I have 100 feet or so of wooden fence to which I want to apply Thompson
Water Seal (or similar). I looked at some spray guns at Lowe's and Wal-Mart
yesterday. Can anyone make a suggestion?
I am willing to spend up to about $80, assuming the more expensive spray
guns will make life a lot easier.
If you're thinking about these Wagner power painter units that sell
for less than $100-
SAVE YOUR MONEY.
They might work ok for painting a piece of furniture, but useless for
As Jersey Mike said a simple pump sprayer will work for you.
Thanks for your quick responses, Mike, Dave, and 3rdEye. I'll start making
I gather you mean that this is a hand-actuated sprayer: One manually pumps
it to get the pressure necessary. But that's no big deal given the thinness
of Thompson's Water Seal.
I saw another recent thread here that talks about water seals for docks.
Thompson's apparently isn't thought highly of in this area. Is that the
same for something vertical like a wood fence?
I'll look up water seals in Consumer Reports later today, per the dock
Yup, I'm sure they meant the hand-pumped sprayer. I use the same method for
staining my deck. However, I'm cheap, and flush it with mineral spirits
afterwards so I can reuse it.
Thompson's is barely more effective than spitting on the fence. Consumer
Reports should have some decent ideas -- they did a pretty nice long-term test
on stains and water seals a while back...
In my son's neighborhood, the CC&Rs prohibit treating the wooden fences. So
everyone has the same weathered gray -- until it becomes necessary to
replace the fence. --- SJF
SJF, that sounds sensible. So I checked a few minutes ago. Fortunately (I
suppose), my homeowners' association management said my neighborhood does
not have such a prohibition.
I went to the library and checked CR. It appears it has been doing a report
on "deck treatments" every summer time for at least the last several years.
Thompson's was last tested a few years ago. It did indeed score at the very
bottom of CR's tests.
Andy--Yes, I was wondering about whether the sprayer could simply be
cleaned. I don't know exactly what I'm dealing with here; CR says the
treatments they've tested extensively and that give good results are
"alkyds," and so I understand don't clean up with mere water. (Some
latex-based treatments are under study by CR.)
I'll find a garden pump sprayer this weekend and shop around for the best
deal on the different treatments CR recommends. Certain brands of Cabot,
Wolman, and Olympic did well.
Thanks again, all, for the direction.
I think you should be able to clean it with paint thinner. Clean several
times with small amounts repeated several times rather than one large flush.
The only trouble I ever had was with a small one (intended for misting
potted plants?) which apparently used rubber, rather than neoprene gaskets.
Not likely you'd run into that problem. --- SJF
yes, but he says his association doesnt allow staining the wood. its very
likely cedar. and yes. cedar doesnt hold up when it has water sitting on
it. if you want a 20 year, do nothing fence, use redwood for the posts and
rails, and cedar for the slats. if you want a 25 year fence, finish the
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