Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
March 3, 2014

When you're ready to paint your Mustang, you have to remember that there's a lot that goes into a great-looking paint job. Hours of block sanding can be ruined in minutes if you use a poor quality paint gun. Eastwood knows this, and they know that many enthusiasts want to paint their own cars. Using a paint gun that can spray primers, base, and clears with a low air volume requirement (typical of 110-volt home air compressors) is mandatory to a quality DIY paint job in a temporary spray booth situation like most enthusiasts will encounter. To that end, Eastwood has introduced its Concours paint gun that only requires 4-cfm of air at 29-psi and includes a 1.2mm spray needle along with a plastic spray cup. If you have the air capacity, Eastwood also offers its Evolution series paint gun at a lower price point. It does require 12-cfm at 43-psi. An HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray gun like the Concours gun from Eastwood, the Evolution features a composite body, a 1.4mm tip, and a plastic paint cup.

With samples in hand we hit Classic Creations of Central Florida for a little hands-on fun. Check it out.

After depressing the internal valve and shaking the paint can per the instruction label, Merv donned a respirator and went to town on the Mustang hood. As you can see by the overlapping pattern, the coverage is quite good.
While a little hard to see in this photo, take it from us, the 2K Aero-Spray high-build gray primer we sampled looked like it had been sprayed out of a paint gun with all the perfect settings.
Of course, for big jobs it’s fiscally more responsible to move up to an actual paint gun. Eastwood’s Evolution gun is a good starting point at $69.99, but it does require a shop-level compressor to keep up with air demands.
The Evolution spray gun features a composite body with all of the “pro” adjustments you’ll need for air flow, paint flow, and more. While extremely light, we did feel the Evolution was a bit of a stretch for our short, sausage-like fingers.
Holding the Concours, you can certainly feel the extra weight in the aluminum construction. However, the Concours gun did pass our stubby finger test and seemed more comfortable in our hands too.
The Concours paint gun comes with a 1.2-mm needle, nozzle, and cap, which is perfect for spraying base/clear type of paints, both in water or solvent-based.
The Evolution comes standard with a 1.4-mm needle, nozzle, and cap, but Eastwood offers additional needle kits in 1.2-, 1.7-, and 2.0-mm sizes so that you can spray everything from base to clear, metallic, and even filler primers and coatings like bed-liner.
The Concours gun also has aluminum paint cups available as an option. More or less a personal preference, some users prefer aluminum cups for easier cleaning, while others prefer the plastic cups to be able to see the available paint material remaining.
Don’t forget, whether it is two-part epoxy in a spray can for an engine bay detailing or you’re breaking out the paint gun and compressor for a complete respray, it is imperative you use the proper protective gear. Respirators, eye protection, fresh air systems (for the really toxic stuff), and paint suits are a must. Eastwood has everything you need in their catalog.
Moving up the ladder, Eastwood’s Concours paint gun features a polished aluminum body with stainless steel internals. The Concours gun retails for $159.99 (both spray guns are offered in kit form with additional needles, cups, and other accessories). The best feature of all is the air requirements—just 4-cfm of air is needed to use the Concours gun; meaning your typical home compressor will easily power this baby for all your painting needs.
Like the Evolution, the Concours gun can be fitted with different needles, nozzles, and caps to spray different materials like metallic and filler primers. Eastwood offers needle kits in 1.4-, 1.8, and 2.2-mm sizes.
Shown here are nozzles for the Concours gun in the optional tip sizes previously mentioned. You can easily see the nozzle’s center ID (where the needle resides when the gun is assembled) gets larger from left to right, which allows thicker materials to pass through.