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Proulx06 09-06-2007 04:40 PM

Which paint sprayer to use with this compressor?
Here's the compressor I got for Christmas. I have yet to use it (no time). I'm in the process of painting all the wood trim in my house white, and I'd like to remove all the doors and spray them at once. Just not sure where to start with the sprayer...I've never so much as used one (yes, I'll practice first). Any suggestions?

Workaholic 09-06-2007 05:04 PM

The problem with spraying with a compessor is that you have to thin the material to much. IF you have a big project to do i would rent an airless. If you only have a small amount of work to do i would recommend the old fashion way via brush or roller.

Proulx06 09-06-2007 07:01 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I'd say this is a decent sized job. We have about 14 doors (all interior) that are stained wood. I'll need three coats on each, so it's a sizeable job. Probably not anything I can paint in one day, even if I spread out the prep work. Renting isn't out of the question, but I was hoping to purchase something myself.

Is the thinning of the paint a problem or a nuisance? I obviously don't want to make my job harder...

Hamilton 09-06-2007 07:08 PM

Save that oiless compressor for nail guns or filling the tires on your car.

I've tried both pot guns and gravity fed guns, neither work with house paint. By the time you get the paint thin enough to spray there's no substance/color to it and it runs like crazy.

Proulx06 09-06-2007 07:11 PM

OK cool, thanks folks. Now if I'm renting...can I use normal latex paint? I have a couple gallons of Sherwin Williams Pro Class that has been working great for the trim in my house, and I'd like the doors to match.

And is there any specific type of sprayer I should rent? Something like this?

Doesn't have a rental price, I'll call...

Proulx06 09-06-2007 07:18 PM

Looks like I have my answer right here...not exactly what I wanted to spend, but if I can prep all the doors beforehand (might need a day or two off from work!) then hopefully I can paint most of them in one day. I've painted some discolored white doors a new coat of white before, and that was tedious with a brush/roller.

Hamilton 09-06-2007 08:09 PM

I haven't heard of an "Airlessco", but that doesn't mean anything. Paint stores also rent sprayers, like professional Graco or Spraytec.

What kind of primer are you using?

Proulx06 09-06-2007 09:16 PM

OK, I'll check out the paint stores. I'm using Sherwin Williams Preprite Problock. I did one room's worth of coat of primer and two coats of paint and it looks fantastic. I'm very happy with it.

Hamilton 09-06-2007 11:45 PM

I haven't tried that but I see that it is alkyd base, you should do fine, good luck!

Proulx06 09-07-2007 05:11 AM

Whoops, meant to paste this above!

Da Vinci 09-07-2007 08:05 PM

The airlessco works fine for this. The only thing is you need a different tip for doors. Use a 413 for a better finish (8" fan, .013 tip orifice). the .017 is way too heavy, you'll have runs.

Bay ARea Painting Comapny

Workaholic 09-07-2007 09:10 PM

The airlessco will work fine, around here the HD's rent titan 640's.
I agree with using two different tips as well. I usualy use a 211 on door casings and a 311 on most doors.
I have used the preprite, pretty good stuff.

Da Vinci 09-08-2007 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Workaholic (Post 61855)
The airlessco will work fine, around here the HD's rent titan 640's.
I agree with using two different tips as well. I usualy use a 211 on door casings and a 311 on most doors.
I have used the preprite, pretty good stuff.

I like the 311 too, except they seem to clog more with latex paint.

Bay Area Painting COntractor

Hamilton 09-08-2007 10:46 AM

I, too, like a 311 and had the same experience with clogged tips. So I bought the finest screen filter and put that inside the handle of the gun...problem fixed!

Workaholic 09-08-2007 10:57 AM

I like to use those little strainers that you tie onto the suction tube over the screen.
With that and the screen on the pump, and another on the gun it reduces chunks quite a bit.
If the trim paint has been sitting awhile i strain it.
I strain all wall and ceiling paint, even after comming straight from the store, as you guys know it is often chunky.

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