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Power Flo-Pro Paint Sprayer

In New Products on November 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

HomeRight’s®Power Flo-Pro Paint Sprayer

Friends and readers who know me, understand my aversion to painting.

Painting to me is very tedious work if done properly. I don’t like hard work, don’t enjoy tedious and get bored easily so I’ve never been a fan of painting.

But now I can paint the town red using the new HomeRights® Power-Flo-Pro® paint sprayer and actually enjoy painting!

The Power-Flo-Pro® is a professional-grade tool priced for homeowners. It has a suggested retail price of $249.00. While that may seem pricey, it’s not. The Power –Flo-Pro® draws the paint directly from one or five-gallon paint cans and can apply those five gallons in as little as twenty minutes. According to the manufacturer, it can spray 2000 square feet in about thirty minutes.

It can do it because it has a professional quality, ½-HP piston pump airless sprayer that produces 2,800 PSI of spraying pressure. In English, that means it can handle even the thickest exterior paint.

Another feature I liked about the portable sprayer is the convenient carrying handle. The Power Pro-Flo® only weighs 19-pounds but works like a heavyweight. It comes with a 25-foot hose and is easy to maneuver. The HomeRight® Power-Flo-Pro (model #C800764) is also great for staining decks.

The other thing I didn’t like about painting was the clean up. With this unit, clean up is incredibly easy. You place the tip in a bucket of water and turn on the sprayer and in a few minutes, the water will start spraying clean. Just wipe everything off and you’re done.

The Power-Flo-Pro® is available at www.homeright.com, http://www.homedepot.com and http://www.amazon.com.

Q:
How come it always seems my walls need some touch-up painting but when I go to find the “saved” paint it’s always dried up and worthless?

A:
The way I see it, if your house doesn’t need any painting touch-ups then it was just painted within the last three days.

I think we all know we should save extra paint for those inevitable nicks and scratches. So the next time you paint, save the extra paint, in one, or better yet, all of the following ways:
•    Save some paint in an old, empty nail polish bottle. Clean the bottle thoroughly with nail polish remover, and then with soap and water. Allow the bottles to dry and then pour extra paint in them. Label the bottles as to which room they are for and whether they’re for walls or woodwork.
•    I found saving extra paint in pickling jars (and labeling) them also prolongs the life of the paint.
•    You can, of course, leave the paint in the original can, but if it’s latex paint, don’t store it in the garage or shed where it will freeze and ruin.
•    If you leave the paint in the original can, you can buy plastic “paint savers” for around a dollar at your paint store.
•    You can also make sure the lid is on securely and store the paint can upside down. It lasts longer.

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  1. Speaking of exterior paint: Years ago when I started seeing painted brick, usually white, the texture of the brick was totally filled in by thick paint and gave the brick a much less textured look. Now, I see houses with brick that looks great with the texture of the brick still showing quite well. The reasons I think the brick may have been painted is because the color will be unlike a color of natural brick, and even with the mortar the same color, looks fabulous. I would like to have this done to my house and would like to know if you’ve heard any horror stories associated with this.

    • Chris, they probably put the paint on too thick. [ I have also been accused of laying it on a little too thick at times.] There may have been too many coats of paint which will happen over time. Keep in mind that in all reality, brick should not be painted. Masonry walls are not the best insulator, but require the least amount of maintenance. Painting them means periodically you will have to repaint. That being said, I had the brick on my house painted since my wife did not like the look of red, reclaimed bricks and painting was cheaper than a divorce or moving. The absolute key to painting brick as well all painting is preparation. The walls should be cleaned and dry prior to painting and never paint in direct sunlight. Have the sun follow the painter.

      Hope this helps, and remember, “don’t paint yourself into a corner”.
      Lon

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