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Painting with a Sprayer
2545 Posts
October 27, 2015 – 9:14 am

Does anyone have experience painting a house interior with a paint sprayer?  Airless or with Air?

We are getting my MIL’s house ready to go on the market next spring.  She has moved in with my SIL so the house is empty and I will be painting EVERYTHING.  It is a lot of rolling and cutting in for a 3 bedroom townhouse so I was thinking spraying would be easier. 

I was thinking of an air compressor with hoses and a HVLP air gun with gravity feed.  $100 for the compressor, $20 for the spray gun.  I already have hoses and fittings from an old compressor.  I could use the air compressor for other tools, tires, blow out the camper, etc. 

Or I found an airless spray gun at Home Depot for $179 that runs off an extension cord.  Might be easier to use.  Less parts, hoses, driers, etc.  Easier to clean with disposable paint cups. 

I will be spraying Kilz Original oil based primer.  My MIL smoked heavily for 15 years in the house so I need to seal the smell in the walls.  We haven’t decided if we are going to sell it as "walls all primed ready for your color" or if I’m going to be spraying some color later.  Right now I’m spraying this Kilz on the walls, ceiling, and trim. 

What are your thoughts on a paint sprayer.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

420 Posts
October 27, 2015 – 10:42 am

Clueless on sprayer, but if there is carpet in the house make sure to get rid of it and the padding or the smell will never go away. My SIL bought a house this year that was heavily smoked in and the carpet held that smell until it got ripped out and aired out for a week. Best of luck.

Best Regards,

2545 Posts
October 27, 2015 – 11:05 am

We are going to rip up the carpet on the main floor and I’m going to put in cheap hardwood.  That is the floor she mainly smoked on, her computer was there and Television.  The 2nd floor with the bedrooms my SIL is going to hire someone to professionally clean them since they are only 6 years old.  I agree all the carpets should be ripped out, the smell will never come out, but I am only the in-law so I can’t push many issues.  My MIL didn’t want me to paint the 3rd bedroom because I had painted it 2 years ago and she said it was fine.  I pushed that issue…..I said no, I am painting every wall and ceiling in the house, I am not skipping 1 bedroom. 

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

770 Posts
October 27, 2015 – 9:44 pm

In the area where you rip out carpet, go ahead and paint the floor with Kilz too.  Sister had that done to her home when they bought it due to previous owners had lots of big smelly dogs. Can’t smell dogs now!  And they are in that house 10 years.

2545 Posts
October 28, 2015 – 8:45 am

Good idea about painting the floor when I rip the carpet up. 

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

410 Posts
October 28, 2015 – 9:36 am

We bought a cheap, reconditioned sprayer about 10 years ago, to try to make it easier to paint our textured walls. Basically, that sprayer showed us a really good sprayer would be handy and we learned about using paint conditioner. We ended up using paint rollers with the paint conditioner. (I also landed in PT for several months, painting and a couple of other things set off shoulder issues and re-ignited neck ones.)
If we try spraying again, we’ll find a better sprayer, one that attaches to our air compressor.

We’re planning to use ceiling tiles after fixing water damage from the roof leaks, I’ve hated the texture on the ceiling (rougher than the walls) since shortly after we bought the house 25 years ago.

33 Posts
October 29, 2015 – 6:53 am

If you run Kilz through a sprayer:

1) get a respirator. Not a paper mask. A real honest to goodness respirator

2) make sure you clean the lines on that sprayer with about 2 gallons of paint thinner or it will be useless for life.

2 Posts
November 4, 2015 – 10:55 pm

I agree with R00 about the respirator if spraying inside.  Even though Killz makes a water based version now, that cleans up with soap and water, the particulate matter in a closed space is hazardous- as I found out the hard way! 

Also, there will be overspray that will find its way into places you won’t think possible.  You might want to consider a conpromise: there are powered rollers that pump paint from a can or bucket so you just keep painting.  I sealed a 30 by 60 cement floor once and it
was amazing how much time and effort it saved.

If you insist on sprayin, though, I would suggest the airless if for no other reason to cut down on overspray.
Just a thought.

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