We need to paint a 21 foot by 8 foot porch ceiling that is broken up
into 50 small rectangles by rafters and cross bracing. What would be
the best way to do this?
Would an inexpensive Wagner airless paint sprayer with a tube that goes
into the paint can work well for this? (We would be using latex paint.)
Thank you in advance for all replies.
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Airless would be ideal. If this is a one time use situation consider
renting an airless sprayer. If you anticipate other small household
jobs a Graco Magnum DX is easy to operate/clean. An extension wand
for spraying overhead is also very helpful.
With airless there is overspray to consider so mask well.
I have used a Wagner, they can be an easy alternative. You will need to do
more prep work. Masking and drop clothes, there is also an
overspray/dripping issue. And making sure the paint medium you use is the
right flow rate for spraying. Are you going to paint everything one color?
Then spraying would be the way, but my way of thinking would be to do the
ceiling one color and the bracing a complimentary color, maybe a couple
21 x 8 might seem a lot, but what I enjoy doing when there is a project that
seems to big for me alone is have a party. Ask people that CAN be of help to
bring a ladder, or a brush, you'll supply the paint, the pizza, the beer,
and it gets done in an afternoon. Then you can sit down and watch the
Patriots win the Superbowl again.
Oops, my regional bias is showing..........sorry.
<< We need to paint a 21 foot by 8 foot porch ceiling that is broken up into 50
small rectangles by rafters and cross bracing. What would be the best way to
do this >>
All of the suggestions posted here are good ones, but let me add one that gets
little repect and deserves better, the CRITTER syphon spray gun. This is the
most uncomplicated thing on the market and handles small jobs with little or no
fuss. At a mere $40 or so anyone can afford it, but naturally you need a decent
air compressor. The cleanup is faster than dealing with a paint brush. The
resulting finish may be a bit coarse if you don't fool with thinning and air
Check it out at some of the online woodworking sources or or tool suppliers
like Amazon.com, etc. HTH
My 1HP compressor runs it fine for shellac and waterbased finishes but
haven't tried latex. Someone posted to rec.woodworking that it was
used to paint old equipment to original color (believe he used
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