Disclosure: This DIY post and the feeling of satisfaction that came from finishing something–ANYthing–were sponsored by HomeRight, who provided the Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer for my review.
We all know the feeling, right? You write up a huge to-do list and start the day with the best intentions, but by day’s end you’re exhausted, the kids still have energy to burn and the to-do list is, well, it’s probably wherever your keys and left shoe are.
Or is that just me?
Since the kids came along, my formerly crafty self has hit a wall. I can’t seem to start, let alone finish, anything lately. It’s so frustrating. But that’s about to change. The folks at HomeRight felt my pain and sent me a Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer with the hope of making my DIY dreams a little easier (or even possible.) Here’s how it went down:
I had this old white cabinet that I was keeping my gardening tools in. It had gotten a little funky from sitting outside. Plus, I’ve done neutrals for years, and now I’m totally craving color, so I got the itch to paint!
See? Boring. And quick to show dirt.
First, a good scrub and light sanding. Then, I decided on a self-priming Olympic outdoor latex paint in a cheery tomato red, which had to be thinned to put in the Finish Max. I had never thinned paint before, and I wasn’t quite sure how to do it (but it’s a common step in using most paint sprayers.)
Even though I’m terrible with reading directions (I usually just jump in and get started during those precious naptime minutes, relying on the directions for troubleshooting) I did use the paint thinning chart in the manual, following directions for enamel paint. It just needed to be mixed with a tiny bit of water at a time until it flowed through that little blue cup down there in the number of seconds indicated. Note: The Finish Max can also be used with polyurethane, clear sealer, primer, stain and varnish.
At first, I got speckles, like this:
That meant I needed to add a little more water, and once I did, the spray was perfect. I went from in-the-box to a good, steady spray in about 10 minutes.
It’s pretty fine, but you can sort of see it here. You can also turn that part where the paint is coming out to adjust the width and intensity of the spray, and adjusting the trigger control knob can change your spray pattern from 1″ to 6″ wide.
My biggest surprise was how little overspray there was. The paint covered really quickly and precisely (which is good, because I tape about as well as I read instructions.) Here’s a short video that will show you what I mean:
After one coat, the coverage was a little sparse. It was thinned, after all, so I expected that.
Did I mention I did all this with the kids? Yup. My son was all up in the project, inspecting my work, and for the first full coat, my daughter was on my back in the Ergo. The whole first coat took about 10 minutes, so there was barely time for them to realize Mommy was busy and need a snack.
Spraying took way, way less time than painting with a brush would have. Of course you have to clean out the sprayer, but that’s easy enough. There are only a few pieces to take apart and rinse, and then you spray soapy water through the paint nozzle. Done.
We did 3 coats total, and the coverage was great. Nice and even, no drips. And when I was done, I let my son help me paint the inside of the drawer with a fun Valspar green. These funky sample colors catch my eye every time, and now that I have the Finish Max, I can start adding tons of color to all those yard sale finds that have been waiting since, oh…before my daughter was born.
So here it is, all done. The only thing that held up progress was a little rain, but the Finish Max made it super easy to turn my idea into reality quickly! And we all know how important it is to save time where we can, right?
Now I totally understand the benefits of using a paint sprayer over a can a spray paint:
- More control with customizable paint spray and coverage
- Unlimited choices for paint colors! Go crazy!
- Overall cost savings
- Fewer cans to throw away
Check out the HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer or the new Finish Max PRO and turn your next idea into a finished project, too! HomeRight has tons of other products to help you take on your DIY to-do list, so stop by HomeRight.com and follow them here for tips, ideas and current promotions:
Next up: Restaining our deck! Do you think I can do it? What’s your next DIY project?