I have a higher priced Graco airless sprayer. Take care of it and it will last
for many years and it does a fantastic job. Here is a link the sprayers on
Amazon. I would stay away from the cheaper, retail grade units.
You are welcome. Might I suggest you check out Craigslist, you might find
bargain on a used unit. They are fairly easy to test before you buy them,
didn't think about craigslist, good resource
Irritatingly, I own a VERY expensive airless sprayer ...that's in storage,
so no access.
One of those 2,000+ psi with legs to sit over the 5 gal bucket. I used it
on a two story house once, hated the 'orange peel' finish, but hated to
thin the paint anymore. and more than 50 ft away, don't notice that much.
A painter told me 'no matter what DON'T stick your finger over that
orifice!' seems he had a friend who tried freeing a clog with his finger
tip, and as the clog came undone the high psi shoved a lot of paint into
his flesh "intra-epidermously" said he had like a 'bag' of paint inside
his flesh like a big balloon. wouldn't have been so bad but latex is a
real organic contaminant and he ended up losing finger(s) later. now
that's a BIG ouch! glad he shared, wouldn't have thought so much damage is
possible. In retrospect, since it was a 'friend' wonder if the story is an
urban myth, or real.
What I'm trying to paint are walls, especially a surface along a hallway,
so right at eye level next to your face, and worse catches the light so
has to be uniform. Brushing with a 'feather' brush hasn't worked very
well. I can see 'patterns' along the wall. and rolling is out of the
question since brushing shows potential problem. I found that if you can't
brush it on well, it won't roll on well either! just end up with bigger,
more insidious problems from the roller and rolling patterns.
So thought, may be able to spray with less problem, but I still fight that
wet paint over tacky paint pattern! I think can be attributed to a
'textural' difference, being slightly rougher. The best result I ever had
was spray painting 80 french door panels using an adjustable airbrush and
lacquer based paint. Now that went well. brushing was a bit out of the
question, besides being extremely tedious there was 'puddling' and overlap
onto the glass, and etc etc.
I guess a lot of this is relative. I am not terribly sensitive to a slight
texture with wall paint. I would never expect my walls to have the same kind of
flawless finish I would expect on the plane, cars or bicycles.
I found the secret with the sprayer is lots of light, lots of practice and
resisting the temptation to apply heavy coats. Obviously meticulous prep and
very clean surfaces is paramount.
On Monday, February 3, 2014 9:53:32 AM UTC-5, Robert Macy wrote:
I find a roller leaves less marks than a brush. There is also flow control products that you can add to paint to make it flow better. Visit your local paint store.
I have the mid range (7) graco myself and I like it a lot. I got it off CL for about half the new price. I spent some time cleaning it up and I bought some additional tips but it has served me well.
Lacquer does do well but it's unpopular now due to the high vocs.
Interesting, I found that if I have a problem with brush, I end up with a
worse problem using a roller, different AND worse.
Uh, if you've read my postings, you would have seen the battle I've had
using flow products. I've cut paint to the point it is so watery, it drips
off the brush, far too runny. I've used distilled water, Floetrol, and
glass cleaner [contains the same chemicals as latex type paint] with
always the same result, less than I want. The problem could be low
Solution? paint thick, wet 'n' dry sand, and then finish with a 'dry'
brush. Makes about the flatest I've been able to get here.
Glad to hear about Graco, will look into it. but as I said I have a $$$
airless in storage, so difficult to justify buying another, unless it's
small and portable, like for interior 'light' or touch-up jobs.
GACK! Never thought of that! Should have...
Back in the late 80's I had a chance to buy a RollsRoyce out of Texas for
only $50k. I passed on it, like an idiot. I could have kept that car, ten
years later sold it for more than, at least the same, I paid for it, and
been driving one of the most prestigious [and comfortable] cars at almost
NO cost whatsoever! Only think in terms of a savings account with NO
interest. ...like today.
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