Do you remember the rocking chair makeover I did for my mom’s cousin Kay Lee? While visiting with Kay, she generously offered me this gossip bench:
She had redone it, and had done a great job on it. However, I thought it was ready for a new look.
Can you believe that “back in the day” we had to actually be tied down to a phone and phone cord?
I was contacted recently by some very nice people at HomeRight, a company that has a lot of great painting gadgets. When asked if I wanted to try Command Max, their fine finish sprayer, I was all for it.
It is an HVLP sprayer, but unlike my Harbor Freight HVLP, theHomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer is electric. Look how new and pretty it is.
Because I do a lot of “spraying” I keep some filters handy. Anytime I paint with a can of paint that has previously been opened, I always strain my paint.
I keep a bucket of water handy for thinning paint and I immediately place the filter in the bucket of water while I spray paint. (for ease of cleaning)
I gave the gossip bench a quick coat of gray primer.
I always make sure to get the underside. Do you know how embarrassing it is when someone buys a piece and goes to load it in their car, only to expose the ugly underside that wasn’t painted?
After I applied the primer, I cleaned the sprayer. It was a little challenging the first time.
On to the next coat. You can see that I use an old ladle to spoon out my paint. It’s much easier than pouring the paint.
It’s hard to see, but I have about ⅓ of the paint cup full.
I started spraying. The HomeRight Command Max is adjustable to the amount that flows out, in addition to the multi-directional spraying. I took this picture so you can see how little over spray there is.
I did get it a little thick in a couple of places. I thought I was going to have to sand it back, but it really did dry okay.
This is after one coat.
You can see it’s a little thin in places. I spray in an enclosed carport where there is not enough daylight, so it’s difficult for these old eyes to see the thin places until I bring it out into the sunshine.
But, honestly I’d rather paint two light coats than one heavy coat.
After the second coat dried, I sanded the edges a little.
I used some wipe-on poly to give it a little protection.
I used my very favorite fabric (drop cloth) to cover the seat.
I love this little lady!
Know what else I love? My new sprayer!
Ease of use (very easy to learn to use)
Ease of cleaning-seriously after the first time cleaning it, I became a pro! So quick, and really the only thing that needs cleaning is the paint cup, the tube, and the brass nozzle.
Lack of over spray (therefore using very little paint)
Lack of heavy odor (always use a respirator)
Ability to use the sprayer down to almost the very last drop. (I literally only had a couple of tablespoons of paint left in the bottom of the cup with no spitting or spattering)
ELECTRIC! ! ! I don’t have to wait for my compressor to play catch up.
Average size paint cup, large jobs would need to be refilled. (however remember I only used ⅓ of the cup for this project)
Electric-I had a hard time keeping it plugged in to my extension cord. (minor inconvenience) I need to learn how to do that loopy de loop that contractors use)
UPDATED TO ADD: I have used this sprayer for a couple of years now, and I still LOVE it. It's definitely one of my top five tools!
This will definitely be my “go to” sprayer, I think I’m in love!