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LeroyFrick 10-29-2007 12:10 PM

How should I paint this room?
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I have a kitchen with paneling and cabinets and fireplace that I need to paint quickly (before the holidays).

I was thinking about getting a paint sprayer like either a Graco XR7 or a Campbell Hausfeld type sprayer to paint the panneling (primer and finishing coats of paint).
I heard you can use sprayers to paint walls too.

I like the fact that a sprayer is supposed to save a lot of time because I want the kitchen to be done by Thanksgiving:laughing:

I am painting the cabinets too. I read on this web site that a sprayer isn't advised to paint cabinets. Too powerful.

I have several other rooms with molding that I will tackle over the next few months as well as another home I own that will need the outside painted as well. Again, the sprayer came to mind.

I want to know if I am being foolish in purchasing a sprayer and if I should just stick to rollers and brushes.

I used to paint homes (getting through college) and never used sprayers before but now that I'm in my 40's I think it could be well worth buying one.

Also was going to use an air compressor for spraying the cabinets.

Attached is a pic of the room.

Give me your thoughts.

The room is 35'x10' with an angle on one side.

This picture is one side with the fireplace. Wanted to show the ton of paneling and detail that might be involved. Can a sprayer do this?

sirwired 10-29-2007 02:23 PM

Spraying an occupied house is very risky, as every single surface that is not supposed to be painted must be well masked. If you are trying to paint a single room, you need to completely seal it off, less the aerosolized paint find it's way to other room in the air.

While I am merely a DIY myself, others here that are pros have mentioned that spraying is a lot less forgiving for poor technique than brush/rolling. Also, equipment capable of doing a good job is several hundred dollars. The compressor-run sprayers are not suited for house paint.

Painting a kitchen using traditional techniques before thanksgiving should not be too difficult for an experienced DIY-er.


send_it_all 10-29-2007 02:37 PM

Everything written above about spraying in an occupied house is true. This job should only take a few days max. I think your biggest concern should be using the correct materials. I gathered from your post that you intend to paint the paneling...correct? Make sure you get correct advice on proper prep before painting over a stained finish. I wouldnt attempt to spray it. Any time savings that spraying will gain you will be lost by all the masking you will have to do to protect surrounding areas. If you really need it done quickly and are unsure how to do a good job yourself, you should consider hiring a pro for this one.

slickshift 10-29-2007 08:44 PM

Absolutely brush and roll it
Spraying won't save any time on this project
The prep is intense and time consuming and the potential for disaster is high

localtradesman 10-30-2007 01:36 AM

I would use a stain blocker on the wood....I have painted paneling before and it can bleed through sometimes......Kilz 2....latex primer should be fine... I would not spray.....Brush and roll.....use lambswool covers for rolling....they are the best and will last a long time in the future....brushes...same thing....anything under 8 or 10 dollars a will have junk results.....time consuming without the right equiptment... Pick up some professional drop cloths too.....dragging them around will just cause paint transfers......pic up several....they will last a life time if you are not the business......I guess I could go on and on ..... have fun...

sirwired 10-30-2007 08:34 AM

I'd stay away from Kilz2. For stained wood, I personally would use nothing but oil-base or better; and even if water-base primer would work here, I wouldn't use Kilz2. Too many failure reports here and on other forums.


moneymgmt 10-30-2007 09:00 AM

PLEASE tell me you're not painting the wood mouldings?!!!? Personally I'd do it by hand. Reiterating what those before me have said, using a sprayer indoors is difficult and risky, especially with wood work like that!

LeroyFrick 10-30-2007 12:25 PM


Originally Posted by moneymgmt (Post 70708)
PLEASE tell me you're not painting the wood mouldings?!!!? Personally I'd do it by hand. Reiterating what those before me have said, using a sprayer indoors is difficult and risky, especially with wood work like that!

Well, this is not up for discussion per my wife....:bangin:

alpnts1961 10-30-2007 05:09 PM

ohmy god ,you must be kidding me dont let her do that to this beutiful trim package. 2 ince blue tape 50/50 plenty of angle 2 1/2 whizz roll galore!

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