|Love/hate: 2 gallons is enough for a|
Learning curves can be painful. And embarrassing. And time consuming. Handy Andy, miss-I-can-do-anything, intended to spray-paint the vaulted ceilings. A bit of a stitch in one shoulder convinced me that that rolling the ceilings would be very hard. Spraying would be so much easier!
Several days of laying out the process in my head was useful. Watching expert "how-to" videos on line was critical. Gathering the right equipment was frustrating--especially when the extension pole the experts said was needed was not available to rent ($175 to buy for a one-time use).
|Peak of the vault--hosed for a split second with paint|
Being persistent equalled all the Things I get to do today. With a 4-hour rental clock running, I was finally ready to take care of the ceilings. A 30"wand on the end of my spray gun made it possible to reach the 12' peak. Ready to go. Pull the trigger for the first pass. SPLAT, SPLASH! Paint showered all over me, the wall, a wedge of carpet that was exposed, the fireplace hearth, the dining table in the next room! Not believing that the fine mist I had seen in the expert video was NOT coming out of my sprayer, I tried it again on a lower wall (preventing the drench of paint from overhead). SPLAT, SPLASH!
|Spray gun, wand and corrected nozzle attachment.|
All paint splatters on the plastic were from the single squirt overhead!
Time to look at the end of the wand. Here is where I crash straight into the sharp curve. The wand is a tube for the paint but comes with no spray/mister tucked into the nozzle head--I proved it to myself, twice! So now's time to let the rental clock tick down as I clean the carpet of paint rain and finally put the "bit" from the spray gun on the end of the wand nozzle.
At the end of four hours filled with roller coaster emotions of disbelief, despair, elation and determination, the rental equipment went back. The next morning a wiser Handy Andy put the paint roller on a very long pole, painted over the learning curve stripes, and made the ceiling look great.
Tomorrow: The Walls