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Paint sprayers are a great way to paint larger areas, giving you an even professional finish every time. They’re quicker than using a brush or roller but just as easy to use. Follow these simple steps and we’ll show you how to thin down your paint, test the consistency, paint with the sprayer and clean up after. Before you start, you should clear away any furniture, cover the floor with a drop sheet, and remember to wear your safety gear.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Thin down your paint
2 Test the paint’s consistency
3 Start painting with the sprayer
4 Clean the sprayer
  • Step 1. Thin down your paint

    First thing you have to do is thin down your paint by 10-15%. For water-based paint, use water and for oil-based paint, use turpentine. Unscrew the container from the sprayer and mix the paint and thinner together until it’s the right consistency. 

  • Step 2. Test the paint’s consistency

    It’s a good idea to test the paint first by spraying it on an inconspicuous area and adjust the nozzle to get the consistency you want. You could use anything that’s lying around like a piece of cardboard, a timber offcut or a piece of plasterboard. It’s really up to you.
  • Step 3. Start painting with the sprayer

    To use the paint sprayer, simply squeeze gently down on the trigger and paint away. You should paint with a slow continuous motion up and down and side to side. Keep your pressure on the trigger consistent and make sure that you’re not too far or too close to the wall, so that you get an even finish.

  • Step 4. Clean the sprayer

    Once you’ve finished painting, give the sprayer a good clean. Empty the paint container, fill it with water, lacquer or turpentine and then flush it through your paint sprayer container until it runs clear. Then clean the filters, gun and spray tip using the same liquid. Make sure that no paint has dried and become stuck in any of these parts.
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