No news on new tools today. At least I haven’t bought one.Yet.
On the weekend a buddy asked me if I would give him a hand with a little painting project. Now I’ll say up front that painting is not a chore that I generally enjoy. But I am forever hounding my friends to call me when they want help with their projects, so I wasn’t about to say no when one of them finally did.
I get to his house all ready to spend a boring day with a hand full of paint brush or roller, but when I get there he has an electric paint spray gun (http://electricpaintspraygun.com) like these. That turned a boring day of drudgery into an enjoyable day getting to know the ins and outs of a new tool. By now you already know how much I like to play with new tools. Even if they aren’t mine, I get an idea of what they are, how they work and if they are something that I want to add to my collection. Usually they are, and a paint gun is definitely on the list.
The paint sprayer in question is one of the more expensive ones that has a pickup that can go right into th paint can, and uses a simple gun at the end of a 50 foot hose. A lot of the more inexpensive models are hadheld units that require that you put a quart or so of paint in a cup attached to the gun and then refill it every so often. As you can imagine, this is not an ideal setup for painting something the size of a fence. You would be running back and filling that cup every few minutes.
But with the ability to draw directly from the container, we were able to pull paint from a 5 gallon container. That kept us busy for quite awhile. The ease with which the paint gun allowed us to cover area on those old faded fence boards was a blessing. They had not been sealed for years so they sucked up paint like they were made out of paper towels. So what we did was quickly apply a medium coat in order to seal the boards. At least that was the idea, and given the results we achieved it was a justified one. As well as getting down that seal coat it let us take turns getting a feel for how the gun operates. Knowing theoretically how you should operate a gun is a bit different from actually running one. I suppose the same could be said of any new thing you are learning, like driving a car or learning to write.
After a while we had the gun set up with the right nozzle and had a feel for exactly how much paint was applied and how fast we had to sweep the gun back and forth to achieve the results we wanted.
After that it was no more learning and was just pure enjoyment of our new mastery of the tool. That afternoon we applied 20 gallons of paint. Imagine how long it would take to paint that fence if you had to paint the old fashioned way.
Pure enjoyment would certainly not be how I would describe that task.