hey @f575gtc - These are very good quality spray guns. IMO I like the X20. It seems like a better design than the X21. I have all of them, and spray with all of them. The last time I checked, my Devilbiss FLG4 was made in china.
If I were you and getting your first Atom, I would go for the X20 HVLP. IMO of course.
- I think you are comparing the wrong models.
The X21 HVLP: https://www.zoolaa.com/collections/atom-series-spray-guns-pre-order/products/atom-x21-professional-spray-gun-hvlp-solvent-waterborne
The X20 HVLP: https://www.zoolaa.com/collections/atom-series-spray-guns-pre-order/products/atom-x20-professional-spray-gun-hvlp-solvent-waterborne
The cap is NOT plastic. The inner threading which the cap screws on is a hard polymer plastic. I am not sure why they made the higher-end gun like this. I think maybe for weight savings and the ease for rebuilding purposes if needed. They are in the process of making a far superior spray gun and I will keep you all posted as soon as I am able to talk about it.
I go to tip size for overall automotive painting is a 1.4 tip. For base and clears. Some guys like to use the 1.3 for clears.
We are on back order for extra tip kits for all spray guns for the 1.3 and 1.4 tip sizes. They should be in stock soon. Yes that option is coming real soon. The just had a big launch in Europe under another brand/company name and completely sold out on the tip kits. We were lucky to get the 2.0 sizes.
This is tricky. That statement needs to be modified. Due to the NEW launch of these Atom spray guns (about 6 months in now) we wanted to offer a risk free trial to new users. Just so you know, any issues that we have been having with them (hardly any besides users completely taking them apart and not putting them back together correctly), we have been supporting. As a matter of fact, I just shipped out a brand new Atom X21 to a customer who broke is first one (free of charge). Ask any other spray gun company to do this, they won’t! We got on a facetime call today and he showed me the gun, he took off parts that we’re not supposed to be removed. LOL. OMG. Anyway, I hope this helps.
Last questions LOL WOW! PHEW. - These DO NOT spray poorly. Back in late 2011-2012 I was a BIG FAN of the Warwick spray gun company, probably more than I am with the Atom today…
I promoted their gun for 5 years. They were high quality SATA style knock offs that actually sprayed and performed very nice. Now when I say knock off, it wasn’t a 100% copy… it couldn’t have been. The legal issues would have taken them down in a quickness. In late 2016 I started to get a TON of customer complaints and refunds due to the quality of the Warwick spray guns diminishing.
I’m talking… pitted chrome finishes, dented cups, and issues with spraying. We had so many issues within one month, I had to drop them like a hot potato. ( We still have some in stock that we want to liquidate btw).
I then went on a search for a high quality affordable spray gun and found Atom hiding out at the SEMA convention in Nov 2016, we started to slowly build a relationship and now I am promoting them. I think they are a really high quality made spray gun (not the cheap crap that you get) believe me, I know. Now, Atom also has a VERY HIGH QUALITY COPY of the SATA, but it’s way too close. Another distributer had to stop selling them because SATA was after them. They are in the works to reengineer the spray gun, but for now, I’m in the dark about that project.
I’ve sprayed quite a few projects with all three Atom X models and never had an issue with them. They all spray fantastic and also lay on clears beautifully. I’ll be uploading more videos on their performance soon and also plan to make a lot more new videos this coming summer.
That being said, I’m most likely heading to Vegas this November to look for another up and coming brand and spray gun that we can show-off. I am also on the lookout to find a full plastic style gun like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-16580-Accuspray-System-Standard/dp/B01497MZB6
I think they are just so cool! Too bad this style is more of a use and trash. I would like one that would actually last a year or two painting a car a month. Anyway, I hope this helped?