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Woo hoo, just bought my first home. Gonna close the deal on Friday. But the house needs a good paint job. It's got the wood-grained masonite type lap siding. I was thinking of getting one of these to do the job. Anyone have an opinion on it, or can you recommend a similarly priced one that might be better?
 

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Congrads on the real estate! I self contracted my last two homes. Even though I've never done an exterior, I sprayed my complete interior on the last two. I rented an airless sprayer from Sherwin Williams and it worked out slick, I sprayed and my wife rolled behind me. It's going to take a lot of paint, my interior was 25 gallons of paint and 20 gallons of primer. By the time your done, it's quite a bit of money. I'd go to a few paint stores in your area, get prices on the material and see if you can get a discount on the sprayer or even one "thrown" in on the deal. Sherwin gave me a disount on the spayer, I think I paid for two days and got two free.. it's been a few years. A commercial airless is 1000 times better than the Wagner! The sprayer I rented was nearly a grand, I believe my rental fee was around $70 bucks per day at the time. Good luck with the home and happy painting!
 

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Re: Bought a house, need airless paint sprayer adv

DO NOT BUY THE WAGNER. It will not last long. Rent one from your local HomeDestpot/sLowes/SherwinWilliams/Duron-ron, get a good one. It will make your life so much easier. Also, before you go and spend $$$ on paint and renting a sprayer...price having a paint contractor come in...Many times they get a much better price on the paint than you will. Had our house done a couple of years ago, was only about 10% less for me to buy the paint (retail) than it was to have the painter buy the paint AND slap it on the house...
 

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I sure got my money's worth out of a Wagner. Just remember, clean, clean and clean it again. I had the cheaper quart container type. I painted the outside of a 2.5 car garage twice in one afternoon. But I let a friend use it and....
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys. I did check out a few rental places before I posted this. Most of them around here were about $100 to $150 a day. I was just thinking that if I bought one for $200 and it lasted through 2 paint jobs, it would have paid for itself. Most people have crap to say about Wagner's, but most of the people I've talked to have only used the handheld quart type rather than this piston pump one. It did get fairly good reviews compared to the high priced ones, even though it's still a Wagner, and only costs $200. Did manage to find a new one on Ebay last night for about $160. I'll definitely check out the local Sherwin Williams shop to see if they can cut me a deal if I buy all the paint from them too.
 

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Yeah, I suggest checking with Sherwin Williams. When I built, I purchased all my paint from Sher-Wil, and they threw in the use of an industrial sprayer. Of course, in the house I sprayed 160 gallons of paint and primer, all in two days. I had my wife and son behind me rolling as I sprayed. With the sprayer I got from them, I just put a drop tube in the open five gallon paint bucket and sucked it dry. No pooring into a hopper, or fussing with it. Plus, it has a long hose that reduced the need to move the machine around much.
 

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Wait on the Wagner! I have painted houses for 16 years. I have seen almost all the Wagner products and for the money you would spend on a Wagner for limited use and often limited results, I would rent a high end piston-driven airless. If you think you might use it more than once, go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy the $400 unit they sell with 25 ft of hose. You can add hose for a little more if you need it. The less expensive style of sprayer uses a diaphram to build pressure and they tended to dry out and fail rather quickly with a lot of use. The piston driven which are coming down in price are MUCH better. Like with all sprayers..... clean it, clean it again, and clean it once more for good measure. Always spray out your material with water or thinner until it sprays clear. You'll be happy for a long time with a good sprayer bought or rented!

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I agree with everyone one the good piston type airless strayer. I put myself through college working as a contract painter and all I did was run a gun 12+ hrs a day most of the time. It is mucher easier on the machines running water base paints such as flats and semigloss. But when you are using oil base when painting exterior it is a pain in the butt without a good machine. If you have everything preped you should be able to prime and paint two base coats in much less than a day unless your house is much over 2000sqft or two story where lots of your painting will be from a ladder. If it was me I'd make sure to have plenty of hose 50ft +, best to have 100ft because you don't want to have to stop painting to move your machine all day. Get as much paint as you can in 5 gallon buckets because if you get 1 gallon pails and transfer it much more is waisted because the lip on the can.
 

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$400 !!!

I dont think he's wanting to start a business.
I picked up a rebuilt latex sprayer for under 30 bucks at Big Lots.
The results were better, quicker and easier than a brush or roller.
 

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If your talking about maybe renting one for $150 for one day, do a couple times and you'll kick yourself for not buying one outright.

All that said, I still roll all the interiors unless its new construction and even when spraying, you need to back roll it most of the time. A cheaper alternative is to purchase an 18 inch roller setup. The roller frame screws to the end of an extension handle and covers a ton of wall very quickly. Most of your Lowes and Home Depots sell the Wooster line of roller covers for around 6 - 10 bucks each and you can clean them and reuse them over and over if you stick with white tones. I call it the money maker and have been using it for my entire painting career. I've used it in my own house and my mother's house.... takes a little finesse to get coverage but you get no roller marks because the paint behind you doesn't have time to dry before you back roll. Just something to think about.

Back to jeeps.

 
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I have the Wagner and as noted above....clean clean and clean...along with the proper lubercation.
I have used the hell out of mine....using the right tip is important.

If you think you can do all of you painting in one day....then yea, rent. But, if you are like most of us, the project is going to take several weekends. I think the Wagner is a good value in that case.

But also note, that you will use more paint with the Wagner or any other airless sprayer. Rolling is slower, but wastes less.
 

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Wow, thanks for all the input guys. After thinking about it for a few days, I'll probably just roll it on. It will be far cheaper than buying a unit or renting one. A lot less preparation that way too. Don't have to mask off all doors and windows. Will probably take longer, but now that I've bought the house, I'll be too poor to do anything besides stay home and putter around in the yard. And after the painting, that's the next big step!
 
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Make room in the garage so you can work on your jeep.

I'm woking on plans now to remove the existing roof, raise it up enough for storage and to make a little working space for my wifes projects (she is one great painter)...add a beam across the middle strong enough to lift a couple of engines....and start work on my SBC project.
 

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Congrads on the real estate! I self contracted my last two homes. Even though I've never done an exterior, I sprayed my complete interior on the last two. I rented an airless sprayer from Sherwin Williams and it worked out slick, I sprayed and my wife rolled behind me. It's going to take a lot of paint, my interior was 25 gallons of paint and 20 gallons of primer. By the time your done, it's quite a bit of money. I'd go to a few paint stores in your area, get prices on the material and see if you can get a discount on the sprayer or even one "thrown" in on the deal. Sherwin gave me a disount on the spayer, I think I paid for two days and got two free.. it's been a few years. A commercial airless is 1000 times better than the Wagner! The sprayer I rented was nearly a grand, I believe my rental fee was around $70 bucks per day at the time best airless paint sprayer Los Angeles. Good luck with the home and happy painting!
I'm looking for a bit of advice on using an airless paint sprayer. I've recently purchased an Erbauer EAPS600 from Screwfix to tackle the redecoration of our 1930 semi - I chose the EAPS600 because it seems to have some favourable reviews on the Screwfix site and some positive comments from users on YouTube, and because the price was affordable. I'm struggling to spray an even mist coat and I'm guessing it could be something to do with pressure. I've strained and thinned (50/50) some Dulux Matt Emulsion, and I'm struggling to find the sweet spot. Too low a pressure and the gun keeps stopping, but raising the pressure is causing extra paint to be thrown out the gun each time the motor kicks in as the unit aims to keep the pressure up - meaning paint runs and me having to quickly grab a roller to even it out before it dries. I'm guessing for the £199 price tag, you get what you pay for, but like I say I bought it based on the strength of some of the comments from professional painters so wondering whether or not I've got 'a dud'. Any help or guidance would be appreciated - I've got a lot of walls and ceilings to paint ;) Thanks in advance!
 
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