Earlex 6003 Review
Editor Rating: 4.3/5
Earlex Spray Port 6003
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
The Earlex 6003 is suitable for the home painting enthusiast, hobbyist, or professional painter — especially if you are painting woodwork. It can be used to dispense a number of different painting mediums, including varnishes, polyurethanes, shellac, lacquer, stains, and milk, latex, and chalk paints. You can spray furniture, woodwork projects, doors, window frames, and even cars.
This unit uses HVLP (high volume, low pressure) technology and delivers 5.5 psi and 90 CFM (cubic feet per minute). The powerful 3-stage turbine, 1200-watt motor packs plenty of punch, for an even, professional finish.
It comes complete with an all-metal Pro 8 spray gun fitted with a 1.3 mm needle. You can adjust the paint flow, spray pattern, and airflow to get the perfect atomization for the coverage you want. The 1-quart paint cup is coated with polytetrafluoroethylene for extra durability.
A flexible 25-foot hose with quick connections allows you to effortlessly move around your painting project — and the 360-degree pattern rotation makes it easy to get to hard to reach places.
The Earlex brand is part of Wagner SprayTech Corporation, a market leader in developing and delivering high tech painting and decorating solutions. The company is renowned for its innovation, quality manufacturing, and service.
Features and Benefits of the Earlex Spray Port 6003
Three-Stage HVLP Turbine
The Earlex 6003 paint sprayer features a powerful three-stage turbine. The mighty 1200-watt motor drives three small compression fans at high speed. This results in higher airflow under low pressure, to atomize the paint leaving the spray gun. It can dispense most stains, water based finishes, varnishes, and latex — although the latter might need thinning.
The high volume, low pressure (HVLP) mechanism sends a high volume of air through the system, which can then be adjusted at the air cap on the spray gun. This gives you control over the spray pattern and a professional looking finish.
All Metal Gun
The spray gun supplied with this system is the Earlex Pro 8 — it is manufactured from die-cast aluminum and coated with PTFE for durability. Its non-bleed design offers a low noise level in operation and less paint build-up on the air cap. This means fewer chances of drips and splatters ruining your paint job, and minimal overspray.
A two-stage trigger mechanism leaves you in complete control, letting you create a feathering effect or giving a continuous spray. The handle is designed for comfort, helping alleviate fatigue and preventing you pinching your fingers. Fitted with a 360-degree rotating air cap, a fluid volume knob and pattern control knob, this gun is versatile for any small painting project.
As an added bonus, it’s also easy to dismantle after use, enabling you to clean it thoroughly. This means you can store it after cleaning and be confident that it will perform just as well when you’re ready to tackle your next painting job.
The Earlex 6000 range also features a gravity fed spray gun, if that’s your preference.
Adjustable Spray Patterns
No matter what project you’re working on, there will be a paint spray pattern to suit. Earlex has placed the control for adjusting the patterns — and volume of paint — conveniently at the rear of the spray gun. You’re able to choose between a circular or elliptical fan pattern, and then adjust the width accordingly.
Smaller widths in the circular settings are ideal for detail work, while the wider elliptical setting offers coverage for larger areas.
Interchangeable Spray Tips & Accessories
A 1.3 mm spray tip and needle set is included with the Spray Port 6003. However, if this is not the size you want, other sizes are available on the market to purchase. These include a finer 0.8 mm or 1 mm needle and spray nozzle, or a larger 1.8 mm, or 2.5 mm needle.
Unfortunately, the 6003 does not come with a cleaning kit included, but again these can be bought separately. The kit includes the necessary brushes, nozzle cleaners, and grease for relubricating.
The ability to move easily around a project without having to stop is a definite advantage when you’re spray painting. That’s just what you get with the 25-foot Hyperflex hose of the Earlex 6003. It has a quick connect feature, making it easy to attach to both the turbine unit and the spray gun.
On the downside, it appears that the quick connect feature can lead to the hose detaching if you try to twist and turn it too much.
The complete system weighs just 26 pounds, making it lightweight enough to move around, either during your project, or from place to place. The turbine has a carry handle built in, which can also be used to hang it when in use. Additionally, there is an onboard docking station for the paint gun.
What do The Users Say?
Before investing in a new product, it’s good to know how it performs in real life scenarios. Let’s take a look at what users think of the Earlex 6003, and find out if it measures up to expectations.
Overall, there are many happy paint sprayers, both new and experienced, who love the features and results they get with the Earlex 6003. They like the adjustability of the spray patterns, the ease of use straight out of the box — even for newbies — and how easy it is to clean. Many also praise the superior finish they achieve, especially with thinner materials, like stains and varnish.
Some consumers wish it came with different nozzle sizes as standard, rather than having to make extra purchases. A further investment in high quality paint mediums seems to be a common trend, helping to achieve a more professional finish than you would using budget brands.
Alternatives to Earlex Spray Port 6003
The Earlex Spray Port 6003 might not suit everyone’s needs or budget, so here are some other options to consider.
As with the 6003, there is only one nozzle tip supplied. Accessories are available to purchase, including the fine finish kit.
- Like the Earlex 6003, it sprays a range of paint mediums.
- Shorter hose, which is not as flexible.
- Lower price point than the Earlex.
The motor is more powerful, at 1400 watts. However it is a two-stage turbine, as opposed to the three-stage turbine of the 6003. The adjustable spray gun matches features found on high-end paint sprayers, and can be used for a wider range of projects, large and small.
- Greater variety of spray adjustment than the Earlex, with circular, horizontal, and vertical spray patterns, from 2 to 12 inches.
- More powerful motor, but two-stage rather than three-stage turbine.
- Similar price bracket to the Earlex Spray Port 6000 series.
An X-Boost power dial controls the air pressure, and a material flow adjusts the amount of paint delivered.
This is a more expensive option, although many of the features are the same. The hose and nozzles can be stored in the base, so you always know where they are when you need them.
- Shorter, 11.5-foot hose.
- Adjustable power and flow settings.
- Handy storage for hose and nozzles in the base.
There is generally a downside with any paint sprayer, and the Earlex 6003 is no exception. Accessories, like spare spray tips and needles, as well as a cleaning kit, mean spending more money as they’re not included. However, overall, it’s a system that performs well to give a professional finish.
Will the Earlex 6003 Spray Different Types of Paint?
What Maintenance Can I Do to Keep My Earlex 6003 Working Properly?
To keep your Earlex paint sprayer working well, be sure to clean it as soon as you have finished painting for the day. Make sure you allow the paint gun to dry out fully before attaching the empty paint cup and storing it. You should also lubricate the needle after cleaning, either by using Earlex lubricant, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil.
For additional tips, check out my HVLP Troubleshooting guide.