfect spray volume. I'm sure if I were doing the side of my house with a latex paint, I would open it up again to get heavier application.
January 21, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I have only used it 2 times. the first I put it on a little dry, after it dried I put on a second coat a little wetter and it came out nice.
December 22, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Thumbs up!
Sprayed pre catalyzed lacquer and it did a really nice job. Easy to use and the video that came along with was really helpful. Note it does come with the viscosity cup and cleaning kit.
October 13, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Much better than aerosols for lacquer
Everyone tells me I should start saving now for the Fuji, because I'll hit the wall with this 'starter' rig. Maybe so, but I'm very happy with it so far. I've sprayed Watco clear gloss lacquer over shellac, on a cherry cabinet, and it came out fantastic, with only very tiny orange peel that wet-sanded right out. I used the 1.0mm needle for this (bought it separately).

I've also used the gun to paint a guitar build. Mohawk tinted white gloss lacquer, through a 1.5mm tip. This self-levels very nicely.

I figured the gun would be difficult to use properly, but it's nearly point-n-shoot. I test the spray on cardboard first, maybe adjust the flow, and then paint the project.

The turbine isn't nearly as loud as my Ridgid Shop Vac.
October 10, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love this unit ! Spray can be regulated easily. Clean up is a snap ! Best sprayer I've tried !!
October 1, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Earlex Spray Station 5500
The portability is what I have been looking for. The Spray Station performs with function and quality.
September 29, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Still cant believe this thing !
I purchased the Earlex 5500 when Rockler had it on sale with the 1.5 needle included . I did a lot of research on turbine sprayers trying to balance price with quality. I needed to spray water based paints on a very large set of bookcases. The more I studied the subject the more confusing it became to me . Some people recommended nothing less than a four stage turbine to atomize water based paints properly . Several others recommended the Earlex 5500 with the two stage turbine and others swore the 5500 was not capable of atomizing water based paints properly. Finally I had to do something so my game plan was to try the 5500 and if it didnt work send it back and get a four stage Earlex ,considerably more expensive . Well when I got the machine plugged it in and felt the amount of air it moves I thought no way will this thing work. So first thing I did was load it with water spraying my bare wood bookcases to raise the grain and get familiar with the spray gun . Of course it can spray water I thought and it did . Then came the primer . I thinned it with water to about 105 seconds in the viscosity cup, a number recommended by Earlex customer support . Using the 1.5 needle set I tried to spray with the flow control barely open . Put it close to a piece of scrap cardboard and barely had a spray pattern . Opening the flow control more the gun sprayed beautifully I still cant believe it . With very ,little practice I was able to manipulate the gun like the guy in the Earlex video . Adjusting the nozzle for round,horizontal or ,vertical combined with flow control and distance from surface I was laying a beautiful layer of paint . The beauty of this system is how intuitive it is to use . I dont normally write reviews but this thing deserves a good one . Not often am I satisfied with a tool as much as I am the Earlex 5500. Study the instructional videos Earlex produced until you understand them completely. Then go out and impress yourself like I did .
August 20, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
HVLP is it!
This HVLP sprayer is amazing. The ease of changing tips and being able to control flow results in a very even coating on my projects. Overspray is very limited. I am very pleased.
August 17, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Apply finish to furniture
mark d on Jan 18, 2020
For my work shop and it has a really good review and recommendations
HERNAN C on Sep 25, 2019
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
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
home workshop
William H on Apr 20, 2017
Purchased for a cabinet painting project
Jeffrey C on Apr 11, 2017
Earlex is great equipment--saw this in use--was sold--my friend bought one from you--said very smooth transaction--I love rockler
Hugh H on Apr 9, 2017
Needed for some projects at home
CHRISTINE R on Apr 7, 2017
good reviews
Kevin H on Mar 29, 2017
Did some research and it seems to be the best value for what I was looking for.
Brandon B on Mar 29, 2017
It was a package deal
David on Mar 27, 2017
I'll be refinishing an expensive antique cabinet soon, using traditional varnish, and I want to do a professional job. The sale price coupled with the free shipping promo caught my attention, and the product's stellar reviews convinced me to go for it!
Craig on Mar 24, 2017
saw a demo was impressed no over spray compared to what i have been using, this i can use in my garage and not worry about overspray.
Pa on Feb 5, 2017
A friend has one and we used it for a project and don't want to go back to using a brush since it makes things look so nice and professional.
Justin H on Jan 28, 2017
A great opportunity for a fair price.
Larry D on Dec 15, 2019
sprayer for cabinet finishing and painting Rust-oleum on metal gates and fence
Timothy H M on Jul 23, 2019
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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: Well that's tough to answer. Can it? Maybe. Should it? No. The viscosity of interior wall paint is way too heavy to use this sprayer without significant dilution. And most wall paints should not be thinned. You need a pressurized system to paint walls. You can spray some Alkyd paints which are good for baseboards and trim - but again it must be thin enough to pass through a #4 Ford cup within 160 seconds. Benjamin Moore's Advance can be sprayed with this sprayer.

In my experience this sprayer is best used for shellac, lacquer and water based finishes (i.e. W/B poly).

Hope this helps, Joel
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.
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, while the majority of the spraying I have done to date has been with a Benjamin Moore latex alkyd the results have been very good and I am most satisfied with the purchase. I looked at numerous options before purchasing this unit and spoke with several contractors that were familiar with similar products. You might need to purchase some Floral which can be found at Home Depot or you might just adjust with thinner. Your results should be excellent but I would recommend practicing on a large piece of cardboard prior to spraying to get the feel and to adjust the volume and spray pattern. Enjoy
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.
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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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.
How many stages?
Bob C on Mar 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Best I have found on internet forums is that there are 2 stages for the 5500, but I don't see that explicitly stated in the product documentation. Airflow is reported as , "The system consists of a 650 watt turbine motor with an air flow of 42 CFM (cubic ft/min) and a pressure rating of 2.0 psi "
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!
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%.
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.
Is this a "bleeder" or a "non-bleeder" spray gun ? This means, does air flow through the sprayer at all times while turned on, or only when the handle is pulled back to release fluid ?
Paul R on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 5500 is a bleeder style gun, meaning that air flows from the gun once the turbine is turned on. Pull the trigger to add fluid to the air flow. If you prefer a non-bleeder, look at our HV6003 Spray Port with the Pro8 gun! You're always welcome to contact technical support at 888-783-2612.
I have devilbliss hvlp spray guns will this compressor operate my guns too?
sherwood l on Jul 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No idea other than to contact Earlex customer service and ask.

Good question.
Is there an extension hose available?
bill b on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not that I'm aware of right now. I find that the hose is plenty long enough and use an extension cord if I need to move the base unit.
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