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Old 05-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #16
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Since you've never used a sprayer before, I wouldn't rush out and buy an airless sprayer. They're great if you know what you're doing but just like anything, there will be a learning curve. There is alot of prep work in covering up things you don't want to get overspray on and this can also be time consuming. You can also get runs in your paint with the spayer. My advice: go get a Wagner or comparable brand small electric sprayer. The kind where the entire unit fits in one hand and has a quart size tank you fill up with paint. You can probably get one for $30 to $50 and learn to use it. If you hate it, then you're not out much.

Airless sprayers are the "professional" way to go but if you're not going to do this commercially, it may be overkill. Plus paint sprayers must be thouroughly cleaned after each use. There are filters to clean and depending on what you're spraying, you may need different size spray tips that will cost between $25 to $50 each. Another words, you'll need one tip for the exterior paint (smailler tip) and another for the elastomeric foundation paint (larger tip).

My advice: start and finish one project or room at a time and don't get overwhelmed by the overall huge project. Also, buy the cheap Wagner sprayer and try it for your small spraying needs before spending alot of money on something you may very well hate or not be any good at using. Lowe's or Home Depot sell these little angle pads for easier corner cut-ins. The pads are two sided on a 90 degree angle and will help with your cut-in frustrations. One important thing to remember when using a paint roller is when you first wet your roller you start left and as the paint is wearing off the roller you are working towards the right. Then when you re-wet the roller, start to the right of where you finished and work back towards the left. This way the paint will be more even and not as splotchy when you're finished. But please plan on doing 2 coats regardless of what paint you use. Sure, some paints are better than others but I call bull**** on 1 coat coverage paints. You've already done the prep work, do 2 coats and you'll be happier with the end result.

If you're thinking I'm an idiot and didn't answer your question and you're still dead set on a paint sprayer then fine. But expect to make a mess in the beginning and expect a learning curve. Make sure you have a wet rag handy for when you accidentally spray the floor or a piece of furniture you didn't want to and wipe it clean ASAP. This most likely will happen. And please, please make sure you clean the sprayer thouroughly, including the filters and spray tip. Don't forget about the filter inside the gun handle. Also, make sure you run a heavy enough gauge electrical cord to the sprayer, especially when running a long cord. This makes a huge difference and if not careful, you will burn up the electrical motor. So many times people will run electric tools 200' on a small gauge cord and the electric motor doesn't get the ampage it needs and gets burned up. Spend the extra money and buy a heavy duty cord.

I have both the Graco Magnum X7 Pro and X9. I think they both are the Pro edition and I've been very well pleased. I'm most happy with the X7 Pro.

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Old 05-05-2011, 10:59 AM   #17
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Thanks for the input everyone.

I bought the Ultra 395 today, and will practice a little with it on the garage walls(since I will be painting them in a few weeks) before I use it indoors.

I have good feelings about this, for helping complete this process alone quicker in all the corners with a more consistent application on larger areas.

I will reply back to this thread a a later time to give my opinion whether it was a good choice or not to get this unit.
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Thanks for the input everyone.

I bought the Ultra 395 today, and will practice a little with it on the garage walls(since I will be painting them in a few weeks) before I use it indoors.

I have good feelings about this, for helping complete this process alone quicker in all the corners with a more consistent application on larger areas.

I will reply back to this thread a a later time to give my opinion whether it was a good choice or not to get this unit.
The graco 395 is a great unit. It will spray anything that you will need to spray with ease. However if it was more efficent to use a sprayer for interior re paints then professional painters would choose that method. It can be done, its just going to be very time consuminig for you, all of the masking off that's involved and remember you still have to backroll and backbrush.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:07 PM   #19
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Just wanted to put in a reply that I am glad I bought this sprayer.

Yes, there is more prep involved, and I come out of a room with paint on my face. but the paint is easily washed off, and the prep wasn't a whole lot more than the prep I was already doing.

The time saved on spraying the Glidden Gripper primer alone makes the sprayer worth it to me. cutting days off my cutting in the corners, rolling, brushing, etc..

I do have a bit of wasted product that ends up on the plastic covering the floor,

I havent had to backroll. in fact the first room I backrolled with a 1/2" nap wool roller when applying the primer, and that area looks worse off than the areas I sprayed without backrolling.

I will admit that there was one wall I put a coat of final color on with a roller, I was too cramped in to get a full range of motion with my arm while spraying and I would see the edges of the spray pattern after it dried.

I'm going to pick up a 40" extension for the sprayer tip to get the ceilings more evenly while walking on the floor instead of using the ladder. right now, standing on the floor with a 12" tip extension I am about 2' from the ceiling fully stretched out.

I cant speed up the dry time though.
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Just wanted to put in a reply that I am glad I bought this sprayer.

Yes, there is more prep involved, and I come out of a room with paint on my face. but the paint is easily washed off, and the prep wasn't a whole lot more than the prep I was already doing.

The time saved on spraying the Glidden Gripper primer alone makes the sprayer worth it to me. cutting days off my cutting in the corners, rolling, brushing, etc..

I do have a bit of wasted product that ends up on the plastic covering the floor,

I havent had to backroll. in fact the first room I backrolled with a 1/2" nap wool roller when applying the primer, and that area looks worse off than the
areas I sprayed without backrolling.

I will admit that there was one wall I put a coat of final color on with a roller, I was too cramped in to get a full range of motion with my arm while spraying and I would see the edges of the spray pattern after it dried.

I'm going to pick up a 40" extension for the sprayer tip to get the ceilings more evenly while walking on the floor instead of using the ladder. right now, standing on the floor with a 12" tip extension I am about 2' from the ceiling fully stretched out.

I cant speed up the dry time though.
Back rolling is required when spraying primer and/or paint on drywall. It works the paint into the drywall. If it wasn't needed then none of us pros would do it when spraying. We don't backroll because we don't know how to spray evenly, we backroll because it serves a purpose, if you had a problem backrolling maybee you are appling the primer/paint to thick or try using a smaller nap roller sleeve, but it is required for proper application when using a sprayer.

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