Painting with a paint sprayer may seem simple, but once the paint is in your hands– and on your hands, and on your clothes and on everything except what you’re trying to paint, it doesn’t seem so easy anymore.
If you’re struggling to use your paint sprayer, this is the article for you. There are several simple tips that are going to make your experience, and the end product, a whole lot better.
It won’t take too long, and you’ll be much happier with your product.
Top Tips and Tricks for using Your Paint Sprayer
Practice makes perfect
Use a large, flat surface, practice spraying with water. As you spray, you will get a feel for your machine specifically. You will also be able to practice setting up your machine.
Keep an eye on the sky
You wouldn’t want a little wind or dust to ruin your project. Rain can ruin your project, but so can wind and temperature.
Try to paint when the temperature is between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, remember that wind can pick up particles that can stick in the paint.
Once the paint drys, these particles will be stuck and can ruin your paint job.
To get an even coat of paint, spraying consistently is the key. Sweeping motions tend to pull away from the surface at the beginning and end of the swing.
You need to make sure you stay the same distance from the surface at all times. That will improve your painting and make the end product look more professional.
Learn what type of paint sprayer is right for your job
There are few types of paint sprayer’s like- LVLP, airless, HVLP, compressed air and gravity feed. LVLP is good for smaller jobs. Airless is fast and efficient, good for large areas.
HVLP reduce wastefulness and are very quick. Compressed air sprayers are outdated but very simple for beginners to use. Gravity feed sprayers are mainly used for their beautiful finish. Before you buy or rent a sprayer for your job, make sure you are getting the right one.
Use cardboard in tight spots
In the end, a paint sprayer is just that, and it is near impossible to keep a consistent distance while being exact in your strokes, especially for a beginner.
To combat this, keep the cardboard on hand to block the sprayer from painting some spots.
Learn if a paint sprayer is the right tool for your job
You can paint something in many different ways. If you don’t have a lot of paint, it may be better to use a roller; sprayers use more paint like as furniture painting.
If you are painting a small area, a paint sprayer isn’t the right choice. Your painting is not going to be successful if you are not using the right materials for the job.
Know how to use your machine
As we mentioned before, there are many types of paint sprayers. Make sure you do your research before starting a project. Set up is as important as the physical painting, if not more so.
Have anything you might need at the ready
Painting isn’t a one tool job. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment before you start so you can prep, use and clean your machine in a timely manner.
If it takes too long to clean up, you could have a permanent mess on your hands. You’ll need gloves, a drop cloth, facemasks, glasses, cardboard and rags.
One size does not fit all
Different surfaces will take different preparation like kitchen painting, exterior wall painting.
Research what impact size, material, and color will have on the finished product before starting, and prepare accordingly. For instance, smaller objects should be set up, while larger ones should rest on the ground.
Spray corners and edges first
If you start at the corners and edges of a surface, you will get a more even coat in the end. This is important for large surfaces.
So although your experiences with your paint sprayer may be intimidating and messy at first, with these tips, you will soon have no problem controlling your machine.
It takes time to learn, but a paint sprayer is a really useful tool to have when painting large areas.
You will soon find that any time you put into this tool to learn it, you will quickly get back in the time it saves when you are painting.