Everything You Need To Know About How To Use A Paint Sprayer

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Paint sprayers have become very popular in recent years because they have completely transformed home improvement projects. The finish you achieve with a paint sprayer is much more even and professional looking than if you were using brush and rollers.

Therefore, a lot of people have invested in a medium to high range paint sprayer so that they could achieve that professional finish without having to employ painting contractors to do the job for them. Buying a paint sprayer has resulted in people making massive savings on home improvement projects.

Make Your Life Easier

The other major advantage of a paint sprayer is the fact that once you have invested in a decent one, you can use it again and again for future projects. These projects can be anything from home exterior painting, kitchens, bedrooms, living room, bathrooms, and lawn and garden equipment painting.

Paint sprayers have also become the preferred tool for painting because of the amount of time that you save with them. When it would normally take days to paint a couple of rooms or exterior of your house, a paint sprayer allows you to complete these tasks in a smaller amount of time which allows you to spend more time doing more fun things.

Create A Safe Environment

However, most people do not know how to use a paint sprayer. There are some basic dos and don’ts that you need to be aware of which we have discussed below.
Safety always comes first. Make sure you check the instructions manual on what equipment you need before embarking on your painting project.

The basic tools you will need in order to ensure a safe environment are protective goggles and a face mask. This is even more important if you are painting inside because the fumes will be trapped in a closed environment and can put you at risk.

Prepare Your Working Space

As with any painting project, you have to ensure that you prepare the painting area before starting. Use tape and also cover things that you do not want to get covered in paint. This will ensure that you do not have any mess to clear after you have finished your painting.

You also need to make sure that the space is also clear of any objects that you could trip over while painting. This is an important safety measure which is overlooked by a lot of people and they end up with serious wounds and even fatalities.

The painting surface needs to be cleaned thoroughly. This will ensure that the surface is grime free and the surface is even. This might seem like extra work but it will certainly pay off when you end up with the even and smooth finish you wanted.

How To Use A Spray Gun

Before you start to use your paint sprayer, make sure you have read the user’s manual carefully so that you know well how to operate it. Part of this process will be to make sure that you have diluted the paint to the right consistency before using it for spraying. Most paint sprayers will come with a viscosity cup for this purpose.

Sometimes, the paint gun might not come with a manual. In that case, you should write to the company to ask for one. But, you should probably go for a spray gun that comes with a manual in the first place.

Take Care Of Your Paint

You should also keep your paint away from any chemicals and sunlight. When paint is exposed to the sun for a prolonged amount of time, it dries up and this can cause your paint sprayer to clog up while painting.

A lot of people also fail to stir the paint from time to time. This is important to prevent the paint from drying up. As mentioned above, dry paint can cause clogging up of the paint sprayer nozzle.

Practice Makes Perfect

When it comes to painting with a paint gun, make sure that you practice a bit before painting the real thing. You will need to develop the skill of applying the paint evenly which might take a little bit of time.

The secret to an even coating is a constant spraying of a thin layer of paint. The sprayer should also be held a specific angle and distance from the surface being painted.

It is recommended that you keep your spray gun about one foot away from the painting surface. You should also spray from horizontally for walls and vertically for corners, soffits and ceilings.

A paint sprayer is a great piece of equipment once you have mastered how to use it. We do recommend that you get help from one of your friends, a painting contractor or a neighbour who has experience with paint sprayers if you are about to embark on your first major painting project.



Everything You Need To Know About How To Use A Paint Sprayer was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by Jim Cross