Thank you for the replies, I apologise for the slow response. We’ve had some awful family news related to COVID19. Two elderly members contracted the virus and could not fight it off. Another close member caught it on Monday and had a couple of bad days before starting to improve. One of our friends was on a ventilator was 20 days and thank goodness he is now off it and making progress. Our friend is just 40, so it shows how awful this virus is.
Enough of the doom and gloom, let me update you on the sprayer topic. I borrowed a Wagner 350 Pro to paint a room’s walls and ceilings. I would describe it as okay, but that’s about it.
I did lots of research and went for the Wagner XVLP 5000. I agree with you, @Howzz; I think [EDIT]Air Assisted Airless is on the decline, so I took the chance with XVLP. It cost me £580, and I managed to get the Wallspray gun via the manufacturer.
First attempt was weak, but that is my lack of experience rather than the quality of the machine. I had splatter drops which suggested the paint was not thin enough. I am using Tikkurila anti-reflex 2 as I want a flat matt finish. I must add, I am painting small 1.2m x 2.3m walls, not some vast expanse. I thinned the paint, and the next attempt was better. I am still working on product flow and turbine pressure, which I will achieve given time. The practice medium was a cardboard box laid flat. I then tried on a small internal wall, and it started to come together.
Am I correct with my assumption the splatter was down to the high viscosity? I read the datasheet for the paint, and it suggests 5% water to thin it down. I had better results with 10%, even after it all dried. The test is ongoing!
I would appreciate all tips you can offer. Perhaps some floetrol would be an option?
Many thanks, be safe all of you.