Sick of painting by hand. Anyone use sprays?

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Topic by Eddy posted 03-15-2009 05:48 AM 7297 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2009 05:48 AM

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I have painted and clear coated all the trim and doors before being installed in the house. I would like to start spraying everything even walls if I can. Does anyone have suggestions? What spray equipment is preferred and any advice.

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03-15-2009 06:54 AM

What kind of suggestions do you want?

Since the trim is done, you’ll have to mask everything. If the walls and ceiling are different colors, each will have to be covered with plastic while you do the other. You might get by with shooting the ceiling, then using a spray shield while doing the walls.

Definitely cover the floor. No matter how careful you are, the overspray falls on the carpet. Tape all the edges of the drop cloths and plastic sheets together.

Turn off the HVAC and put plastic over doors and AC ducts. Check whether there’s more than one HVAC unit. I forgot to check for a second unit on my first job and wound up paying to have the overspray cleaned throughout the house.

With all this prep work, consider whether it would be less work to roll the walls and ceiling.

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03-15-2009 07:14 PM

Thanks Steve for your advice. What about painting trim and doors before being installed. I am wondering what type of spray people prefer and also tips about it.

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03-20-2009 12:34 AM

I spray all my trim and doors etc…......before installation.

A simple generic cup gun works but you will need a spray booth and a compresor that cranks out 21 cfm.

sometimes you have to thin the paint.

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04-27-2009 06:12 AM

I have a CH2500 that I spary trim with. For whole rooms I use a wagner1420/PF23. For the price it woks great.

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08-13-2016 06:38 PM

Spray gun is usually the best way to spray paint. Search the internet and you will find a better one suited to your need. Now spraying advice, first tryout your spray on a sample cardboard before going for the house. Plus make sure the walls are absolutely dry before spraying. Secondly, if the gun comes with an adjustable spray pattern, as i already said try on a cardboard with the minimum pressure and then keep on increasing the pressure until you are satisfied with the spray and there are no running lines in the pattern. Also the sides of the pattern must be equal and should not be uneven. It is usually advised to spray keeping the gun at least 12 inches away from the surface being sprayed on. If you are using the maximum possible pressure but are still feeling the runs in the pattern try using a nozzle with smaller holes. And yes keep the gun perpendicular to the surface at all times. While painting the corners of a room, first spray in the vertical directions such that the edges of both adjoining walls are sprayed so as to make a boundary and then continue with either of the walls and paint inside the boundary you just made so the color is even and the now spraying overlaps the vertical spray previously done. While spraying on a flat surface/wall, first spray from left to right and release the trigger at the end and then from left to right and release the trigger at the end. Don’t go for long range , just spray the area upto which your arm could reach while standing at a place. But always keep the gun perpendicular. After one stroke from left to right, the second stroke from right to left must be covering at least 1/2 inch of the upper stroke so you get an evenly sprayed surface. Happy Painting

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04-13-2017 03:42 PM

Thanks for the great informations. 3 week diet

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