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Was wondering how many companies are using a Graco sprayer to skim coat walls instead of applying by hand. They are about 5k to buy but from what I have seen save alot of time and labor. They have a new 240 volt one that looks as if you could spray smooth stucco through it.
 

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Was wondering how many companies are using a Graco sprayer to skim coat walls instead of applying by hand. They are about 5k to buy but from what I have seen save alot of time and labor. They have a new 240 volt one that looks as if you could spray smooth stucco through it.
You can spray elastic foundation covering as well as everything else, really nice gadget. A contractor, gas probably a better choice since you don't want to use electricity from your customer.
 

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Dont buy one less you have enough work to support it...

Renting is the best way until you have enough jobs to pay for the equipment over time.
 

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Are you spraying the mud on after you have run your box on flats, butts, beads, screws and sanded? So you tape, fill with a seven inch, skim with a ten inch and skim again with a twelve inch, then sand and spray the mud? Or some other way?
 

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Dont buy one less you have enough work to support it...

Renting is the best way until you have enough jobs to pay for the equipment over time.

I have checked the rental yards and they do not have a sprayer large enough to spray a level 5 finish. I have 2 new houses coming in the works and the price to skim them is what I would pay for the sprayer. I have alot of tools sitting but they are garaged and I am planning on building for at least 10 more years. I have subbed out to drywall crews that spray skim and ones that do it by hand. The sprayer is alot more efficient. I have searched for a used one but no luck.
 

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Are you spraying the mud on after you have run your box on flats, butts, beads, screws and sanded? So you tape, fill with a seven inch, skim with a ten inch and skim again with a twelve inch, then sand and spray the mud? Or some other way?
I tape with a bazooka, bed with an 8, skim with a 10. Then sand, then spray the level 5, then sand again. Butts ae run twice with a 10 and hand run with a 12 (on average, butts are kinda indavidual) corners are taped and glazed with a 3" and run again with a 3 1/2 *sometimes, if conditions are bad I'll run em a third time with a 2.

You have to come to a level 4, then sand, then spray level 5 then sand again.
 

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Sounds good. Thanks for filling in the details. The painter primes and paints as usual, I assume.You are gettig rid of the problem of the mud being smoother than the paper.
 

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Do you just thin your mud about the same consistency as paint? And do you use regular bucket/box mud or the bag texture mud?
 

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The demo I went to by graco had em putting a gallon of water to a ready mud bucket. stir with a paint augur and away you go.

Same way I have seen. 1 guy with a helper mixing and delivering was able 2 spray both houses (2450 sq ft + 2 car garage each) in 1 day. Each house required 3-4 hours to sand to perfect finish (1 guy 1 day). I paid $2200 extra per house for skim coat over level 4.
 

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Brocktologist or Capt-Sheetrock,

Lets say you have a house with 20,000' of drywall.

How many man hours to mask off, spray, then sand, ceilings and walls?

How much material is used?
 

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Brocktologist or Capt-Sheetrock,

Lets say you have a house with 20,000' of drywall.

How many man hours to mask off, spray, then sand, ceilings and walls?

How much material is used?
The 2 houses I had done were 220 4x12 sheets each which breaks down to around 20,000 after scrap. 1 prep guy and 1 spray guy taped masked and sprayed both houses in one day. The taper came back and sanded both in one day. They used around 25 5 gallon buckets for both.
 
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