HF Airless Sprayer Kit Question

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07-03-2014 07:35 PM

I am trying to add to my tool collection with each project as many of you have suggested but I don’t want to make a bad purchase so I am looking for some advice. We are in the process of gutting and repainting a den in our house. It is a 12×16 room with 8 foot ceilings. The walls are wooden panels that were stained when it was originally built.

There are 9 windows and a wood shelf built into one of the walls .. needless to say it is a monster project to paint all of this wood with rollers and brushes. My question is .. would this be too big of a job for the HF airless sprayer kit:

It looks like this only used to finish pieces of furniture and stuff. Would it be too much to use it to paint an entire room? Thanks for the advice in advance.

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 08:15 PM

The particular unit you mention is an HVLP system, and HVLP seems to be the preferred choice for the finishes one typically puts on woodworking projects. Earlier this year I got one of these.

The preferred choice for latex paints seems to be airless, such as this one. I don’t know if HF has one but there are airless sprayers that are just a gun. I’ve ordered one of these because of how much I liked spraying latex with my HVLP gun.

Home Depot and/or Lowes has charts of the sprayers that they sell and how they work for various finishing tasks.

I have been spraying paint inside my house recently and for me it is actually much slower than using a roller. The painting is much faster with a sprayer, but the masking and cleanup have been quite time consuming. I’m choosing to spray because I want to see how it works, and also because I’m hoping to get smooth walls without the texture typical of a roller. For me rolling walls is relatively quick and low stress. Cutting in can be tedious. Rolling ceilings is for me kinda messy and spraying might be a bit easier.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 08:54 PM

Thanks Greg for the advice. To clarify, would the HF airless sprayer I originally mentioned not be effective with latex paint? Is it only supposed to be used for wood finishes or is that just preferred? I am leaning towards spraying versus rolling because the room has basically been gutted. All trim has been removed and the floor has been pulled up. So, I would not have to tape up as much as normal and I thought a sprayer would be ideal.

I am trying to keep costs as low as possible and at the same time grab an airless paint sprayer I could use on woodworking projects down the road. Thanks again for the reply.

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 09:07 PM

The unit you linked to is not airless, it’s HVLP, that’s high volume low pressure of AIR. Airless is a different device.
For example:

You can spray latex paint with HVLP. You have to thin it, and usually use Floetrol.

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks brtech. Well I guess that makes a lot more sense to me now. I just thought the item I listed (HVLP) was considered ‘airless’ because it didn’t require an air compressor. My bad.

Am I crazy to buy this unit for the job I have described? Will I have to put a bunch of coats on because I had to thin out the paint?

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 09:46 PM

It’s probably okay. The Earlex products are better, but cost more. Another choice that is pretty close to this one is currently on sale at Peachtree:

use code JULY14 and it’s $71.99 I have one of these but have not used it much yet.

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