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Old 10-25-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
 
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So it seems like all I have been doing is painting windows. A lot of darn windows. Now I have some window grilles to paint. Some 35 light inserts and some 15 light inserts.

I am thinking HVLP for the interior color, then use a cheap 3" roller from HD that comes with its own roller tray as part of the packing. he back (outer) side od the grilles are flat so I find that using that little roller works the best .... just load it with paint ... then unload a bit of the paint on some cardboard then roll the grille.

Anyone have a better way?

Not looking forward to doing these (2x35 4x15) Dark grren inside and of white outside. I just hope I get one more warm day so I can spray the interior part.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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If you need the lines to be super sharp and find the paint wants to wrap around a little when you roll the outer color, so could spray or paint the outer color first and then run a a piece of tape on the flat part so you can spray the inside portion with no over spray on the exterior side.
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Not a bad idea ... but I would be worried about the paint coming off with the tape. Some of the grilles are plastic. Maybe since they have been painted before I would be ok.
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Like you, I'd spray one side and brush/roll the other. Too bad they are not the same color on both sides.
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I hate it when i come across multi colored window grids, often can be really flimsy. I normaly only come across wooden ones. I do as you already suggested spray the detailed side and roll the flat side. The tape idea works well if you give pleanty enough time to dry befor lightly applying the tape.
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I'd try spraying both sides. Spray the non detailed side first, then set on something very flat to spray the other side. If you spray directly down & very lightly, they could come out nice. Just don't move them till they are completely dry so you don't get paint on the backs. Do a test run with one & see how it works.
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I tried spraying both sides once without taping the flat side off, just laying them on rosin paper and the airless would move them and mess up the one side FWIW. If you are using HVLP and they are not too light, it might work.
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i would get an illegal alien to do this job,,,,he will have it done before lunch, and youll be able to go on to less tedious tasks
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I think I will try the tape idea. I can paint the outer side Tuesday and maybe if it warms up at all here I can spray the interior side.
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Hey John, if you run slow this winter and I have extra work, could I sub your illegal from you? What would the sub rate be? I took some spanish in high school, so I should be able to give some basic instruction (Rapido, muy rapido, you know, the basics).
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Your if you have it a little Air touch up gun. They spray a nice fan and I have ran just about every thing through one. Granted some times real thin. The one gun that I will replace. Just love them for small projects.
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yes,my guys legit, he has a ssn, and will be 1099'd. i bill him out for $30 per hour. he is really quick, and shows up on time. he has no problem driving/swimming/scaling for work. he said he has a lot of freinds too.
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your 1099'ing him so he is a sub???
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We've done it many ways, but spraying HVLP rhe profile side and whiz rolling the flat seems to be the most proficient. Put a less skilled painter on the rolling part. Incidentally, when we need clean saw horses for each spray cycle we wipe them with a rag then apply a 2 inch band of masking tape to the horses and they are like new again.
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