This post is sponsored by Wagner Spraytech and the Flexio 5000 Paint Sprayer. All thoughts & opinions are my own. I only share products that I truly love and that I think will be helpful to you, too!
One of the last decisions I had to make before finally finishing up our new patio was what to do with the exposed foundation on our house.
It wasn’t anything that ever really bothered me until the patio was right at the final stages of completion and I realized that its unpainted state really detracted from all the hard work we had put into the patio.
I love a DIY project that is accessible to anyone. Remember, I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant and completely knocked this one out by myself, so anyone can do it.
The Flexio 5000 is perfect for a myriad of paint jobs, both exterior and interior. It comes with 2 different nozzles – one that’s for spraying larger areas and one that’s for smaller, more precise applications.
You can paint your house with it, your interior walls, your trim and baseboards and even furniture projects. It’s the perfect paint sprayer for all those projects and more.
Plus, it’s lightweight! Because the motor is housed in the case, you don’t have to hold a really heavy paint gun. Clearly, in the final stages of pregnancy that would not have been possible for me, so I’m so thrilled that I was able to use this product myself and quickly get my painting done.
It takes a variety of paints too – latex (unthinned!!), oil based and even stain. I stuck with latex this time around but I’m excited to try it out with deck stain in the near future.
Assembly is a breeze. You pick the correct nozzle, fill the canister with paint and attach the air hose. Turn it on and you’re good to go!
Once you get the hang of what settings work best (I just did exactly what the instruction manual said and I had zero issues!) you’ll be amazed at how little overspray there is. I used a wide spray pattern for the most part and then dialed it down closer to the ground.
Originally, I was planning on dragging my plastic sheeting along with me but when I realized that I didn’t need it, I was happy to have one less thing to do. I simply pulled the stones back from the foundation and then raked them back in place when I was done!
Of course, if you’re dealing with an area where you don’t want any overspray at all, I would stick recommend taping it off with painters tape. Interiors or right next to siding or windows would be an example of that. You can see in the photo above that I completely covered our basement window.
When outdoors, you also have to remember that the breeze could be an issue. So even if there is zero overspray, the breeze could technically create one. Make sure windows are completely covered and taped on the edges!
By the way, I used two coats of Sherwin Williams Loxon Masonry & Concrete Primer in White (untinted) on the foundation first, followed by 1 coat of their Superpaint Exterior Acrylic Latex in Extra White (also untinted). I’ve used the masonry primer before and it’s a really great product that seals the concrete and allows the top layer of paint to adhere perfectly.
In between the masonry paint and superpaint, I had to clean the Flexio. Cleanup was a breeze. All I had to do was remove the nozzle from the front and wash it out with warm water. I allowed it do air dry and it was perfect for the next time I used it!
And, while I was already out there painting, I gave the big ugly bulkhead a new paint job too. Taking it from black to a light greige brightened the area so much and stopped it from being such an eyesore! What a game changer!
Are you excited to see the full patio reveal? Click here to see it in all its glory!