When you were young, did you ever have your parents point at an expanse of weathered wood, hand you a paint can and a brush, and give you something to do for the summer?
Now at the best of times painting can be a tedious chore, but when you are young and with the prospect of a long lazy summer ahead of you, it is more akin to torture.
Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to while away pointless hours waving a paint brush around. There are high volume paint applicators that will fit into any budget.
If you are fortunate enough to have access to one of the newer versions of the handheld airless paint sprayers doing your best Tom Sawyer and painting a mile or so of white fence need not be a daunting thought.
There are, of course, downsides to these sprayers. They can be quite wasteful of paint. As you can imagine, creating a cloud of paint and then spreading it out on the wind virtually ensures that a certain amount of it will not make it to anywhere that it can do any good.
In concert with not making it to the wood surface, somewhat counter-intuitively, it does not apply enough paint on the surface when it does get there. Plopping paint on to old wood with a brush places a lot more at the surface and it sucks in so fast that it can’t be spread around.
With a sprayer, it looks like there is enough paint being applied, but when you look back shortly after you find that all of that bright pretty paint has sucked into the wood and there is a blotchy finish sitting there that needs another coat.
It’s a good thing that a handheld paint gun can put paint on the surface so fast. That next coat will go even faster than the first one. And it’s fun to do.
With the painting project handily handled, it will be time to get on with enjoying the rest of the summer. That’s if the folks don’t decide that since things went so well it leaves time to use the sprayer on the interior walls. Something they do very well.
It’s the painting version of the TV remote. Kids will never know how good they’ve got it.