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Old 06-06-2015, 02:58 PM
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Guys,

I am starting to paint my fence at my farm tomorrow. I bought a small airless paint sprayer from Lowes. I have several thousand feet of fence if anyone wants to help!!

My question is do I need breathing protection if I spraying latex paint outside? If so what kind?

I talked with the folks at the store, a few painters, and some handy man buddies and I get mixed answers.

So I thought I would consult the smartest group of guys ever assembled any where.

Thanks

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Old 06-06-2015, 03:09 PM
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Latex PAINT? Or some sort of stain? I'd maybe rethink that on a fence.


Never used anything other than a particulate mask for latex, even interiors.
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With 25 yrs of project management in the commercial painting industry I can assure you OUTSIDE and LATEX are zero problems


Only time our guys used masks was spraying a lot of the epoxies or when they were spraying dry fall on celings
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Going to be expense spraying. You will get a better coat and use less paint with a roller
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:57 PM
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I was thinking outside with latex wouldn't need a respirator.

Thanks for the advice sir

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Old 06-06-2015, 04:15 PM
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Depends which way the wind is blowing
If I had to work on the downwind side of any outside spray job ,you can bet your ass I'd be wearing a mask.you don't want to breathe any type of paint in. I've been spraying stuff( cup, airless and HVLP) for almost 40 years,Ii always wear a mask. I use a rubber mask with spin on canisters. They are reasonably priced enough.
Well worth the cost to protect your lungs and health.you also get used to wearing it, don't even notice its on after awhile.
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:19 PM
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Yea I can see if it was blowing right back in my face I would want a mask of some sort.

Tomorrow's forecast is calm and dry. Let's see what happens.
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Yea I can see if it was blowing right back in my face I would want a mask of some sort.

Tomorrow's forecast is calm and dry. Let's see what happens.
I have a Graco Magnum X7 and I thought the same thing. After taking a break for some water, I got out my respirator, taped some old socks over my work boots and a painters hood (a piece of clothe material you pull over your head so you hair stays it's natural color).

A roller uses at least 20% less paint, but the sprayer is way faster.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:18 PM
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Graco LTS 17.
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IMO, whenever you are spraying anything (ok maybe not water), it's best to use a respirator. Simply because the item is not toxic, doesn't mean it isn't harmful to your lungs or mucus membranes. (Cue in Mesothelioma get-your-money commercial)

Invest in a quality respirator that fits you. Once you get used to it, wearing it won't be that big a deal.

And no, I don't wear a helmet to ride a bike or ski..
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BTW, re respirator. I can't stand to use a mask when it's hot. Even under the best of conditions, the mask makes me feel like I'm not getting fresh air (you are re-breathing your exhale). The first time I used a respirator and got it properly adjusted, I was amazed at how comfortable it was and how easy it was to breath.
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After Action Report

I went ahead and bought a respirator from Home Depot.

Best $35 I EVER spent. The wind was changing every time I turned around. Within about ah hour I was covered in overspray. Since it's only a 4 board fence there are gaps between the boards which made it impossible not to have over spray.

We got about 30% done and sprayed 10 gallons. It went fast and other than having to bend over to get the bottom 2 boards it was super easy and it looks great.

I ended up with a long sleeve shirts an old buff old sunglasses ball cap and respirator. All covered in paint. If I would have sucked up all that paint I would have been blowing it out my nose for years!!!!
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I'm glad you used the respirator, I forgot to mention the glasses. I used Saran Wrap on the glasses as I was doing primer first and that might not wash off,
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the tip supplied with those machines is a 517. that means it is #17 with a spray pattern of 10" at 1' away from your work. if you are spraying 4 or 6" posts you should get a 217, 215, 317 or 315. that will save you lots of paint and less product in the air. . if you cant find one pm me
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