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  1. Denise Humphrey
    February 25, 2012

    You can smooth the finish a little further by “sanding” it with a piece of brown paper bag. This works for between coat sanding, also.

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
      February 27, 2012

      Wow, I have not heard of that before – just regular brown paper smooths the finish? I’ll have to try it – thanks!

  2. Theresa
    September 19, 2012

    I have been looking into sprayers and was so excited to stumble over your post and your blog! I feel the same way, that if I get something for cheap, I don’t want to spend a small fortune on supplies! I also saw a really small sprayer at my local Ace hardware store, that would work for frames, and accessories – I’ll have to go back and get the name, but I think in the meantime, I’m going to check out the one you bought. Thanks for sharing and love your ideas!! Hugs & Smiles, T

    • Jami
      September 20, 2012

      Hey, Theresa, glad you found me! Hmmm, the small sprayer sounds interesting – it would be nice not to be limited by the colors of spray paint available. That would be great if it worked, that is. :)

  3. MB
    October 24, 2012


    Do you need to use a spray booth or can i use my garage?

    • Jami
      October 24, 2012

      There is a bit of overspray and of course what falls to the ground, but nothing that some sheets of plastic wouldn’t fix. When we don’t have an available shed, I plan on taping plastic sheets to a corner of the garage, cover the floor with it and paint there, so yes, use your garage. Just be sure to prep and cover areas you don’t want overspray on (just like when using cans of spray paint).

  4. Brian
    January 10, 2013

    I’m glad I found your post it’s just what I needed to hear to push me over the edge in buying a handheld airless sprayer.

    I have a couple ideas from a small paint booth I built in the shop at work. I used a kitchen stove hood in the top of my paint booth to vent out the overspray. The one I found had a small squirrel cage blower so it was more powerful than one of those three blade fans. I also cut out 6×8 pieces of cheap furnace filters in place of the grease screen the hood originally had.
    The most important item was a Lazy-Suzan from an old cabinet. Once you use one of those in your paint booth you wonder how you ever got along without it!

    • Jami
      January 10, 2013

      Great tips, Brian, for a diy paint booth – thanks!

  5. Julie White
    March 27, 2013

    Hi Jami – just found you!! I’m heading out to purchase the Wagner sprayer to paint my louvered doors. The thought of brushing them is just too overwhelming and I’m willing to risk a new technique based on your advice!! So thanks …. how did your doors turn out, btw?

    I also love the lazy susan idea from Brian.

    Off I go ……

    • Jami
      March 29, 2013

      Ugh, my doors are still a dingy beige waiting to be painted! It’s so low on the to-do list, it’s not funny – even though they bug me every.single.day. Hmmm, maybe I should move them up? :) Let me know how yours turn out!

  6. ShaShanna
    April 21, 2013

    Thanks for the honest review. I am about to purchase a used kitchen table and chairs and have been debating in my head whether I want to leave it brown (which I hate) or to paint the set. I really want to paint it but dread the time and trouble of painting with a brush and I like how spray paint works but cannot afford the cost of painting the whole table and six chairs. I always do my research before making a purchase such as this, and I think you’ve got me sold. Should I be as successful as you, so many things in my house will now get painted! I am excited to get started.

  7. Shannon
    September 21, 2013

    Just bought one of these spray painters after reading this post. Did you spray on primer before the paint on these chairs?

    • Jami
      September 21, 2013

      I didn’t, Shannon, I just sprayed the light coats of paint. I’m sure real painters would advise it, but they’ve held up really well since I’ve painted them (and they’re used everyday) and I didn’t want to have to empty and clean out the sprayer, ha! Your choice. ;)

  8. Steve Norwood
    December 27, 2013


    I was also surprised on how well the Wagner Paint Sprayer gun works on interior items. My wife bugged me to get her something for her interior jobs for months and I finally gave in and I can say it was one of my best investments to date. She is now painting things that I had on my “to do” list because of the Wagner paint sprayer. Great post !!

  9. Kathy
    January 14, 2014

    So happy I found this page when I did. My husband was in the midst of building us a new bed and I was tasked with painting it, and not looking forward to it. After reading this, I bought the sprayer, much to the annoyance of hubby, who is in the camp of ” it won’t work, you will still have to back brush it, etc.” He has a bad history with the use of paint sprayers, for all of the reasons you cited. Well I followed your recommendations, and those of some of the commenters on the reviews, and could not be happier! Love it! The finish was awesome, and it was so quick once you got into using it. and I think I made a believer out of hubby. Can’t wait for warmer weather to paint more things. thank you!

    • Jami
      January 14, 2014

      SO glad it was helpful to you, Kathy! We are the same way and I just love how it makes painting things like louvered doors not such a problem now. Anything we can take outside to paint we use the sprayer with now. :)

  10. Rhonda
    February 4, 2014

    Jami, so glad I was surfering the web and found your blog. I have been wanting a paint sprayer for the same reason many have stated. Now I am off to purchase one this weekend let the ptrojects begin I have about 8 to 10 right now thank you for the input. I will let you how that turn out.

  11. Sheryl champy
    June 20, 2014

    Thanks for your post, I stumbled across it. Was looking at sprayers today at my local store and decided to do some research before buying. Glad I did and thanks for the advice. Am looking to pain a small cabinet and didn’t want brush strokes. Will be buying the sprayer tomorrow and hoping for the best. Thanks.

  12. House of Babs
    June 24, 2014

    Hi Jami! I, too, am so glad I found this post. I desperately need a paint sprayer as I paint furniture all the time – for myself and for others as a small business. Right now, I have 6 adirondack chairs and a lounge chair that need paint. I can use this sprayer for those, right? I also would probably use this outdoors or in the garage when spraying furniture. I’m guessing an “exterior” sprayer is purposed for painting houses, etc.

    • Jami
      June 24, 2014

      Yes, this works great for furniture and it made repainting our doors last summer go quickly, too. We always use it outside to not worry about spray, but I’ve seen some people set up a ‘tent’ in their garage to be able to spray in inclement weather. I’d have to look at the sprayer labeled ‘exterior’ but I would guess like you did that it’s for painting houses (and it would be more expensive, too, right?).

      • House of Babs
        June 24, 2014

        Thanks so much! You are good getting back to me so quickly. I think for the fairly low price (compared with the speed of the results) it is worth a try. Let you know how I make out. Thanks for a post full of good information.

  13. Jerry
    August 6, 2014

    Loved this! I decide to buy a spray painter after finishing reading this post.

  14. Nutsy
    August 6, 2014

    Just ordered! I have 4 or 5 pieces of patio furniture to paint. Also a deck and some railings. Hope I am lucky with this. Thanks for your review.

    • Jami
      August 6, 2014

      Great! I hope you like it as much as we do – it’s a lifesaver for all our bi-fold doors with shutter-like tops!!

  15. Jennifer
    August 9, 2014

    Hi Jami,

    I noticed the sprayer you recommended is for stain. Am I correct in reading that you bought the stain one, but just thinned your paint? And it works?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Jami
      August 10, 2014

      Yes, it works for both. I read in the reviews that a number of people used it for paint, too. :)

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