Re: Compressor Choice for Painting whole car.
Don't waste your money on a single stage. 2 stage is much drier and pumps to a higher pressure which equates to more volume in the same size tank. I have a 5hp, 2 stage, 80 gallon. If you do any sanding or sand blasting, you will wish you bought a bigger compressor. 5hp, 60-80 gallon is a minimum for anyone that is going to use it for more than filling tires or a nail gun. The 5hp models are not even a true 5hp. It is really a 3hp motor that spins faster. Look at the tag on the motor. It will read 'special', not 5hp. A true 5hp requires 3 phase power.