How to Spray Paint Like a Pro

Painting with a brush or a roller can take quite a lot of time. By using a paint sprayer, you can complete your painting tasks at a faster rate when compared to conventional processes such as manual painting. The painting process is also simplified when using a paint sprayer.

With a paint sprayer, applying the primer coat can be done in a couple of minutes, all the while ensuring a smooth and even surface. Utilizing a sprayer also allows you to cover surface cracks and openings that would not normally be reached by a brush or paint roller.

The paint flows through a hose and exits through the tip of the spray gun. Spray painting ensures a smooth and clear finish in a shorter time span by breaking the paint into a spray of droplets.

But spray painting isn't for everyone. Sprayers require preparation and training to do it properly. For minor painting jobs, you should probably stick to the brush. But if you need to paint a complete house or building, a paint sprayer is the solution to your problem.

Whether you are a veteran painter or just beginning your trade, you should be aware of the basics of safe and proper spray painting. Spray painting requires training and preparation, but once you have mastered it, you'll be amazed at the faster and simpler way of painting surfaces.

Here are a few tips and tricks for a wonderful coat of paint.

1. Prepare the area

Allot some time to do a little prep work before starting spray painting the surfaces. Clear the area of tripping hazards and objects where the hose could be snagged. If possible, clear the entire area of furniture and store them in a safe place. This gives you more room to work and protects the furniture from the paint.

Cover all surfaces not targeted for painting like the windows, the trim and the flooring. Use the right type of tape for the surface to be covered.

2. Practice with water

If you're using a spray painter for the very first time, practice with water first before starting painting. Use this opportunity to learn basic spraying techniques.

Once you've gotten the hang of spray painting, you can then transition to the actual painting. Don't forget to adjust the pressure settings for the type of surface you're painting.

3. Check the conditions

You have to wait until the conditions are right before starting spray painting. Prepare the site to mitigate any possible issues. Keep people away from the worksite and put up warning signs to deter others from entering.

If you are spray painting outdoors, do not paint in wet or humid conditions. Do not paint either if the temperature is under 10°C or over 30°C. Painting in cold weather can lead to insects and dirt sticking to the wet surface. Avoid painting under the direct sun too, as the heat can dry the paint too quickly.

4. Stir the paint properly

Clogging is one of the most frequent problems you may encounter while spray painting. You may decrease the probability of paint clogging the filters by stirring the paint properly.

5. Coat properly

Avoid painting thick coats. It's better to paint multiple thin coats than doing one single thick coat. Thick coats of paint dry slower and the weight of the paint pulls it down while it's still wet, causing sagging and unevenness. Thicker coats also have a higher tendency to peel prematurely.

6. Sand the surface

Spray painting can cover large surfaces but it still won't look as fine without a smooth coating. If you prefer a smooth finish, I recommend sanding the surfaces. Sand the surface till it feels smooth and glossy to the touch.