I have not so far used my Magnum paint sprayer, but when my wife
mentioned to our neighbor that I was planning to use it to paint our
wood siding, she (the neighbor) expressed great concern that the
overspray would pollute their new-last-year vinyl siding. Our end walls
face each other about 20ft apart.
I am planning to practice first on our shed, which is well away from
their house, but are there any general tips for preventing overspray? --
apart from the obvious warning not to spray when the wind is blowing in
their direction. I'll be using latex paints, if that makes a difference.
20 ft apart ??? FORGET IT...Unless you'ld like to buy your neighbor new
siding....With neighbors that close you can forget about any outside
spraying..You'll be paying for car damage as well as new siding...
I may have underestimated the 20ft somewhat. It's no ghetto (our lot is
almost 3/8 acre, the neighbor's a little less), but each of these two
houses has been built with the garage end not far from the property
line. On the other end of our house, where a living area faces the
neighbor's living area, the separation is greater.
20 feet is typical for anything but a McMansion subdivision, and even
some of those place the houses very close on tiny lots, for yuppies that
don't care to be bothered with much lawn upkeep. On old urban lots, a 10
foot side yard would be considered a fancy extra-large lot. On real old
urban lots with alleys, less than 10 feet between houses was quite common.
(looks out window) In this semi-rural 1960 sub, distance from my garage
to neighbor seems to be about 25 feet. Used to be further, but previous
owner added a 2-car garage with family room behind, and buried the old
1-car garage in the basement. (Wish there was a cheap way to un-bury it.
It would make a good woodshop if it had an outside entrance.)
We do it all the time. If I have any concerns I have my helper stand about
15 or 20 feet away and watch which way the over spray is going during the
first few blasts of the gun. You can also turn down the pressure and buy a
tip that has a lower out put of paint to minimize over spray.
If your neighbors house is a single story you might buy a roll of very thin
plastic sheeting that comes in 9' wide by either 400' or 600' lengths for
$15 to $20 bucks. Use blue painters tape and cover the side of their house.
The plastic comes in a red and white box at HD or Lowe's.
Always have the hose nearby.
Painters do this every day. The nay sayers are just wrong.
Magnums are great pumps for the money. After cleaning run a mixture of
automotive anti freeze and water thru the pump and gun to lubricate and
prevent the innards from rusting.
Ive sprayed many jobs, at least 400-450 gallons through my Titan, once
I was spraying my place in no real wind, my car was 60-70 ft away so I
made sure it was calm out, but it got sprayed with oil stain, luckily
we noticed it and had hand cleaner on hand and the oil had not cured.
20 ft away, you dont practice your spraying as you say you will, you
dont spray with anything 20 ft away unless you know the wind is
blowing the other way All the time. Id suggest you get 100ft of
plastic drops or do what is normal, Roll it with a 5 gal bucket,,
screen, and 1 1/4" roller. You could get a roller atachment for the
sprayer but I can roll just as fast with a bucket and thick nap
roller. You ask what do people do with all the sprayers they buy,
they make alot of mistakes. I own my sprayer and used to paint 20-30
houses a summer, I could only use the sprayer maybe once a year
outside, it got 10x more use inside on complete rehabs. Dust her fence
with your product and if its a plastic white fence you Owe her a New
fence, if its already painted you owe her a full paint job. I dont
think you have thousands to waste or want an enemy.
No fence on which to get paint.
As you say, a roller attachment is available for this sprayer, but the
Graco Web site suggests that it is only for indoor jobs. Any reason it
would not be recommended for outdoor use?
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