Plan Your Approach
The critical factor of doing something right is to follow a proper path instead of jumping into things. First, determine the look you’re looking forward to. Decide the color theme and patterns you want in your room to get the desired setting. You have to organize all your thoughts before you start painting. Prep before painting a room might take a day or more than that depending on the size of place and type of painting.
Make sure you gather all the tools before you start the job. Taking frequent pauses while painting is not a good idea as it only creates unwanted results when the paint dries. You have to also prep the room because painting requires you to get involved in the task instead of worrying about other things. Learn a few painting tips as well such as always paint from top to down because the dripping of paint is a big issue and can only be handled with this top to down technique. First focus on painting the ceiling and then move to walls. Always start painting from the bigger surface to narrower ones as it will make the job faster and easier.
Repair Damaged Surfaces
Never apply paint on damaged and crappy walls as it will not make the condition better but even worse. Prepare the walls and ceiling for fresh application by sanding. Let the old flakes and peeling paint fall completely so you may get a fine layer of new paint application. If needed, don’t forget to use primers that seal the surface and allow the smooth implementation of high gloss paints. If there are any cracks or gaps in the wall or ceiling, you may apply patches to level the surface and then apply color to cover it all entirely. Painters tape can be used for minor fixtures but if there are any significant issues, hire some expert to fix it before you start painting. The reason to repair the damaged surface is to ensure that fresh paint last long enough.
Prep the Room
It’s best to empty the room so you may paint the area freely without worrying about other objects. But, if the furniture is too big or heavy to lift or there are some things fixed that cannot be moved, consider covering them properly with a plastic sheet or painter’s tape. Make sure you also include the floor with drop cloths as paint will drop from ceiling and walls even if you are a professional painter.
Using Paint Sprayer
Set Up the Sprayer in Paint Can and Buckets
If you don’t know, all models of paint sprayer have a different setup and come with clear instructions about their structure. Paint sprayers come with multiple tubes and cans so it’s much important to understand that which tube should be placed in which can. For instance, siphon tube is the significant and substantial tube that comes with a screened-end. Its screened-end is situated at the bottom while another end is gently put into the paint can so it may take the color to the sprayer. The drain tube is placed into the waste bucket. Thus all the waste material is discharged into this bucket through the tube. Once all the tubes are placed rightly, it’s time to plug in the device to turn it on.
Prime the Sprayer to Get Paint Moving Through System
You must have noticed a switch on your paint sprayer that can be switched between two modes, prime and paint.
Turn that switch to prime so paint may start moving through the system in a controlled manner. You want the paint to complete its circle to ensure its smooth flow.
Quickly Move Drain Tube into Paint Can
After turning on the machine, the pump will run for 30 seconds and then, the paint will start pumping out from the paint can through siphon tube and discharge from the drain tube into the waste bucket. This shows that your paint is flowing in a single path.
Once it’s confirmed, now you can put the drain tube into the paint can to keep this circuit continuous. You can also clip siphon and drain tube together so none of them must fall out of the paint can.
Make sure waste bucket and paint can are put close together as you will need to switch them now and then.
Suit Up: Wear Maximum Protection When Spraying Paint
Now the paint is flowing smoothly and is ready for application; it’s time for you dress up for the task. Use protection gears while painting functions because human skin is sensitive to bear strong elements involved in the making of paints and other lacquers. Make sure you wear the plastic dress and zip it properly. It will keep your clothes saved from getting stubborn stains of oil paints and varnishes. Don’t forget to wear glasses and construction hat as paint drips quite frequently when applied to the ceiling. You don’t want paint in your eyes or hair as it will cause severely damaged. From gloves to respirator mask, use it all to paint with protection.
Hold Paint Spray Gun 12″ to 24″ From Wall
The distance between the spray nozzle and surface matters a lot. Taking gun too close results in excessive dripping and spraying from too far leads to uneven coating. Keep the spray gun nozzle at an ideal distance ranging from 12” to 24” and enjoy the most excellent application. An appropriate distance between the surface and spray gun allows the paint to cover the targeted area adequately.
Spray Your Paint in Sections–Just Like You Do When Rolling or Brushing
Tools might have changed, but techniques are still the same. We divide the surface into sections when it comes to applying paint with roller or brush. We will do the same even if we are using advanced tool for painting.
Spraying becomes more comfortable when you focus on covering small areas and complete the entire wall. Divide the ceiling and all walls into sections and start spraying them one by one. It will allow you paint the whole room smoothly and faster. First, cover more significant surfaces and then move to tricky sections.
Always Keep Spray Gun Parallel to the Wall
You must have heard professionals strongly recommending to keep spray gun parallel to the wall. Well, this trick is best if you want to enjoy the most excellent result. The reason is that being parallel to the surface, the gun will allow paint to land on the surface sloppily. This technique will decrease overlapping and help to cover the entire wall with a thin layer of the application.
Move Siphon Tube to Clean Water and Flush out Sprayer
Once you are done with painting, cleaning of siphon tube is necessary because you don’t want the paint to dry inside the tube and cause problems in future paint application. Take an empty bucket and fill it with clean water. Remove the tube from the paint can and put it in the water bucket. Now turn the switch to prime or flush, if your sprayer model offers this mode and let the clean water flow through the entire system until it cleans it properly. You might need to change water for a couple of times.
Painting your room with a paint sprayer is no doubt a great idea. All you have to do is to follow every step without skipping so this task may proceed smoothly and end correctly. From prepping the room to gathering necessary tools, this job asks for many subtasks. Just make sure you set up the sprayer rightly and use it with proper care and protection to enjoy best results.
I am a licensed architect who is passionate about all things home improvement industries, I have been doing DIY painting projects and have developed lots of experience around home improvement over the 10 years.