4 Things You Should Know to Find the Best Spray Gun for Lacquer

Most of spray guns which are available on the market today are able to work with lacquer. However, not every product can provide you with the type of finish that you want. Therefore, we list you the top 5 types of sprayers that offer the best result for lacquer.

Types of Sprayers

  • AAA guns: If you are planning to work for large project, this guns work best. This gun is also known as air assisted airless spray. You have more consistency through less work per piece, which increases your overall productivity.
  • Pressured guns: This gun is the traditional application method. Other forms of pressure allow for consistent lacquer application. Besides, this tool also the best option for those who like to experiment with different materials and finishes.
  • Gravity feed guns: Presented with a smaller reserve than the other, Gravity feed guns come to be easier to clean. If this is the first time to use spray guns, you’ll find that they are so much easier to use. In fact, many people think that gravity feed guns is the best DIY option.
  • Suction feed guns: Although, this type of spray gun is not in the first list for lacquer, they can still be used by those who have perfected their spraying techniques over time.
  • HVLP guns: this type is one of the good choices for the DIY specialist when it comes to lacquer. To make sure it can apply the lacquer as desired in a consistent manner, one must be careful about the setup of the spray.

After knowing the five products that can be used with lacquer, there are many things that you should know, such as how to prevent the most common problems with lacquer and how to clean up the tools after usage. You can figure out more detail information below.

How to Avoid Common Problems with Lacquer

Remember that it is important to make sure any stains have completely dried before applying the sealant, especially if you have chosen the best spray guns for lacquer. In fact, 3 or 4 light coats of lacquer tend to work better than one very thick coat. A 320 fine grit sandpaper in-between the second and third coat will help to aid upper coats adhere better for a better overall finish. If a run should occur, shave it down with a razor after drying blade and then re-spray to fix. When spraying lacquer, make sure you use a completely horizontal movement and keep the spray gun moving at all times.

How to Clean Up After Applying Lacquer

There are two lacquer options that you can choose from: nitrocellulose or water-base. You can spray throughout the day with nitrocellulose lacquer, taking breaks in-between each application and clean only when you are finished. Detach the gun from the air hose, pull the trigger so the lacquer in the gun drips back into your cup, and then follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning instructions.

On the other hand, you’ll need to completely flush the spray gun with water for water-base lacquers. Put the leftover lacquer to the can and make sure to wipe off the parts to prevent lacquer buildup with the gun that could affect future results.

What are the Prices for the Best Spray Guns for Lacquer?

The price that you’ll pay will depend on the type and features that you’ll need. Some basic entry-level models retail for between $25-$50. The average price that most users can find is around $100 and often a bit less. Premium products for high capacity use can run as high as $300 for a professional grade tool.

By having deeper knowledge of spray guns for lacquer, you can determine which spray guns that will suit your purpose and price best. One thing for sure, best spray gun will always give your project the perfect finish, so make sure you choose the perfect one.

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Tips to Get the Best Home Paint Sprayer

Before choosing the best home paint sprayers, whether it is airless spray or not, there are things that should be considered first. There are several ways in determining that, which can be seen from its features, the advantages, the notes we should know before proceeding to purchase, as well as its price, whether it is worth the purchase or not. In this article, we are going to discuss about the points mentioned above.

The Features

Today with so many types of paint sprayers, you can find a wide variety of spray patterns available. With enough practice, even the cheapest models with tailing edges or the occasional splatter can give you a consistently good result, sometimes even without back rolling. You’ll also find models that give you tight spray edges and a very smooth finish even if you are not the expert at controlling the spray gun.

Some even come with a feature called “painting application system,” depending on its marketing terms. This term applies when it enables users to directly apply latex paint without thinning it. Screening or filtering the paint may be needed to prevent clogging.

There is also a type of home paint sprayer equipped with brass nozzles or tips for the most consistent results. Using aluminum, stainless steel or plastic tips and nozzles can get you the desired results, thought you may need to replace them more often.

Then there is a model that has instant adjustments. This allows you to do vertical or horizontal stripes easily and then with a simple turn of a switch, you can change to a round pattern. Although using nozzle may not work on some models as it tends to clog because of the design.

The Advantages of Having a Paint Sprayer at Home

Another thing to consider before purchasing a home paint sprayer is to look at the advantages. Smaller models are usually more suitable for home use. Home paint sprayers are usually divided into two generic categories: HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) paint sprayers and airless paint sprayers.  Airless paint sprayers are mostly in the form of handheld models.

Paint sprayers are the better choice for home paint, because home paint sprayers are considered as multipurpose. It is more than enough to spray more than just paint for your projects. Although you may need to thin out latex paint if you use HVLP sprayers, you will still have a controlled finish for your furniture, trim work, cabinetry, and many more even without having an expertise in painting.

Key Points to Consider When Shopping for the Best Home Paint Sprayer

Many paint sprayer manufacturers make a lot of claims about their products, and of course it is mostly the good ones. However, not all those claims can get the expected result for the buyers. For that reason, the key points below can guide you before making any decision:

  1. HVLP sprayers for home use are generally rated by turbine wattage rather than how much paint they spray. For the best result, you can search for wattage above 500w, but that doesn’t mean that “more” is always the “better.”
  2. Water is often considered as a “solvent” in the description of a home-based paint sprayer. This will help you achieve the right adhesiveness of materials if needed.
  3. Different adhesiveness levels can make different results at just 12 inches. When you see public reviews, make sure you know what adhesiveness was used for the paint of a sprayer if it’s being criticized for tailing or runs. User error may give bad impacts that can result in negative reviews in our experience.

What Are the Prices of the Best Home Paint Sprayers?

Actually, home paint sprayers are quite affordable, as manufacturers know that not all homeowners have the budget to buy a machine or tool that is highly expensive. As home projects are usually occasional, people don’t need that kind of expensive machine to do the work. What they need is a tool that will be available and ready to get the work done with a smooth finish.

Basic models usually cost as little as $20 in this category. These are good for single-use applications, but sometimes not good for some repetitive use. At the other end of the pricing spectrum are $200-$300 models that work best for those who have comprehensive painting or finishing needs.

Now that you know the things you need to consider before purchasing any home paint sprayer, you can take your time in deciding which one to choose that has the best quality. Remember, choose nicely and wisely.

Awesome Tips to Apply Deck Stain

If it is your first time to apply a deck stain to a new or old wooden deck, you may need to know a few things about how to make the process go a lot faster and smoother. However, the important thing that you should know is what kind of tool that you want to apply the deck stain with. You can choose brush, paint roller, or airless spray; all of them may have their positive and negative sides. You can discover about it more by reading the following passages.

Pre-Staining Tips

To apply a finish to the wood, you can brush or roll a stain onto a deck. Even though brush and roll have different methods, some common tips can apply to either procedure. First, you need to make sure that you have cleaned the deck thoroughly before applying any treatment to the surface. For a good result, it will be better to do the entire deck in one session, for any lapse will cause any mismatched stain patterns.

The Right Tool for even Application

The main purpose with staining a deck is to produce a smooth and even application of deck stain. Most experienced painters know that it will be exceedingly difficult to produce the same color in an area, since any difference in application can cause the stain to be lighter or darker in any given area. No wonder the main consideration is always how to create the smoothest, most even look possible.

There are two options that you can choose, first with a roller. A roller works great in larger areas, but in the edges of the roller might contact the deck, producing streaks. This is certainly not good for your result as there are uneven patches that can be seen. Therefore, to cover the unreachable area, you will end up using a good amount of brushing. However, this method still leaves some unsightly and uneven patches. In addition, stain can pool at the ends of the roller and drip down onto the deck, creating splotches in the stain.

No wonder many experienced deck owners will prefer brush over roller. Even though the process will be longer, the result will be smoother. You can try to brush swiftly and evenly to prevent buildup in the various nooks and crannies that prove harder to stain correctly.

Planning a Deck Stain Application

Whatever tool you choose, the problem is still the same, which is getting trapped in a corner. Therefore, it is important to avoid “painting” yourself into a corner. As a solution, you can try to work methodically, as well as plan an exit strategy for finishing up the job on the right side of the deck.

An Application Alternative

If both tools do not fit you, you can try other tools which will work excellently. Many experienced painters are looking at spraying deck stain as a solution to get a better finished look. The only drawback is it may produce too much stain till it may go beyond the deck and get onto the surrounding landscaping or lawn area. However, in terms of producing even deck stain, this tool is the best one.

Whatever your tools are, remember that each of them has their own benefits and deficiencies, so it is good to know it first, rather than pick up a tool and then regret it later.

3 Types of Spray Gun Cleaning that You Should Know

If you often use airless spray gun or other kind of gun sprayers to paint, you should make sure that you clean it very well. There are many bad situations that can happen when you let your airless spray get dirty. Most of the case is your airless spray will usually get clogged. You surely don’t want your sprayer to get clogged when you are working on a project, right? So, make sure you know the right method to clean your sprayer. Basically, there are three spray gun cleaning methods that you can use. Find out more detailed information about them here.

Traditional Spray Gun Cleaning
After usage, spray gun needs to be cleaned. In the past, people used pure solvent into the gun to displace the coating and clean the gun. Then, the spray gun was discharged into the air, with the solvent operating. However, this method is quite unpopular today as the gun is often taken apart, soaked in the solvent bucket and scrubbed to remove recalcitrant coating; moreover, hazardous solvents for gun cleaning may create volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and dangerous waste if used, and it can expose you to harmful materials. It can also affect the environment, that’s why it is not safe.

Today, where everything is so sophisticated, gun cleaning stations are installed. In the process, the spray gun is connected to the solvent reservoir and the cleaning solvent is sprayed through the gun. Moreover, the spray gun is also disassembled and cleaned in the collected solvent along with the metal paint cup. Next, the solvent is filtered before entering the reservoir for reuse, and the lid to equipment is closed. The principle for a gun cleaning station is the same as open bucket where you have to spray the solvent into a container and using your hand to clean the gun. These two methods are widely used in many businesses.

Enclosed Gun Cleaner Technology
Enclosed gun cleaner takes out cleaning fluid from a reservoir and sprays it at pressure onto and into the paint gun. This occurs within a closed container system. Generally, all the paint removed from the gun and the cleaner collects in a reservoir where it is filtered and reused. The operator can remove and replace the cleaner with fresh cleaner and new filter when it is no longer adequately clean the guns. You can find enclosed gun come in different sizes, usually for one, two, or four guns. In fact, some systems are designed to clean the cup as well. If you are interested in buying an enclosed gun cleaner, you will get some benefits, such as:

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced material purchase costs
  • Reduced Exposure to Air Emissions

 

Alternative Cleaner Technology
Generally, alternative cleaners are biodegradable, non-flammable, and have a low VOC content. Alternative cleaners generally fall into two categories:  corn and soybean-derived, often combined with d-Limonene citrus; and N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP)-containing aqueous blends of organic solvents, esters, and surfactants. Corn/soybean cleaners work best on solvent-based polyurethanes, enamels, epoxies, and UV-curable coatings. NMP cleaners work well with cleaning waterborne and solvent-borne coatings, including two-part coatings. NMP alternatives have relatively high flash points (greater than 190 F). While, the corn/soy cleaners tend to have lower flashpoints, so ignitability and explosion can be a concern.

By filtering the alternative cleaners, you can remove soils and/or allowing the coating to settle out, and then decanting. Therefore, you can reuse the alternative cleaners.

There are more benefits that you can get when using alternative cleaner technology, such as:

  • Air emission reductions
  • Reduced regulatory burden and liability
  • Reduced material use
  • Easy cleanup

However, there are also some concerns regarding the alternative cleaners usage, such as:

  • Coating type
  • Increased requirements for gun drying
  • Residue issues
  • Incompatibility with plastics
  • Incompatibility with equipment materials
  • Cost per gallon

After knowing the three types of gun cleaner, you can decide which cleaner that may suit your need best, and make sure you choose the safest one.

Staining & Sealing Interior Decoration

In this article, we give eight steps to properly stain and seal interior decoration. If you are a painter, you can follow the below steps to produce perfect result for your interior decoration, especially if you work with airless spray, this article will suit you best.

Step 1: Allow the Concrete to Cure
Newly poured concrete needs to be stayed for four to six weeks before being stained and sealed. If you let the concrete is applied by any sealing system before the concrete cure, it will fail your work. Therefore, in the end it produces bad result.

Step 2: Wash the Surface
It will be important to make sure that the concrete surface is clean and free of grease, dirt, paints, waxes, and other surface contaminants prior to staining. Moreover, you can use a neutral cleaner to clean the surface, such as MasonrySaver Cleaner&Degreaser.

Step 3: Apply a Concrete Stain for Color
Choose a proper concrete stain for your project, such as Smith’s color floor. This kind of paint is best applied by airless sprayers, HVLP sprayers, or garden sprayer. This is because it is a water-based dye stain. Moreover, you may need to apply multiple colors of stain to the surface to achieve the desired color. Remember to follow all of the manufacturer’s direction when applying a stain.

Step 4: Wash the surface (Skip this step when using Smith’s color floor)
Once again, you need to wash the surface after the stain has dried completely. This step will remove any residue left over from the staining process. Clean the surface using a neutral cleaner that you use in the previous step. You can use a stiff bristle brush or a floor scrubber with a scrub brush attachment to clean the surface. However, cleaning with a floor scrubber will be accomplished on low speed. When there is no stain residue, you can achieve an adequate cleaning by wiping the cleaned surface with a white towel.

Step 5: Allow the Surface to dry
The surface must be allowed to dry completely after applying the color dye. Application of a sealer on a damp surface can result in a ‘blushing’ effect, where the sealer takes on a cloudy appearance as moisture becomes trapped inside of it.

Step 6: Apply Two Coats of Concrete Sealer
Applying two coat of MasonrySaver Decorative Concrete Sealer per label directions to seal the patio. Moreover, you can apply the sealer with a brush and roller or by spraying using a garden variety pump-up type sprayer. Avoid puddling or “ponding” of the product. Before applying the second coat, provide adequate time between coats for the sealers to completely dry. Then, reapplied the sealer within four hours, the sealer will be too hard to bond to after four hours of cure time. Before subjecting the surface to foot traffic, you need to allow a minimum of four hours. Within  3 to 4 days the sealer is ready to be used.

Step 7: Wax the surface (interior surfaces only)
Don’t forget to apply a protective floor finish on interior surfaces. By finishing the floor, you will avoid the sealer get eroded by the abrasion of foot traffic. Apply two coats of MasonrySaver#25 Floor Finish to all non-traffic areas and apply six coats to all traffic areas. This product will produce glossy finish when applied. You can use a high speed-floor buffer equipped with a polishing pad, if you wish to produce a high gloss finish.

Step 8: Maintain the Finish
When the floor starts to show an uneven sheen, you need to re-apply a coat of the finish. For daily maintenance, you can wash the floor with a mild detergent and water. To apply maintenance coat, re-apply one coat of the floor finish in all non-traffic areas and three coats in all traffic areas. Use a high speed buffer equipped with a buffing pad to buff the finish to a high gloss.

 

Spray Painting and Back Rolling Technique

Have you ever applied back rolling techniques after distributing your paint through airless spray? You better try this technique. Painters who choose not to back-roll following a spray application risk facing difficulty with repair and touch-up. Besides, it will be difficult to achieve on a smooth non-textured surface if no back-rolling is carried out. You can choose to either applied roller or spray. But, at the end back-rolling the spray will always deliver the best overall appearance and outcome. Below are more reasons why you have to back rolling your paint.

What is Back-Rolling?
“Back-rolling” is better known as a term in the paint industry. It describes the manual process of dry rolling. The freshly painted surface with a short to medium nap synthetic roller immediately following the spray application of water based paints onto walls and ceilings, whilst the paint is still wet.

Why?
Professional painter knows that back-rolling should be carried out as standard practice, especially if it carries these three specific reasons:

  1. Texture: By applying the roller onto the newly sprayed surface, you can get more soft texture. As a result, you’ll scatter the light more uniformly and effectively help to disguise or hide surface flatness variations, small surface imperfections or any other blemish or surface defect which will sometimes occur after you paint them.
  2. Adhesion: The roller will gently press the paint into the surface and therefore assist in developing maximum adhesion of each coat to the previous layer. In fact, you already have a slight texture from the paper surface on new plasterboard that provides an anchor for the paint to stick to.
  3. Surface Variations: When the plasterer sanded off the set joints, you can have a roller to flatten any raised nap or paper fibers on new plasterboard.

The plasterboard manufacturers have advocated the process of back-rolling, ever since the spray application becomes a common practice.

6 Projects that Looks Stunning with Airless Spray

Airless spray is best known as the best painting tool that can distribute paint faster and smoother. In fact, with airless spray painting, you can finish your painting projects easier. This is because airless sprays work much better than a brush or roller, especially on uneven surface. They are also efficient, save time and give your home a fresh current style easily.

Restore Outdoor Furniture
Take the worn-out patio furniture and turn it into a new one. In fact, only with some sandpaper and paint, you can transform them into something you can be proud of at your garden. Even, you can paint for plastic available.

Protect Your Fence
With an airless sprayer, spraying a new coat of sealer on your fence is so much faster. Pick a sealant that will work with the sprayer. Besides, to minimize overspray, you need to work on a still day.

Renovate a Lamp
You can change your old looking lamp into a fresh one only by painting it with new color. You can even choose paint with a texture or metallic sheen. Besides, it also works best on lamps with a matte finish.

Paint Fun Color in a Children’s Room
If you have some unused furniture in the storage, you can dress them up with pretty paints. You don’t have to match them all, but you can aim for similar styles. For example, you can use white as it is a classic color but its brightness can liven up a kid’s room. Don’t forget to remove the drawers before painting and consider updating the hardware.

Unify Picture Frames
Don’t underestimate your wood frames; it can change the atmosphere of your room only by changing your wood frames colors. For example, paint them black and white to have a stylish contemporary look.

Renew Wicker Furniture
Wicker is one of furniture that is notoriously difficult to paint as it absorbs the paint. So, you need to remove any loose fibers before beginning and apply a few coats on the wicker. White, black, or dark brown are colors that can make your wicker looks stunning.