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Old 06-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Hi all. I am painting the inside of my new 2,300 square foot house and its starting to get old. I'm getting darn tired of using that paint roller. I was looking at the Wagner brand paint sprayers at Wal-Mart. Are those worth purchasing? I saw one for $50 and one for $100. I think that the most I want to spend on a paint sprayer is probably around $120.

Which one would you recommend? Is there any reason I shouldn't just go get the off-the-shelf Wagner from Lowes or Wal-Mart?


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Rent a real sprayer for the time you need it!

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DO NOT BUY ANY WAGNER PRODUCTS FROM WAL-MART. They're good for about 2 hours and then start spitting paint all over the place. You will have a mess the likes you have never seen before. Sdsester is right......rent one.
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better yet, just forget the sprayer and suck it up
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DO NOT BUY ANY WAGNER PRODUCTS FROM WAL-MART. They're good for about 2 hours and then start spitting paint all over the place. You will have a mess the likes you have never seen before. Sdsester is right......rent one.

If I rent one, is there any need to do a second coat? Do the sprayers tend to lay paint on thicker? With the roller, I had to do two coats. Otherwise, the white paint beneath still showed through in places.
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Still going to need two coats unless your a slam bang thank you mamm painting contractor doing track homes.
I own two real airless sprayers and have not used them in years. Way to much time doing prep and clean up for me.
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If I rent one, is there any need to do a second coat? Do the sprayers tend to lay paint on thicker? With the roller, I had to do two coats. Otherwise, the white paint beneath still showed through in places.
Yes. Two coats. And you should backroll your spray work.

If you were getting lots of show through when rolling my guess is you were not using a thick enough roller cover---use 3/8" nap minimum and I seldom used less than 1/2". For textured walls I stepped up to 3/4" and then to 1" or fatter for brick and things (if forced to paint brick). You still want two coats to build up film thickness for colorfastness, washability, etc. though.

And don't forget to mask off every little surface where you do not want paint sticking. Don't forget to turn off your HVAC.

As many have said in these threads, unless the home is empty I don't think you are going to save any time at all trying to spray it. And if you use Wagner box store toys/garage ornaments you will have one first class mess on your hands. At least with rented pro equipment and the right tip you have a fighting chance if you insist on spraying.

I, by the way, usually sub-contracted out spray work. Roller and brush were my tools of choice. You could step up to a wider roller if you are painting things the same color and have large surfaces.

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That's a good idea there. Try an 18" roller or a 14" if you can find one.
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What about $200 for a Graco medium duty airless sprayer?

I was shopping for a sprayer not too long ago, and graco seems to get better overall reviews.
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I don't mean to be negative, but I do agree with everyone above.... Spraying looks cool and easy, but alot of people forget all the prep work and cleanup.

If you are still committed, heck yes go with Graco verse Wagner.

Wagner used to make a airless that held about two gallons in paint tray for about $100.... which I have not seen lately. When I would have a flip that was empty (as in carpet and everything) and needed extensive painting (ceilings, multiple coats over maroon and brown) I would use the Wagner.... and basically consider it disposable... and cheaper than a longer term rental.

Yes I would clean it... and sometimes get some subsequent use from it... but they are junk as to any longevity.

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I would get a sprayer, tape my hand to the trigger and spin around in the room. It is just that easy.

Otherwise- please read and believe above.
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I would get a sprayer, tape my hand to the trigger and spin around in the room. It is just that easy.

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In your case, I would just go and rent a quality sprayer.

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You guys got no love for the paint sprayer. I'll just take a break for a few days and go back to the roller. I was getting sore and tired from painting for days on end. Sprayer sounds like too much trouble. And no I don't live there yet so I don't have to move anything around.

But just curious: There must be like a $1,000 sprayer somewhere that a good pro would use. Right? Not that I would ever buy it lol. Is that the deal we're facing here though? To get a decent one, you'd have to pay through the nose?
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As you can see, it is not the quality of the sprayer that we are commenting on, it is the skill and experience needed to use one effectively.

It takes seconds to ruin the job with a sprayer. At least with Roller and brush you screw up slower!

Yes you can get a good one for under a grand. But here you see painters who actually do know how to use one, choose not to in most circumstances.

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