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Kirby Spray Gun for Spray Painting
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Post# 165274   1/9/2012 at 07:50 (2,354 days old) by tom519 (Long Island, New York )        

I was wondering if anyone has ever used the Kirby (or other brands) of Spray gun for spray painting. How well does it work? I have to paint some louvered doors with latex paint, and figured spray painting would go faster than using a brush.

Post# 165278 , Reply# 1   1/9/2012 at 09:05 (2,354 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        

I have heard people say in the past. Having never tried it my self. That spray painting with a Kirby sprayer is not the best deal. Due to the presure, or force of air, is Not as good as it should be. Now this was back in the days of Kirby 500's. I had heard of guys of spray painting a complete 2 story shingle house. Never saw the house, so who knows what it looked like when it was done.
If you have a G series it could be a better deal.
I'm sure there is someone else out there with a more recent and personal experience.
Best of Luck !

Post# 165308 , Reply# 2   1/9/2012 at 15:00 (2,354 days old) by whirlpolf (Germany)        
tried it: no good....

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Spray painting a chair (diluted paint): Too splotchy, the mist is unpredictable.
Painting walls (water based wall paint): Might be ok if sufficiently diluted. Won't work on gray or yellowish walls, but will do for a quick and local make-over. Bad: The half litre spray can needs refilling too often.

The Kirby gun is good for applying liquid wax to a floor, for watering plants on their leaves, for misting some carpet pretreatment stuff but for paint it's a nuisance. You will be better off with regular DIY market contraptions, best of all the good old paint brush or paint roller.

Just my own try on things (having had believed that sales pitch phrase "paint brushing anywhere").

P.S: That Suds-o-foam cap is a joke: What good is producing some several cubic metres of dry foam if you have to sponge them in manually? Is this supposed to be foam-cleaning your upholstery (Kirby aided)?
Good for a Saturday night soap foam party anyway, that is for sure. Make sure you don't slip on the soap.

Post# 165310 , Reply# 3   1/9/2012 at 15:10 (2,354 days old) by whirlpolf (Germany)        
forgot to mention:

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That is for a G4 system's spray gun, I cannot speak for former rounded models. My guess would be that all those square G-system spray guns behave similarily. (Read: Up to nowaday's models, it is just some marketing gadget to add some "extra value" during a sale).
Result: Rotting unused in dust/cellar/attic. Keyword: TV sales channels (same thing). Clutter and hoard!

Post# 165326 , Reply# 4   1/9/2012 at 16:49 (2,354 days old) by Kirbyrama (Pennsylvania)        
It works best if

you dilute the paint with the right amount of water. Oil based paints are another story though. I have used three spray guns at a time which is more convenient so as to not have to refill the jar as often. Due to how messy this can be ; you will need alot of protective covering eg. newspapers, drop cloths etc. I have used semi -gloss and flat paints and have usually had good results.

Post# 165355 , Reply# 5   1/9/2012 at 20:12 (2,354 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I wonder how these Suds-O-Guns fared from the period of the Dual Sanitronic 50 up to the first six or so months of the Tradition (3rd/4th quarter 1979)?


Post# 165868 , Reply# 6   1/14/2012 at 13:10 (2,349 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
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i used mine to spray a fence it worked a treat

Post# 166009 , Reply# 7   1/16/2012 at 03:30 (2,347 days old) by uprightman ()        


I have tried using the SUDS-O-GUNS attachment from both my Kirby 514, and, although a long time ago, from a G4 model. They work IF you can cut whatever you are spraying to the consistency of water. So, if one is trying to white-wash something, or spread a VERY thin layer of wood protection, you will be fine. The down side is that VERY few products give the user a break-down on the mix to use (for that "water-consistency" brew). What I have found helpful - and this is just me, not any manufacturer, is a mix of a third of "product" to two-thirds water. Then, again, too, I have found that taking the "screen" part off the SUDS-O-GUN unit is advisable. I believe that it is only used for creating suds (with the Kirby shampoo). Good luck, my friend. P.S. I have managed to successfully "spray" bushes and to stain part of my it DOES work. (Aside: steer clear of windy days if you are using this outside - I've coughed from the foliage spray, and have stained glasses from when I thought that I was immune to Mother Nature!)

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