Inexpensive Paint Sprayer

Morning all...
Looking for an inexpensive, around $100, paint sprayer to spray paint a pergola. I will be using a white latex outdoor paint. Painting by brush would take forever. Spray painting is the only viable option. Anyone have a recommendation?
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wrote:

Consider renting one for a half day. It won't cost $100.
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Photon713 wrote:

You still have to brush the paint out, or should, to insure that all cracks, crevices and voids are filled with paint. Otherwise those points will fail sooner and you'll be painting again earlier than you should.
For a cheapie paint sprayer you can use a 2 1/2 gallon compression pump sprayer, thin the paint a bit and brush it out.
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RicodJour wrote:

This is kind of defeating the purpose of spraying. If you have to brush out a sprayed finish you did something wrong.

Maybe that's your problem. A hand-pumped sprayer is _not_ a substitute for HVLP or high pressure airless.

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J. Clarke wrote:

I'm not convinced that spraying is the way to go in the first place. It would depend entirely on the configuration. Take a look at this picture:
http://www.prontocasagiardino.com/img/strutture_legno_pergola_autoportante.jpg
You can't spray that without brushing out. This one
http://www.dreamingcreek.com/Images/outdoor/outdoor3-1.jpg you could spray, but you'd still need a brush in a few places.

No kidding? I'm sure you're not suggesting that a beginner with no experience spraying will be able to spray a drip and run free finish the first time out of the gate, right?
When all things are factored in - time, expense, cleaning time, ease of operation - using two rollers (9" and 3") and a brush would probably be the best choice for the OP. Since the OP is convinced that spraying is the only option, and he doesn't want to spend any money, I tossed out the compression sprayer.
The OP asked for a low cost sprayer and the Wagner things suck. The compression sprayer is useful for a bunch of other things and is about as cheap as it gets. It obviously won't spray a finish comparable to a pro tool, but it will get the paint where he needs it.
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RicodJour wrote:

I can't see where there would be any difficulty with spraying either of them with airless.

Are you suggesting that a beginner with no experience would be able to brush one? Takes more skill to do a good job with a brush than with a sprayer.

So will the cheap Wagner that you denigrate. And it's likely to do a far better job than something intended to spray weed killer.
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J. Clarke wrote:

Let me guess. You didn't need flying lessons, you just hopped in the cockpit and took off, right? We're not talking about you, strange as it may seem. We're talking about someone with no experience. If you believe that someone would be able to spray all of those corners and between the sides of the beams without having runs all over the place, you're deluded. They'd have to break out the brush anyway you look at it.

I denigrate...? Are you talking about this range of Wagner sprayer? http://www.epinions.com/Wagner_Power_Products_220_Power_Painter_One_Speed_1600_PSI_Shop_Tools/display_~reviews Maybe you have easily satisfied standards in your equipment, but I don't buy stuff just to buy stuff. The rating of that Wagner from that link was skewed by a guy who liked it after spraying a garage door and a couple of other doors. Doors aren't pergolas.
Compression sprayers come in a variety of sizes and types. The better ones have changeable tips to change the spray pattern and deal with different viscosities. They can be used to spray all sorts of stuff, from deck stain and sealer, pesticides, formwork release agent, and yes, paint.
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RicodJour wrote:

If they do they do. Geez, it's not the effing end of the universe you know.

That's the one.

And a few others who were happy with it. I've never bought one, just used one to spray some "difficult" coatings. Pro airless works better, but the cheapie gets house paint out the nozzle just fine.

Doesn't mean that it's good at any of them.
The guy's not trying to win the concours at Long Beach for God's sake.
Develop some effing _perspective_.
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J. Clarke wrote:

I went back to the beginning of this thread to develop some effing _perspective_. I was curious to see what advice you had for the OP. Surprise. No advice, just a criticism of a low tech solution for the intended purpose. It then devolved from there.
If you have some advice, give it. If you take umbrage with another's method/advice, feel free to say so - then provide what is, in your opinion, a superior alternative. That is how it is done. Thanks.
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Photon713 wrote:

You can buy a cheap sprayer or you can rent a good one. The cheap one will take 4 times longer and not do a good of a job and cost more. Or you can use a brush, maybe faster than the cheap homeowners' sprayer and save money.
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Photon713 wrote:

HIRE SOMEONE TO DO IT. You can get a college student or a friendly immigrant to do it for under $100 (with the added advantage that you won't have to do a thing). Spraying will put overspray on everything (house, car, garden, neighbor's stuff, etc.) and you need to wear a decent mask that will cost $20.00 itself. Cutting down on overspray requires a lot of prep time and materials such as tarps or vinyl sheeting (more money?) PAINTING BY HAND ISN'T AS HARD AS IT SOUNDS - The flat surfaces are rolled (duh) and only the corners and tight spots are brushed. It doesn't take as long as you think if you were to do it yourself. You can buy a roller for under ten bucks that is the width of the 4x4 stock you probably have the thing built out of. Spraying sounds great but trust me, you will not like the overspray (I paint for a living).
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dno wrote:

Not if you do it on a reasonably calm day and use the right equipment.

Just use airless. Not the right ticket for furniture-grade finishes but it does a bang-up job on houses and the overspray is minimal--the only time I get paint on the car is if I point the sprayer at the car and pull the trigger.

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Just one. Recommend you NOT throw away your money on a Wagner power sprayer.
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Photon713 wrote:

If you can't afford a decent sprayer then brushing/rolling will be more satisfactory.
For latex renting a commercial-quality airless will do the job nicely, don't go for the cheap all-in-one Wagner. Be sure you thin the paint according to the sprayer manufacturer's instructions--that generally means using a Zahn cup that usually comes with the sprayer if you buy one, whether it's included with the rentals will depend on where you rent I suspect.
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Photon713 wrote:

Fill a surplus bomb casing with paint and then deliver it to the local airforce base.
Ask them to do some target practice on your pergola
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