I am a novice at exterior painting. I painted my garage in 6 hours. Most of that time was painting the front (mostly garage doors) and trim using a brush. Actual spray time was probably 2 hours. I put up 4 gallons. Try putting up 4 gallons in 2 hours on rough hewn siding just by dipping a brush - even a big one. I stay away from the roof or trim and use a brush. That way I didn't have to tape anything off. I feel the sprayer does a nice even job. Many times I spray and brush it in. The parts are glossy so that the paint or stain rinses right off. They even supplied a special toothbrush for cleaning nooks and crannies. And a hose attachment to clean out the nozzle. It cleverly and easily comes apart with no tools. I stick to latex stains and paint for water cleanup. Also, once I start, I don't stop so that the paint doesn't setup in the sprayer and start clogging. The directions say to spray in spurts so that the piston doesn't overheat. I never did other than to move the ladder or reposition and I had no problems. The stain was pretty thick, too. I never thinned it. I feel it pays to brush it in. Just giver it a few swishes with the brush - doesn't take long. Again, imagine using a brush to put up 4 gallons. That would have taken me several days. Using this sprayer used only a small portion of 1 day. How much is your free time worth to you?
The sprayer worked well. Instructions were easy to understand. The detail finishing sprayer was very precise. The paint sprayer in general puts off a lot of overspray. Don't skip the prep work. The sprayer works best if you close off the room to be painted and completely cover up floors and anything else you don't want paint on. A project that would have taken 3-4 hours was cut down to one hour with this paint sprayer.
Good spraying radius and ample amounts of power. I had no problem painting a ceiling with it. Sometimes the interior parts come loose and you will need to screw them back into place, an odd exercise because the sprayer comes preassembled. Do not overfill the paint cup, let it dry, and then try to remove the cup. I have been attempting to unscrew the cup for the past two days with no success. Always clean any excess paint off the top of the cup before putting the tool away, otherwise trying to remove the cup will frustrate the hell out of you! Lesson learned. Overall, I think it's a great product and would recommend it to someone who does not want to break their bank account on a paint sprayer.
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