Published at Friday, 10 August 2018. Air Compressor. By Rochelle Mayo.
I recommend that you buy a compressor with an air tank. It produces constant air flow, unlike the diaphragm model, which creates pulsation. You have to choose as large as possible reservoir tank. It provides constant, smooth air flow.
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.
An oil lubed pump has a longer life with less wear than an oil free air compressor. These also come in various sizes and are great for home use.
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