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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Make a stencil. That what road markers typically use for arrows, symbols, letters and numbers . Easiest would be out of some cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes, cut them and create a stencil with a ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Besides the line-spray machine mentioned in the comments, perhaps you might try using a narrow roller instead of spray. For the purposes of parking-lot lines, that should give a sharp-enough ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

It sounds like you need a Line Striping Machine. If you search your favorite search engine, you can find one of these fairly easily. While there are higher end models with special paint reservoirs and ...
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How to paint a large object without leaving gaps where the supports were?

I've used several strategies for things like this. Lay the headboard on saw horses or other stands. Use blocks or spacers (such as plastic bottle caps) so that the only points of contact are inside ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

When we re-striped my in-laws' parking lot, we used a combination of two things. We used a striping wand (example) to hold the spray can at a consistent position and angle while moving. To keep the ...
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How to spray paint parking lot stripes by hand and avoid overspray

Rattle cans are not really the right way to do that job. I am appalled that the things big-box stores will sell you with a straight face, they stock many things that are wrong, require specialty ...
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Spray can pole extender

That's from Best of Wordless Workshop by Ray Doty; the original was a monthly column in Popular Science. (Published sometime between 1971-1985) The retail versions probably make more sense, but you ...
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Can I paint a window roller blind with spray paint to reflect sunlight?

As your objective is to reflect the light, rather than explicitly paint the shade (more impractical), consider the following. One can purchase silver reflective mylar sheet from various sources (...
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Is an 150 psi air compressor enough for spray staining or painting?

Probably not, because 150 psi air compressor labels are generally found on smaller pancake and hot-dog type models. The important number is the volume of air supplied which is labelled in cubic feet ...
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How to paint a large object without leaving gaps where the supports were?

I either paint one side at a time, or if I can find some spots where the dimples won't show, I use Painter's Pyramids. They're like jackstands for paint projects :) but they're going to leave a ...
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Can I paint a window roller blind with spray paint to reflect sunlight?

Silver color doesn't reflect sunlight to a significant degree. Shiny does, as with a highly polished metal surface. Spray paint on fabric doesn't get you shiny. Also, it would be very difficult to get ...
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What‘s the best way to paint a flat on your own?

If you have no experience, the best way to paint an entire flat quickly for a move-in is to hire a professional. If you want to learn and do it yourself, do not set yourself this challenge. Start with ...
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What‘s the best way to paint a flat on your own?

Use brush and roller. I paint mostly with a professional airless sprayer, and the cons/pros of roller vs. sprayers are a close call even for me. Spraying requires an enormous amount of prep, it uses ...
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Is an 150 psi air compressor enough for spray staining or painting?

It isn't the maximum air pressure that one should consider when using a compressor for painting. You will want to match the specifications of the device being used to paint with the compressor ...
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Why don't (all) professional painters use paint sprayers?

The paint needs to be of appropriate consistency. If the paint deviates too much it could clog the sprayer. overspray (paint landing where you don't want it to) is a big issue, avoiding that means ...
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How long can I expect my painted metal door to resist rust?

TLDR: 1 and nope. Paint snob here. My life's goal is to never paint something twice. I think nothing of spending $300/gal. on aircraft grade paint. I've evaluated a lot of the work in the field, ...
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How to touch up surface painted with airless sprayer

28 years of experience as a painter .. what works best is a light sanding and then a very light dusting of the enamel spray paint . May require 2 light coats .. it is tricky and you will have to be ...
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Why did my coat of spray paint crack along a profile line?

Might be caused by the second layer shrinking beneath the third layer because it hadn't fully dried. In high humidity conditions, I generally increase the recommended drying time between recoats by 25%...
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Why did my coat of spray paint crack along a profile line?

You laid it on too thick, because nooks are tricky to paint for several reasons. This was greatly exacerbated by not using primer. Whenever the paint industry claims something, they mean it in a ...
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Apartment downstairs got painted - Do I need to worry about overspray in my apartment?

Not overspray, no. Overspray will have fallen out of the air in the first minute after painting. It would have fallen to the ground and stuck, still liquid, to the floor surface (a drop cloth, unless ...
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How should I deal with a leaking aerosol can?

Gentle handling is unlikely to make it any worse. I would take it to your local household hazardous waste facility ASAP.
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Is a paint sprayer something I should consider? Paint entire interior

When I've had to do large areas, l usually rented a paint sprayer. You can get a pretty good one at a decent rate in most places. Good ones are expensive and for a tool I would use only every few ...
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spraypainting - is it hazardous to spray paint metal in your bedroom?

Once the solvent evaporates, the only source of odor or gases would be the plastic resin in the paint getting hot enough to cook. The outer shell of the heater isn't a problem, and if you were ...
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Thin alkyd paint for spraying

YOU DON'T!!! Do not put alkyd (oil) paints in a sprayer not made for them. They will destroy the seals. The act will be detected. That is a very expensive way to buy a commercial grade latex paint ...
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Is an 150 psi air compressor enough for spray staining or painting?

IMO. The most significant factor is the size of the objects you will be painting/finishing. A pancake compressor will be ok if you plan on coating floating shelves or model airplanes. You wouldn't ...
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Type of paint to buy for paint sprayer

I use an airless sprayer and all I do is thin out my paint with either water for latex or paint thinner for oil base. I use Glidden paint and have sprayed them all, Oil base, Latex, Acrylic Enamel, ...
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What causes "toothpick streaks" when spray painting already-painted metal?

Something is causing the layers of paint to repel away from the areas, leaving a significantly thinner coat. There are three phenomena at work. surface contaminants, such as oil, wax, silicones, ...
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Compressor size for HVLP gun?

All most any compressor should be able to handle an automotive sprayer, especially if it's only a few small metal parts. I doubt it'd even kick on half the time. If it does you just have to wait until ...
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Spray can pole extender

Why build one when someone already invented and built it for you? Check the ubiquitous on-line shopping site with the name that is also a river in S. America:
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Spraying Drylok Paint?

Yes it can be sprayed, and says so on the bucket. The spray tip orifice needs to be large though, because drylock is more like pudding. At least .025" which is bigger than the usual size used for ...
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