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Back in the day my friend would paint his own cars at home (i.e. outside, no paint booth) and I was the side-kick/helper. We had two nemeses… These little tiny gnats that would fly into the paint stream and hit the paint and water droplets making it all the way down the hose and to the gun resulting in water droplets being shot with the paint. When painting all day the tank on the compressor would even get to 100+ degrees so the compressed air would retain the moisture like crazy and the water vapor would go right through a conventional water separator as vapor. I solved this problem by creating a “radiator” out of 1/2″ copper pipe (maybe 6-8 feet cut into 1 foot and 3 inch lengths) and sweated it all together to fold back and forth. We put a 10 foot section of hose from the compressor to the radiator and then put the radiator in a cooler filled with ice. This condensed all the water out in the radiator and only dry air made it to the gun.
I’ve been thinking that with a shoe box compressor (one that uses shop air as a first stage) this system would work GREAT. And the cold input air into the shoe box should increase it’s efficiency and speed up fills. Let me know if any of you try it.
So I guess the question is can one rig an Omega to accommodate a medium pressure (100-125 psi) first stage?
WARNING ! ! ! Do NOT try to make a copper radiator for the high pressure air side! Copper and sweated fitting are NOT going to hold 3,000 – 4,500 psi air. That is not a radiator. That is what is called a grenade! Please don’t kill yourself with a mis-application of this concept.