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Who has used Ankocryl Interior Filling Primer from Anker Stuy?

Spraying MDF doesn’t have to be hard. This MDF primer from Anker Stuy can be applied by all types of equipment, including conventional gravity-fed pot guns, HVLP, and airless and air-assisted pumps. In this video we test the Ankocryl Interior Filling Primer for things like durability, flexibility, sanding, and any anti-tanning properties it may or may not have.

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Graco Texspray T-Max spray machine

There are a few versions in the T-Max series and we are sure that they will be increasing in numbers throughout the UK market very quickly over the next few years. The machines often used for plaster in the uk are being used to their maximum and don’t have the same longevity as a machine like the T-Max which is working much less to achieve the same result. This means that they will last a lot longer and need less maintenance.

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Understanding the Graco Cleanshot

This is a video that we have put out on here quite a few times but surprisingly its something that a lot of people struggle with. For us the cleanshot is so much more than the anti spit device that its meant to be but this video is all about getting the cleanshot to work at the lower pressures.

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Q Tech Series – Setting up your Kitchen Beast

Looking at the QT190 airless sprayer which as we have said before “packs a punch for the money”. What if we add a few accessories to make spraying kitchens easier?

Check out this video which which shows you what comes as part of the Kitchen Beast set u from SMS Spray Supplies..

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Tritech T7 review from Dermot in Ireland

In this video Dermot O’Kelly of Bespoke Spraying Solutions runs through his Tritech T7 carry cart, why he bought it and what he loves about it.

He also runs through the support that he got from SMS Spray Supplies.

Check out our reviews on the Spraying Makes Sense page before you make up your mind.

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I have a Tritech spray machine addiction

After spraying for over 30 years I think it’s safe I love my machines! I have built quite a collection over the years and Tritech are one of my most used spray machines. I have since added a Tritech T7, T9 and T11 since this video was filmed. Clearly, I can’t get it under control!

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HOW TO: Clean/Flush your Tritech spray machine of paint

This video shows how to clean the machine out of the paint you have been using in a really quick and efficient way. Now this could be at the end of the day if you are heading to another project or if you are flushing from one colour or type of paint to another.

We also show you how to clean the manifold and gun filters.

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HOW TO: Prime you Tritech Spray Machine with Paint

So you have a Tritech spray machine, its all unboxed and set up, you have cleaned out all of the packing oils that it came with and you are ready to get started with painting.

This video shows you how to set up the machine, remove the water and switch over to paint in the machine and paint in the hose. Next all you have to do is choose the tip you want to use..

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HOW TO: Add the tip and guard and start spraying​

So if you have watch the other videos you should have the machine set up, the packing oils flushed and ready to spray paint. 

In this video we talk you through how to add the tip and guard, a few tips on technique to get you started and the important of wearing a mask.

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How to add a hopper to a Tritech spray machine

Do you have a Tritech sprayer and are looking to add a hopper to it? It’s really easy to add the hopper to an existing machine and in this video we show you how to swap over the suction hose for the hopper in a matter of minutes..

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Review of the Tritech T8 spray machine

Are you thinking of buying a Tritech sprayer but not sure which one? Have a look through some of the reviews of the different machines on Spraying Makes Sense before you make up your mind.

This video runs through a few of the benefits of the Tritech T8 that Ian can see.

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Flushing your Tritech machine ready to spray

Have you got a new Tritech machine but not sure where to start? Run through each of the videos we have on Spraying Makes Sense and they will help you get started.

This video shows you how to flush through all the packing oils before you add paint to the machine.

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Adding paint to a Tritech machine

Have you got a new Tritech machine but not sure where to start? These videos are a great and will make life so much easier. Start with the unboxing video, then check out the one putting it together, finally watch this one to get you set up ready to spray paint.

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Setting up a Tritech T5

Have you purchased a Tritech T5 sprayer but not sure how to set it all up to use it? Check out this video which gives you a step by step guide of what to do and what you need to get started.

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Setting up a Tritech T7

Have you purchased a Tritech T7 sprayer but not sure how to set it all up to use it? Check out this video which gives you a step by step guide of what to do and what you need to get started.

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Unboxing a Tritech T4

Not sure where to start once you have got your new machine? Well this is the best place!

Check out part 1 in the series which shows you what’s in the box and how to put together your shiny new Tritech T4 spray machine.

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What is the Graco Texspray Fast Finish Pro?

The last time we went to UK Construction week at the NEC in Birmingham was back in 2019 pre covid so it was really nice to be back at an event like this.

Rhys of McWilliams Decorators went to the Graco stand to find out more about the texture spray machines they were exhibiting.  Here Mark Smith of Graco talks Rhys through the Texspray FastFinish Pro.

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Have you used the Wagner Heated Hose yet?

We have been using the Wagner Heated Hoses for over 12 months now and have used it for all sorts so far! It has been one of the biggest game changers since we got the spray machines and have to thank Colin Bidwell from Paintshack for pushing us into it. He did tell us how good it would be but we didn’t believe him..

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How do you know if your hose is damaged?

Have a look at this great video by Airless Discounter which goes through what to look out for when checking your hoses and also why it’s important to make sure that your hoses are safe.

Most people don’t realise how much pressure their airless hoses are under when compared with the likes of a car tyre.

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Check out the Graco PowerFill

With spray plaster on the rise in the UK we are always looking at ways to speed up any part of the project. This was the whole point of developing the PowerFill battery powered loading pump.
Is it a gimmick or game changer? We will let the experts decide!

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Check out the Graco T-Max range

Rhys McWilliams of McWilliams Decorators was dying to find out more about the texspray machines that Graco had on the stand so asked Mark Smith of Graco to talk him through them.

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Wagner Control Pro Extra 350 Range

Are you looking to take that next step into the spraying world?

Then take a look at the Wagner Pro Control Extra 350 range is a perfect starting point for the high-end DIY or entry-level contractor. 

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QTech Tip Extensions

Want to find out all about the BRAND New tip extension bars from QTech?? they come in 6 sizes, are made from high-grade aluminium and are compatible with any 7/8″ tip/guard combinations.

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3m PPS System – Spraying Makes Sense Live

Each week on Spraying Makes Sense Live we run a spotlight on anything spray-related. This week in the spotlight was the 3M PPS system. Ian talks about the 170ml mini cups which were a typical internet purchase! From the photo, he was sure these were the standard 650ml cups but when they turned up he realised his mistake lol. However, he has since found that they are perfect for his kitchen sample boards as they hold a small amount of paint.

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Top Tip – Fitting your ladder hook

A question brought up on Spraying makes sense about ladder hooks has proven very helpful for some.

A lot of people struggle with fitting the ladder hook as its not simple and doesn’t come with instructions.

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Graco 695 – Standard Vs ProContractor

The Graco 695 Standard and the Graco 695 ProContractors are some serious work horses as Josh from SprayDirect would say. The 695 unit is near the top end of Graco’s electric airless range. While both have a lot of features and specifications that are very similar, in this video we take a look in detail their differences along side what comes with ordering one of these impressive machines.  

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Graco ProSurface Smoothing Blades

We were really lucky to get a full set of the smoothing blades sent from Graco for us to have a play with which was awesome. We will be playing with these more on site and on training courses so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
We run through all the sizes of skimming blades that are available along with the spats/joint knives in this video but there are a couple of sets that you can buy with the brilliant carry case from most UK distributors.

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Changes To How Decorators Can Market When Apple Limits Facebook Ads

Over the last few decade business owners have been benefiting from Facebooks unique ability to track and influence who sees your Facebooks ads based on website interests. So if someone landed on the B&Q website, they would get classed as having an interest in DIY which would then allow you to create an advert and target them, intently to get them interested in your product or service.

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How do you install a spray tip?

Installing the tip seal in to the guard can be a little tricky if you didn’t know about the built in tool on the tips them self…Is there an easy way to get the tip seal into the guard?

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TriTech T360 gun – How to change the filter

Need a little help with changing your inline filter? Are you changing your filter correctly? Why is my gun leaking after changing the filter?… All these questions can be answered by watching this simple and quick video from Ian.

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Graco spray gun’s – Airless paint spraying for beginners

Are you new to airless paint spraying, need some beginners help or just want to better your knowledge on spray gun types, which one is right for the job? 

Then take a look at this video from Darren at Airless Discounter where he will be going through the different types of spray gun in the Graco range.

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The Graco SaniSpray HP65 Disinfectant Sprayer

Are you looking for that nicely designed, compact machine?

The HP65 is perfectly manageable when working on your own with its centralised handle and average weight coming in at 18 kg this mini monster is perfect for you. Graco recommend this machine if your looking at spraying around 200 litres of disinfectant per week.

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Thinking about taking on an apprentice?

What is an apprentice?
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.
Apprentices can be new or current employees.
You can get government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you’re in England. You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

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Whats a seat? – Spray gun leaks & how to solve them

Here at Paint Tech Academy we’re always here to help, one of the most common mistakes we get asked about is…

Why is there paint spurting out the side of the gun?

This will be because of the tip seat, it may not have been fitted correctly or is missing. So to help you out we have made a short video on what to look for and how to fix the seat correctly.

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Spraying Makes Sense Mirka Exclusive

Spraying Makes Sense Mirka EXCLUSIVE
– Buy a Mirka sander during November and December
– Register it for the 3 year warranty
– Contact Mirka directly with proof of purchase and warranty certificate to claim 2 FREE boxes of Abranet abrasives

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Graco SaniSpray HP20 – Disinfect & sanitise effectively

Lets keep it clean!

Josh from Spray Direct has put together a video on the Graco SaniSpray HP20. This is the perfect machine for disinfecting and sanitising hard surfaces and fabrics such as, office spaces, chairs, sofas, hand railings and more.

Watch to see how to set-up and clean out, including all you need to know about this brilliant machine.

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A Painters Mindset!

To be more productive we need to be doing more work in less time. I am a big fan of spraying as you probably know and the main problem I come up against when talking to decorators is their current mindset.

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