For many people, using paint brushes and rollers don’t always give you the smooth finish you want. That’s where a paint sprayer can really help.
Painting a room, a wall, or even just repainting the outdoor furniture takes time. First of all there’s the preparation, then the painting job itself and lastly the cleaning up. It all takes a fair bit of effort.
Paint sprayers make painting easier and faster, and because there is far less wastage, they will save you money as well. Armed with some simple information and advice, you can soon be painting like a pro.
Paint sprayers work by evenly spraying paint on a surface, which lets you cover large areas quickly and easily, and get you into corners of walls and hard-to-reach places.
Preparation is important with a paint sprayer, so cover the floor, windows, trim and anything else that you don’t want painted with drop sheets or tape.
2. Easy to Use
Spray painters are simple to use, all you do is attach the paint container to the sprayer and get started.
Even a relatively cheap paint sprayer will give you better and quicker results than a brush or roller, plus you can paint rough or bumpy surfaces, gaps, cracks and uneven objects.
Your paint might need thinning with water or turpentine before you start. Check your sprayer to find out how much you need to thin your paint. You’ll save a lot of time if you thin enough paint for the entire project before you start.
Also, test your paint sprayer on a piece of cardboard before you start to make sure the nozzle adjustment is correct.
3. Professional Finish
Paint sprayers release a fine mist of paint that evenly covers any surface, leaving a finish that looks like a professional did it.
To get the best result, don't let the paint overlap too much on what you've already sprayed, or it will create an uneven finish. The higher the sheen of the paint, the more noticeable these overlaps and build-ups will be.
Tips for Different Surfaces
4. Variety of Sprayers
No matter what job you're doing, you'll find a paint sprayer to match.
There are two common types - airless and air powered models. Air powered sprayers blow compressed air at high pressure out of the nozzle. The paint is then forced out, atomised and sprayed on. Air paint sprayers produce a more even finish, compared to airless models.
Airless paint sprayers have an electric motor that pulls paint up and forces it out of the nozzle.
5. Save Money on Paint
Rollers and brushes tend to soak up paint and need regular dipping in paint to get a new coat. Paint sprayers, if used properly, will give a nice smooth look, cover more space and use less paint.
One of the keys to using less paint is to apply it lightly but with multiple coats.
6. Easy to Clean
Paint sprayers are a lot easier to clean than a brush or roller. Plus, there’s less mess to clean up like roller trays and stirrers.
It’s important to clean your paint sprayer well after every use. This includes cleaning the filters, paint container, gun and spray tip.
You should use the type of thinner for the paint or lacquer that you’ve used to clean your paint sprayer.
Once you’ve emptied your paint container, fill it with water, lacquer or turpentine and then flush it through your paint sprayer until it runs clear.
Then clean the filters, gun and spray tip using the same liquid. Make sure no paint has dried and become stuck in any of these parts.
Spray Painting Tips
- Wear safety glasses, a respirator and long-sleeved shirt
- Work in a well-ventilated area
- Squeeze the trigger while the gun is off to the side, and then move it onto your work
- Move the gun parallel to the surface
- Keep the gun perpendicular to the surface, not tilted
- Several thin coats are better than one thick one