Cutting In with Earlex 5500

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Forum topic by mculik5 posted 12-19-2013 09:36 PM 762 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 09:36 PM

About a month ago, I started the following thread about using an Earlex 5500 to spray an entire bedroom with latex paint.

Long story short, the 5500 can do this, but the quality isn’t any better than rolling, and rolling is much faster. So, I decided I would roll the walls and use the 5500 for cutting in. My project got delayed a bit due to other things going on, but I finally had a chance to do the first coat last night using the spray/roll method, and wanted to provide an update.

Overall, I’m very happy with the results. I used a shield to keep paint from getting on the ceiling, and was very impressed/surprised at how well the shield worked. Much better than taping, and faster, too. I was also able to use the shield to spray around the outlet boxes. Additionally, the 5500 also makes it very easy to do corners. The other nice thing is (at least with the 2.0 mm needle) that the spray finish matches the roller finish – so no more brush lines.

The “applying paint” portion of cutting in is MUCH faster spraying than brushing. Preparing to paint and cleanup are about the same (I actually think the sprayer is easier to thoroughly clean than a brush, but I do have a large utility sink in my basement that makes it easier). Yes, you do have to do a better job prepping/taping before spraying, but I’d much rather hassle with a bit of tape and plastic than do minimal taping and end up with a lower quality finish and paint bleeding under the tape. I’m just a DIYer, so my process is definitely less efficient than pros, but for a DIYer, I think the overall time required is same for brushing or spraying.

I’m applying the second coat tonight. I’m also planning to use the sprayer to spray/roll a small closet, and spray some baseboards and casing after install. Will keep you updated.

Again, very happy with the 5500. I can’t see myself ever cutting with a brush again.

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 09:48 PM

Glad it worked out sounds like a good plan. I’ve used a airless for inside spraying ,but would only recomend it if you have an empty room and everything masked very well. It’s very quick but you need to know what your doing .Your Earlex will do the job for a lot more than house painting.

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