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Old 03-05-2014, 03:54 PM
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Airless paint sprayers?

I have thought of buying one of these for a long time, but not actively. Now that I've decided that spending a lot of time painting is for suckers, I'm looking again and need some opinions. I asked a painter about the cheap ones and he said they're not worth buying, but I also read comments stating that they work, but have crappy nozzles, so it's best to replace with Graco. I was at HD today and the Graco sprayers aren't terribly expensive. I'm not painting anything huge, but it seems I could rent 5-6 times and spend as much as buying one. If I buy, I don't have to drive anywhere to rent, then find out they don't have one, or that the one they do have was screwed up by the last one to rent it. Plus, it would spray a wide variety of finishes, which is a bonus.

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Old 03-05-2014, 04:02 PM
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I bought one of these - http://magnum.graco.com/products/M_P...ages/0MagnumX5
Painted all the interior trim, doors, cabinets, ceilings.. Let's just save the whole story - Painted everything inside and out with this sprayer - IT IS AWESOME! Might of been the best money I spent remodeling the foreclosed house we bought.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:02 PM
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I have one of the cheap Graco Spray Station HVLP sprayers from Lowes. have used it 6-8 times spraying paint and stain and it has been great. So good that I really feel I got my money's worth from it. I think it was ~$150 or so.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:52 PM
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My question is why do house painters paint with airless and car painters paint with air?

What are the advantages?
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:00 PM
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My question is why do house painters paint with airless and car painters paint with air?

What are the advantages?
Very good question... Also, why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways???
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:18 PM
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I painted with the Graco X5 and it was awesome. I really thought about buying the harbor freight one recently, and have heard great reviews for $150ish
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:43 PM
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My question is why do house painters paint with airless and car painters paint with air?

What are the advantages?
One paint is very thick and needs a pump to provide the pressure to spray. Auto paint is very thin and uses air. Air is bad for auto paint because all air has some water in it. That's why you will see auto painters with multiple siphons to pick up any moisture.

To the OP: Any Graco or Titan is plenty for personal use. Make sure to clean it. That means at least 5 gallons of water through the sprayer when you are done. Do that and it will last a long time.

My company sprays paint every single day. We use gas powered sprayers because the spread is more even. But all the time I think to myself, heck we have to backroll anyways, why do I have so many $2k sprayers? (I got them for really good deals thats why ) But actually because we fly through trim and ceilings. Literally a 2500 sq ft house gets painted in 1 day all trim and ceilings.

If you need to order anything please call my family supplier in Texas. It will usually be cheaper than HD or Lowes.

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:29 PM
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I bought a Graco X9 years ago and it was great. The rebuild kit was like $50 and I have only had to do it once. And it was way easier to rebuild than the heavy duty sprayers. The only downside to owning a sprayer is that everyone else wants to borrow it. This has ended up costing me some cash where people don't clean it out good enough, lost and effed up tips, broken guns, etc. As long as you hide it from your friends and neighbors, it should last a long time.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:43 PM
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Ok, sorry to hi jack your thread but we are keeping it related to air less paint sprayers. I have all my trim in my house sprayed. I need to touch up and repaint a few windows. I will not use a brush, what i love the most about my trim is there is no brush marks in it. If I have to take everything out of the room and tape up everything I'm fine with it.

I would really like to know from one of the everyday painters is what gun would you recommend. Again I'm only using it for windows and trim areas. The less mess the better for me.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:47 PM
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Ok, sorry to hi jack your thread but we are keeping it related to air less paint sprayers. I have all my trim in my house sprayed. I need to touch up and repaint a few windows. I will not use a brush, what i love the most about my trim is there is no brush marks in it. If I have to take everything out of the room and tape up everything I'm fine with it.

I would really like to know from one of the everyday painters is what gun would you recommend. Again I'm only using it for windows and trim areas. The less mess the better for me.
Dude its kinda expensive but the Graco battery powered sure shot pro (finish grade) is sooooo amazing. Doors, trim whever touch up, soooo beautiful, fast and easy to clean. It gets used daily.

Also, if you are worried about brush strokes there is good quality paint that will leave a sprayed look. Even when applied with a brush.

In situations where I have to cover oil based trim with latex paint, I use an Alkalyd hybrid acrylic formula paint from Sherwin called Pro Classic (specify the hybrid alkalyd water based acrylic paint) We have to apply this with brushes because there is no way I'm sraying oil or even an oil hybrid acrylic with my spray guns. And that stuff drys smooth as silk.The standard latex Pro Classic is just as good as the acrylic hybrid, I was just using it as my example for when I do have to brush vs over latex ... we spray everytime.
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