Stairway Windows (part 5)

Alternate title: “Destruction, mayhem, windows.”

Well, after spending several weekends of rooftop acrobatics getting this dormer ready for paint…lots of scraping, manufacturing new and repairing some fish-scales, reattaching many of the rest, repairing the trim, and rebuilding the sills, I finally got to the point where it was time to paint.

Dormer Scraped

Dormer Scraped

Well, prime, actually. I’m slapping on a coat of Sherwin Williams Oil based exterior primer first.

Next, I’ll need to caulk and fill any divots or nail holes with wood filler, and THEN I need to decide if it needs another coat of primer.

This stuff is thirsty! It’s also a royal pain to paint…with a brush. Ladder acrobatics, crevasses, thirsty wood, and multiple edges make paint brush work on this thing an absolute nightmare.

This experience will be repeated on other parts of the house…when viewed from a paint-by-brush perspective, this house grows to even more massive proportions!

Over an hour with a brush, and I only had about a quarter of this done. (I didn’t take a pic of the partially primed). Worse yet, I wasn’t happy with the coverage.

What does this mean for your hapless homeowner and dedicated do-it-myself-er?

Well, it means I get to…ur…must buy another tool of course!

Muhahahahahahahahaha! (that’s maniacal laughter you’re hearing)


(best innocent/straight face)

Say it with me folks, “Tools are a necessity, not toys.”

(/straight face)

So, I ordered an airless rig. Specifically, Wagner Paint Crew Plus

Wagner Paint Crew Plus

Wagner Paint Crew Plus

The Wagner 0515010T Paint Crew Plus Paint Sprayer. I bought a reconditioned one off Amazon for $125 or so. I can get a roller attachment for $30 later. From the reviews it seemed stout enough to do the work I need on this house without getting into professional pricing.

For the cost of about 4 gallons of paint I figured I couldn’t lose.
(edit: I did lose…while it performed well for this task, it broke down the next time I needed it and had to be replaced…more about that in “tools“)

So, of course, it’s raining this weekend.

Daniel Meyer

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