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Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) Apr 29, 2018 7:12 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Apr 29, 2018 8:34 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by fred [CA]) Apr 29, 2018 8:48 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) Apr 29, 2018 9:14 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Apr 29, 2018 9:22 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by JB [OR]) Apr 29, 2018 10:15 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 29, 2018 11:30 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by cjo'h [CT]) Apr 30, 2018 12:24 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Apr 30, 2018 2:44 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by Still Learning [NH]) Apr 30, 2018 5:02 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) Apr 30, 2018 5:28 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by Vee [OH]) Apr 30, 2018 5:42 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by Patrick [VA]) Apr 30, 2018 7:52 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by RockM [OR]) Apr 30, 2018 8:27 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by R [OH]) Apr 30, 2018 9:37 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Apr 30, 2018 9:46 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by Jason [VA]) Apr 30, 2018 12:24 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) Apr 30, 2018 1:29 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by hollis [MA]) Apr 30, 2018 6:02 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) May 1, 2018 8:51 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by J [IN]) May 1, 2018 1:26 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) May 1, 2018 6:05 PM
       Paint Sprayers (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 2, 2018 12:01 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 2, 2018 12:03 AM
       Paint Sprayers (by George [NJ]) May 16, 2018 10:47 AM

Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 7:12 PM

IF you use paint sprayers; what paint sprayers have you used to prep your rental units???

The paint sprayer would give a great finish for kitchen cabinets, vanities, doors and trim.

I have watched several youtubes showing paint sprayers being used on the entire unit. Spraying first the trim and doors. Then the walls and finish with the ceiling. The prep time is a key factor taping off areas with plastic drops clothes. You don't want over spray.

What paint sprayer would you recommend?

Graco Paint Sprayers?

Titan Paint Sprayers?

The benefit of a paint sprayer would be starting with the primer. The only areas to prep would be the floor IF you have carpeting and the windows. The ceiling, walls, trim and doors would be a quick spray. The finish coat would take more time due to different colors for the ceiling, walls and trim. Also different sheens: flat, eggshell and semi-gloss; prepping to mask and cover the areas. --99.56.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 8:34 PM

My only experience with paint sprayers was in the 1980s (yeesh! Am I really that old?) It was a Wagner Power Sprayer and it worked GREAT the first time I needed to use it. I put it away, needed it 2 years later and the tip was clogged. By that time Wagner had changed their model and the replacement tips were no longer available. Went back to a good roller, pads, brushes and a selection of good podcasts.

So, if you are sure you do not want to rent one, and are set on buying, buy one with a track record of being able to get replacement parts.

Paint Sprayers (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 8:48 PM

You know the benefits and advantages of using a spray gun, but here are some of the negatives:

1. Spray maintenance. How many times have you seen professional painters fiddle with they nozzle to get it going? These guns are delicate, paint dries fast and they get clogged in minutes.

Most apartments are not that large to warrant the use of a paint sprayer.

And then there is cleaning. You clean and clean and clean...and it's still not clean.

2. Cost of sprayers. Some machines cost hundreds.

3. Over spray. A problem that is visible by every prospective tenant.

4. Painting Time. It may seem fast, if you ignore prep time, masking time, removal of masking.

5. Cost of supplies. Pretty high, and most supplies are one time use items.

6. Indoors, I've tried sprayers and now I'm back to rollers and brushes. Toss them all at the end of the project.

Outdoors, for things like stucco, decks and gazebos I would use a small Wagner or Kraus that I can toss at the end of the project.

Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 9:14 PM

Watching youtube the painter makes it look soooo easy using the paint sprayer. The Graco has a hose attachment that makes cleaning easy. Before I consider buying a paint sprayer I mayl go to Home Depot Rentals and check it out.

The roller and brush may be my choice in the end; once I do more research on paint sprayers. --99.56.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 9:22 PM

Air less paint sprayers are great if going to paint the interior or exterior of a house or a entire apartment. Pros do not have to thin paint, painting ceilings easy to do. Cons, should wear gloves, lots of over spray where masking is required, costly as a air less sprayer will cost from $400 to $1,000 dollars. Be sure to follow all the safety instructions. You Tube has videos on air less paint sprayers.

Paint Sprayers (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 10:15 PM

If you think you would like to give a sprayer a try I would suggest you go to your local equipment rental store and rent one for the day. Try it out see if you like it. You can get a good feel for whether or not it is something you really want to purchase or not.

Paint Sprayers (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2018 11:30 PM

You have to filter your paint to take out anything that can clog your spray tip. Also you have to thin out the paint also. Water base, add water. Oil base paint, add thinner. Then the clean up afterwards. It's murder. If I'm going to spray an entire house, then it might be worth it, but often not.

That unless you have a gravity feed top loader piston airless sprayer, cost around $3,000. Now that's a tool! --47.156.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 12:24 AM

Tom,I had two Wagner at different times,both airless,loaned one to a friend,he painted the outside of a three family house that he had,looked beautiful. But he never cleaned it when he finished,he thought he did,but I bad to junk it. Bought another one,sprayed part of a house,was going to finish it next day,Someone broke in and liked it and also liked the paint that was still left in the pail,so Tom,I really don't know what to tell you,except that I won't buy another one ........... .reason, ......just because ..................................... --174.199.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 2:44 AM

Graco is an industry standard.

after 20 years of occupancy with many turnovers - I just sprayed (HD/Lowes bought Graco) an apartment and it looks like new - lot of masking tape and plastic but does a great job.

definitely get a great mask and you will come out with your face and hands the color you are painting - Hint - use latex

Paint Sprayers (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 5:02 AM

We rent one from HD when we need to spray popcorn ceilings. My husband painted his way through college so he does the spraying. There is a lot of prep work taping. We have gotten clogged tips and had to take the rental back to exchange the nozzle. They are finicky.

Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 5:28 AM

Man I've used um all over the years. Rollering, Wagner spray gun with all types of adapters and swivels for doing ceilings, spary guns, you name it.

Best thing is "PAINT STICKS" i KEEP 10 BRAND NEW ONES IN MY WAREHOUSE AND 3 ON MY TRUCK. They cost about 19.00 each. Use them about 4 or 8 times- chuck them and break out new one. No more tapeing out trim and cabinets. It was taking us a day to protect what we didn't want paint spray on. The second day we would spray-- get the clothe cover alls on- spray masks and other person ready to keep paint flowing while I sprayed.

We used the same paint since 1986 "Glidden Antique white" in one gallon cans. The color has remained the same over the years. Think about this if you've used the same paint year after year-- how much of the wall do you need to paint? 2 ft from the floor and 1 or 2 feet from the ceiling-- the paint in the middle 4 ft is what needs refresh. In 4 hours 2 men on paint sticks can do almost any home. ANY. For 19.00 give it a try. Even if you have to get close to floor or ceiling you use the stick (as it gets empty so your not lifing a full of paint-- paint stick -- to do along ceiling edge.

Another trick. On halls and baths when its tight quarters. Use the full sticks in BDRMS and as the stick handle gets shorts, as you use its paint, switch over to hall and bath walls.

Paint Sprayers (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 5:42 AM

Graco name has been around a long time, I have had several of the Wagner vibrators and they are a onetime wonder, no matter how much floetrol and cleaning they just will not go a month later, off to the trash bin - supposed to carry a tool 7 years but it only lasts 7 weeks. Then came a tip here to a repair place called Gleem paint where you can get parts and a remanufactured system less than half of new, great airless parts supplier.

Paint Sprayers (by Patrick [VA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 7:52 AM

MYOB...What are the Paint Sticks you are speaking of? 19 dollars each?

Paint Sprayers (by RockM [OR]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 8:27 AM

I think spraying interior walls/trim is more work than it's worth. Exterior is a different story, spraying is the way to go. I use Graco for exteriors and it has worked great. --157.245.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by R [OH]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 9:37 AM

Hi Tom,

It takes me forever and a day to paint a whole interior of a house. I don't like it at all. But with my Graco sprayer life is easier. So many nooks and crannies to paint by hand is no fun. It looks like that have a small Graco on sale at Lowes for 219.00 but the sale ends today. I've never used that one but I do have the one for about $300.00. It is money well spent. I'd rather spend the time masking rather than painting by hand. They are not hard to clean. All you have to do is fill up a 5 gallon bucket of warm soapy water and run that through the machine into an empty 5 gallon bucket and you are done as long as it's water based paint and primer. If you get a smaller tip, I use 215 (I think) and there is less overspray. Also turn the machine up just enough to get paint on the walls and not full blast. There's other tips on this site. Do a search on "paint sprayers" here. Also with the model that I use and the one that is on sale I set it up on a 5 gallon bucket with a board on it to lift it off the ground. I also have a 5 foot hose so I can put it in one place in the house and paint almost everywhere. You don't even need to clean it out every night if you are not finished. Just cover everything up and put the spray gun in a bucket of mineral spirits or better yet take off the tip and cover the gun in aluminum foil and a plastic bag. Read the reviews on Lowes and the jungle website and you will see more tips there too. Good luck. They are time savers. Don't mess around with Wagner. --12.47.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 9:46 AM

We hire our painters and they prefer spraying cabinets. I've noticed that the nes we've had sprayed vs. hand painted are much more durable.

The prep work takes forever. --71.75.xx.xx

Paint Sprayers (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 12:24 PM

I use a Graco myself, but I've had three other Wagners. I've learned regardless of the brand, if you don't thoroughly clean it after EACH AND EVERY use, you're going to be tearing it apart to fix it the next time you need it.

Make sure to read up on preventative maintenance during long term storage. That is one tool I would NEVER lend to anyone because all it takes is one time to ruin it. --170.224.xx.x

Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 1:29 PM

wagner or Aldi sometimes has them. You can buy the cut down version-- doesn't have all the suzy homemaker parts with it because you as LL don't need all the B * parts.

Jason VA you are exactly right. Also you have to strain the paint. WHY because any bit of trash or plastic will clog it. This is one reason we don't use 5 gal buckets. There's all types of plastic residue in the buckets. 1 gal cans only.

R OH you have made my point--- with paint sticks we have never ever had to cover anything for tomorrow. I wish some of you would give it a shot. The sticks can be bought with a motor also -- you don't even have to use hand pressure to eject paint. my guy has stopped using those because he can (after doing a few homes) regulate it better by hand. We have even used them on ceilings.

Paint Sprayers (by hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 6:02 PM

I LOVE paint sticks , However I spend a bit more and get the battery operated Wagner about 35 dollars,...well worth it in savings in labor costs. The battery (3 aaa's)make it even easier,..(MYOB If you haven't tried one, I suggest you do) I have used the push rod type, and the trigger type,..the battery one is by far the best,....

Paint Sprayers (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: May 1, 2018 8:51 AM

I had a Wagner paint sprayer. It was the gun and the quart container attached. After a few uses it became a dust collector. Of course you get what you pay for.

MYOB of GA mentioned the paint stick that caught my interest.

When using a roller with a bucket or a tray you need to load the roller. HOWEVER with a paint stick its pre loaded and ready to go for more time rolling paint.

Both Graco and Titan have a roller attachment this will be a continuous feed of paint until the room is completed.

The term back rolling was mention to me. A roller and the spray gun is attached to a pole; spray then back roll. While IF have to back roll then I wold use the roller with a continuous feed.

I can tape off windows, receptacles, switches and other items not wanted sprayed. Spray the primer, then spray the ceiling, trim, doors and windows, kitchen cabinets.


Paint Sprayers (by J [IN]) Posted on: May 1, 2018 1:26 PM

I have a graco from sherwin Williams. Everybody that has used it loves it. I also have the masker that holds the tools of masking plastic and tape. The masker for masking film is a must to me.

Paint Sprayers (by myob [GA]) Posted on: May 1, 2018 6:05 PM

hollis MA I did say about the motor. yes tried it and my helper loves it. The problem is the weight after a while working overhead and upper wall. you have just as much control with less weight. One other point-- when these manual ones get older they do get harder to push-- thats why I get rid of them after about 4 houses. For 19.00 you get a fresh easy to use and push roller and new roller cover to boot.

Paint Sprayers (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 12:01 AM


We use the Graco from Lowes priced around $299. Holds up well, saves us TONS of time.

Don't bother with Wagner - it's for hobbyists and one time use.

The paint makes a big difference in finish quality. We use Sherwin's Cabinet Paint for kitchen cabinets. Great finish!

Check out IdahoPainter on Youtube. TONS of instructional videos on painting.


Paint Sprayers (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 2, 2018 12:03 AM


We use the 20" extension for longer reach and

and extra 50' hose for less moving of the machine. Park it at the corner of a house and we can reach 2 sides without moving the rig.


Paint Sprayers (by George [NJ]) Posted on: May 16, 2018 10:47 AM

I bought a used airless sprayer for $60 that originally came from Harbor Freight and have had it for years. I've painted whole houses inside and outside, parade floats, etc. That thing is worth it's weight in gold! Easy to clean by hooking up to the garden hose, and had never strained or needed to cut paint, ever. If there is a clog, you just let off the trigger and flip the lever to flush the nozzle to clear clog in less than 5 seconds. True it's only worth breaking out for larger jobs, but it actually makes that work fun. It's still got the same nozzle I bought it with used, never needed to change it yet.

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