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Hi,

I am not very knowledagable about painting, but would like to be.

My compnay rents out about 200 office spaces. When a space becomes available we repaint the floors and walls of the space, keep in mind these are empty rooms.

Overall we have to paint 1-5 offices a month that range from 120-1,000 sq ft. I would estmate using around 3-20 gallons of paint a month.

Right now we hand paint with rollers, but I feel this is too time consuming. A sprayer, I would think, should save a lot of time and have a smoother look.

What sprayer do you recommend for this type of work? How would you recommend repainting these rooms efficiently and as nice as possible?

Thanks.

Josh
 

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To be honest, if you are newer to painting, then jumping into buying, using, and maintaining an airless sprayer would not be my suggestion. Learning how to efficiently a job by hand takes some experience, never mind spraying.
 

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i guess i did not explain the situation well enough.

i am not the one painting. we have a super that has been painting for years and is very experienced with using a roller, brush and dropcloth. however, he has never used a sprayer. I have been told that spraying a room would save a lot of time and will come out very clean. Right now we spend 4-8 hours painting a room. Could we reduce this if using a sprayer?

once again, the super, not i, will be using the sprayer.

i guess the first question is, should the super be using a roller and brush or a sprayer for this type of job?
 

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Read the post: Ok---teach me something about Spraying

Especially about if the spray gets pulled into the AC/Htg system. You could have 200 renters owning your building....
Using spayers in occupied spaces can be a major problem....
 

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I spray mostly exteriors but I have sprayed interior. For the most part, the spraying for interiors is mostly new construction because with a fully occupied home with furniture to move, people currently living there, etc. it just won't make sense.

But if the rooms you are painting are completely gutted and you develop a system that you can run efficiently day in and day out then it can save time.

You also have to take into consideration that changing colours with an airless sprayer takes significant time as well as properly cleaning the machine, and even masking off everything you don't want over spray to get on is time consuming as well.
 

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You keep mentioning the finish.... when a wall is sprayed it is usually gets back rolled so you'll wind up with the roller texture anyways... I've done a few commercial jobs like your talking about and an 18 inch roller with speed him up
and be a better fit for that type of work. Not to mention less clean up.
 

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18" roller and a faster painter
Dang, that guy's dogging it
Office repaints he should be cooking like crazy
This guy's using a crock pot
 

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to verify:

we do not need a sprayer, and an hand 18" roller is the best equipment to paint an empty 200-1,000 sq ft room white?

Do you have any recommendations on how to do this any more efficiently?
 

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to verify:

we do not need a sprayer, and an hand 18" roller is the best equipment to paint an empty 200-1,000 sq ft room white?

Do you have any recommendations on how to do this any more efficiently?
Sounds like your super, who has lots of experience, is probably doing just fine. Perhaps a better strategy for improving efficiency is to get your company to raise the rent on these 200 units by $2/month each and give the super a raise. That investment would likely improve efficiency.
 

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Josh, doesn't seem like we're quite getting all the info here.

But if I were on a blow n go I'd spray em for sure.

My guess is the super has a program and you shouldn't rock the boat.
 

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Looks like Josh had/has the job of finding ways to make work more productive at the business.

Quote/ My guess is the super has a program and you shouldn't rock the boat.

Now if the super is being lazy that is something else...but this sounds like the new kid wants to impress the boss. :whistling2:
 

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EZ to impress boss if that's the case...

Show up on time, ready to work.
Follow orders.
Leave cell phone in truck.
Work 'til boss says its time to go home.
 

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Looks like Josh had/has the job of finding ways to make work more productive at the business.

Quote/ My guess is the super has a program and you shouldn't rock the boat.

Now if the super is being lazy that is something else...but this sounds like the new kid wants to impress the boss. :whistling2:
that is exactly the case. Our Super has been using a roller for 10+ years. We have recently been reviewing his work schedule and note that he spends a big block of time painting. It is my job to find out if the super can paint more efficiently by using other methods - such as a sprayer (which is what home depot had told me).

However, my understanding from previous posts is that the super is correctly using a roller and not a sprayer - is this incorrect? Should he, in fact, be using a sprayer?
 
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