Some tools, like a hammer and screwdriver, are a necessity in every household. Others are designed to save you time, but they aren?t truly a necessity. A paint sprayer falls into this category. You could use a roller and paint brush, but the sprayer will save you time and spare your arm. If you aren?t sure how often you would use a sprayer, here are just a few of the projects where you will wish you had one.
Painting the Fence
Wood fences are refined, but they require regular maintenance. Painting a wood fence by hand is tedious, and the chore can take days to complete. Once you are finished, you might feel like your arm is going to fall off. A sprayer, however, turns this vacation chore into an easy Saturday project. Trim the grass extremely short on both sides of the fence and lay some newspapers under it to catch the overspray. With that minor preparation, you are ready to paint the fence in the morning and then enjoy the rest of your day.
Short Work of Porch Railings
Faded and peeling porch rails can make your entire home look tired and in disrepair. Putting a fresh coat of paint on all those spindles can take the better part of your weekend. You could try to convince some friends to help, or you could pull out the sprayer and make this a fast project. Place newspapers under the railing to catch the overspray. Tape it to the porch around posts. Enlist the help of a friend to hold up a large piece of cardboard or a drop cloth while you spray the spindles. This will catch the overspray and prevent it from going all over your landscaping or porch.
Even if your home has vinyl siding or brick, you can still use the sprayer to cover large interior rooms. Ideal for textured surfaces, a sprayer will also put a beautiful coating of paint on smooth walls. Take the time to shield trim, floor and fixtures with painter?s tape and newspapers. Rather than spending an entire day painting a room, you can make it a morning project and then go enjoy the evening.
Notoriously hard to paint, large ceilings can leave your shoulders aching and leave you wondering why you tackled the project. However, you can purchase special attachments for paint sprayers that will make short work of this chore. Affordable and available at your local home improvement store, these attachments will let you paint a ceiling in record time.
Sprayer or Brush
There will be times when a roller and brush is the better choice. Before pulling out your sprayer for a job, you should take into account how long it will take you to tape off and prepare the area if you choose the sprayer. Sprayers also take longer to clean, so be sure to consider that time. However, you will find that most large jobs are better suited to the sprayer. The sprayer will make the job faster, the coverage will be more complete and it will be easier on your arms.
There are many benefits to adding a paint sprayer to your collection of painting tools. While you won?t use it on every job, you will be glad to have it when those larger chores come up. Invest in a high quality sprayer, and be sure to clean it thoroughly after every use so it will last for years to come.