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Astro EVOT14 LVLP Paint Gun

Editor Rating: 4.3/5

Great Product

Astro EVOT14 LVLP Paint Gun

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Last modified: Oct 27, 2020 @ 9:59 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Paint spraying is an art that’s easy to do but hard to do well. You may have admired the pros at work and wished you could do a similarly skilled job. With the Astro EVOT14 Spray Gun, you’ll certainly get closer to pro-level finishes.

This LVLP tool is packed with patented features all designed to make it easy to use, quick to clean, and capable of high-quality finishes, even when in an amateur’s hands.

A forged and anodized body offers protection from corrosion, making it durable for many years of use. The spray tip and needle are made from stainless steel, adding to the unit’s longevity. You only get one needle and fluid tip supplied, but you can choose between the 1.3 or 1.4-mm models.

The soft pull trigger combined with the gun’s ergonomic, lightweight design reduces hand fatigue so you can keep working for longer.

Fill the plastic paint cup with water-based or solvent paints, stains, or varnishes, and the fine atomization will give an even finish.

It’s an all-purpose spray gun that’s best suited to small and medium-sized projects. Use it to paint cars, motorcycles, woodwork, cabinetry, furniture, and more. It’s also suitable for both interior and exterior projects.

There’s the additional expense of an air compressor (if you don’t already own one) to consider, though. But because the operating pressure is between 15 and 19 psi, with air consumption of 11.5 to 13.5 cfm, a small compressor will suffice.

Astro Tools is a family-owned business, with more than 40 years experience supplying products for the automotive market. The company takes pride in producing innovative solutions and equipment under the Astro brand name.

Pros:

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Durable forged and anodized body.
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Proprietary “air curtain” design reduces overspray.
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Patented EVO-T technology gives for fast and fine atomization.
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Lightweight at 0.6 pounds.
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Soft pull trigger.
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Adjustable fan pattern from four to seven inches.
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Smooth finish for quick and easy cleaning.
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Lubricated adjustment knobs for precise changes.
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Stainless steel spray tip and needle.

Cons:

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Added expense if you don’t already own a compressor.
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Higher-end spray guns come with a higher-end price tag.

Features and Benefits of the Astro EVOT14 Europro


The Astro EVOT14 is pricier than many other spray guns for the home DIYer, but is it worth the extra expense? Let’s have a look at what it offers.

Durable Construction


The EVOT14 spray gun’s body is forged and then anodized so it’s strong, long-lasting, and corrosion-resistant. If you’re looking for a long-term investment that will last, this model should stand up to the test of time.

All the internal passages your paint passes through are coated as well, offering further protection from wear and tear. Add to that a stainless steel spray tip and needle, and you have a solidly built, all-metal paint spray gun.

Astro has also taken ongoing maintenance into account. The outer finish is slick, making it easy to clean after use.

Patented Technology


Astro Tools has aimed for maximum efficiency with this spray gun. The company incorporated patented technology and carried out extensive testing in its German laboratories.

The efficient transfer of paint from the “air curtain” design minimizes overspray for less wastage and pollution. Meanwhile, the proprietary EVOT function promises both a fine spray and fast paint delivery.

That said, the speed part is a bit questionable as the EVOT14 is slower than HVLP sprayers, but it does allow for accuracy.

Quick Thread Technology


The EVOT14 utilizes Astro’s quick thread technology, making it easy to adjust the control knobs and disassemble the unit for cleaning. Wider threads also mean you can remove all the paint properly and prolong the life of your spray gun.

Fittings are compatible with most traditional reusable and disposable paint cups. And the adapters fit most compressor brands including 3M, Norton Paint, DeVilbiss DeKups, and SATA.

Adjustability


Having the ability to adjust the air pressure, paint flow, and fan pattern means preciser results. This unit has lubricated adjustment knobs for all three, which allow you to set the ideal atomization for the task at hand.

Choose a fan pattern between four and seven inches for control no matter what your project. Whether it’s furniture, woodwork, doors, or car panels there’s a fan pattern to suit.

Lightweight


Painting can be an arduous task if you’re using heavy tools that take a toll on your hands and arms after an hour or so. Thankfully, the EVOT14 weighs a mere 0.6 pounds, so it’s light enough for prolonged use.

It also features a soft trigger pull for smooth action and reduced hand and finger fatigue.

Smooth Operation


When producing the EVOT14, Astro Tools employs computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing technology. Such an accurate technique eliminates the need for gaskets behind the fluid tips. The result is two-fold: a smoother operation and no need to replace worn gaskets.

What do The Users Say?


Checking Astro EVOT14 reviews is a great way to garner intel and figure out if this spray gun is right for you.

Let’s look at what real users think of this product.

Reviewers note that this spray gun has the look and feel of a pro-level product. They also say it’s a good all-rounder that dispense acrylic paints, stains, clear coats, and water-based polyurethanes.

Many users find it lightweight and easy to both use and clean. The trigger sensitivity was popular and reviewers say it offers precise control and comfort.

On the downside, you may need to dilute thicker paints to get an even coat. There are also differing opinions about the size of the compressor needed. Some buyers found a small one sufficient while others say a more powerful unit is needed to get the spray they want.

If you want to check out reviews from users in the real world, click on the link below to read more.

Alternatives to Astro EVOT14 LVLP Paint Gun


Wondering what other spray guns can compete with the Astro EVOT14? Here are a few alternative choices you may prefer:

The Neiko 31215A is an HVLP spray gun which could be a better option for larger paint jobs. You will need a more powerful compressor though, which means more expenses unless you already have one.

Like the Astro, the Neiko has an all-steel body and stainless-steel nozzle. But instead of a plastic cup, this model features a durable brass paint cup. A metal regulator with gauge, a multi-size wrench for maintenance and cleaning, and a cleaning brush complete the package.

One nozzle is supplied, although you can choose the size you prefer from five options between 1 to 2 mm. The paint delivery, airflow, and spray pattern are all adjustable.

  • Sturdy brass paint cup, as opposed to the EVOT14’s plastic cup.
  • Lower price point than the Astro EVOT14.
  • Needs a more powerful compressor to operate.
In a similar price range, we find two Sprayit paint guns in a kit complete with carry case and cleaning tools.

The guns are the SP-35000 with a 4-ounce paint cup, and the SP-33000 with a 20-ounce paint cup. Unlike the single spray nozzle and needle on the Astro EVOT, this kit comes with four spray needles ranging in size from 0.8 to 2 mm.

It produces a slightly wider spraying range of 4 inches to 10.9 inches, making larger projects easier. The smaller 35000 spray gun, makes reaching into nooks and crannies or completing intricate work a breeze.

  • Wider spraying range than the EVOT14.
  • Smaller spray gun included for hard to reach places.
  • Several different spray tips and needle sizes included.
  • Similar price point for two guns, rather than one.
Sprayit also offers another alternative in the 31000 model. This is an aluminum LVLP paint gun with a 1000cc aluminum siphon-feed paint cup. The Astro’s cup is gravity-fed if you have a preference for the latter, stick with the EVOT14.

A stainless-steel needle and spray tip produce fine atomization and you can adjust air pressure, fluid delivery, and spray pattern. As with the EVOT14, it only needs a small compressor.

  • Lightweight, durable construction with stainless steel spray tip and needle.
  • Metal siphon-feed paint cup over the Astro’s plastic gravity-fed cup.
  • No carry case, spare spray tips, or tools included.

Conclusion


The Astro EVOT14 EuroPro Forged LVLP Spray Gun is a well-built spray gun that offers quality and decent functionality.

Patented features such as the quick thread technology, “air curtain” for reduced overspray, and EVOT fast speed and fine atomization, add to this unit’s appeal.

Plus, the soft trigger, ergonomic handle, and lightweight design make it easy to use for prolonged periods.

You do need a small compressor, which could add to the initial outlay. But the forged construction and coated internal passageways help ensure value for money as your spray gun will last.

While the EVOT14 isn’t ideal for large painting projects, such as building exteriors, it is suitable for automobiles, woodwork, cabinetry, and other small to mid-sized jobs.

The FAQ

Can You Paint a Car With an LVLP Spray Gun?

Yes, you can. LVLP spray guns are great for a wide variety of applications, including car bodywork. If you have no previous experience, we recommend you read our guide on spray painting a car with an LVLP gun and watch some instructional videos.

Which Is Better, LVLP or HVLP Paint Guns?
Both HVLP and LVLP spray guns offer you the opportunity to complete a wide range of projects.

For the novice or DIY painter, an HVLP spray gun has slower paint dispensation and may be easier to master. LVLP spray guns tend to be the choice of experienced painters and professionals.

There are models of each spray gun type on the market that are easy to use and offer a professional finish.

How Do I Use My EVOT14?

Check out my guide on spraying with a pneumatic air gun.

What Size Compressor Do I Need to Use a Paint Spray Gun?

This really depends on the gun model and the manufacturer’s recommendations. You should also consider how much you want to spend and how powerful you want your compressor to be.

Many spray guns work efficiently with a small compressor that delivers up to 30 psi and 11.5 to 13.5 cfm. Check out my Paint Sprayer Pressure Guide.

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