There’s a little dirty secret about painting that no one ever tells you – it ALWAYS takes longer than you think it will. When I go to paint an entire room, I think it should take about three days for the ceiling, priming, cutting in and two coats of paint rolled on the walls. But, it generally extends into a forth day for touch ups and maybe a fifth day if I need to go back and caulk ceiling lines or add other finishing touches. It takes ALL weekend…and most of the next week.
When I have the opportunity, I love to spray a room. Yes, the prep work is worse, but the overall amount of time you’ll spend working in the room is much less. I can spray a coat of primer and two coats of paint in a single afternoon. We have a Graco Magnum X5 sprayer and it does a great job (except for that one time at my friend’s house when the paper that was covering the ceiling fell down while we wall paint was settling and her ceiling ended up turquoise. Sorry, Kim!).
The big sprayer can be a bit of a pain to pull out for a smaller job, so Graco offered to send me a handheld model – the Graco TrueCoat Plus II – to help me take my take back my weekend. Obviously, I said yes! I knew that the Graco brand was a good one, so I was excited to have it in my hot little hands and try it out.
I didn’t have any rooms that I was working on that needed paint, so I tried it on one of my favorite chairs that’s been through several makeovers. In all honesty, this particular Graco paint sprayer is overkill for furniture, but it will definitely work. If you were only going to spray furniture and not walls, cabinets or fencing, you could get away with getting a less powerful model, but I like having something this versatile in my paint gun arsenal.
The chair had been through about three different paint jobs, so I went ahead and sanded it down with a 400-grit sandpaper. I was careful to remove any painting imperfections from past transformations.
We built a collapsable paint tent in the garage (tutorial coming next week!) and I easily sprayed the chair there without getting any overspray on anything outside of the tent. The color I chose was Taking the Plunge by Glidden, and I sprayed a high gloss sheen so that this chair could stand some abuse (it’s the one we use at our family computer). The instructions that came with the Graco paint sprayer were clearly written, so start up time was no more than a few minutes.
I sprayed two coats on the chair, and each one only took me about 2 minutes to complete. I did have more overspray than I wanted, but I know from experience with my bigger sprayer that it just takes some practice to get use to the right technique. I was able to pour the paint directly from my Glidden can into the sprayer’s reservoir – no need to thin the paint or use any additives. The finish is really smooth – there’s no way I could have achieved that with a brush.
Clean up was easy, too. There are more parts to wash than if I had just used a paint brush, but I was using latex paint so I only had to use soap and warm water. Again, the instructions were clearly written, so I didn’t have to dedicate more than 20 minutes to clean up. And considering the amount of time I saved by spraying the chair, I still came out ahead.
I’ve never had success with anything but a flat paint from a can of spray paint, but this paint sprayer delivered the high gloss sheen beautifully. I recovered the seat in this Michael Miller Retro Mod Pad fabric I bought a few months ago to make a dress for Emma. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty left for a cute dress.
If you’re ready to spend less time painting and more time relaxing, Graco is ready to help by giving away one of the TrueCoat Plus II paint sprayers right here on the blog. ROARRR!! And the crowd goes wild! I am very happy with my new sprayer, and I know you will be, too. Let’s Save Our Weekends, y’all!
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