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Old 01-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #16
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Interesting point taken. If I were trying to preserve the finish on the wall I would work from the bottom up. I would expect to prime over any streaks though if priming and painting.
You stood your ground, but seemingly apologetically. You were right from the start. When you're priming and painting, streaks are no concern, only effectiveness and efficiency. The counterintuitiveness and duplicative effort of cleaning from the bottom up is a price that you must pay to avoid BJ's concern of streak staining. It's far easier, cost effective, and intuitive, to clean from the top down. Why fight nature over a moot point, streaks.

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thank you for all your replies. We have spray painted before and are comfortable with it. Its an empty house so spraying was my first thought. I was once told spraying uses less paint. With my skill level, this has not turn out to be true, but it did get the nooks and crannies that roller and brush wouldn't get. Sounds like there is no 'better' way to do it. Will need to rent the spray gun, so not sure if one can be rented for a shellac based primer. Also not sure if I can rent a respirator.
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Also not sure if I can rent a respirator.
Then do bite the bullet and buy one with the appropriate cartridges. It will come in handy for other projects. You do not want to be inhaling atomized denatured alcohol.Turn out all pilot lights too please if you are intent on spraying. I hope you don't. I would not.
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Then do bite the bullet and buy one with the appropriate cartridges.
Didn't realize they were fairly inexpensive to cheap. Saw a multi-purpose respirators, good for 'Stripping paint/lacquer' among a long list of other things for $50. Any comments on what to look for in buying one.
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Didn't realize they were fairly inexpensive to cheap. Saw a multi-purpose respirators, good for 'Stripping paint/lacquer' among a long list of other things for $50. Any comments on what to look for in buying one.
Standard cartridge size. Appropriate cartridge. Straps that look like they will last more than an hour. Comfortable rubber mask, etc. Overall decent looking and feeling construction. It's important it fit you well or the purpose is lost.
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Go to a real paint store - tell them what you are doing and ask them to show you.
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thank you for all your replies. We have spray painted before and are comfortable with it. Its an empty house so spraying was my first thought. I was once told spraying uses less paint. With my skill level, this has not turn out to be true, but it did get the nooks and crannies that roller and brush wouldn't get. Sounds like there is no 'better' way to do it. Will need to rent the spray gun, so not sure if one can be rented for a shellac based primer. Also not sure if I can rent a respirator.
You can spray shellac through any airless sprayer. I doubt that you can rent a respirator, nor would I want to. They are inexpensive. Buy one. Buy a 3m tape gun, lots of tape, plastic and masking paper as you will need to mask well, especially if you are not that experienced with spraying. Maybe a paint shield too. You will also need to back roll any walls and ceilings that you spray, no matter how smooth you can spray, back rolling is recommended. Spraying usually uses more paint and when you prime and clean the sprayer and gun you loose paint too. Make sure the filters in the gun and sprayer are the appropriate mesh for shellac and that they are clean. You may want a couple of different size spray tips too.

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