CHOOSING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT, and materials
CHOOSING A SPRAYER
Picking The Right Sprayer
When picking an airless paint sprayer you have to keep in mind that there are two major manufacturers who build the best sprayers. The two companys are Graco and Titan both having a large variety of different paint sprayers. Its important to know a couple of things before buying a paint sprayer. #1 never pick the cheapest one if your a professional and want to be able to take on bigger jobs you need one that wont break down on you in the middle of a project spend a little more money it will be worth it. #2 sprayers have a little pump it uses to compress and give you the pressure needed to actually spray some paint. make sure you buy one that gives you the ability to replace it when it messes up on you, and trust me sooner or later no matter how much you maintain it it will break down on you eventually, and #3 Sprayers all come with different features like psi capabilities, gallons it can spray in a year, hose length, compatibility, and spray speed control features. Make sure you keep your needs in mind when deciding which airless sprayer your taking home.
Jose Haro 03/03/2023
Graco II 490 PC Pro
Graco 17c305 Pro
Titan Impact 440
Titan Control 1700
PICKING THE RIGHT TAPE
Picking the right tape for your project is very important. With all the different kind of surfaces you run into when covering up areas you want to protect. It's important to know a couple of things about masking tape before you go pick the wrong one.
Blue Masking tape (painters tape)
Blue masking tape is the most commonly used tape in the painting industry it provides good adhesion to most surfaces and comes in many different kinds of thickness FROM 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch all the way up to 3 inches. YOU CAN LEAVE THIS TAPE TAPED ON A SURFACE FOR 14 DAYS BEFORE IT CAUSES YOU ANY PROBLEMS.
DELICATE TAPE (purple tape)
The light purple tape or delicate tape is specifically made to protect delicate surfaces like wooden floors, freshly painted areas, venetian plaster, stained cabinets, and pretty much any other area that can be damaged if the adhessive is too strong on a type of tape. THIS TAPE HAS A LOW ADHESSION POINT SO IT CAN BE LEFT ON UP TO 14 DAYS.
FROG TAPE (GREEN)
Frog tape is a bit more expensive but provides the best protection from paint runs. it has a special adhessive that doesent let the paint run into the protected surface and results in straight lines with no running. compared to the other tapes it sticks on tight and keeps paint from penetrating into the tape. Its good for protecting baseboards and other kind of trim, its adhession point is low so it wont stick if left on a couple of days.
Orange Tape (masonary surfaces)
Orange Tape is used for glass and other smooth surfaces like laminated wood. Ive also used this tape on cement and works great. its adhession point is a little higher but not too high it will still come off with ease after a couple of days.
BEIGE MASKING TAPE
Lastly the beige construction tape its the most affordable but this tape is very STICKY AND CAN ONLY BE LEFT ON A SURFACE FOR NO MORE THAN 2-3 DAYS BEFORE IT STICKS. mainly in construction projects. It has a high adhesion point so it will stick on to a surface if left on for more than two days it will rip on you and give you an overall hard time.
Jose Haro 03/03/2023
VARIOUS TYPES OF ROLERS AND ROLLER COVERS
Paint Rollers and Roller Covers
Picking the right rollers and roller covers for your project is very important. it is very important to know what each kind of roller and roller cover is right for you. there are 3 main types of rollers.
1). 4 inch weeny rollers. these weeny rollers come in two pole sizes the short length size for reachable areas and the extended size for hard to reach areas. the roller covers for these rollers come in several different nap sizes the more slightly fluffy ones are 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch that are for smooth and semi-smooth surfaces like drywall.Then the most fluffy ones are 3/4-inch are used for semi-rough surfaces like wood or a textured ceilings the least fluffy ones are 1/4-inch, 3/16-inch they are for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster.
The second kind of weeny rollers I want to talk about are the 6 inch weeny rollers and roller covers these also come in 2 pole lengths the shorter pole and extended one.these rollers are for small areas that a 9 inch roller is too big to fit usually in small corners, closets, cabinets, and baseboards. These also come in several different nap sizes the more slightly fluffy ones are 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch that are for smooth and semi-smooth surfaces like drywall.Then the most fluffy ones are 3/4-inch are used for semi-rough surfaces like wood or a textured ceilings the least fluffy ones are 1/4-inch, 3/16-inch they are for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster.
Last but not least are the 9 inch standard rollers these rollers are for larger areas like interior or exterior walls thats basically they're only use to paint large areas of surface faster than the smaller ones. And like the other rollers these also come in several different nap sizes the more slightly fluffy ones are 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch that are for smooth and semi-smooth surfaces like drywall these can also be used to apply wood sealers.Then the most fluffy ones are 3/4-inch are used for semi-rough surfaces like wood or a textured ceilings the least fluffy ones are 1/4-inch, 3/16-inch they are for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster.
Jose Haro 03/04/2023
PICKING THE RIGHT PAINT BRUSH
FLAT EDGE BRUSHES
Brushes come in many sizes and a variety of different kinds of bristles. Each size and bristle type have specific uses, and its very important to know which brush to use so that the painting process can be easier for you. first off lets talk about the anatomy of a paint brush. the paint brush has 3 different parts to it 1 the handle, 2 the sash, and 3 the bristles. the handle is obviously where you hold the brush, the sash is the center metal piece of a brush that holds the bristles together, and the bristles is where all the magic happens because thats what holds the paint and depending on what kind of bristle the brush is made of can help give you the precise finish your looking for. brushes come in two types flat brushes and angled brushes, flat edge brushes are made to apply specialty finishes like lime wash and so forth another use is to apply stain or maybe you want a texture on your wall and a flat brush gives you the desired brush stroke to full fill that desired look. flat edge brushes are not made to cut straight lines or paint near edges due to its flat edge. Flat edge comes in unlimited amounts of sizes because theyre used in so many different kinds of applications even hair dying. so i wont waste your time naming all the sizes wich can come as small as a half inch.
Now angle brushes on the other hand are made for cutting straight lines and also comes in many different sizes like 2", 3", 3 1/2, the smaller the brush the more precise the line can be 2" angled brushes are recommended for people that have limited experience in cutting straight lines they're accurate but don't hold much paint so it requires allot of dipping which can get a bit annoying at times. 3" and 3 1/2" brushes hold more paint but requires lots of experience and technique to cut in accurate lines because a rookie might over fill the brush and not do the required brush strokes prior to commencing the straight line something ill get into on another post. if you have any questions about this topic and desire expert advice feel free to fill out our contact form and have us contact you to answer your questions.
Bristles are a whole new ball game. there are 3 major types of bristles brushes manufactured with they are natural bristles wish can come from bore hair these brushes are very hard to find because they have been replaced by synthetic bristles which are easier to manufacture and can perform just as well. They are Nylon & Polyester—Recommended for latex paints, acrylic paints, and oil-based enamels, because their bristles are a lot thicker than nylon and polyester bristles, and are commonly used on thicker paints and rough surfaces these bristles offer exceptional paint capacity (amount of paint it can hold), and provides the fastest results on rougher surfaces such as stucco, knock down textures and orange peel textures. Then we have Nylon & Polyester bristles that are softer and thiner it can be used on any kind of paint and are usualy used on smoother surfaces because it leaves less brush stroke lines on the paint, they are also better for cutting straight lines or edges, and work well with semi gloss and satin finishes.
Jose R Haro (03-12-2023)