Turns out all paint sprayers are not created equal. Welcome to Ciburbanity’s first consumer report…
Before temps get too cool outside (and Baby 4 arrives), I wanted to tackle the makeover of our 2nd Craigslist playhouse. Aside from some fun accessories, a coat of paint is the biggest step to the facelift.
Paint sprayer #1 is the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer. Rewind a few months to the glorious weekend that was the Haven Conference in Atlanta, GA. It’s a conference for DIY bloggers and we got to go home with lots of heaven-sent DIY SWAG… including this HomeRight Paint Sprayer.
For Playhouse 2.0, I actually used both paint sprayers… hence this little Ciburbanity Report. Here’s my backyard comparison of the Ryobi Speed Sprayer with the HomeRight Finish Max… Both had pros and cons and both are more suitable for certain projects.
First, the HomeRight. This sprayer has about 6 less moving parts than the Ryobi so I was relieved to open the box and read the manual and actually understand how everything fit together without calling in an engineer.
The Finish Max requires you to check your paint’s viscosity (that’s an A+ vocabulary way of saying thickness)… I needed to water down my exterior latex paint a tiny bit.
Once paint and rig was ready, I applied the first coat. The spray from the finish max is dainty with a capital “D”. NO overspray which was great, but a very fine mist which just meant more time spent on coat #1. It was amazingly controlled and I was able to get the spray up into nooks and crannies without any problem or backspray whatsoever. Once I’d painted the whole house, I had almost a full container of paint leftover.
The next day, I hooked up the Ryobi to get the back to back comparison. My issues with the Ryobi are twofold: there are a LOT of little parts to take apart and fiddle with despite pristine cleaning. I had to take the sprayer apart a couple of times before it kicked into gear.
But, once it starts painting, this thing is like a mack truck compared to the Finish Max. It took me maybe 5″ to paint the entire playhouse and coverage was 100% thicker than with the FinishMax. That said, I also painted everything within 2 feet of the playhouse with my overspray and ran out of paint by the 4th wall of the playhouse. When the Ryobi starts to run low in paint, it starts spitting and making a mess of things. You have to run and get a paintbrush to smooth out the drips which is always a pain in the tookus.
The final verdict? I LOVED the control and delicacy of the FinishMax and will probably use this for all my furniture painting from now on… I mean this applied paint easily without dripping and without waste. No overspray and lots of great control. This would be great for pieces with lots of nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach with a brush… That said, the Ryobi sprayer was JUST what I needed for the playhouse… a nice thorough coat of paint with large coverage that made the job go by in no time! I was outside so less concerned by the overspray, etc.
Here’s a closer look at my comparison points because I’m all techy like that these days:
Wanna see how the playhouse looks? Here’s the before and after:
I painted the sides (obviously) and gave the roof a coat of spray paint to match Playhouse #1.
This playhouse needed some TLC to repair the bay window and the peak of the roof…
I added a doorknob, a house number, and… of course… a phone. How are the kids going to call the neighboring playhouse for a cup of sugar otherwise?
So thanks to two paint sprayers, we now have a little playhouse community. Next summer I’ll put the baby pool out front and it will be a regular neighborhood hangout.
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