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Airless Sprayer Blog

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  • 7/10/12 1:13 AM

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    Posted in Preparing to Paint By Judd Burdon

    test airless paint sprayers before painting to make sure you have the right pressureTest airless paint sprayers before you paint. Sounds dumb, but it is the number one way to avoid a horrible mistake and a big mess to clean up! Without a doubt airless sprayers are the best way to lay down the perfect coat of paint easily and quickly. However, even the best maintained ones can surprise you! So start on a large piece of cardboard or plywood, and practice a few passes first.

    Here is a quick run-down on the top 3 spray problems and their solutions.

    Orange Peel Look: This is exactly what it looks like, the peel of an orange. Here is what’s happened. You don’t have enough air pressure, and you are getting more clots of paint than a mist. Adjust your pressure until you have the right mist.

    Fogging AKA Overspray: This is the opposite of the first one; you’re getting a mist that just hangs in the air instead of landing on the surface. This is caused by too much air pressure. You begin to see why you test airless paint sprayers first, now don’t you? Getting the pressure just right takes fine adjustment until you get the perfect pattern. Now, there is another reason you may be getting overspray, and that is you are holding the spray gun too far away from the surface. Try moving closer.

    Inconsistent Spray: If you’re getting weird drips and blank spots in your pattern, some speck of dirt or dust is clogging somewhere. It’s time to go back to cleaning a spray gun, and make sure there’s no blockage. This is why reversible spray tips are so popular. The tip reverses easily and quickly, without disassembly, and this is the most likely place for a blockage. Imagine this mess on your project instead of cardboard? It didn’t happen because you know to test airless paint sprayers first.

    Air temperature, humidity, and paint all vary from day to day. Before you mess up your project with uneven spray, take a trial run on something like cardboard. That’s why you test airless paint sprayers every time before you start.

  • 7/7/12 12:04 PM

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    Posted in Preparing to Paint By Judd Burdon

    Learning how to fill in nail holes is so easy you will not believe it! So easy in fact, we are going to cover filling nail holes in walls and in wood! Ready?

    Wall Filling Steps:

    Think you’ll need a lot of fancy stuff and technique? Here’s how the pros do it.

    1. What You’ll Need: All you need is spackle, a damp cloth, the paint you will be using, or have used in the room, and a tiny little brush.

    2. Apply: Your finger is your best tool for this work. Put a little spackle on the tip of your finger and push it in to the small hole. Wipe with another finger, so the spackle is just going in the spot, not on the wall. That’s how to fill in a nail hole, without leaving a big mark.

    3. Wipe With A Damp Cloth: This makes sure you are just filling nail holes, and not leaving spackle on the wall, for a super clean repair, without a big mark.

    4. To Finish The Job: After the repair is dry, use a small brush to paint the spot. You will probably need to do this twice as spackle isn’t primed.

    There you are, you now know how to fill in nail holes on a wall without leaving a big large smudge!

    Filling Nail Holes In Wood Work:

    Wood work isn’t a solid color, so you want to know the tricks the pros use to get a natural look.

    1. Take A Sample To The Store: By taking a small piece with you, you can purchase 2 colors: one that matches the lightest and one that matches the darkest spots. Putty or wax pencil both work, whichever suits you best.

    2. Make Sure The Nail Is Set: How to fill in nail holes in wood starts with using a tool called a ‘nail set’. It’s just a metal stick, with a narrow tip, that you place on the nail, so you can hammer it below the surface of the wood.

    3. Use The Right Color: Filling nail holes seamlessly is just about matching the color where the hole is. Use a little of each to match if need be. Don’t worry about being super precise, wood is naturally uneven in color.

    4. Last Step For How To Fill In Nail Holes: Wipe so there’s no excess, and you’re done. If your wood is stained or lacquered, touch it up just like step 4 for walls with your stain or lacquer.

    There you are: 4 simple steps for filling in nail holes for both walls and wood work just like the pros do. Now that you know how to fill in nail holes, what are you waiting for, get ‘er done!

  • 7/7/12 11:19 AM

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    Posted in Paint Sprayer Maintenance By Judd Burdon

    Cleaning a spray gun is the best way to make sure it will still be working properly the next time you need to use your paint sprayer. Here is your Class 101 for all the 8 steps you need to do for spray gun cleaning.

    1. Do Not Wait: Any and all finishes that you will be putting through your sprayer will harden, so if you’re done for the day, get your clean-up done too! Note: Be safe, do this job outdoors.
    2. Empty First: Start by emptying your cup or pot of all of the paint or lacquer you’ve been using.
    3. Use The Right Product: Every finish has a different solvent that is the right one for the job. For cleaning a spray gun you want to use water (or water-based cleaner) on water-based paints, lacquer-thinner for lacquer, and so on. If you’re unsure what to use, check the label of the product you were spraying, it will always tell you.
    4. Swirl Your Solvent: Take a little bit of your cleaner and swirl it in the container. This is so when you move on to spray gun cleaning, what you’re spraying is solvent, not more finish. Have a disposal container for dumping out into. Be sure to dispose of safely, and as required by your local laws.
    5. Fill With Cleaner: Now you can get your pot or cup filled with the right solvent, and reattach it to the spray system.
    6. Run For A Minute: For thorough spray gun cleaning, run the solvent through for a full minute. Spray into a larger container, so it’s easy to catch it all. You can then pour it into your disposal bucket.
    7. Disassemble: Using your manual, disassemble all the pieces for cleaning a spray gun thoroughly. Put them in the pot or cup and make sure there’s enough solvent to cover. Swirl around and use a swab or old toothbrush to get all the nooks and crannies clean. Especially the tip and hose!
    8. Dry: Make sure all bits and pieces are dry before storing.

    That’s it for Class 101 on spray gun cleaning. With these 8 simple steps for cleaning a spray gun, you can be sure it will be ready to use the next time you need it!

  • 6/26/12 10:39 AM

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    Posted in Paint Sprayer Accessories By Judd Burdon

    PowrLiner 850 Front Wheel Caster Assembly Trigger Launches At Last!

    You've been asking and Titan has answered the call! At last, the PowrLiner 850 has a caster assembly trigger unit available that lets you release the lock on the front wheel so you can move from place to place quickly. Pulling the trigger literally lets you 'free wheel', giving you greater maneuverability to get from place to place - without bending over to manually release the wheel.

    Once you get the machine where you want it, simply let go of the trigger and the pin slides back into place, locking the wheel straight again.

    A simple innovation that will save you time and strain!

  • 6/21/12 12:21 AM

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    Posted in Paint Sprayer Accessories By Judd Burdon

    Titan Airless Spray Guns are known throughout the industry as the cream of the crop. Their solid, lightweight construction makes them perfect for long hours of use.

    The number one enemy of any painter is debris in the paint that clogs the hose and ruins mechanisms. That's why Titan uses a three-part filter to ensure you get a clean spray every time.

    Reverse Threaded Filters
    Reverse threaded filters
    Pump Manifold Filters
    Pump Manifold Filters

    Inlet Screens ("Rock Catchers")
    Inlet Screens

    When you use airless gun filters and screens, you not only prolong the life of your gun, but you also create a more consistent spray patter, which means you get a professional-quality finish in less time, with less waste. Quick-change, easy to clean, and easy to install, you'll never regret having a Titan airless spray gun filter set.

    Get longer gun durability with Titan stainless steel filters and screens.

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