Potting Shed Before and After.

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This is a sponsored post.  That means someone is paying me to write it.  So why read it?  Because it’s about a product that’s so great I contacted the company to ask them if I could do a sponsored post for them, as opposed to the other way around.

They didn’t contact me.  I contacted them. And here’s why.

When I decided this was going to be the year of painting everything outside, I knew I was going to need a better plan than a) painting everything with a brush and roller myself b) hiring a stranger to do it or  c) hiring my cats to do it.   I don’t mind hard work blah, blah, blah, but I’m sick of spending every minute of every spring and summer building, fixing and breaking things.  This was going to be the year I didn’t have a single big thing to do.  So I wanted to figure out a way to make these jobs go as quickly as possible leaving me in a good mood to enjoy the summer and not turn into a broken down, scribble of swear words.

I’m not sure how the thought came to me but I started researching paint spray guns.  I had 3 big painting jobs.  Picket fence, front porch and potting shed.  So I was willing to spend a bit of money on the gun but didn’t want to go too nuts.  That research led me to the $89 Wagner paint gun which had good reviews.

I picked it up at Home Depot and by the next day I was spraying. It was great. I used it to do my picket fence because that’s the first thing I had to get painted.  Once the plants around it started to grow I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near the fence for the wall of leaves.

Neighbours stopped and asked me about it and I told them how much I loved it, then it got to the point that I was pulling people over who weren’t even interested in it and telling them how much I loved spraying paint.

SO.  As soon as I was finished my fence I contacted the company (Wagner) to tell them how much I loved it and asked them if they’d be interested in doing a sponsored post with me.   They said yes. And would I like to try out their more advanced sprayer?

Yup.  Yup I would.

 

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This is what’s known as the hero shot

A week or so later the Wagner 890 arrived in the mail. I painted my potting shed with it and then I sent the company another love letter.

I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it as much as my $89 one.  But I did.  It was like going from a very reliable but no options car to a fully loaded Mercedes. That sprays paint.

The 890 came with 2 spray heads, one for big projects and another one for finer detail work.  Each head has multiple adjustments to make the flow change directions, spray harder, softer, more paint, less paint … you get the idea.

 

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But here’s the thing that makes this gun the winner.  And I didn’t even know it was a feature until I unpacked it.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO THIN YOUR PAINT WITH THE 890.

Anyone who has used a paint spray gun knows it’s a pain because you have to thin your paint otherwise it won’t run through the sprayer.  You do not have to do that with this gun.  I *did* have to do it with the $89 one.

You still have to filter your paint so there aren’t any blobs in it to block the sprayer.

 

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I used a trouser sock to filter.  Because I always like to do things in the most professional of ways.  If you want to be a little more traditional you can use an actual paint filter which you can either buy or beg from your local auto body shop.  I’m not sure why the sprayers don’t come with a small supply of paint filters but that would be about the only suggestion I have for Wagner.  Include a few paint filters.

And just so you know even brand new paint can have the odd blob or guck in it.   See?

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My potting shed has needed a clean up since the day I moved in.  At one point it matched all the raised beds around my backyard which were cedar, but I switched those out for raised beds painted in a gray/black many years ago.  I therefore decided I wanted to paint my potting shed the same gray/black colour.  I’m going for a sophisticated modern feel in the backyard and the only thing holding me back was the cedar shed.  On the upside the shed was cute. On the downside the shed was cute.

 

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Here’s a timeline so you can see exactly how long things took compared to the days it would have taken with a regular  brush and roller.

Also here’s a WOW list.  The things that make this thing great.

WOW list

  • No need to thin paint
  • 2 different spray heads for different jobs
  • Multiple settings for paint coverage, air flow, paint direction etc.
  • Comes with a BUILT IN air compressor. It’s right in the carrying case
  • Makes painting fun.  No joke.  F.U.N.

 

Prep work

2.5 hours  (scraping the shed a bit, taping out windows, door hinges and putting up plastic to prevent overspray from getting on the fence and my flagstone patio, pre-straining paint)

Spending a bit of extra time doing realllyyyy good prep work will save you hours and hours of clean up in the end.  Things like taping out windows properly.

 

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Remember to cut off any overhanging tape otherwise once you paint, you’ll have a bald spot where the overhanging tape was.

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Total painting time

1.5 hours.  Tops.

No joke.  I timed it.  It technically took me longer because I had to stop and take pictures and run out into the street screaming at people to come watch, talk to the police and let them know there was no emergency, everything was fine I was just excited, by the way did they want to see my new paint spray gun?

It took 7 minutes to paint each side of the shed.  (Because it’s in a corner my shed only has 2 visible sides).  I did 2 coats of primer on both sides.  So we’re at 28 minutes.  Then I did 3 coats on each side of the shed with my actual colour, gray/black.  That’s an additional 42 minutes at 7 minutes per side.  now we’re up to an hour and 10 minutes.  There were a few things to slow me down like dragging out the ladder, refilling the paint container, which needed to be refilled several times.

I realize that’s a lot of numbers so just know this.  I painted my shed in about the same amount of time it would take to eat a really big cookie.

 

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This is me priming.  I primed right over the light fixture above the door because I’m replacing it this summer.

I thought cleaning the thing was going to be a huge pain but it only took about 10 minutes to clean the sprayer when I was done so that wasn’t as horrifying as I thought it was going to be.

Wanna buy one? You can buy it here if you’re in the States.  If you’re in Canada, the Flexio 890 isn’t available yet so the Flexio 590 is your option.  You can buy it on Amazon.ca but at the time of posting this blog it’s cheaper to buy it from Home Depot.

I absolutely 100% recommend this thing.   I even painted a wicker love seat with it the other day because I knew it would do such a great job of getting into all the crevices. It only took 10 minutes, not counting the amount of time it took me to find a neighbour’s porch with a wicker love seat on it.

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Done.

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Have more questions about it?  Just ask me. I’d be more than happy to talk at length about my new spray gun.  Just ask the neighbours.  Or the cops.  They’ll confirm it.




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135 Comments

  1. SusanR says:

    Gorgeous! What type of compressor do you recommend?
    Thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Susan – IT HAS A BUILT IN COMPRESSOR! It has a little air compressor right in the carrying case. This thing is brilliant. Really brilliant! ~ karen

  2. SusanR says:

    What does it weight full?

  3. Rose says:

    Great job! What a difference the paint makes! Now I want to go out and spraypaint something.

    • Karen says:

      It’s addictive. Honestly. I’ve been pushing it on every family member and friend, lol. I think we’re all so used to products NOT living up to their claims that when something does what it says and more it’s … kind of shocking frankly. ~ karen!

      • Stefani says:

        A sad commentary on too many of today’s products. Kind of like getting a really helpful customer service person. Anyway, your shed looks great.

  4. Lynn says:

    Great job Karen love the fresh new color . We use to have a Wagner gun maybe 15 years ago it sure made painting the fence a breeze , clean up on it was no fun though. Glad to here they fixed that . We also used it to paint our ceiling , I had wanted to get rid of the popcorn hubby said no it just needs paint an you will love it again …. Not….. Oh what have you got in your stacked planter by the door?

  5. Luanne says:

    The shed looks great, and cool tool!

    You may want to practise eating really big cookies, though. I’m certain you could probably get through those more quickly.

  6. Lynn says:

    Just check the link it does not show the 890 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Oop. That’s because you’re in Canada Lynn! I should have mentioned that. The 890 is only available in the states so far. 🙁 The one I used for $89 was great too though. I’ll find a link to that on Amazon.ca. ~ karen!

  7. brenda says:

    is that a fake grass rug?

    BTW – the shed looks amazing with all the matching grey accents … raised beds, planters, chair, etc. You’re amazing!

    is that a fake grass rug?

  8. SusanR says:

    Sold!

  9. Carla says:

    Looks fantastic! What is the exact color and brand of paint?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carla. Thanks. I love it! The paint is a custom mix I had Benjamin Moore do. It may or may not be in their computer system. I’m pretty sure it’s just in my store’s system though. It’s called “Bertelsen Black”. 🙂 ~ karen!

  10. Liz says:

    Amazing results! Does your arm get tired holding up the weight of the sprayer?

    • Karen says:

      Excellent question Liz! I automatically found I’d do the low bits when the pot was full and go for the higher bits when the pot was a bit emptier (therefore lighter). The only time I noticed my arm getting tired was when it was full and I had to raise my arm right up for high spots. That’s the other great thing about it by the way, you can paint wayyy higher than you can with a brush without needing a ladder. ~ karen!

  11. Ardith says:

    It looks amazing. I’ve pinned your post and “amazon primed” the sprayer, so thank you for the awesome testimonial. Cheers, Ardith

    • Karen says:

      Thank you! Do you like your Amazon Prime? Feel like it’s worth the money? I’m curious about it and don’t know a lot about it at all. ~ karen!

      • Ardith says:

        Hi, Karen. Yes, I do like it. I’ve used it for years, in fact. And, yes, for me it has been worth the money–which includes the shopping/shipping, plus movie and music services.

      • Gini says:

        Karen, I’ve had Amazon Prime for years, and I love it! I especially liked it when I lived in Hawaii. I would find a product on another website, then go check Amazon, and 9 times out of ten they’d have it, at a great price and free shipping with Prime. Go for it!

      • whitequeen96 says:

        I LOVE my Amazon Prime! (Yeah, not much else going on in the romance department.) It’s FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING (TWO DAYS!). I can usually get something from Amazon before I would even get out to the store. And sometimes they deliver in ONE DAY or on Sunday! It’s definitely worth the price because I save money by NOT running out to stores to pick up something and then coming home with bags of other stuff. I also save gas and lots of time. And you can get almost everything at Amazon for at least as good a price as any of their competitors. Plus, I get used books and a lot of them end up being sent in 2 days and being even cheaper than the other used books. And they have Prime instant video and music and photos and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, none of which I’ve used, but I think they are mostly FREE. (I’m starting to pant with excitement!)

        Plus, if you get a Chase Amazon Visa card, you get 3 pts per dollar spent at Amazon, instead of 1, and it can all be applied to your Amazon account automatically. I put everything on that card and usually end up with at least $15 – $20 a month credit! My only concern is that Amazon will rule the world in just a few years.

        Oh, and this is not a sponsored post.

        • Alice says:

          “not a sponsored post” made me spew coffee. 🙂

        • nancy says:

          DittoX2!!! I buy everything I can at Amazon. Mascara, baby gifts, toilet flappers, canned gooseberries for pie, anything that keeps me out of the stores. I even have my husband using the Chase Amazon card. We cancelled Netflix because we have Prime videos as part of the deal.
          I have not done Prime Fresh, the grocery store thing, although it’s available in our area. I like to select my own bell peppers.

          • whitequeen96 says:

            I tried Amazon Fresh – they give you a deal ($30 off $50?) to take the time to go thru the site. You get a free month to try it and you can get stuff the next day! I compared prices – great, especially on frozen food, and they have a great selection. The fruit and veggies were as good as we get here in California (darn good) and the one time the grapes weren’t crisp, they gave me a BIG credit. Everyone in the neighborhood thought I was rich; they didn’t know I was actually paying the same (or less) as when I go out. I finally balked at the initial fee, but I just might go for it now!

      • Allison says:

        I also love Prime. Free two day shipping is fantastic!

      • Prime at amazon.ca does not come with all the perks that amazon.com Prime has – so make sure it will be worth your while for shipping costs before you sign up. I had it for a year, and while it was fun to get things quickly – I found most of my orders would have qualified for the free shipping anyway and many products were not included in Prime anyway. I recommend tracking your costs with amazon for a few months and noting whether your orders would have been covered by Prime to see if it’s a good choice for you.

  12. Paula says:

    You managed to achieve the “sophisticated modern feel in the backyard”; it looks great. Your timing is impeccable as I was talking about spray painting the interior of my ‘new’ century old garden shed. I decided that using a brush or roller would be a huge 1. waste of time and 2. waste of paint.
    Thanks!

  13. Cynthia Jones says:

    The tone in your hair colour is fabulous.

    How come you can get away with wearing cute ballet slippers while doing work and I have special work clothes for around the house. People ask me if I am a Painter when I go out for coffee wearing them. I say “yes” even though I am painting the house or fence and they think I am painting a portrait. Style stolen from Jessica Lange (actor) = nothing like a pair of good quality black trackies/leggings and a high collared men’s shirt in pure white for work clothes. Add eyemakeup and pull your hair up and everyone thinks you’re ‘windswept and interesting”.

    I wonder if I have to have a “handler” if I do the picket fence with a sprayer. The handler would have to stand on the other side with a huge piece of carboard to protect the greenery etc. Do you have any other ideas for this situation?

    • Karen says:

      That’s what I did Cynthia. Only without the handler, lol. I just had a bit board on the other side of the fence and as I moved along spraying the fence, I slid the board along. Worked great. Norman loved it. ~ karen!

    • Sherry (BTLover2) says:

      OMG! I wanted to know the same thing! I have “junk” clothes for all my work projects (including painting, gardening, general routine errand running, tea with the ladies ;). I looked at Karen and thought, “Damn, does this girl do all her jobs in adorable outfits? What’s wrong with me?” Another thing I have to live up to, Karen! I hate you.

      • Karen says:

        I hate you too Sherry! The only reason I could paint in these clothes is because of the sprayer. Honestly you don’t get any paint on you. It’s shocking. ~ karen!

  14. Edith says:

    Nice! Very very nice!

  15. the shed looks amazing! now I wish I had something huge to paint.

  16. IRS says:

    “Why read a sponsored post?” you asked. Normally, I probably wouldn’t bother. The reason that I (and probably others) did, is because we trust and value your opinion, and your integrity. We know that you won’t promote crap, just to make a buck. The Wagner people were smart enough to know this. So not only would I read one of YOUR sponsored posts, regardless of what it was about, but this particular post is very useful to me. I decided last summer that I needed a paint sprayer, went to Home Depot, and was instantly befuddled by the array of choices. So I emailed the Wagner company asking for help, and based on what I wanted to do (various jobs, but primarily repainting indoor plantation shutters that were peeling), they recommended this very same model. I put it on my list of things to get – and promptly forgot about it. Must have been the vodka. But now, after reading your post, I’m removing the couch growing out of my ass, and buying it this week. Thanks, Your Royal Highness of Household Help.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Thanks IRS. I could make a fortune if I managed to line up all of the things I know, love and trust with all of their respective companies, lol. My next partnership should be for the Foodsaver. I LOVE that foodsaver. It’s GREAT. ~ karen!

  17. Grammy says:

    I always liked your she’d just the way it was. Yes, I thought it was cute. It looked great with all the firewood stacked near it in the snow. Who would mess that up? You, of course.

    But what a wonderful job — the shed looks so good with your back yard decor that it seems it should have looked that way all along. It’s not cute. It’s beautiful, and so much better.

    And Bertelson Black is a stunning color. I painted my tool shed a very dark gray last year (the hard way, but I wish I’d had that sprayer!) and I liked it, but the darker gray black you came up with is luscious.

    • Karen says:

      What’s funny Grammy, is every time they mix the colour up for me it ends up getting blacker and blacker. It used to be slightly more blue/gray like slate, now I find it’s pretty close to black. :/ ~ karen!

  18. sia says:

    How in the world do you paint and look so pretty??? I painted my front entrance on Mother’s Day (wrong!! – but I was doing myself a favor as ‘mister’ can do everything but paint without having to call in an army clean up) and surely didn’t look like I just came back from the hairdresser!
    Love the color… Hair and shed 😉

    Ps… If those are metallic horizontal blinds in the shed, maybe you can write a post on how to clean those when they have 2 inches of dust on them… Easily. (Help!)

  19. whitequeen96 says:

    I am so glad you did this post now! I’m going to be doing quite a bit of home improvement this summer and I was thinking about getting a sprayer for painting the outdoor furniture. However, with all the features you mentioned, it sounds as if I could actually use this to paint the walls inside my house. I checked some of the reviews and people said they used it for that and it was great! It would be worth the price because I could do a good part of the job (or maybe all of it) that I was going to pay someone else to do. So thank you!

  20. Ann says:

    I have to agree with what IRS said a couple comments ago. Any sponsored post you do is fine with me. I know no one else who would do such a great job of picking interesting items, something you really feel is worth the time you put into a post like this. I don’t need a paint sprayer but this was so well presented that I almost feel I should!!

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Thanks Ann. I can’t believe how great it is. I’m actually looking forward to painting my porch. ~ karen!

  21. lisa says:

    The shed looks great – but tell me more about that stack of planters! How are they held together? What is in them? Are they going to be a flowing waterfall effect of vines or a towering stand of something else? Is this like your rose cake/cake plate post where we get the main “slice” first and then the extra little “cookie” next?

    • joanne says:

      I was wondering how long it would take for someone to ask about the planter. Gorgeous!

    • Tris says:

      Yes! I was wondering about the stacked planters as well! Apartment living doesn’t allow me to paint anything, sprayer or no sprayer, but I do get to container garden on the patio. It looks like pots have little slots cut into the bottoms to make them stackable. Help us, Karen! Please!

    • Karen says:

      You ARE going to learn more about the planters in an upcoming post, lol. Next week in fact. Good eye! ~ karen

  22. Lesley says:

    What a fantastic job you’ve done, and I love the colour! This has been a very timely post for me as my shed also needs to be painted. But first I need to find someone to reshingle it, and probably replace the wood-sheathing (yes, I’ve waited THAT long to reshingle!). You can’t exactly call up a roofing company to fix the roof of a 7′ x 9′ shed, and I’m afraid of heights, so I can’t be doing that myself. If I wait long enough (like long enough where the whole thing just collapses), I could probably just call a shed-building company, in which case, I wouldn’t need to paint right away. See that; I don’t need to paint my shed after all. Ok, never mind.

  23. maggie van sickle says:

    Great job Karen as usual. Love he chosen colour.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Maggie! I was a bit scared doing it but I’m glad I did. I LOVE it and it looks 10X better. ~ karen!

  24. Rose says:

    Wow-it looks fantastic. I need to paint my front porch this year. How did you clean/prep the wood? Did you scrape or sand it all or use a pressure washer?

    • Karen says:

      For my picket fence I used a pressure washer Rose because it was really peeling all over the place. I tried the pressure washer on the shed and nothing peeled, so I just gave it a quick wash with the pressure washer (not concentrating on actually washing off any paint/sealer) and taped out the windows etc. ~ karen!

  25. Jody says:

    Now I know what I want for my b’day (not bidet). Old wicker rocker, fence, porch. Here I come.

  26. Su says:

    Very nice… how DO you paint in a white tshirt and not get paint on you? I love to paint stuff and I am a BIG fan of sprayers but no matter what tool I use I get paint on myself….. Looks Great!!!

  27. jaine gayer says:

    Love the color! So chic!

  28. Mary Werner says:

    Love the look even though I loved how it looked in the snow, also. BUT, it really looks great now and your post is awesome. Color awesome, I can’t wait to see the rest of your backyard – looks so inviting. Love the grass rug! How perfect for your new “theme”. Love your shoes – maybe do a DIY on making cheap imitation ones using a Sharpie. Your pot tree is great – just amazing post. Your broom is handmade and gorgeous!!!!! Is your middle name Glenda – that would explain your magical powers?

  29. Ev Wilcox says:

    Good post! We know that if you recommend something it must be good! Love the color, and the fashionista doing the painting looks cool too! If I paint I have to gird up as for battle, and the paint usually wins. Shed looks great. You have a really nice & interesting home Karen!

  30. ~JackieVB says:

    Well your timing was perfect – so I ended up pulling the trigger and buying this on Amazon (Amazon Prime member and I really think it’s worth it.) I know you do a lot of research before making a purchase so that saves me lots of time. And the tip you provided about filtering the paint I think will be very useful – I didn’t see anyone mention it in their reviews. I have a number of outdoor projects I can use this for and who knows, I may even get brave enough to try it indoors.

  31. Alex says:

    Nice work! Love the black shed – I’m on the same black paint kick. I have a bright red bench that I need to paint black. Amongst a thousand other things.

  32. marilyn says:

    looks great karen

  33. Maggie says:

    The bulk of my painting work is the paint prep. Do you know anything about soda blasters?

    I have an old house with peeling paint, and even with perfect prep, it mostly bubbles and peels the same month I put it on. I’ve even heat gunned all of the (probably lead..) paint off, sanded, wire brushed, TSPd, primed and painted with high quality paint. Apparently, although the wood looks good, it may have had too much sun exposure / is too old and will now just not absorb paint (this I heard on a radio show).

    I have a big old house and barn, and can’t afford to reclad the house at this point.

    halp! I don’t mind painting, but I garden too, and similarly feel our short Canadian summers are in danger of being renamed “the Season in which Canadians Frantically Prepare For Winter”

    • Sheri says:

      Hi,

      is your house insulated? Mine is peeling a little even though I had it professionally painted. And they did a pretty good job. I have read that moisture inside the house will cause paint to peel. Insulation is supposed to help prevent that.

  34. Carolyn says:

    I have never used a paint sprayer, so I wonder, is this a painting tool that is only used outdoors?
    Can you use it indoors to paint walls, ceilings etc?
    Are there pros/cons for indoor painting with one?

    • Karen says:

      HI Carolyn – I haven’t used it indoors yet but I plan to. If I get brave, lol. This model is made for using indoors as well as outdoors. You just have to do a good job of masking off the rest of the room with plastic. My sister who is looking to buy a new house said she’d use it for kitchen cupboards that needed to be painted. It has a really nice finish so it would work well for those. ~ karen!

  35. Paula says:

    My husband and I had a professional painting business for 40 years. We always used pantyhose/trouser socks to strain paint. Since I wore no pantyhose on the job we sometimes resorted to buying the knee highs new to use. Cheaper than paint strainers and easy to find. Imagine the looks my husband got one day at a yard sale when he scored a grocery bag full of pantyhose and assorted knee highs! He was thrilled, the people there were suspicious. We brought them home, dumped in the washer without touching and after drying I cut them up to proper strainer size. We never bought any again. We retired four years ago and still had some left.

  36. Kim says:

    I love reading the comments on your posts almost as much as your posts. So funny! I have a wooden garden/pool shed in my new house that has been left to weather “au natural” and needs a serious refreshening. I’ll bet my Benjamin Moore store is the same as your Benjamin Moore store. Maybe I’ll paint the shed – and my front door – Bertelsen Black. 🙂

  37. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Great post, Karen and great comments from the peanut gallery. The shed turned out amazing, really. I love that custom color. It coordinates perfectly with your amazing backyard. I agree, you do look pretty cute for painting! The spray gun hose got some paint, but not Karen! If I ever need a spray gun I would buy this one.

    Since you made no replies regarding the stacked planter I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the how to’s in an upcoming post. Thank you in advance!

  38. Lori says:

    Looks fabulous!!! I definitely need one of those!!

  39. A guy. says:

    Nice job.

    I am getting ready to paint the inside of my garage and was going to rent a sprayer, but I may change that plan and buy one of my own.

    BTW, you look even better painting than you did having a mammogram, which was not too shabby.

  40. Liz says:

    fresh and fabulous!..and your hair, that looks like very fresh and fabulous blonde. No better feeling 🙂

  41. Jordan says:

    Such a beautiful before and after! I definitely love how it looks so new! I’m gonna have to try this on our old shed in the backyard – it needs a refresher. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Miriam says:

    I was going to make a comment much like Paula’s. My father was a professional painter for many years, and always used pantyhose to strain paint. One time my sister decided to make a doll for me and stuff them with the (unused) pantyhose. He was furious and made her stop. My doll had only one leg. I made up all sorts of stories as to the accidents she had resulting in her having only a single leg.

  43. Katie Schneider says:

    Only you would (could?) paint your shed in perfect hair, a white shirt, and cute shoes. Or is that an additional sales point? That you CAN do this because you won’t get paint on your clothes with a sprayer? I’ve never used one, so I wouldn’t know…

  44. nancy says:

    You can use these indoors. I had a room that had been plastered thickly, roughly, very difficult to roll or brush. I borrowed a Wagner spray painter from a neighbor and it came out beautifully. After hours of taping, the painting was done in about 30 seconds. I don’t know the model number.
    The only problem was I used flat paint. Flat paint on plaster = you can’t wipe off the stains from grape tomato seeds I spewed on the wall eating at my desk.

  45. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Ok, that trim board by the door is driving me crazy!! Please nail it down. *whew* there, I said it. Did you do that on purpose, Karen, just to see who would notice it? Does that make me an INFJ instead of an INFP? LOL

    Love that color on the shed, matches the coop, does it not?

    Thank you for posting reviews of products like this, really helps when faced with multiple choices in the tool aisle at Home Depot. I can go right to the item I need because Karen said it’s the best!

  46. LazySusan says:

    The shed looks FANTASTIC! Did you spray the roof, also? You don’t have to sell me on Wagner spray painters. Back in the 1980’s, I used a Wagner spray painter to paint the townhouse I lived in. The compressor was in the hand-held unit, though, which was a handful to deal with over the time it took to paint the place. I bought it at the time, because I knew it would take several coats to cover the concrete block walls, to get into all the nooks and crannies. I also got a bendable pray head that could be used to paint the ceiling. Boy, was THAT worth the $10 it cost at the time. It was effortless to paint two floors worth of ceilings in 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, livingroom, diningroom and kitchen. It took no time to paint the downstairs, including the ceiling. It took more time to cover everything that I didn’t want paint on. My unit came with something that you might want to see if they still carry. It was a clear plastic tube that fit snugly into where the bottle would screw into. You fit that into the spray unit, and put the other end into the paint can, and then you had no weight of paint to hold up with the sprayer….the paint got sucked up through the tube into the sprayer. I do remember adding some kind of thinner to the paint, and running some kind of strainer through it to get out any lumps. The unit worked flawlessly, and wasn’t that difficult to clean out. I just put warm water into one side of the sink and stuck the tube into that and sprayed into the other side of the sink until clean water came out. I still have that sprayer, and will be using it to do the kitchen cabinets this fall, though the sprayer you have is very tempting. If I can think of something else large that needs to be sprayed, also, I might pop for the new one! But only if I can use a tube with it, so I don’t have to hold up the paint. I just don’t have the strength any longer. I’ll have to check into that.

  47. Jack Ledger says:

    Only one concern with the sprayer and that would be “blow back”. I see you mentioned that this was not an issue for you but I should imagine a breezy day might have repercussions unless you are totally protected within a polyethelene wind screen.

    • Karen says:

      You don’t spray when it’s windy. ~ karen!

      • Jack Ledger says:

        As I understand it, even a slight breeze will redirect to spray. I used to sell the Gusmer and another brand sprayer and this was always a warning that accompanied the sale.

        • Karen says:

          You’re opposed to paint spray guns. I get it. I will not force you to use mine. Don’t worry. ~ karen!

  48. Joan Schmidman says:

    You listed the sprayer at $89,but at Home Depot it’s listed at $189. Little cheaper on Amazon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joan. I listed the *original* sprayer I used as $89. The one that you hook up to a hose that doesn’t have a compressor. The Flexio 890, the unit the company sent me because they felt it would be better for the jobs I was doing, is $189. The Flexio 590, which is the Canadian version of the Flexio 890 is also around $189. ~ karen

  49. Marie says:

    I never heard of Wagner and now two of my favorite bloggers are writing about them. The other wrote about this: http://www.wagnerspraytech.com/finish/

  50. Mike says:

    So … I wonder if I could paint my 20-year-old van with this sprayer? Got an estimate for $1500 from a local painter. No way. I don’t have an indoor place tall enough so I’d have to spray it outside just like your shed. Probably wouldn’t even mind the odd bug or two (could compound them out/off when the paint dries).

    What do you think? Does it work with auto paint? (Urethane)

    How bad is overspray on a calm day? I mean, will the neighbors hate me if I paint this out in the yard?

    • Karen says:

      Just make sure it’s a calm day Mike. It seems like morning always tends to be more calm than any other time. You can use oil based, water based or anything else in it. ~ karen!

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