SPRAY PAINTING - equipment information


In the beginning I used an inexpensive compressor ($90) with a small tank and low pressure capacity.
When I sprayed a large project it couldn't keep up. I had to let the tank refill all the time. So the motor
 was running non stop, wave at your neighbor and smile like you have no clue why they are so upset.

It did last several years probably because I was only using it occasionally.


Eventually it finally gave up. Now I was starting to use it more often so I decided to upgrade
 and get something a bit more powerful. For my next one I paid $200 at Canadian Tire.
It was twice the capacity at 150 PSI with a 6 gallon tank.



UPDATE:
The $200 compressor went after 18 months. I was using it every day so I'm not surprised.
In the mean time I learned to buy my tools during Christmas. I got an even better one
the next time and only paid $127 on sale in December.

All this talk about my compressor and you are wondering where is the gun.
The gun is a separate piece and a separate purchase, about $50.
Again watch for specials at Christmas.


This is what mine looks like and it is made by Campell Hausfeld
It is a gravity fed spray gun (paint goes in the pot on top)
with air filter (that's the blue thing at the bottom)
and 1.4mm spray tip. (standard size)


I do not have a dedicated spray booth, area, or room, all I have is the great out doors.
When spraying out doors there are definite pros & cons:

BRIGHT SUMMER DAY
your paint dries quickly but bugs are attracted to your paint
you need sun glass using white paint but there is no threat of rain
be careful of the back or your neck, it burns too! I've done it.


OVERCAST or CLOUDY SUMMER DAY
your paint dries at a regular rate and there are no bugs
you have some threat of rain but you won't go blind looking at your white paint
and the temperature is much nicer to work in


I love to brush paint furniture
but there are times when spraying is the easiest or obvious choice,
for example I will never brush paint spindles or chairs ever again.


NOTE:

I only use water base paints in my gun 
I do not put paints with powders added to them in my gun
I always thin my paint with water
I always run the paint through a paint strainer

For thinning your paint (latex or ASCP) for use in a sprayer:
You don’t want your paint too runny like milk but more like cream.
  Add small amounts of water and you’ll get the hang of it quickly.

You will also have to experiment with your spray guns settings.
You should have a spray radios knob and an air pressure setting.

Scroll back to the picture of my gun and you will see one knob on the back and one on the side.

I hope this answers some of your questions for now.
Feel free to ask more if you have them.

UPDATE:
More information on using an HVLP spray gun with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can be read here:

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8 comments:

  1. I handbrush all my furniture, spindles and all but I can do it fast, there is no overspray. I use waterbase products and can work in aircondition sunroom without fumes, when I spray I tend to make a big mess and then there's the cleaning the sprayer........I am a brush girl!

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  2. I haven't sprayed ...yet.... I'm thinking the mirror I just bought will be my first try at it and then we'll see which one I prefer.

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  3. Thanks for the tips, I still have not tried spraying yet! I just finished a spindle bed frame, and between the wrist and the back.... I should try your technique.

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  4. ...great idea!...great job!

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  5. How timely - thanks! I've just been investigating paint sprayers because I have a lot of painting to do in/around/for my new house.

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  6. Great info, I would love to have a paint sprayer. I think it would open the color possibilities right up. :)

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  7. I so need a sprayer!!! Not because I would use one very often....but a girl needs the right tools for the right projects....like spindles!!!

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  8. Thanks so much for your help. Your furniture looks amazing!

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THANK YOU ALL!