I have been getting a ton of emails lately regarding the gun that I use. I try to answer a lot of the emails that I get, but I am bombarded with so many it is difficult to respond to each one individually. I try to answer the most commonly asked questions on my blog so the information is available for everyone to find. Hopefully many of you will find this bit of information useful.
I have been painting furniture for nearly ten years now. I have gone through a couple of different machines through the years, some I would recommend and some I would not. I won’t mention the ones I didn’t like here. Everyone has their own personal preferences and what may not have worked for me might work great for someone else.
One of the machines I used was the Graco True Coat. I really liked this gun, but the motor is only good for about 50 gallons of paint, so I burned through a few machines rather quickly and decided I needed something that would last a lot longer. If you are just going to do a few projects around the house I would recommend this gun. If you plan on going into the business of painting you will want to invest in some different equipment, which I’ll talk about a little latter in this post.
In my opinion there are pros and cons with the Graco True Coat:
PROS- The best thing about this gun is that it requires no thinning, ever. All types of paint can be poured directly from the can right into this gun and all will get a perfect spray, everytime. One thing I really like about this machine is the easy clean up. Switching from one paint color to the next is a breeze, which is also a great feature. It has a nice wide spray pattern that quickly covers large surfaces, which is great for big pieces of furniture. The wide spray pattern makes it very easy to get a perfect smooth finish on a large flat piece of furniture, such as a dining table, in seconds.
CONS-One thing that I don’t like about it is the fact that it only sprays when held up right, so in order to paint the top of a table or dresser you have to lay the furniture on it’s side or back. The other negative thing about it is that it uses a ton of paint. It gets great coverage and looks beautiful, but goes through more paint than necessary. Because the paint goes on so heavy it makes for long dry times. The large spray pattern, which can be great in many instances, creates a ton of over spray and waist when painting small items like dining chairs.
The gun that I currently use is a Husky Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun. I purchased this one at Home Depot for $49.98. This gun requires an air compressor, which can be a big purchase. An air compressor can easily cost you hundreds of dollars and is a pretty large piece of equipment to store. Well worth it if you are serious about getting into painting and plan on doing so long term.
There are also some pros and cons for the Husky HVLP spray gun:
PROS- This gun will spray side ways, up side down and, of course, right side up. This is great when painting things with spindles or curves because it allows you to get at it from many different angles. Because this gun has a gravity feed you can paint up until the very last drop of paint in the gun, which is not wasteful at all. Because it uses air the material being sprayed is reduced into a super fine spray. Layers of paint go on thin and smooth reducing dry times greatly. With this gun there is very little over spray and I use a fraction of the amount of paint I did with the Graco. Clean up with this gun is also incredibly easy, as is changing out to a new color. Adjustments can be made on the gun to change the spray pattern from small and round, great for small details, to thin and wide, which is great for larger pieces and big flat surfaces. This gun gets a really smooth gorgeous finish.
CONS- I have found that some paints need to be thinned in order to spray properly. Because each paint is different there is no specific ratio of water to paint (I use water based paints). When I first bought the gun each time I used a new paint I would add water a little at a time, do a test on a scrap piece of wood, and continue to add water until I achieved the desired spray pattern and consistency. It took a bit of patience, but now that I’ve been using this gun for years I can tell just by looking at the paint if it will need to be thinned or not.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.