Originally Posted by don scott
I'm looking at buying a paint sprayer to save time, but it sounds like you have to mask off everything to prevent over spray. is there any product out there that helps with the masking job to make it go quicker? Seems like the time you save in painting would be taken up in masking and clean-up
Just be aware that sprayers aren't always the time savers you may think - there is a whole lot more preparation involved than when painting with a brush and roller - and additional drops and masking supplies, coupled with the extra amount of clean-up time, may prove to be more costly in the long run (not to mention the maintenance and amount of time it takes to clean a sprayer in between jobs).
What type of spraying are you considering? Interiors? Exteriors? Wood finishing? If you're considering a hand-held "buzz" gun, I think you're kinda wasting your time and money. For walls and exterior work, a 1/2 gpm airless will work great, but is also capable of making a tremendous mess...An HVLP unit is great for wood & fine finishing, but really doesn't save a whole lot of time versus a brush (especially when you factor in add'l masking, drops, and sprayer clean-up). Whatever you decide, practice - practice - practice, before committing to spraying any job or project.
To answer your question about masking, ToolSeeker mentioned the hand masker - and they are great time-saving tools. Personally I prefer to use masking paper in mine, instead of plastic, but that's a "to each his own" thing... and ALWAYS, ALWAYS use a high quality masking tape - ALWAYS. "Blue" tapes are extremely popular now 'cause the adhesives used does not require immediate removal of tape, but unfortunately not all blue tapes are created equal. It won't save you any money to go with a cheap tape that either doesn't stick well enough, or doesn't release when you need it to. Personally I use 1" frog tape in my hand masker with great results.