Leslie Segrete: This is Leslie Segrete coming to you from the 2015 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We are here bringing you the news on the newest, best and most innovative do-it-yourself products out there this year. We have a great guest stopping by right now here at The Money Pit, his name is Dan Bruggeman, and he is the President of HomeRight. You brought with us the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer. It’s a paint sprayer?
Dan Bruggeman: It is.
Leslie Segrete: I mean, this is pretty awesome. I love holding props in my hand. If you guys could see it, it’s very compact and very lightweight. What makes the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer so unique?
Dan Bruggeman: What do you notice about it Leslie, right now, when you’re holding it?
Leslie Segrete: I noticed that it’s lightweight.
Dan Bruggeman: Boom!
Leslie Segrete: Bingo.
Dan Bruggeman: It is.
Leslie Segrete: Of course, you guys can’t see, but I want to turn everything and I want to turn things on and I want to adjust up and the trigger has an excellent holdability here. I’m not getting tired. I feel like it’s got excellent spray adjustment. What I really think is fantastic and what gives a lot of people problems when it comes to refinishing or repainting furnishings or decks, for example, are the spindles and those weird small areas. I think what’s interesting with HomeRight is that you guys have introduced a really great spray pattern that allows you to get into all those nooks and crannies.
Dan Bruggeman: We are. We think we have the best product here for … People are calling it like a factory finish. We’re able to basically take both paint out of the can and we can put it in here and we’ll get like a spray paint.
Leslie Segrete: Basic latex paint?
Dan Bruggeman: Latex, enamels, anything like that.
Leslie Segrete: Urethanes, stains, I noticed you could do everything.
Dan Bruggeman: Exactly. We’re doing furniture. A big movement right now is repurposing, refinishing, reusing.
Leslie Segrete: I like to call it upcycling.
Dan Bruggeman: That’s a good one also. Where people are looking for a finish that’s not a brush mark or it’s not a stipple finish, they want that factory finish.
Leslie Segrete: Well, with the rollers, sometimes you get a little something. Even if you’ve got like one of those foam hotdog rollers, do you notice your pattern sometimes.
Dan Bruggeman: Absolutely. Yeah. This will do that. Well, you’re mentioning the adjustment to the spray pattern and you can really dial it. You can do a vertical fan, a horizontal fan, you can do a round pattern, and it will adjust from about a 1/2 inch up to 8 inches wide.
Leslie Segrete: Really?
Dan Bruggeman: You could really control …
Leslie Segrete: Overspray.
Dan Bruggeman: Exactly.
Leslie Segrete: Which tends to be the biggest waster of your paint or stain because you’re just spraying willy-nilly or the paint sprayer is just going too wide to accommodate what you’re working on.
Dan Bruggeman: The biggest mess maker. As to the clean up aspect, and the setup and prep, because you have to do so much more taping and masking to get ready to spray. This kind of eliminates a lot … Or cuts that back anyway, to just spraying paint. I wanted to make sure that we all know what we’re doing. The lightweight aspect that you mentioned …
Leslie Segrete: You’re not going to have to … We’re not saying that you don’t have to tarp things around you. We’re not saying just go ahead and put your piece of furniture against the siding of your home and go to town, no. Take precautions. You still need to drape things, but I like that you can control the overspray. Because from an economic standpoint, you’re wasting a lot of money on paint and you’re wasting a lot of money on setup materials, and to be able to control the amount that comes out and the width of it, is really fantastic.
Dan Bruggeman: Exactly.
Leslie Segrete: I think as part of that, because there’s a lower pressure system in the delivery of the driving mechanism of the sprayer, does that really help to control the amount of paint that’s coming out it? It’s a lower pressure system?
Dan Bruggeman: Well, actually, what you’re doing is making the adjustment, which pulls a needle, a pin on it, and that limits the travel. The more you open the pin, the nozzle on it, the more paint comes out. The less you open it, the less paint comes out, that’s kind of how you adjust the spray pattern on it. As you open it up, and this is a HVLP technology, so this is high volume, low pressure.
Leslie Segrete: That’s fantastic.
Dan Bruggeman: It doesn’t mean a lot to a lot people, but what it does is it’s really blowing the paint to the surface. High pressure sprayers, distance sprayers, just blow paint into the air. This has an air cap, so it has a column of paint around the paint spray pattern that’s actually blowing it to the surface. That also helps reduce the overspray. Once you’ve adjusted in the spray pattern, that air cap, that air column will direct the paint right to the surface.
Leslie Segrete: Now, how easy is it? I mean, I understand you’re not going from a paint to a stain to a urethane finish right in the same sweep. You have, obviously, it’s the same mechanism that’s delivering the different products. How do go about cleaning it to make sure that you’re not getting things gunked up and things will function the next time you go out.
Dan Bruggeman: Right. Well, we always recommend that you screen the paint, just run it to a cloth or a filter to take kind of the chunks out which can clog it. Otherwise, to clean it up it’s dump the paint out of the cup, we put water into … Spray that until it comes clear, and as a matter of rinsing all the cup. It’s really fairly simple.
Leslie Segrete: That’s really great. Because I think a lot people either get distracted or forget. As soon as they put this down, you put down your paint sprayer, you ignore it, you go to pick it up for another project and it’s not going to work for you. A product will only perform as well as your maintenance of it. If you really are excited about something like the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer, you’ll take excellent care of it so that it will perform you every single time.
Dan Bruggeman: Yeah. There’s no question we have people using this for a lot of projects. I think, once they get into it and they see how easy it is to use … other sprayers, they might use it one, do their project, pack it away. It’s like [inaudible 00:05:25] a lot of paint applicators work.
Leslie Segrete: (laughing) Exactly. Not a brush.
Dan Bruggeman: We know how glamorous painting is, but this product is really doing well. I mean, I suggest if anybody is kind of curious and want to see what we’re doing with it, is they go in Pinterest. Pinterest is a big kind of a photo library of projects that if they look up Finish Max on Pinterest, they’ll see all the projects. We have just a ton of post out there.
Leslie Segrete: Well, and that really, I think, all comes to your spray control. If you’re able to control the width of the spray, then you can tape off areas and really get in to some interesting design detail without worrying about that overspray.
Dan Bruggeman: Yeah. You’re stenciling, things like that, taping off, you’re not … It’s kind of tricky sometimes to keep the paint from traveling underneath the tapes when you’re using a roller because it kind of wants to push it under the tape, but when you’re spraying over it …
Leslie Segrete: What about when you’re doing a vertical surface, do you get a lot of runs?
Dan Bruggeman: No. No, I mean, it depends. That’s a function of how much paint are you putting on too quickly, but because of the …
Leslie Segrete: It’s an applicator.
Dan Bruggeman: Well, yeah.
Leslie Segrete: That’s a person issue.
Dan Bruggeman: I think with the flexibility and the flow control and how much paint is coming out of it, you’re able to … You have to realize you’re putting … You want to do coats with this to get that real fine finish on it, and you can kind of control that, learning curve.
Leslie Segrete: How much is this selling for?
Dan Bruggeman: This is $69.99.
Leslie Segrete: All across the board. Where can you find the HomeRight Finish Max?
Dan Bruggeman: Primarily, on Amazon and homedepot.com.
Leslie Segrete: That’s fantastic. You guys want to see some projects that people have made with the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer? Go ahead and check it out on Pinterest or go right to their website which is homeright.com. Dan Bruggeman, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
Dan Bruggeman: Thanks for having me, Leslie.