For effective spraying of paint and a smooth finish to the painted object we need to have an efficient paint mixing procedure. A smooth finish is obtained only if the colour is properly mixed before applying it with the spray gun.
It doesn’t matter how powerful the spray gun is until the colour is thin enough to flow through the nozzle easily. But the mixing needs to be in an appropriate amount as an extra thin paint could lead to poor coverage of paint.
The paint should be promptly mixed in order to facilitate a perfect paint from the spray gun and for this mixing the paint in a perfect balance is mandatory.
It sounds a bit confusing, how to find the perfect mix. Right? Don’t worry we are here to help you in this. But before moving further to know the steps for right mixing we have to understand the articles that would be required for right mixing of paint to be sprayed from spray gun.
The things you require for mixing of paint for the spray gun are:
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Different paints require different liquids for mixing and forming the right paint mix for e.g. For mixing oil based colours you require mineral spirits to dilute it where as for latex paints water would be enough to do so.
And you should know that the paint thinners we actually use are made with mineral spirits only.
Paints could be reformed with other liquids also but you should firstly stick to the manufacturer’s guidance and suggestions which vary brand to brand and with different types of paint available. Even some paints could not be diluted with a any mixer in such cases same should be mentioned on the packing of the paint.
Safety goggles aid in protecting your eyes while spraying paint and face mask saves the face from any damage and harmful effect of the paint being sprayed with the spray gun.
While working with spray paint you need to understand that the environment where you are painting matters a lot, for e.g. If you are working in a congested, enclosed or tight place you should know that the face mask would not work fully here so you need a respirator or ventilator to be safe from the fumes or chemicals being emitted by the paint.
To avoid this issue straining or the paint mixture is done. Firstly the paint is strained into another container; the strainer would help in catching all the impurities or lumps in the paint and give you a smooth and fine mixture of paint suitable for painting with a spray gun.
Firstly put a small amount of the paint in the sprayer container and spray the paint on the test Board.
If the spray comes out good and the coverage is perfect than there is no need of mixing the paint with a thinner but if the consistency is thick and it is poor coverage paint than mixing is mandatory.
Add a small amount of chemical or thinner which is suitable for the type of paint you are using to the paint bucket and stir continuously. For e.g. if you are mixing a latex paint then you need to add ¼ cup of water to every one gallon of paint to get the perfect consistency. Next put the mix in the sprayer and check on the test board.
And if you are mixing oil based paint than you need to add a small amount of thinner to the paint as this product tends to make the paint much thinner than the water does.
So to paint on a large area and to obtain a smooth finish and coverage but a good quality spray gun it might not be that expensive as it might cost you only $200 also as an alternative you can rent a spray gun from a rental.
You should keep in mind while spraying the paint with the spray gun that one coat of the paint would not provide perfect coverage and to achieve a perfect coverage you need to apply 2-3 coats.
So this was all about mixing colours for painting with a spray gun.If you liked the article and if you have any query or comment please let us know in the comment section below.