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As the busy season begins to wind down more and more, drywall contractors will likely be planning for the upcoming year, many of which have the goal to improve their business. Of course, improving the quality of their business doesn’t just happen, it generally takes work and effort. If you are a drywall contractor looking to improve your business this upcoming year, you’re in luck. In this blog, we’ll share some helpful and effective tips to increase your business!

Find Work By Networking

One of the best ways to find jobs is to network with others in the industry.  Networking can be a useful and effective tool to build brand awareness for your drywall business, generate leads, and find vendors. Additionally, being active and giving back to the community in which you serve is also a great networking opportunity for your business.

Make Customer Service A Priority

Client satisfaction should be a to priority. Of course, this does not mean you need to cave at their every demand. Instead, make an effort to actively communicate with your clients on all aspects of a project. This will help ensure that both sides can be equal partners in the decision-making process. Pleased customers will lead to repeat business and great referrals.

Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

In this line of work, you cannot expect work to just always fall into your lap. Instead, you should seek new opportunities top retain and grow your business.  Constantly reaching out to the homeowners, architects, and general contractors, or other parties that may have work will help you find out what projects they have on the horizon.

Invest in Better Equipment

Nothing is more problematic for your business than faulty equipment or equipment that does not meet the requirements and specifications of a job. For example, a new drywall spray rig can provide you with the power, durability, and portability that you need to enhance productivity and quality of work. Whether you are looking at buying new or used drywall texture spray rigs for sale, it's important you that you understand how to choose the right one.

Things To Consider When Investing In A Texture Spray Rig

  • Consider A Split Tank. Split tank spray rigs offer versatility and flexibility that a single tank option won’t provide. Split tanks allow you to mix two different types of wall texture, too.

  • Don't Skimp On Price. It is tempting to purchase equipment that saves your business the most money, but buying spray equipment based on price is not a great investment in the long run. Paying more for newer equipment and quality components from an industry-leading manufacturer will not only last longer, but it will likely require less maintenance. If you do choose to look for a used texture machine for sale instead, make sure you purchase it from an authorized seller that ensures the equipment is in good shape.

By following these helpful tips, you will be on your way to improving your drywall contracting business. If you are searching for a texture spray rig for sale, contact American Spray Technologies! Whether you want to invest in a trailer texture sprayer, electric spray rigs, spray skid rigs, or portable sprayers, AST has the equipment you need. Committed to manufacturing dependable sprayers that offer superior performance, AST rigs will reduce your job time and make spraying a breeze with powerful, reliable performance time after time. Plus, our equipment is designed to be easy-to-clean, low maintenance, and durable, enabling professionals to get through their texture jobs faster and more efficiently. If you are interested in learning more about our texture spray rigs, contact our helpful sales staff today!

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How to Use Section 179 Qualified Financing

Section 179 provides a great opportunity to save money when you purchase a new spray rig and if you choose to finance your equipment, you may actually end up with more cash at the end of the year than you would have if you never purchased the equipment in the first place. How does this work? Section 179 allows you to deduct the full amount of the equipment in the current year, without paying the full amount for the equipment in the same year.


In the previous blog post, we met Craig, a drywall contractor that is thinking about purchasing a new spray rig. We calculated Craig’s tax savings when purchasing a $25,000 spray rig to be $8,750. If you want to see how we arrived at that number, click here to read the previous post.


Craig is excited about the idea of spending that money on equipment instead of on taxes, but now his biggest problem is that he doesn’t have the cash to pay for the equipment outright. The good news is that this is not actually a problem at all. In fact, taking advantage of Section 179 with financed equipment may save him more money in taxes in the first year than he would have to put into the equipment. Here’s how:



Craig makes a deal with an equipment financing company. He has good credit and his terms end up being 0% down with monthly payments of $416. For the sake of the example, lets say Craig makes payments in every month of the first year. 12 payments at $416 per payment is $4,992 in the first year.


Below is the calculation we did in the previous post with this new financing deal added in:


Spray rig purchase: $25,000

Year 1 Write-Off (Section 179): $25,000

Normal Year 1 Depreciation: $0

Total First Year Depreciation: $25,000

Tax Savings (assuming 35% tax rate): $8,750

Payments made on loan: $4,992

Net Additional Cash in Bank After Year 1: $3,758


As you can see, Craig ends up with $3,758 more cash in the bank at the end of Year 1 than he would have if you never purchased the equipment at all. Instead of paying $8,750 in taxes, he paid $4,992 towards new equipment. In addition, he has $3,758 in the bank that he can use to grow his business even more.


If you are considering purchasing new equipment, now might be the time to give us a call to see how you can save the most money. We frequently work with financing companies that can help you take full advantage of Section 179 and improve your cash flow this year.


Call us at 877-833-4342 or text 253-833-4342 for more info. We are more than happy to provide a quote for a spray rig to see if it makes sense for your business!

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Whether you are adding a portable spray rig to your already existing fleet, replacing old equipment, or are a first-time buyer, choosing the right equipment is important to your bottom line. With the right equipment, jobs will be easier, more efficient, and profits will rise. However, make the mistake of getting the wrong type of pump, or cheap, equipment and your money could be left on the table.

How To Choose The Right Texture Spray Rig

Done right, purchasing a texture spray rig can be very profitable. With all that is at stake, making this decision can certainly be a challenge. Luckily, we put together a guide that will help you choose the best texture spray rig for your work. To determine the best texture spray rig for your work, you must first take the time to consider and understand job requirements, as well as any future needs and goals. To help you identify these needs and requirements, consider the following questions.

What Materials Do You Use For Application?

The materials that you use will help guide you in choosing the best spray rig solution needed to get the job done. It is important to keep in mind that your answers to this question should not only be what you are currently applying today, but also what you may be used in the future — something that is important to remember when you are considering expanding your business to new applications with various materials. Do you use high viscosity, waterborne, or oil-based materials? Does the material you spray contain aggregates or require high or low atomizing pressure? These are just of the few questions you should take the time to consider.

How Many Gallons Are Used For Application?

Of course, the key to job productivity is properly sizing equipment. Having a good idea of how many gallons are used throughout the year,  factored with the production rate you desire, will help steer you in the right direction.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to avoid the common mistake of undersizing equipment. Undersized equipment will result in poor production rates and risk component failure and work stoppage.

What Type of Surfaces are Being Sprayed

Don’t forget to consider the types of surfaces are used during applications. Whether you’re spraying drywall texture, EIFS, Fireproofing, Waterproofing, or pumping log home chinking, each has their specific needs when applying the desired finish. Considering the surface will help to understand tip sizes needed, as well as the flow required to support them.

Another consideration should be where the surface is located. Consider the following application questions.

  • Is it overhead?

  • Is it a horizontal surface?

  • Is it a vertical surface?

Considering these questions will help in choosing the best sprayer and accessories for the job.

What Hose Lengths Are Required For Application

The length of the hose on your spray rig plays a significant role in application productivity. Since it can take time to haul equipment around a job site, it is important to select spray equipment that can complete the job with the appropriate amount of hose. Factors that affect the length of hoses include the materials being sprayed, the size of the tip, and the diameter of the hose. Ideally, equipment should be selected with appropriate specifications for pressure and flow that can support the required hose for the job and application.

What Types of Jobs Do You Contract?

Every job has its own requirements. Whether it’s new construction, remodeling, residential work, or commercial work, each job has different demands. This includes crew sizes, materials, and applications utilized, power available, etc. The conditions of job sites will also present different characteristics required, such as possibly requiring smaller equipment, extreme durability, zero emissions, and more.

Again, while understanding the current requirements, it’s once again important to consider future jobs —this may steer the contractor to a totally different spray solution that can fulfill all current and future job requirements.

As you can see, there are many questions and considerations when it comes to choosing the best texture sprayer for the jobs you do. It’s certainly not an easy decision, as you’ll want to choose a texture sprayer that can be used for present jobs as well as jobs in the future. Ultimately, you’ll want to look for a sprayer that is perfect for texture jobs, large or small, and designed for multiple spray applications. Seems to good to be true right? Perhaps it was before, but The Kodiak Texture Sprayer from American Spray Technologies has changed that.

Kodiak Sprayer - The Last Texture Pump You’ll Ever Need!

When choosing a portable textured spray machine, you do not only want equipment that is compact and easy to move around a job site, but you also want to choose equipment that is powerful. Typically most portable texture sprayers offer one or the other, but never both. However, the Kodiak texture sprayer from American Spray Technologies has set a new bar. For the past two decades, The Kodiak Texture Sprayer has been a popular choice for professionals who need a compact, easy to maneuver, texture spray machine. Designed to give you years of reliable performance and features such as increased hopper capacity, durability, and easy clean-up, this portable sprayer can be used for a variety of applications and materials.

The Benefits of the Kodiak M2 Spray Rig From AST

For the past 20 years, professionals looking for a compact, easy to maneuver, texture spray machine have put their trust in the Kodiak spray rig. And with the Kodiak M2 spray rig available, professionals have access to increased hopper capacity, durability, and easy clean-up features that are needed to ensure texture spray jobs are completed efficiently and effectively. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits offered by the Kodiak M2 texture machine.

Increase Capacity

Having extra capability can be key to future growth and opportunity down the road. Unlike most portable texture sprayers available, the AST Kodiak M2 is equipped with a 16-gallon high impact, texture hopper, ideal for larger jobs. In general, larger equipment tends to last longer and can also be more productive and forgiving with materials, however, with the Kodiak M2, you get the extra capacity without losing its compactness and ease of moving around a work site.

Enhanced Speed Control

Speed control is very important to get the quality drywall texture results that you expect from your spray machine. With this texture spray rig, professionals can easily set the desired speed with a turn of a knob, enabling professionals to have complete pump speed control.


Kodiak M2 spray rigs are built to last for years to come. The M2’s electronics are now enclosed in a watertight, cast aluminum housing. Plus, paired with the texture sprayers compact size, its extreme durability can make it useful in just about any job site conditions.


Increased Power

If you are tired of compensating for the shortfall of your current pump, the Kodiak drywall sprayer is the solution you have been searching for. With the capability of generating 300 pounds of pressure, this spray rig also provides both variable speed control and high pressure. You can pump a variety of thicker slurries that other sprayers would not be able to handle.

Protected By Warranty

Because AST equipment is designed for the ultimate durability, you can rest assured that if something were to be found wrong you will be protected by Kodiak’s Warranty. To learn more about the warranty of our Kodiak spray rig, contact our sales professionals today.

Ultimate Portability

Unlike other portable texture sprayers, the Kodiak M2 can be used for both large and small jobs. This sprayer can easily be moved around throughout a work site. This texture sprayer is easy to move around and can be reduced the size thanks to the collapsible handle.

Longer Hose

Often times, when jobs require a longer hose, it can affect the efficiency and flow of the rig. However, the Kodiak offers a solution that competitors cannot meet. Even with a longer hose, with over 300 PSI of pressure, this texture sprayer can put up materials quickly and efficiently, even with a longer hose.

Includes Hose, Pole Gun, and Tips

Unlike other texture sprayers, the Kodiak comes complete with equipment you need to do the job efficiently. Included are

  • Up to 70’ of 3/4” hose

  • Pole Gun

  • Two Tip Sizes (3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, 1/2”)

  • Additional options are available to meet your specific needs

Hassle-Free Clean Up

This spray rig’s 16-gallon texture hopper is simple to remove for cleaning and transport.  The unique pump-housing design allows full access and disassembly by simply flipping two cam locks. Cleaning can be done in six simple steps:

  1. Release cam locks

  2. Slide out the pump

  3. Remove connecting drive shaft

  4. Clean

  5. Reverse steps to reassemble

  6. Re-install upper hopper


What Materials Can Be Used With The Kodiak M2 Drywall Spray Rig?

The Kodiak Texture Sprayer is designed to give you years of reliable performance for a variety of applications and materials. Some of the materials this unit can handle include:

  • Orange Peel Texture.  "Orange peel", refers to a texture technique that creates a soft, slightly bumpy surface, very similar to an actuaal orange peel. The technique is relatively popular due to its appealing look and ease of application.

  • Knockdown Texture. Knockdown texture is a heavy application of thicker mud and then knocked down with a knockdown knife.

  • Splatter Texture. Sometimes referred to as either splatter orange peel or splatter knockdown has less of a “machined appearance” and the droplet sizes vary from small to large, can be inconsistent in size.

  • Machine Brocade. Can also be referred to as a Spanish lace and traditionally sprayed on the ceilings in a stringy pattern with minimal air, then knocked down with a knockdown knife.

  • Chinking Material. Chinking refers to a flexible elastic sealant that resembles the appearance of the old cement which once was used to seal logs together. Today, chinking is also used for sealing joints between the logs, as well as any gaps, holes, and checking. The Kodiak, when properly configured is used to apply chinking.

  • Fireproofing Material. Kodiak sprayers and pumps can handle a variety of fire-resistant and fireproofing materials, examples would be MONOKOTE® MK-6 & CAFCO® 300

  • Elastomeric Materials. Elastomeric finishes are designed for extra flexibility. High levels of elastomeric acrylic polymers are formulated into the finishes to create a flexible coating with high movement capability.

Even if you don’t use some of the above materials in your current applications, they could be something that you expand into in the near future. With a sprayer that can handle various materials, this really is the last spray pump you will need!

What Others Are Saying About The Kodiak M2 Texture Sprayer

As mentioned before, Kodiak Texture Sprayers have been the preferred choice for professions that are in need of a compact, easy to maneuver texture spray machine. Let’s take a look at what some of our customers are saying about the Kodiak M2 Texture Sprayer:

“I've used the Kodiak for years. I also have a big rig. With the proper air source, this portable unit sprays as good as my big machine!” - Jason

As Jason mentioned, the Kodiak is a portable texture spray rig that is just as powerful as a large one. With the proper air source, you can get the power of a big rig with the efficiency and ease of use of a portable one!

"I could spray four units in two hours and 35 minutes with my airless.  Now, I spray four units in one hour and 20 minutes with the Kodiak" -Dave

The Kodiak M2 Is much more efficient than other texture sprayers. What’s more, you can control the speed with the turn of a nob. Plus, with 300 PSI of pressure, this compact texture sprayer puts up materials quickly and efficiently!

"I don't have to use stilts anymore since I switched to the Kodiak and my production went from spraying two apartments per day to four apartments per day" - Thomas

With a longer hose,  increased hopper capacity, durability, and power, the Kodiak sprayer can expedite your work, helping you finish jobs quicker and more effectively.

"You can't keep up with it. The biggest thing was reliability with my other pump — I had to rebuild it two to three times. With the Kodiak I have spent $20.00 for a switch in over six years" - Robert

American Spray Technologies texture sprayers and drywall equipment are designed to be durable to ensure you can get through your texture jobs efficiently. The Kodiak M2 has the durability to give you years of reliable performance for a variety of applications and materials.

Get Your Kodiak Sprayer Today!

AST texture sprayers and drywall equipment are designed to be easy-to-clean, low maintenance, and durable, enabling professionals to get through their texture jobs faster and more efficiently, and the Kodiak Texture emphasizes that standard. Whether you are adding a portable spray rig to your already existing fleet, replacing old equipment, or are a first-time buyer, the Kodiak M2 is one of the best options the market offers.

If you are interested in getting a Kodiak M2 Spray Rig, contact our helpful sales staff today!

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What is Section 179?

Oct 01, 2018

What is Section 179?

Section 179 sounds like it is either a complicated tax code or a spot in the desert that the government uses to hide extraterrestrial activity from us. But the truth is, Section 179 is a simple incentive program that the IRS started to encourage small businesses to invest in equipment.


Without Section 179 in place, a business would depreciate the equipment it purchases over a period of years. For example, after buying a $25,000 piece of equipment, you may get to write off $5,000 per year for 5 years (these numbers are just an example). While you still reap some benefits of the tax write-off using this method, most businesses prefer to write off as much as possible in the current year, which is where Section 179 comes in.

Section 179 allows businesses to write off the entire amount of purchased equipment in the current year (up to $1 million in 2018). It’s one of the only tax benefits available for small businesses and its intention is to incentivize businesses just like yours to invest in equipment so your business can grow. In the example above with $25,000 of purchased equipment, instead of writing off $5,000 over a period of 5 years, you could write off the full $25,000 in Year 1. The big advantage is the drastic reduction in tax liability at the end of the year. Let’s break it down in a little more detail.


Craig is a drywall contractor who has been spraying for quite some time now. His business has been growing lately and he is on the fence about purchasing a new spray rig to add to his fleet. Craig hears about Section 179 and is curious how it could benefit him. Let’s take a look at the impact of Section 179 on Craig’s potential purchase:

Spray rig purchase: $25,000

Year 1 Write-Off (Section 179): $25,000

Normal Year 1 Depreciation: $0

Total First Year Depreciation: $25,000

Cash Savings (assuming 35% tax rate): $8,750

Actual equipment cost after Tax: $16,250


Craig is able to write off the full $25,000 spray rig purchase, meaning his taxable income is reduced by $25,000. Assuming Craig has a tax rate of 35 percent, this means that he will be paying $8,750 less in taxes this year. Instead, that money is invested in the spray equipment.

Think of it this way: You can send $8,750 to the IRS in the form of tax, or you can drop that $8,750 into equipment. If your business is growing or your current equipment is slowing you down, it may make sense to give us a call to discuss what options we have for getting a new rig into your hands.

As always, we are available by phone at 877-833-4342 or you can text 253-833-4342.


It is also a good idea to consult with your accountant to work out the best strategy for your business.

For more information about Section 179, visit www.section179.org. They also have a handy tax deduction calculator. After you receive a quote from us, you can drop the quoted price into the calculator to see what your exact Lowered Cost of Equipment will be after the tax savings.

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When you’re considering customizing any piece of equipment, price is always a factor. With the spray equipment from American Spray Technologies, though, customizing a spray rig is more affordable than you may initially think. You can easily create a custom rig with the modifications to meet your needs without breaking your budget. In today’s post, we are going to review three areas to consider when customizing a rig that could help benefit your business!

The Platform

The heart of a spray rig, the platform is typically the first decision you will need to make when building a custom spray rig. There are three different types of rigs to choose from: trailer, skid, and electric. Consider the needs of your business to better determine which platform is right for you. Let’s take a look at the three platforms:

Trailer Spray Rig

Trailer platforms are portable, compact, and easy to tow. AST quality trailer spray rigs require little maintenance and will give you years of efficient and profitable use.

Skid Spray Rig

Skid rigs are perfect for installing in box trucks or on flatbeds. These platforms are commonly used in cold-weather environments to keep the spray equipment warm.

Electric Platforms

Electric platforms are most commonly used for housing and high-rise applications. These are powerful, compact and portable - it can easily fit through doorways and elevators, which makes them perfect for multi-story buildings.

The Length of the Hose

The length of the hose plays an important role in the functionality and practicality of your custom spray rig. Typically, custom equipment will come with a high-pressure spray hose that lengths generally from around 125 to 150 feet. Depending on the type of projects you work on, and keeping long-term use and business growth in mind, extending the length of the hose for your custom rig may not be a bad idea!

The Spray Gun

The right spray gun can make applying texture to walls and ceilings easy. When considering gun types for your custom texture spray rig, it is important to know more about the quality of the finish, production, compressed air, and viscosity of your texture material to better determine which is the best fit. You’ll also need to know the difference between an air-switch gun and an electric-switch gun. Typically, airless sprayers are commonly used for outdoor spraying applications because of more overspray and loud noise as compared to HVLP sprayers. In contrast, air sprayers can do the detailed and precise job with little overspray and almost no noise.

The Pump

The pump is the heart of a spray rig, and choosing a pump is an important part of the customization process. Pumps are used to transfer a variety of fluids and are an economical choice for professionals in a variety of spraying applications. At American Spray Technologies, we have a variety of pumps to choose from when building your custom spray rig. Whether you are looking for a pump that can handle more corrosive materials or one that can handle more power, ATS has the solutions you are looking for.

Ready To Build Your Custom Texture Spray Rig?

Building any piece of custom equipment can be difficult, but at American Spray Technologies, you can easily Build A Rig with the help of our industry experts. To learn more about our texture spray rigs or to receive a quote for your custom equipment, contact us!


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When building a home or remodeling, people often focus on what type of countertops and cabinets they want in their kitchen, the number and size of windows, or the square footage in the new space. With so much focus directed to the major aesthetics and space, people typically put little thought into one of the most integral parts of their space — the interior walls. However, these walls act as sound barriers and provide privacy and separation inside a home. Additionally, interior walls act as insulators and sometimes provide additional fire protection.


The Difference Between Drywall and Plaster

When it comes to the walls inside a home, two of the most common types of wall materials are drywall and plaster. The use of plaster dates back to the ancient Egyptian times, as it was often used for tombs. As technology advanced with time, drywall became more durable and available for use. Drywall has a evolved through its history. By the 1950s, drywall spiked in popularity as a material optimal for interior walls, and today the product covers a large majority of the walls inside most modern homes. Let’s take a deeper look at the two types of material.



The most common form of plaster for interior walls is known as gypsum plaster. One of the main benefits of this material is its durability — which is why many ancient Egyptian tombs made of plaster are still standing today. There isn’t much that can bring plaster down. Plus, it produces a high-end finish that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to paint. On the down side, plaster walls require a lot of time for installation. Plaster walls are generally created through a three coat process and often require a certain amount of skill and experience for proper application.



Drywall has become an easy commodity and an efficient way to build a home. Manufactured in factories, drywall sheets are very thin, strong boards made out of gypsum sheets. Installing drywall is a fairly quick process compared to that of plastering. The boards are cut to fit the shape of the walls. These boards are then nailed to the wood framing of a home. Then, the installer will use a joint compound to fill in cracks between separate boards of drywall and to essentially glue the board to the floor and ceiling. Drywall can last decades if it is not damaged through the years. While it’s a great product, if enough force is applied it can easily crack or get holes in the surface. However, it is quick and simple to repair most of the time.


As you can see, both drywall and plaster have their own unique set of advantages. We hope this clears up any misunderstandings or curiosities as to what differences there are between drywall and plaster for interior walls.


If you’re in the market for a drywall spray rig, check out the wide variety of options we have here at American Spray Technologies. You can customize your spray rig to fit all of your needs so you can get the job done.

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You might not think that drywall has a variety of available textures and styles, but it certainly does. Generally, drywall texture styles can be grouped into two categories. Their method of application for each type or style determines what group they are in — some textures are applied manually with basic hand tools, often referred to as hand applied drywall textures. The other category is referred to as sprayer applied drywall textures, which require a texture machine.

At American Spray Technologies, we specialize in drywall texture spraying equipment. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at each category and some of the most popular styles and textures in each.


Drywall Textures Applied By Hand

Drywall textures that are applied by hand can be as unique as the applicator is creative. A pan and knife are the most common tools used to apply hand textures. Some textures are applied with special brushes to swirl or stomp patterns in the material. Paint rollers or paint sprayers are even used sometimes. With this technique, knives, brushes, or rollers are then used to create unique patterns and styles


The textures applied by hand can vary depending on the technique used and skill level. Even when using similar techniques, different applicators will likely produce different texture styles.


Common Types of Hand Applied Drywall Textures

  • Smooth wall
  • Rosebud stomp
  • Swirl
  • Hawk and Trowel


Drywall Textures Applied By A Drywall Spray Rig

Drywall spray texturing on walls or ceilings certainly adds class to an ordinary room. While not all appreciate this textured effect, there is more to it than aesthetics. Soundproofing, as well as hiding painting and drywall installation mistakes, are among some of the benefits associated with this application method. There are a variety of drywall spray rigs available on the market. They typically have a tank or hopper for the drywall mud, a compressor for delivering air to atomize the material, a hose, and a gun to spray the material. Larger spray rigs are fitted with gas or diesel powered motors that run the material pump and the air compressor for powerful and efficient application. Smaller drywall texture pumps may be air driven diaphragm pumps or rotor/stator pumps driven by an electric motor. 

Drywall mud is pumped through the hose to the gun. The gun is fitted with switches and valves that turn the pump on and off and control air volume. Using drywall mud and compressed air, the gun sprays the material onto the drywall surface to create a texture. The type of texture depends on the type of material used, the size of the nozzle on the texture gun, and the amount of compressed air that is mixed with the drywall mud.


Common Types of Sprayer Applied Drywall Textures


  • Popcorn
  • Knockdown
  • Orange peel

As you can see, the application methods have their differences. When it comes to matching drywall textures, it is often difficult to do. Check out some tips for matching drywall texture.


If you are wanting to apply drywall textures with a spray texture machine, American Spray Technologies is the place to go to. Whether you need a trailer or skid mounted rigs, a Kodiak portable sprayer, or spray rig parts we have what you need. Create your custom spray rig today!

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When installing drywall, there are some issues that can crop up, regardless of your experience level. Today, we’re going to look at four common drywall problems, as well as how to solve them. At American Spray Technologies, we specialize in drywall spray rigs that can be customized to fit your exact needs. Give us a call to get started building your rig today!



Sometimes a drywaller can get overzealous, sanding the mud compound and joints too much. When this happens, you can sand into the drywall paper or fiberglass tape that covers the seams. This can even extend to the surface of the surrounding drywall, compromising the integrity of the whole installation.



An easy way to check your progress while sanding is to place a light at a low angle, pointing up to the wall. This will make it easier to see uneven surfaces like rises or bumps, acting as a guide for where to sand and where to stop.


Screw Pops


When screws or nails are driven into the drywall too deep, they break the surface of the drywall paper. This heavily decreases the holding power of the screw or nail.



To avoid this, drive the screw exactly to the surface of the paper cover. After that, give it a quarter or half-turn to push it just slightly below the surface of the paper. There are special drill attachments available to allow you to set the depth of the screw. With a screwgun, there is a clutch that lets you determine the depth of the drive. If you have already pierced the paper, don’t worry about removing it. Instead, put another screw near the one that popped to replace it. You can find more info about screw pops in a recent blog we posted.


Electrical Boxes


Though it comes easier to drywallers with more experience, it can still be difficult to cut a hole in the drywall to line up with an electrical box that has been nailed onto a stud.



One option, though not the best, is to cover the electrical box with lipstick or some other marker, then imprint it on the drywall to show where to cut. Another option is to mark the spot with painter’s tape, install the drywall, then cut the hole. A third option exists, but it requires a tool called a Blind Mark, which allows you to make an outline for the cut with magnetic pieces, often resulting in perfect holes.


Tight Drywall Joints


If the joints connecting two sheets of drywall are too close together, you risk breaking the drywall. It’s also important to leave room for the natural expansion and contraction of the frame. If the joints are too tight, seasonal expansion can cause drywall to crack.



Although it’s not something that can be fixed retroactively, you can avoid it with a little bit of pre-planning. Use a guide to ensure there is a ⅛” space between drywall sheets. You can use the blade of a drywall square as a guide, but thin strips of wood can also work.


Drywall can be tricky to install and even trickier to master. When you know how to overcome the common problems, you’ll be a drywall guru in no time. If you need a new drywall spray rig to get the job done, call American Spray Technologies today!

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Construction sites can be an incredibly dangerous place to be. However, for contractors it’s not an option for them to steer clear of them — it’s basically their office! We recently took at look at drywall safety, but today we’re going to expand our scope and talk about some ways that you can make your jobsite safer for everyone around. We all have work to get done, so there’s no reason to needlessly endanger ourselves as we do it. With some safety ground rules in place, everyone can go home at the end of the day without issue. If you’re a professional contractor looking for the equipment to get the job done, check out American Spray Technologies’ line of drywall spray rigs.


Entering and Exiting Equipment

One of the most common causes of injury on a construction site, surprisingly enough, happens when equipment operators are entering or exiting their equipment. Luckily there are ways you can lower the risk of workers getting hurt, such as: Checking boots and gloves for mud or other slippery substances and wiping them off. Using a hand or foot hold before pulling yourself up. Using a step ladder if necessary to facilitate the safe entrance and exit of the equipment. Asking someone for help up. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need help to be safe. Don’t try jumping onto or off of equipment. Take your time getting on or off equipment.


Personal Protective Equipment

Just like athletes have equipment designed to keep them safe when they play, construction workers have their personal protective equipment. In order to stay safe while on the jobsite, you need to dress for the job. If you’re going to be lifting heavy objects, it’s important to protect your back with a back brace. Any time you’re using dangerous tools, gloves and safety glasses are a must. When working on scaffolding or ladders, a safety harness can help you avert disaster. When working in slippery conditions, non-skid, rubber footwear is vital to keeping you on your feet. Since you want to be sure-footed when lifting heavy objects, these types of boots are quite helpful in those situations as well. Construction work has you on your feet for hours at a time, so it’s important that you find the most comfortable composite-toe shoes for work. You will also want to wear a breathing mask if you’re working in an environment with a lot of dust, debris, or dangerous toxins. For the safety of the whole jobsite, first aid kits and fire extinguishers should be close at hand and easy to access.


Safe Loading and Unloading Equipment

Whenever you’re dealing with heavy machinery, there is the danger that equipment could roll over while you’re loading or unloading it. This makes it important for you to ensure the ramps you’re using are straight and clear of obstructions. Workers need to keep a safe distance between themselves and the equipment in the event of an emergency. When loading or unloading equipment, someone should act as a spotter to ensure it is guided properly and clear of the ramp before turning. The trailer deck and workers should have plenty of clearance prior to loading the equipment. Once it is loaded, proper tie-down procedures must be implemented.


Climbing Hazards

Workers that are climbing ladders or stairs regularly for a project should take special precautions to stay safe. Ladders and stairs should be inspected anytime they’re going to be used, with special attention paid to find any damaged, loose, worn, weak, or broken spots. If, at any point, this damage is found, those areas should be avoided and the foreman needs to be notified. Ladders and stairs should be kept clean, dry, and free of clutter. When working in rainy or wet conditions, metal ladders should not be used. When it’s an option, aerial lifts and elevated platforms are safer than balancing on a ladder.


Crowded Areas

Few things can get as frustrating as a crowded work area, and this is especially true when it comes to heavy machinery. While people might enjoy watching large equipment at work, it’s an unnecessary risk to take. At any point large machinery is in use, people on the ground should keep a safe distance away. The foreman needs to enforce this policy and review it regularly at safety meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page.


A safe jobsite allows us to get our work done effectively and without issue. Keep these safety tips in mind so you can steer clear of accidents. When you need a drywall spray rig for your next job, call American Spray Technologies. Whether it’s skid-mounted or portable, we have custom options perfect for what you need. Call today at 877-833-4342!

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One of the easiest mistakes contractors and do-it-yourselfers can run into when working on a project is sticking to the same joint compound no matter what the job is. However, depending on the project you’re working on, your joint compound of choice might not be the best one for the job. Today, we’re going to take a look at the different types of joint compounds and which jobs they are best used for. 


Pre-Mixed Compounds

Pre-mixed compounds are typically air-drying, which allows you enough time to work the compound while taking longer for it to finish drying. This makes them ideal for projects that focus on a whole room, or for jobs that require more time to finish getting all the pieces into place. While it may require you to dilute it slightly with some water, pre-mixed compounds can be stored in a plastic bucket for extended periods of time without decreasing the quality of the compound. Some contractors will cover the container of a partially-used compound with some plastic to retain the moisture levels they’re looking for.



As you can tell by the name, all-purpose joint compound can be used for just about every part of the finishing process. However, while it can get the job done, that doesn’t mean that it is actually the best compound for every job. This is a good option as a texturing compound, as it has an extended dry time which allows you to manipulate and adjust it to your liking.



Lightweight compounds aren’t as dense or heavy as other finishing compounds. This makes it a good choice for a finishing coat thanks to how easy it is to sand down. That being said, some drywall contractors will forgo lightweight compounds, as they believe it doesn’t contain as many adhesive agents within it.



Pre-mixed taping compounds are developed specifically for the taping portion of the finishing steps. A problem found with all-purpose compounds is cracking when undergoing the taping process. Taping compound ensures the tape stays in place and shapes well with a knife with minimal cracking issues.



A thinner mix than other compounds, topping contains fewer adhesives within its mix, which makes it a bad choice for taping. It is very white, easy to sand, and has a very fine texture. The thin consistency makes it a great option for adding texture to a wall.


Ready-to-Mix Compounds

Powdered compounds that are ready-to-mix often set faster, harder, and are quite tough to sand. Because they set so quickly, these compounds are ideal for repairs, fast-track jobs, and professionals that move efficiently on a job site. As these compounds set, they release heat, leading to them being commonly referred to as “hot set”. Prior to mixing, it’s incredibly important for the compound to be kept dry and sealed in plastic. Any water or excess humidity can cause the chemical reaction that sets the compound to begin, which will ruin the entirety of the contents.


Hot or Quick-Set

Considered the professional’s standard for joint compounds, hot set is the original ready-to-mix compound. Setting quickly and remaining harder than other compound options, this compound is sturdier on a job site and is exceptionally resistant to scrapes. Sets even faster than normal in warm or dry conditions and it is the most difficult compound to sand.



While it shares many similarities to hot set compound, easy-sand is a good option if you’re not sure if you’ll be able to get back to a joint to finish sanding it fast enough. Consider this a good insurance option if you don’t know if your sanders will be able to keep pace with the rest of your crew.


Choosing the right joint compound depends on a variety of factors, including the type of job, conditions of the area, skill level, and desired effect. Take all of these factors into consideration to ensure you choose the right joint compound for whatever job you’re taking on.

If you’re looking for a high-quality drywall spray rig that you can customize to your liking, American Spray Technologies has what you’ve been searching for. Whether it’s a portable Kodiak or a skid mounted rig, we’ve got the options to help you get the job done. Call us today at 877-833-4342 to learn more!

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