Published at Thursday, 30 August 2018. Air Compressor. By Imogene Rush.
I returned to the job site with my new goodies and soon discovered that I had indeed made the right choice. The compressor started right up and was soon pressurized and ready to go. I hooked up the hose and gun, filled the reservoir with stain, and started systematically applying it to the siding. The portable air compressor was on wheels, and easy to maneuver. I could see the dry wood soaking up the stain and I was happy I'd opted for this method of application. I dreaded the idea of having to brush stain on for hours on end. Once I had the first coat on I let it set for a couple hours while I took a break, then went back out and applied a second coat. This probably would have been sufficient, but I had read that the very best thing to do when applying stain with a sprayer is to go back and brush over the job. Doing this really drove the stain into the wood and allowed it to fill every little pore.
All reciprocating air compressors throw out some oil with the air they compress. When the tank reaches its designed pressure limit, a switch will interrupt electrical power to the motor. Simultaneously, a certain amount of oily air will be released into the shop environment. You may see oil collecting on the wall behind the compressor and on the pump and compressor as well over time. This is not cause for alarm but periodic cleaning may be needed.
With nearly 40 online reviews from actual customers, the VIAIR 90P Portable Compressor has an above average customer score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. No, it’s not a heavy duty compressor to use in the garage or on carpentry projects, but the VIAIR 90P Portable Compressor is a great tool to have on hand to inflate tires or possibly pool floats and sports balls. It does the job quickly, and is a nice tool to have in the trunk of your car for those little emergencies that pop up when you need quick air in your tires.
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