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Whether you’re building a home from the ground up or you’re renovating a single room, there’s no shortage of time, effort, and expertise that goes into a drywall installation. From finding the studs to applying that final layer of texturing, you need the right knowledge, materials, and equipment to successfully accomplish the task.

Although drywall texturing can be outsourced to industry professionals, there’s certainly a way to save some money by doing it yourself. Learn how to texture drywall like a pro with this guide from American Spray Technologies. Contact us for more helpful tips and tricks — as one of the nation’s top providers of spray rigs and texture machines for contractors, you can be confident we know how to get the job done right!


 Basics on Drywall Texturing

Adding texture to drywall is an effective and aesthetically appealing way to enhance the value of your home. There are a few different techniques you may use to execute this task, and some require equipment like spray rigs while others may be applied by hand. Common methods of drywall texturing include popcorn, orange peel, and stucco varieties. You can maximize efficiency by using a texturing machine, but paintbrushes and rollers can be employed as well!

Prep Your Surface & Materials

Before you start applying any layers of texture, be sure that all surfaces to be covered are smooth, wiped clean, and dry. If you notice any sections with serious protrusion or indentations, a drywall sponge is a great way to “sand” down the bumpy parts of your build while avoiding the dust from a traditional sander. Although drywall texture is a great way to cover up imperfections, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle by minimizing the need to go back and redo sections that have been applied to an uneven or dirty surface.

Once all the drywall areas you plan to texture have been primed, it’s time to get your materials ready for action! The most common materials used for this DIY project are joint compound and drywall mud. You should be able to find both of these at your local improvement store. After applying your joint compound, get your drywall mud prepared by mixing it with a bit of water, just until it reaches the consistency of a thick batter. Mixing it too thick will be like spreading gravel on a vertical surface, whereas adding too much water will cause the mud to drip and dribble like watercolor paint. 

Now that your walls and materials are good to go, it’s time to start the actual texturing process! We’ll review the primary techniques below so you can determine which one is right for you.

The Roller Method

Many DIYers gravitate towards a texture application method that uses a sea-sponge roller. The slightly abrasive surface of this roller is great for producing stuccoed and slightly raised bumps (a.k.a. “Popcorn” style). Keep in mind, however, that unless you have a ladder, it will be difficult to achieve the same effect on ceilings and high sections of drywall. When you’ve finished the number of coats you want to apply, smooth the edges of the still-wet drywall mud with a knife.

The Stomp-Knockdown Method

For a more rugged and abstract look, the stomp-knockdown method is a perfect choice. Using a special brush, you’ll alternate between applying the drywall mud like paint and “stomping” the brush against the wall. With each smack and stroke, you’ll slightly alter the appearance and height of the mud. As you would with the roller method, be sure to smooth edges and higher areas of the textured surface with a knife once finished. 

The Texture Sprayer Method

For this technique, you’ll need a specialized tool called a drywall texture sprayer. These machines use compressed air to propel texturing materials through a hose and out of a handheld nozzle. You can explore some of the best options in the texture sprayer market by visiting our products page at American Spray Technologies. We recommend our airless portable sprayer, the Kodiak M2!

Although machines certainly make drywall texturing a heck of a lot easier, there are still a few factors you’ll need to consider as you undertake the project. The graininess of the textured paint you select will necessarily influence the type of nozzle size you need, and the air pressure power (i.e. the PSI) of your unit will affect both the rate at which you can spray and the materials you can administer. Lastly, textured paints come in a more limited variety of hues than traditional wall paints, so once your texture has been applied and has dried, you may want to go back over it with a few coats of color — but don’t use a brush! The ridges of your newly textured wall won’t take well to the fibrous hairs of a paintbrush. Instead, use a sponge, a roller, or your spray machine. This ensures even distribution of color and more efficient drying time.

Final Recommendation: Get Random!

When you’re texturing drywall, it can be easy to get caught up in the intricacies of technique and sticking to a certain pattern you may have envisioned. But as strange as it may sound, you’ll achieve a better and more artistic outcome from your project if you apply drywall mud in a randomized way. Getting too repetitive with your rolling, stomping, or spraying will leave the whole wall looking flatter than it did to begin with. So have fun and try not to focus on perfection — when it comes to drywall texture, it’s the irregularity that gives it true personality.

Ready to Get Started?

For a quick and easy start to your drywall texturing project, your best bet is a spray rig from American Spray Technologies. Our Kodiak M2 is one of the best portable airless sprayers on the market, and it can be used not only for textured paint, but traditional wall paints and spray paints too! For more information on specs, contact us or watch our video collection of AST Kodiaks in action on YouTube.

Posted in American Spray Technologies By marketing 360

In our previous post, we talked about getting started as a subcontractor. Our tips focused on people who are just getting started in the spray contracting industry. 

In this post, we’d like to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and outline important tips for spray contractors who are established enough that they need to hire employees for a crew. 

If you’ve worked primarily as a sole proprietor and spray subcontractor, the idea of having to hire and manage employees may seem daunting. It’s not easy to find the right people, and you’ll probably have to change the structure of your business. It also means you’ll have to manage people on the job site, which offers its own set of challenges. 

However, having a crew means you can take on bigger jobs, invest in more texture machine equipment, and generate more revenue. It may be an inevitable result of your own success, so it pays to be prepared. 

The first step when you get to this level will be to hire your crew. This is a critical step that will impact your quality of work and reputation. Let’s outline how to get the best people to build your business. 

#1. Plan Ahead 

One of the biggest mistakes spray contractors make with hiring is to wait until they are right in the middle of their busiest season and realize they need help immediately to complete jobs. 

This turns the hiring process into an emergency. You’ll have to hurry through the recruiting process and, in all likelihood, you’ll hire any warm body that shows up. 

This is not the way to get reliable employees that will stay with you. 

Instead, consider not just your work schedule, but your prospective work schedule for the year. Calculate when you may need help and plan ahead. Work through the hiring process during your slow period, such as during the winter months when more workers are seeking employment.

This will give you the time to conduct interviews and choose employees who are the best fit. Hiring in a hurry rarely results in getting the best people for your business. 

#2. Take Advantage of Hiring Resources 

Today there are many resources available to find employees. With the internet, you can list jobs in a variety of places, including Craig’s List, contractor job boards, and social media sites. 

You can also take advantage of local publications, job fairs, and referrals from general contractors. 

Cast a wide net to tap into a decent pool of applicants. By taking the time to connect with more people, you’ll get a better sense of who will work for you, as well as who won’t. You’ll have a better chance of finding crew members with relevant experience. 

If you limit your search, you may end up having to hire people you don’t feel comfortable with. This results in getting unreliable people who don’t meet your criteria for quality work. 

#3.  Make Your Listings Clear 

Be detailed, clear, and descriptive when you post a job listing. Give detailed descriptions of the spraying work you do and be clear about the experience you require. Give details about the types of workers you seek and how you deal with issues like punctuality and work ethic. 

The more detail you include, the less likely it will be that you’ll have to interview unacceptable applicants. This is a big time saver and it results in getting better people when you hire. 

#4.  Learn How to Interview 

One thing that will pay major dividends for your texturing business is learning how to interview prospective employees. This is not easy, but the good news is that it’s a skill you can learn. 

Plan ahead when you interview by having the questions you want to ask ready. Go beyond experience so you can get a sense of the type of person you’re dealing with. 

Do some research into how to conduct interviews. There are many books and online resources that offer free interviewing/hiring training. 

Many contractors struggle with conducting interviews because they don’t prepare and don’t believe it’s something that they have a feel for. This can be a costly, ongoing problem. 

If you learn how to interview, it’s a skill you can use as long your spray contracting business has to hire people. It's a worthwhile skill for any business owner. 

#5. Ask For References 

When you think you have a good candidate, ask for and check references. You can learn a lot by calling just one former employer.

Preferably, your candidates will have some kind of spraying or drywalling experience. But even if their last job was working as a dishwasher you can learn about their work ethic, promptness, and reliability with a quick call. 

Remember our first tip. It takes a bit of time to check references, and if you’re rushed to hire you’ll skip this step. Just remember that getting the right people will save you time and headaches down the road. 

#6. Hire For Character 

Imagine two candidates for your job. One has experience as a drywall sprayer but when you check his references you find he has trouble getting along with others and occasionally shows up to work hungover. 

The second has no construction or drywalling experience, but he’s known as a great person to work with and has history that demonstrates a solid work ethic.

Who would you hire? 

At first you’d probably lean towards the guy with experience, but in truth you’d be better off to hire the guy with better character. 

You can train a person who’s enthusiastic about the work to operate a tool like the Kodiak portable drywall sprayer. In short order you can have him doing quality work. 

But you can’t train a person to have character. You can’t change a guy’s personality and it will be hard to alter after hours vices that impact daytime work. 

Look for experience but favor character if it comes down to it. You’re better off training the right person than allowing for the wrong one. 

#7. Provide A Career Path 

If you’ve gotten to the point where your business will use multiple big spraying rigs and always employee a crew, think long term. 

For employees, that means offering a career path. You may need guys who can work as managers or who can work independently at different job sites. You may need people who can help with administration and sales. You may need reliable drivers or people who provide mechanical/maintenance support. 

Pay the right people what they’re worth and provide benefits for long-term employees. Treat them like family and you’ll get treated that way in return. 

You’ll probably hire many seasonal workers, but you want core positions filled by people who will stay with you. Their career stability is your business stability.  

Match them with the most reliable texture sprayers and airless sprayers in the business, and you’ll have a winning combination for long-term success.  

Posted in American Spray Technologies By marketing 360

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How Do I Get Started as a Subcontractor? 


Our clients at American Spray Technologies are primarily drywall spray contractors. In terms of a business model, that means most of them work as subcontractors. 


Working as a subcontractor has both advantages and drawbacks. You are, technically, your own boss, but on jobs you work under the direction of the general contractor. You can take on projects at your discretion, but it can be easy to take on too much. You can do very well financially, but you usually must incur costs initially then get reimbursed upon job completion. 


In this post, we’d like to offer tips for people who are new to subcontracting and looking to get started as a spray contractor. These are general tips that will help leverage the advantages of this business model and avoid some of the pitfalls that might get you in trouble. 


#1. Develop a Business Plan 


Most people starting as a subcontractor begin without even thinking about - much less formally writing out - a formal business plan. This is an oversight. 


A business plan is a document you develop and use internally to help guide you, particularly in the first year you’re in business. If you need to get loans to finance your business you may need to present a business plan to the bank. 


A good place to start is the Small Business Association, which has templates small business owners can use to create a plan of their own. This will provide you with an outline to structure your ideas. They have two main templates, one for a traditional business plan and one for a lean startup. 


Within these, here are some of the main points to consider. 


  • Company Description. Are you going to be a sole proprietor working alone or do you plan to hire a crew? What volume of work do you plan to take on? What locations will you work in? 

  • Market Analysis. What’s the market like for spray contractors in your area? What type of competition will you be up against? Will you be able to win a viable amount of work? 

  • Services. Are you going to exclusively be a texture sprayer, or do you want to offer other spraying or drywall services? Do you want to work primarily on commercial or residential projects? 

  • Organization and Management. What will the legal structure of your business be? Will you have management personnel or will you do that work yourself? 

  • Marketing and Sales. How will you market yourself and make valuable connections with general contractors? Can you handle sales calls in person and on the phone? What marketing assets do you need? 

  • Funding. How will you get the necessary capital to buy equipment, market your business, and pay yourself as you get started? 

  • Financial Projections. What are your revenue goals for your first 6, 12, and 18 month benchmarks? Does the plan you have in place make these goals seem realistic? 


You don’t need to spend weeks formalizing your business plan, but if you organize these points it will give you a competitive advantage. 


#2. Have Clear Contracts In Place


The main disputes that happen between contractors and subcontractors occur around what was “agreed on” when the project began. The best way to avoid this is to have contracts in place with unambiguous details about the work being done. 


If the general contractor has a contract in place you’re comfortable with, you can use it. If not, you may need a document of your own to use. 


It’s likely you’ll meet contractors you get to know and trust. You may consider them friends and feel you can trust them to pay you when your work is done. 


But professionals get the details in writing. Construction projects often veer off course in terms of budget, timeframes, and scope of work. Make sure you have recourse if you suddenly find yourself doing something very different than what you initially agreed to do. 


Additionally, never go around the general contractor by talking directly to the project owner about any issues with the job. The first step is always to speak to the general contractor. 


#3. Don’t Over-Commit 


If you enter a strong market and make the right connections with general contractors, you may find yourself with an abundance of work. That’s great, but it can be problematic. 


New spray contractors are usually anxious to take on work, but don’t take on so much that the quality of your work starts to suffer. 


Reputation is a big factor in how your business will grow, and early on it’s critical that you earn a reputation for being reliable, professional, and efficient. Deliver impeccable work and finish jobs on time. That will get word of mouth working for you.


Your business plan will help here. Consider how many hours you can work and how far you’re willing to travel for jobs. Make sure you can sustain the workload physically and mentally. 


Also, make sure the equipment you’re using is reliable and built to help you complete jobs faster. The texture machines sold by American Spray Technologies are well-known for their bullet-proof reliability, low-maintenance requirements, and easy clean up. All this saves you time and allows you complete jobs efficiently. 


#4. Market Your Business


A lot of subcontractors don’t think they really need to market, but that’s rarely true, particularly in the digital economy we now work in. 


Having some marketing tactics in place is always a good idea, including:


  • A business website. Today, you can set up a website on a template for a minimal cost. Use it as your online “business card”. 

  • A brand logo. Create a logo and maybe a tagline you can use on your website, business cards, clothes/hats, and vehicle wraps. 

  • Social media. If you use Facebook or Instagram personally, create a business presence. Use LinkedIn to develop B2B relationships. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on social media, but it’s free and can drive you some leads. 

  • Network. Make sure all the contractors, property managers, home builders and other relevant people you need to work with know who you are. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Go to local networking events or maybe even hit a bar you know a contractor goes to and introduce yourself. A little assertive but friendly networking can go a long way. 


In busy times, it’s easy to think you don’t need to market yourself. But it’s the subcontractors who do market who survive the lean times when construction nosedives and work isn’t so easy to come by. 


#5. Estimate and Budget Accurately 


As a subcontractor you will have to estimate project costs then incur those costs until after the project is complete, when you’ll be reimbursed. 


Make sure your estimates are accurate and that you have the budget to cover costs until the job is complete. This includes materials, travel, and labor. 


If you’re an indepent spray contractor, project estimates will be fairly straightforward. If you’re doing additional work and employ a crew, you may want to use some type of project management software to plan and track all your expenses. 


#6.  Get the Right Texture Machine


This last tip is where American Spray Technologies becomes your invaluable ally. We’ll equip you with the right texture machine so you can effectively complete the work you have outlined in your business plan and become consistently profitable.. 


For example, our Kodiak M2 portable texture sprayer is hands-down the best machine on the market for new spray contractors just building their business with commercial and residential jobs. It’s inexpensive enough to fit into a new business’ budget but has the reliability and capacity to let you take substantial jobs. 


kodiak M2


The Kodiak is small enough that you don’t have to invest in an additional vehicle to transport it and portable enough for one man to handle on the job site. It’s high capacity hopper and powerful output results in superb work. Its low-maintenance, easy to clean features save you time so you can take on more work without overextending yourself.   


As you grow, we have the big rig trailers and skids you’ll need to take on higher volume jobs. Keep planning, growing, and investing in the right texture sprayers, and you’ll earn the reputation that will keep you busy and profitable. 


Always keep American Spray Technologies in mind as a resource. We’re happy to answer your questions and use our experience to help you turn your texture spraying subcontractor work into an excellent career.


Posted in American Spray Technologies By marketing 360

portable electric air compressor

The Tools Spray Contractors Need 


One of the core tenets of how American Spray Technologies develops, distributes and supports our product lines is that high-quality, efficient, reliable equipment makes spray contractors more profitable. The less time you spend maintaining, cleaning, and organizing your rigs, the more time you have to actually work. 


Our texture machines are a case in point.  From the largest capacity big rig skids to the versatile and portable Kodiak Texture Sprayer, our texture rigs are designed to maximize profitable work time by minimizing cleaning and maintenance.


The bottom line is that you can count on American Spray Technologies to provide you with equipment that is efficient on the job site, which in turn gives you a competitive edge. 


We’ve carried this approach over to the line of compressors and airless sprayers we offer, where we currently feature products from Mi-T-M and Titan. Here’s an overview of these fine products. Be sure to contact us for more information or to order by phone.   


Compressors/Generators 


Spray contractors need compressors to run air for their texture machines and other equipment on the job site. We carry everything from small portable compressors that are the perfect companion for the Kodiak portable air sprayer to larger compressor/generator combos that can power a multitude of tools on remote job sites. 


Here’s a quick look at the compressors we carry from Mi-T-M. 


Mi-T-M 8-gallon Single Stage Electric Air Compressor AM1-PE02-08M


This is a small capacity generator that is ideal for running air to the Kodiak M2 portable texture sprayer. A great choice when portability is a priority.  Buy the Mi-T-M 8-gallon compressor and get free shipping from American Spray Technologies. 

Mi-T-M 8-gallon Single Stage Gasoline Air Compressor AM1-PH65-08M

This is a portable gas compressor that has plenty of power to run your Kodiak M2 and other tools on job sites where electricity isn’t available. The wheelbarrow style construction makes it easy to move around the job site so you’re never without the power you need.  Buy the Mi-T-M 8 gallon single stage gas compressor and get free shipping from American Spray Technologies.  


Mi-T-M 8-Gallon Two Stage Gasoline Air Compressor AM2-PK95-08M

This 8-gallon two stage gas air compressor provides higher CFM for contractors who need more robust air pressure. This is a perfect choice for contractors who are using a variety of tools on the job site, including air hammers and impact wrenches. Buy the Mi-T-M 8 gallon two stage gas compressor and get free shipping from American Spray Technologies.  


Mi-T-M 8-gallon Two Stage Combination Compressor Generator AG2-PK14-08M1


This a portable gas compressor/generator combo that increases productivity by merging your compressor and generator into one versatile machine. If you are on jobs that need both air and electricity, this machine will cover your needs while saving you time and money. Buy the Mi-T-M 8 gallon two stage combo compressor/generator and get free shipping from American Spray Technologies.


 

Airless Sprayers 


From paint to protective coatings, many spray contractors spray more on jobs than just drywall texture. Hydraulic powered airless sprayers from Titan are unsurpassed when it comes to spraying a variety of heavy and light-bodied coatings. Expand your skills and offerings with Titan airless sprayers. 


American Spray Technologies currently features the products listed below, but if you’re looking for a different model call us at 877-833-4342. We carry the full line of Titan airless sprayers.


Titan PowrBeast 4700T

This is one of the most reliable direct immersion sprayers on the market, featuring Titan’s Hydrastroke Technology™. It has the versatility to spray heavy and light-bodied coatings without the worry of burning out clutches, and is optimized with one moving part to reduce heat and extend the life of your investment. This rig is field serviceable with an easy to remove/replace fluid section.


Buy the Titan PowrBeast 4700T from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping. 


  

Titan Impact 1140 High Rider


The Titan Impact 1140 High Rider is built to handle long days and big projects with superior functionality and convenience. Perfect for contractors spraying 300-400 gallons a week. The cylinder design never needs replacement, and the removable fluid section requires no tools, so it’s easy to replace on the job site. This is another portable, easy to use spray machine that will pay for itself many times with years of reliable use. 


Buy the Titan Impact 1140 High Rider from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping.



Titan Hydra M4000

The Titan Hydra M4000 is built to spray ultra-heavy coatings with maximum power and dependability. This sprayer is built to handle spray jobs on bridges, water tanks, and roofing; it can spray ultra heavy materials, including mastics, waterproofing, and roof coatings as well as all architectural coatings including epoxies. 


Buy the Titan Hydra M4000 from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping.



Titan PowrTwin 6900 Plus DI


This workhorse is designed to convert to gas or electric power as needed. The submersed foot valve creates a highly effective siphon system that allows for the spraying of very heavy coatings. This rig is designed to spray up to 400 gallons a week and can power up to 3 guns. 


Buy the Titan PowrTwin 6900 DI from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping.



Titan PowrTwin 8900 Plus

The 8900 Plus is another airless sprayer that can quickly convert to gas or electric power. It’s designed for contractors doing large scale projects spraying low viscosity primers to heavy-bodied finish paint stains, including lacquers, epoxies, enamels, elastomeric, latex, dry fall, and block filler. Designed to spray 400-500 gallons a week. 

Buy the Titan PowrTwin 8900 Plus from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping.



Titan PowrTwin 12000 Plus

The 12000 Plus is designed for work on the largest scale painting projects that are spraying 500+ gallons per week. It has accurate pressure control ranges from 400 to 3300 PSI and can power up to 6 guns. Spray anything from low viscosity primers to heavy-bodied finish paints. This airless sprayer offers the ultimate in power, output, and durability. 


Buy the Titan PowrTwin 12000 Plus from American Spray Technologies and get free shipping.


You know you can rely on American Spray Technologies to provide you with spraying equipment that maximizes job site efficiency so you can increase output and drive profitability. You know you can also rely on us to curate spraying products that are the best fit for spraying contractors who use and love our texture machines.  


These compressors and airless sprayers are industry-leading tools that will expand the services you can provide while maintaining your reputation for reliability, speed, and superior results. 


As always, if you have questions about generators, sprayers, or any other type of equipment spray contractors can take advantage of, contact us today. At American Spray Technologies, we pride ourselves on providing quality products with unmatched industry knowledge and service. If there’s something you need to power or spray, we’ll get the perfect equipment for your budget and needs. 

Posted in American Spray Technologies By marketing 360

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What’s the Difference Between a Split Skid and Trailer Mounted Texture Machine? 


There is a major - and pretty obvious - difference between a split skid and trailer mounted texture machine, but let’s make sure we’re clear on what we’re considering here. 


A trailer mounted texture machine is built onto a trailer that you can tow with any standard hitch.  It’s completely integrated as both a texture machine and trailer. This is a single unit built to be compact and easy to tow. 


With a split skid (or a single skid configuration for that matter), the unit doesn’t come built onto a trailer. It’s just the texture machine mounted on skids. The wheels you’ll use to get it to jobs will be part of a different rig. 


Now to the important part. Considering what type of texture machine is right for you. 


Consider Your Rig


A major consideration with this decision is the type of rig/truck you have or what you intend to invest in. 


If you have a box truck or enclosed trailer, then you can consider getting your texture machine on skids.  


If you don’t have some type of box truck or enclosed trailer but instead only have a rig capable of towing your texture machine, then the compact, easy to tow design of the big rig trailer is the option to consider. 

texture sprayer



Consider Your Climate 


A big factor guiding your decision between a big rig trailer and texture machine on skids is the climate you work in. 


Let’s put it this way.  If you’re doing a lot of winter work in Alaska, there are advantages to having to your texture machine in an enclosed truck or trailer. Mixing your drywall texture mud while being exposed to the harshest winter weather will slow you down and may affect the consistency of your mud mix. 


If you work in a warmer climate, having an enclosed rig is not as big a factor. 


Another note, with gas rigs on two skids you can get the power pack with a deck lid if you’re using it in an enclosed truck. Be sure you have proper ventilation. 


You can also get a clam shell enclosure if your gas power pack is mounted outside your trailer enclosure. This keeps it protected from the elements. 


Split Skid Maintenance


There is one really serious advantage with the split skid configuration which has to do with keeping your maintenance costs low. 


The split skid configuration allows you to separate the power pack from the mixing tank so you can locate them on opposite sides of a bulkhead or separating wall.  


This separation keeps the engine and compressor away from the dust of the mixing compartment. A clean engine means less maintenance, lower operational costs, and longer life for your texture machine.  


Conclusions 


At American Spray Technologies, the 150 and 200 gas big rig trailers are our most popular models. They are compact, easy to service, low maintenance, and have a proven design with a capacity that’s more than enough for most spray jobs. 


The compact, easy to tow design of these models make them a practical, economic choice for most contractors. 


However, consider the points we’ve outlined in this post. If you already have a large, enclosed truck or trailer where you can seperate the power pack from the mixing tank, there are maintenance advantages. Also, being able to keep your unit (and yourself) out of harsh weather elements can make all the difference if you find yourself working in the middle of a winter blizzard. 


Either way, you can’t really go wrong with American Spray Technologies’ texture machines. The quality, durability, and top-notch performance features of all our products deliver excellent return on your investment. 


Posted in American Spray Technologies By AST

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How Technology Helps Drywall Spray Contractors Increase Revenue 


Professional drywall spray contractors know that the key to a profitable spray business is volume. The math is pretty simple. The more work you do, the more revenue you earn. The key is efficiency. 


Everything that causes hang-ups and delays work decreases revenue. The most obvious problem is when your texture machine breaks down. If you’re on a job site trying to fix a serious mechanical issue, you’re not making money. 


Obviously you need a reliable texture sprayer. However, complete breakdowns are not the most common drain on spray contractor revenues. Contractors aren’t losing money because they’re not working. They’re losing it because the work is going too slow. 


When spray contractors come to us looking for an efficient, reliable texture sprayer, they’re usually experiencing one or more of these problems:

 

  1. Cumbersome equipment that makes accessing all areas of the job site difficult.

  2. Low volume output that slows applications.

  3. Inadequate pressure for spraying thicker materials. 

  4. Difficult, time-consuming equipment maintenance and clean-up. 

These are not minor issues. They’re problems that can double the time spent on a job. Double, the time, half the revenue. That’s not an equation for success in this business. 



The Kodiak M2 is a portable texture sprayer that is perfect for high-volume spray contractors who are spraying out entire houses or apartments. The Kodiak directly addresses the issues we listed:

 

  1. It’s portable, making it easy to transport to job sites and move around as needed.    

  2. High volume output allows you to finish applications in a fraction of the time. 

  3. The high-pressure pump has the power to spray thicker materials quickly and evenly. 

  4. It’s flexible enough to allow any air source.

  5. There is no easier texture machine to clean and maintain. 

The Kodiak M2 isn’t just a slight improvement over other portable texture machines on the market. It’s in a different class altogether. 

kodiak portable texture sprayer

The Kodiak portable texture sprayer from American Spray Technologies solves the equation. More volume of work equals more revenue. 


If your equipment is slow, you have to make up the difference in time and labor on every job you do. If your texture sprayer is unreliable, it will eat away at your revenue as well as damage your professional reputation. 


We’ve had spray contractors tell us that they’ve doubled their monthly revenue after switching to the Kodiak. This is because they finish jobs in a third to a quarter of the time it used to take them. That time saving frees them up to do other work or take on additional jobs. 


You know the feeling. You’re standing there with your spray gun in your hand. Your texture machine is wheezing and struggling because it’s underpowered. The texture material is spitting out on the drywall in uneven wads that look like the spitballs you used to throw at friends in middle school. 


It’s just plain aggravating because the job is taking longer than it should and the quality of your work is being degraded by inferior equipment. Add to that maintenance issues and time-consuming cleanup, and you’re pretty much flushing revenue down the toilet. 


The Kodiak M2 is the definition of an investment for spray contractors; it’s not just an equipment expense. It pays you back with the time it saves you and with the superior level of work it delivers. Double your revenue? That’s serious ROI. 


Time is money for spray contractors, and the Kodiak M2 is a proven time-saver for contractors spraying entire houses and apartments. 


Ready to double your revenue as a spray contractor? Contact us today to learn how you can take advantage of this awesome piece of texture machine technology. 


Posted in American Spray Technologies By AST

At American Spray Technologies, our texture spray rigs aren’t consistently rated as “top of the line" for just any reason. It’s because we put in the time and effort to design and develop spraying equipment that not only will help increase the efficiency in which jobs are completed, but that will also last for years while requiring little maintenance.

And that’s not all. We also have some great attachments for your spray rig that can come in handy for certain jobs, such as the piston pump. Our piston pump attachment is the solution texture sprayers need that enables the texturing, spraying smooth wall, and priming all out of the same spray rig. Let's take a further look at our piston pump attachment.

Product Highlight: Piston Pump

The piston pump attachment eliminates the need of having a big rig and a separate airless unit. By building your spray rig with this attachment, you have the ability to mix and spray texture as usual and also utilize your spray rig to power a piston pump that is mounted to the side of the tank. At American Spray Technologies, we use The Titan Hydra 4000, a heavy-duty piston pump that offers impressive power and performance. 

THE BENEFITS OF THE PISTON PUMP

When you build your spray rig with a piston pump, you’ll get the following benefits:

  • Priming, Fogging, Smooth Wall. With the piston pump attachment, you will have the ability to spray primer, smooth wall, self-leveling material with the same power as a big rig. This is the attachment you need for versatility.

  • Mix With Large Tank. The piston pump attachment on your big rig allows you to use your big rig tank to mix your material and it is fed directly to the piston pump from the tank.

  • Lengthy Hose. The length of hose for our piston pump is usually somewhere between 100 and 200 feet, enough to handle most jobsite demands. 

For high volume contractors, the piston pump attachment allows for the ability to spray primer and smooth wall into their big rig texture machine can provide convenience and eliminate the hassle of carrying around a separate airless machine. To learn more, contact us!


Posted in American Spray Technologies By AST

Power. Durability. Years of profitable use. At American Spray Technologies, we know that these are the three things that those in the drywall texturing business look for in their texture spraying equipment. With that in mind, we set out to design and develop the best spray rigs that the industry has to offer. By using high-quality materials and choosing to make our texture spray rigs hydraulically controlled rather than mechanically, we have given drywall contractors a solution that not only helps increase job efficiency and complete control over pump and mixing speeds, but that also provides years of profitable use.

One of the reasons our customers prefer our spray rigs over competing texture spray rigs is because not only do they last longer, but also because we allow our customers to design a custom spray rig that is built to meet the demands of their work. 

Product Highlight: Skid Mounted Rigs

While our texture machine trailer rigs are our most popular systems, we also offer skid mounted spray rigs. In this blog, we’re going to highlight our skid mounted rigs and some of the features and benefits that they offer. 

WHAT ARE SKID MOUNTED RIGS

Our skid mounted spray rigs are designed for installing in box trucks or on truck flatbeds. Typically, contractors that work in cold-weather environments use skids to keep their equipment warm. At American Spray Technologies, our split skid machine is unlike any other. It comes with two separate skids: one containing the tanks and the pump and the other containing the power pack—which consists of the engine and compressor.

We offer our skid mounted sprayers in various tank sizes. Skid mount rigs can be ordered with a 20 or 25 HP Kohler engine or a diesel engine. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SKID MOUNTED SPRAYERS

In addition to being made from high-quality materials, our skid mounted rigs offer many other benefits for contractors in the texture spraying industry, including:

  • Maximum Protection - When skid mounted rigs are mounted inside of box trucks, they are protected from the elements, especially the cold weather. When working in cold weather environments, you have to have a solution for keeping your drywall mud from freezing, and box truck mounted rigs are perfect for jobs in locations that experience cold weather.

  • More Storage - Since skid mounted rigs can be mounted inside box trucks or on truck flatbeds, it gives contractors another area for storage. Tools, ladders, spraying material, and other equipment can be placed in the box truck or on the flatbed, giving contractors a convenient storage solution. 

  • Separation - Since our skid mounted rigs have two separate skids in the split skid option, both the tank and pump can be mounted inside the truck while the engine and compressor can be mounted outside. Alternatively, both components can be mounted inside but divided by a wall inside the truck—mixing drywall mud can be messy and dusty, so keeping the engine and compressor away from the dust will extend the life of the equipment and keep them running smoothly for years to come. 

  • Easy Installation - Installation of skid mounted rigs is a breeze! Simply use a forklift to get the rig into your box truck or trailer and secure with the bolt down pads, making sure they are mounted to structural members. Skid mounted machines come with everything you need to get the rig installed on a truck including hose racks, exhaust pipes, and install hardware.

Interested In A Skid Mounted Rig? 

If you are interested in the advantages that a skid mounted texture machine can bring to your business, we suggest using our Build A Rig tool! It is the quickest way to get a quote and receive more information about how a split skid spray rig could optimize your texture spraying business! 


Posted in American Spray Technologies By AST

At American Spray Technologies, it is our goal to provide our customers with the best texture sprayer that is designed to last, increase job efficiency, and provide years of profitable use. Very little effort is required by the user to maintain our line of texture spray equipment, so you can spend your time spraying more jobs and bringing in more income than ever before!

We specialize in manufacturing hydraulic controlled spray rigs, which provide infinite control of mixing and pump speed. This makes mixing a breeze and adjusting your spray pattern easy. You don’t have to worry about any transmissions or clutches to hassle with. What’s more, our hydraulic texture spray rigs cost less to maintain mechanical machines. Ease of use, low maintenance, and reliable performance are just a few of the many reasons why our customers love our like of drywall texture spray rigs.

A Look At Some of Our Big Rig Trailer Texture Spray Machines

At AST, we have a wide selection of texture spray rigs that are designed to meet the demands of your spraying application. From truck-mounted spray rigs to portable texture sprayer rigs, we have it all! However, in today’s blog, we are going to focus on two of our most popular big rig trailers, the 150 Gallon Gas Powered Trailer and the 200 Gallon Gas Powered Trailer

Both texture machines are an excellent choice for the sprayer that wants to blow through a house in minutes. 

Standard Features of Our 150 & 200 Gas Trailer Spray Rigs

These texture spray rigs have the power to do it all. The infinite control over mixing and pump speeds gives you a consistent spraying texture every time. Let’s take a look at some of the standard features on these spray rigs.

  • Trailer mounted single tank with 20.5HP Kohler engine and 23 CFM compressor

  • 125’ hose set with pole gun, air or electric control pump switch, and stainless steel texture strainer

  • Stainless steel tank, lid, hinge and mixing paddles

  • Tube frame welded construction, to handle heavy loads

  • Electric brakes

  • Independent suspension torsion arm axles

  • 14” wheels and bearing buddies

  • AST special pole gun with hardened steel tips

  • 2L4 high-performance pump

  • Stainless steel texture strainer

  • High-performance material hose rated at 3200lb burst

  • Easy access oil filters

The Benefits of Our 150 & 200 Gas Rigs

Low Maintenance & Easy To Service

Maintaining your texture spraying equipment is vital if you want years of profitable use. However, it can also be a burden. American Spray Technologies created a solution to this issue by designing the equipment to provide years of reliable use while requiring low maintenance. With both of our 150 & 200 Gas Trailer Spray Rigs, maintenance is a breeze. The oil filters and drains are easy to reach, allowing sprayers to service their machines in minutes rather than hours. Because these spray rigs have two oil filters — one permanent, the other replaceable. Plus, the low maintenance design of these spray rigs translates to less time spent on repairs!

Ultimate Maneuverability

These texture machine trailers have the ultimate maneuverability. These texture machines are known for their rugged trailer construction and compact size to make it easy to tow, reducing wear and tear on your vehicle. They can be towed to job sites, parked, and will be ready to go. You can use the work truck you already have to tow them. If you already have a work truck, you won’t need to worry about investing a ton of money in a box truck or flatbed truck to mount a skid sprayer on. 

Great For A Variety of Applications

Both texture machines are an excellent choice for the sprayer looking for a long-term solution for their spraying applications. Our big rig trailers can be used for spraying jobs of all sizes, from single-family homes to apartment buildings. The capacity of the 150 spray rig is more than enough for most spray jobs. The model 200, on the other hand, has the extra tank capacity for those bigger custom jobs.

Affordable Pricing

The power, performance, and profitable increase in jobs are well worth the cost of our spray rigs. Better yet, rather than paying for it all at once, consider financing a drywall texture sprayer. Our monthly financing costs are so low that all it takes is a few jobs per month to pay off the investment. 

Durable Construction

Our tube frame welded construction is designed to handle heavy loads. This is something you cannot find on other texture spraying machines. What makes our construction unique is that our frame doubles as the air tank. All air tank frame welds are air pressure tested to ensure quality welds. It takes longer to make a tubular steel frame, but it is the best and we are committed to providing our clients with only the best spray rigs. The motor plates we use are made of thick steel and are designed to handle the vibrations of a hard-working spray rig. You cannot see these benefits right away, but rather after you have owned your spray rig for five or 10 years. When other rigs crack and fail, yours will continue to work and provide you with the performance you need!

What Clients Are Saying About Our Trailer Spray Rigs

As our most popular spray rigs, AST has helped many sprayers increase their spraying efficiency and performance by providing them with spray equipment they can depend on. Below are testimonials from a few of the many customers that have benefited from a 150 or 200 Gas Trailer Spray Rigs.

“I bought AST 150-gallon spray rig last month and was very impressed with how well it's built. I have sprayed several projects and am totally happy with the performance. Also, I have enjoyed the highest level of commitment and patience of the sales personnel.”
Bravo Drywall. (Spokane, Washington)


“We are tickled pink with our 200 machine … it's unbelievable, so easy to use and much more consistent than our last machine. It has cut my time down at least 30%! My guys fight over who is going to get to spray with the rig.”
Rodriguez Drywall (Lakewood, Colorado)


“Bought the AST 150-gallon machine in January. So I've used it for a full year and have never had a problem with the machine at all. It's very easy to use, the material comes out consistent, and the air has enough pressure to do very fine orange peel. I definitely would recommend to others.”
Gould Drywall (Estacada, Oregon)


Are You Interested In A Quality Texture Machine Trailer? 

If you are interested in a drywall texture sprayer trailer for your business, you cannot go wrong with the 150 Gallon Gas Powered Trailer or 200 Gallon Gas Powered Trailer. To learn more information about these spray rigs, or to figure out which one is best for your application, contact the sales experts at AST today!


Posted in American Spray Technologies By AST

In one of our recent blogs, we reviewed the benefits of spray rig financing. To briefly review, financing your texture spraying equipment can help improve your cash flow, give you direct ownership of the equipment, and can even increase your return on investment.

At American Spray Technologies, we try to make equipment financing as easy a s possible by offering solutions through Marlin Capital Solutions. With this partnership, our clients can apply for financing applications online. In this quick blog post, we are going to outline the steps it takes to financing an AST texture spray rig 

Step #1: Shop

Head to sprayrig.com to browse our selection of different texture machines. Professional contractors often are interested in trailer mounted rigs, skid mounted rigs, or electric rigs. For contractors that are looking for a more portable solution the Kodiak M2 is the ideal choice. Need help choosing the right texture spray rig? Check out our helpful tips.

Step #2: Apply

Once you have decided on a texture spray rig, it’s time to apply. When you are on our site, click ‘Click for Easy Financing’. When you are ready to begin your financing credit application, click ‘Apply Today’ and begin filling out your information.

Step # 3: Review & Confirm

Once you finish filling out your credit application, review the information thoroughly. If it all looks good, go ahead and sign the finance agreement.

Step #4: Receive Your Equipment

Once you are approved for financing, you’ll receive your brand new equipment shortly after. You’ll be able to start using it right away, making your work more efficient and effective.

Step #5: Make Payments

Once you receive your equipment, you can start making monthly payments. Don’t worry, your monthly payments are fairly affordable! Once your equipment is paid off, you have nothing else to worry about besides the jobs and projects you recieve. 


There you have it. In just five simple steps you can begin financing a high-quality spray rig. To learn more about financing, contact us!

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