I hope you saw the bookcase I built for my daughter. After it was all done, I looked at all those right angles and knew there was no way I was taking a brush to that. I love spray paint, but I don’t often use it on newly built pieces. I do like it for makeovers though. I had used my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer on a very curvy ottoman and it worked great, so I thought it may be the right fit for this job. And HomeRight was nice enough to sponsor this post, so it was a win!
I thought it would be fun to show you how easy a paint sprayer is to use because, I have to admit I was terrified of it before I used it. Let me walk you thought the process.
Here’s my bookcase.
And here are the steps I took to paint it.
Assemble all your necessary tools.
- Finish Max by HomeRight and all the accessories that come with it.
- Stir stick
- Paint brush
- bucket (Don’t laugh but I use a Halloween happy meal bucket)
- Drop cloth
- Extension Cord
- Well ventilated area (ok so this isn’t a tool, but you need it nonetheless)
The paint sprayer comes ready to use, but your paint doesn’t. You need to test your paint for the correct thickness before putting it into the sprayer. Use the funnel that comes with the sprayer, dip it into your paint and lift it out with the cup full. Count how many seconds it takes for it to empty.
There is a handy dandy chart in the instructions that tells you how many seconds it should take for the cup to empty depending on the paint or stain you are using. I used primer first which was a 30-40 second empty. Then I switched to latex, except I didn’t really clean the machine in between, only because the primer was white, the latex was white, aaaand I’m lazy. I didn’t see the need.
The latex paint has a run-out time of 25-40 seconds. I like to err on the side of caution and go with the 40 seconds in both cases. I can always thin the paint if I choose to, but once you have thinned it too much, it is tough to get back to where you want to be. Just thin your paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions which should be on the can.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t look at the can, I added some water and bada bing, we were in business.
For the primer I may have added a little too much water, because I ended up with a couple of spots like this.
That, my friend, is what the paintbrush is for. Smooth it out and you’re in business.
You may want to toss that funnel into a bucket of soapy water or another cleaning liquid depending on the type of paint you are using, otherwise it will be fossilized by the time you get to it.
Once you have the paint to the consistency you want, pour it into the container.
Get your sprayer ready.
Make sure the sprayer tube is in tight.
Make sure the nozzle is turned the way you want it. Vertical or horizontal.
Attach the container to the sprayer.
After your workspace is protected with drop cloths, begin spraying. You can adjust the flow with the little knob behind the trigger.
Keep the sprayer moving with even sweeps fairly close to the piece and you will be rockin’ the paint sprayer in no time.
Let the piece dry between coats so you don’t end up with too many layers of wet paint that will turn into drippy paint.
Clean up. It’s not as bad as you may think.
The first thing to do is unplug the sprayer and pull the trigger to get all the left over paint out f the tube.
Empty all the paint that is left, out of the container and fill it with your cleaning solution based on what paint you used. If you used oil based paint, please don’t try and clean it with water, it won’t go well. Then plug it back in and spray it until you are spraying cleaning solution and not paint.
Its insides are clean now, see how painless that was?
Put all the removable parts into a bucket of soapy, warm water or other cleaning solution and get all sparkly. Don’t ever submerge the sprayer itself.
Let it dry and put it away. Ba Bam!
There are a few reasons why I really like spraying paint.
- It gets the paint into every nook and cranny. Especially on a piece like this, where there are so many right angles, I would have had to get into all the angles with a brush and then go back and roller the rest and it would have been a pain. Each coat of paint I did with the sprayer, took minutes to complete.
- It’s like using spray paint but your color choices are endless and customizable. You can also use it for stain, but I haven’t tried that yet.
- I like the finish. I am not a fantastic brush painter and I don’t like brush marks on my pieces. The Finish Max gives you the same even look of a roller without having to roller. See how that’s a win?
Here’s another shot.
It is such an even finish. I am so happy with how this turned out.
My daughter wanted some color in her bookcase so we decided to paint just the plywood back in a coral color.
And now she has a place for all her books and all her treasures.
Treasures, like a gold dog tape dispenser. Everyone needs one of those.
What do you think? Is a paint sprayer worth a try?