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I think most of you know how much I love my Homeright Finish Max HVLP Paint Sprayer. In this post, I’m going to give you my best tips for Do’s & Don’ts while using a Finish Max. You can learn from my mistakes. After you read all my tips, don't forget to enter to win your very own Finish Max!
My tips for you:
- Most paints will need to be diluted slightly. Water based paints diluted with water, oil based paints diluted with lacquer thinner.
- Keep a small chip brush in your pocket in case you get a run (rarely happens for me, but I’m always ready for a mishap)
- When painting a piece of furniture, be sure to paint the bottom too. How embarrassing when someone buys a bench, and loads it in their car, only to see an unpainted bottom.
- Wear a paint respirator, and safety glasses if you’re spraying into a cabinet or something similar that will cause the paint to come back at your face
- Clean your FinishMax thoroughly immediately after each use (be sure to remove the brass nozzle)
- Cleanup is a breeze, when using latex paint, you will clean your Finish Max with water (I clean mine outside with the hose)
- Purchasing an additional paint cup will make cleanup easier by allowing you to use a clean paint cup to feed water through the sprayer, while temporarily storing your paint in another cup for a second coat.
- Using a reusable mesh paint strainer will cut down on clogs, especially if your paint is older
- Replacing dirty air filters will allow your FinishMax to run at it’s best
- A ladle makes it easier to get the paint into the paint cup
- A cheap vegetable brush comes in handy to quickly clean the cup and the rim of the Finish Max .
- If used indoors, be sure to cover horizontal surfaces to cut down on the “dust” that will occur.
- Oil based paints are a little messier to clean up using lacquer thinner.
- If your Finish Max overflows your cup while you’re using it, chances are you have a clog in the nozzle. Did you use a strainer?
- If your paint is running on your piece, you’ve thinned it too much.
- If your paint is not flowing, you may need to dilute your paint a little more.
Paints I’ve used in my Finish Max
- Chalkboard Paint
- ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)
- DIY Chalk Paint
- Oil Based Paint
- Latex (my favorite is Behr Premium Plus Ultra)
- I recently worked on a project and decided not to use my Finish Max, but to paint it by hand because my paint booth was cluttered up and I didn’t want to take the time to clear it out. It wasn’t but a few minutes into the project that I was regretting that decision. If you’ve used other sprayers, I’m sure you are aware of the main reason people don’t like using them—because they are difficult to clean or they clog up and are impossible to use. The finish max is very easy to use, simple to clean when you do it outdoors with your hose, and cleaned properly it will quickly become your best friend and your favorite DIY tool. scout’s honor!
- I’m always here if you ever have any problems or questions. I can’t say I’m the best expert, but I’ve used Homeright products so much, I do know them inside and out.
- Great news! It’s time for a giveaway! One lucky winner will win a Homeright Finish Max of their very own.
How to enter: Mandatory—
- leave a comment on this blog post telling me your worst experience with a paint sprayer or why you really want to try a Homeright Finish Max HVLP paint sprayer. After leaving a comment, use the Rafflecopter widget to enter and earn more entries. Must be 18, US resident. Void where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose an alternate winner.
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- Good Luck, and have fun painting!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.