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"We are such idiots."

bizzymumma's picture

DH has said this at least three times over the last week.:p

We've been doing an exterior "face lift" on the house since August, doing all the work ourselves. Windows (including 8' patio door) replaced, all new trim around all the windows outside painted, cut and hung, all the facia painted, new garage doors, new front door, rock work, fence stained, end of house painted, and shed built and painted. I'm *this* close to showing you some before and afters, we just need to finish up the trim around the front door.

Anyways, the end of the house (which had been obscured by bushes and was a completely different colour than the rest of the house) and all those miles of combface for around the windows we painted with rollers. Days. of. work. :cry:

When we went to stain the new section of fence last weekend, DH was going to rent a sprayer, but actually ended up buying one at Cdn Tire because renting it for two days would cost about half as much as buying one, and we have other jobs we could also use it for. Anyways, DH would freaking marry this sprayer if he could. :eek: He's like a kid with a new toy. No, a kid with a new toy STORE. He called the kids out to watch him spraying. What would have taken us days took us 40 minutes! All that lattice on the top? Can you imagine?

Then yesterday he painted the new 8x12 shed (hardy board exterior) in less than half an hour. :D

If you don't have a paint sprayer, I'm just going to say you're an idiot too. :D$225 at Cdn Tire is the best money we ever spent on renovations, and we are totally kicking ourselves for not thinking of it earlier! :mad:


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bizzymumma's picture

reno-vator - it is electric, very quiet.

How is it for over spray?

I think a lot of the overspray is operator-controlled. For the fence we weren't worried too much - We attached a sheet of plastic to a 2x4 and sat it on top with the plastic hanging down on the other side. When DH did the shed, he didn't need to tape off anything, but it was about 18" away from the fence and there was no overspray. You can control the strength or speed of the spray, and I think the distance you are away from the object is key too.

Of course when he painted all the trim for the shed, he just lined it up on saw horses out on the grass and there was tons of overspray - but that will be gone next time he mowes the lawn. ;)

I'm not sure about using it indoors - you'd have to do a lot of taping. The one thing my BIL did learn from a painting contractor is that when you spray inside, it's not so easy to just touch up later because if you go over a section with a roller the finish will look completely different. But for furniture, lots of trim before you put it up and outdoor jobs, it rocks!

bizzymumma's picture

OK, this is the one we have:


Our BIL has the same one, so DH had seen it used and knew which specific one he wanted.

Is it fairly straightforward? We were going to pay someone to paint our bedroom furniture, however this could be another idea being that we have other things we want to paint as well. How does it work exactly. Do you pour paint in a container and attach it? Is it hard to clean afterwards? I have never even seen one used, but would love to try it. Can you use it for any type of paint or primer as well?

It's totally straight-forward and easy to use. It would be perfect for painting furniture! You pour the paint into the large tray and put the lid on, so no dust or debris gets into the paint. The paint goes through a filter in the bottom of the tray, through the hose to the sprayer and some circulates back into the tray as well (not sure why?). You can use it with stain, paint, primer, latex or oil. The cleanup does take a while, but it's basically just pumping sudsy water through the system until it runs clear. I guess with oil based paint you'd have to use paint thinner. It has to be cleaned really well so nothing gets clogged, but DH has used it 3 times now and just loves it! We have used Aura paint in it, and it did have to be thinned down just a little bit so it would run smoothly. We were going to pay someone to paint our house in a couple years (exterior) but now we're going to do it ourselves, so it by far will pay for itself many times over. Hope that helps. :)

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