I think y’all know how much I love my Homeright Finish Max. I use it for most of my projects to get good coverage with my paint. Typically Iuse my DIY chalky paint made with latex (semi-gloss) wall paint as a primer, then using the out of the can semi-gloss as a topcoat. That’s how I paint most of my indoor furniture projects.
Today I’m talking about painting outdoor projects with my Finish Max. I wanted good coverage that will last, and indoor wall paint didn’t seem to be the best choice.
Use a Finish Max Paint Sprayer for Outdoor Projects
This outdoor planter was given to me many years ago. I’ve always liked it, but I’ve never really gotten anything to grow in it. It’s sort of small, and it’s difficult to find a pot to fit it.
Prep project using wire brush
To prep this planter for painting, I used a wire brush to take care of the rustiness. After using the wire brush on it, I washed it really well with the hose and allowed it to dry completely. note: use caution when doing projects that may contain lead paint.
Whenever painting, dirt and rust are your enemy. If you paint over rust, the rust will flake off, taking the paint with it. This is the first time I’ve ever used this Rust-Oleum high gloss paint in my Finish Max. It’s a latex with soap and water cleanup.But it’s quite thick and I’m a little nervous that it might not flow or clean up well. I used this paint a lot when I first started redoing furniture. I didn’t know that latex wall paint was an option.
The downfall of this paint is the limited colors. We all know that latex wall paint is available in endless options—sheens AND colors!
Refresh outdoor projects using a paint sprayer
Here is the after! The coverage was exceptional and the flow in the Finish Max was great. I was nervous about the cleanup, so I moved quickly and didn’t take any in-progress pictures. The can says “fast drying” so I cleaned the Finish Max immediately. I always clean my Finish Max with the hose using just water, no soap.
Because I was afraid there might be a problem, I did use some liquid dish detergent to clean up. I have an extra cup, so I used some warm water and soap to run through the Finish Max until it ran clear. Then I used the hose to clean the nozzle, tube, and the machine. You can see that it took very little paint to complete this project. Look for more high gloss black projects in the future! I’m so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out a different paint in my Finish Max. It’s not just for indoor projects! I put this little yellow pouf in there, but I think it actually needs some trailing plants/vines, don’t you? I guess I could even put a solar light in it!
How to quickly paint a birdbath
While buying some high gloss black paint, I also picked up some white to update my birdbaths! I am sure this birdbath is probably older than me. It belonged to Jamie’s paternal grandparents. I worked on chipping away the paint that was flaking, then used a wire brush on it.
Note: use caution when dealing with old paint that may contain lead. I slipped some cardboard under the birdbath, then got busy freshening it up! It’s not perfect (due to the layers and layers of paint) but it sure makes me smile every time I look out the kitchen window. It looks so much better, and it was so incredibly easy to paint it using my Finish Max.
I used a little of the leftover paint in the cup to pour into the bowl of the birdbath to give a nice thick protective covering using a paint brush. Those layers of paint probably have a lot of stories to tell.
Like I said above, I am so happy I expanded my horizons and used yet another paint product in my beloved Finish Max. You can see other projects here.
Disclosure: I am a Homeright Brand Ambassador, they supply me with products and compensate me for my time. All projects and opinions are my own.