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Old 01-21-2019, 09:13 PM   #1
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New here to the forum but were a 2 man carpentry team here that is going to start painting due to the scheduling issues and dealings that we come across. Were looking at investing in a 395 graco and then maybe some tri-tech tips. I've done some painting before or should i say prepping. I know how to really prep a space for paint and take all of those steps serisously and diligently as i know that really dictates the outcome of your finish. Just looking for some help in spraying advice, equipment, learning a bit more about paints latex vs oil, alkylyd, and pre catalyzed. Those things confuse the hell out of me but i would like to be able to learn some stuff here that can help me become a proficient painter.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:48 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard! I know what you mean about jumping into other trades. We have such a lack of contractors in my area, that homeowners just want SOMEONE, anyone, to get their project done. I've had to delve into drywall, electrical, plumbing, even some trim finish work to keep a project going. If you have a good quality paint store in your area with knowledgeable employees, they can be a big help with your selection of a spray rig. I'm lucky that my local SW store has a manager with 28 years of experience and he's a great source of spray info.
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Welcome! Can I assume that youíre mainly looking to paint trim packs and built-ins?

If you can afford it, Iíd recommend an Air Assist Airless (AAA) sprayer. Graco and C.A. Technologies make two of the better AAA units. Compared to an airless these atomize the paint better and improve the transfer efficiency. In laymanís terms, theyíll produce a better finish and use less paint to do it.

My biggest piece of advice is to get as much practice as possible before you start shooting a clients project. Shooting takes a lot of practice.

Also, test new products before you try them. Some caulk and paints donít work well together. Some primers sand well and others donít. You get the point.

Youíre also bound to get runs and sags when you first start spraying. If youíre using water based products dampen a rag with denatured alcohol and lightly wipe the sag or run. This sometimes works better than sanding.

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