There was a thread here some months back about the Graco airless
sprayers from the borg.
I've been working on my long-neglected deck. It really needs a
backhoe, but i'm trying to buy a few more years. It's 700 sq ft of
2x6 pressure treated. It was in rough shape when we bought the place
3 years ago and it hasn't gotten any better.
I've replaced all the soft boards, rebuilt the steps, scraped any
loose finish (not that there's much finish left to scrape), set all
the protruding nail heads, and cleaned it well with oxi-bleach, which
did a good job of removing all the grime and any mildew. The framing
itself seems solid.
Plan is to coat with Olympic Max solid deck stain. I've done some of
the cutting in, and I've realized it will take me forever using a
brush and pad or roller. For one thing, the boards are nearly 1/2
inch apart, which is far enough that the edges have to be coated or it
will look like crap, but not so far as to make them easy to stain.
Second, the wood is rough enough and dry enough that it really sucks
up the stain, and even with a good brush I get about 8" per brush
So, for those of you with airless sprayer experience: Will the X5 or
X7 handle this job? I'm sure it will spray the stain; it's not that
thick, but if I spray straight down, will I be able to get at least a
light coat of stain on the sides of the planks without overspraying
the tops? Should I make a first pass down the crack with the fan
spray lined up with the crack, and then coat the tops in the normal
Any advice on this appreciated!