There’s no easy approach when it comes to painting the exterior of your house, whether you use a roller, brush, or sprayer. Even if you’re an experienced painter or a first-timer, a little practice and effective technique will let you achieve professional and quality results in no time.
The advantage of painting a house using a sprayer is that it will be faster and more efficient than using either a brush or roller. Aside from being faster, spraying also provides more paint coverage without brush strokes.
Always take precautionary measures every time you operate any type of equipment. When spray painting, be attentive and wear appropriate clothing and eyewear to have maximum protection.
Turn off the machine and prepare all of your protection gear. Wearing too much protection gear can make you look weird, but there’s no too much protection when you’re spray painting. Although it would be uncomfortable and awkward, wearing proper clothing can definitely protect your skin, hair, eyes, and clothes.
One of the essential parts of a painting project is the surface that you will be spraying.
Protect surfaces from overspray by preparing your surroundings. Try covering all furniture, windows, shutters, or baseboards. When you’re painting outdoors, be mindful of wind directions. If you have plants, cover them with plastic.
Paint sprayers are not all the same. However, you can use the following basic guide when placing different kinds of tubes into their respective buckets:
You can also place the paint can and waste bucket side by side. After setting up the sprayer, it is the good to time to wear your coveralls.
It will take approximately 30 secs. for the pump to run. You will notice that the paint will start pumping outside the paint can, into and out of the sprayer, and out of the tube draining into the bucket of waste. Remember, the paint only has a single path.
Move the draining tube quickly toward the paint can. The siphon and drain tubes may contain clips to keep them attached in place. This time, the paint is on a steady and consistent cycle.
You can keep the buckets alongside each other for faster switching. The buckets shown in the pictures are far from each other to easily show their connection.
Generally, airless paint sprayers are quite easy and simple to use. However, safety measures should be reviewed on the machine’s operating manual before starting spray painting. Always make sure that you have properly prepared the surfaces that you’ll be working on to avoid overspraying.
Use the following guidelines to help you achieve success in spray painting in no time.
A skill does not magically become the best overnight. The same with spray painting, it takes some time to develop and become accustomed with the proper spray techniques to be able to produce quality results. So, if you’re still new to spray painting, practice first by spraying water instead of paint.
To set the pressure setting, use the pressure control knob. This will enable good and quality spray patterns. (Refer to the above illustration) When the pressure setting is correctly set, your spray patterns will be smooth without runs and uneven coverage. Before doing the actual spray painting, spray first on a piece of cardboard to test the spray pattern.
*Note: It is important to properly choose a spray tip when using paints and other types of coatings. You’ll know when you have a wrong spray tip size when there is a poor spray pattern even at maximum pressure setting. You may need to replace the spray tip if it’s already worn out.
Below are the guidelines you can follow to learn how to properly spray paint with uniform and quality coverage.
Try to get comfortable with the spray gun by moving it and learning how to keep proper distance from the surface you’re working on. When spraying, you can hold the spray gun at a right angle and 12 inches away from the surface. Do not fan the gun to avoid having an uneven coverage. Keep the spray gun pointed toward the surface you’re working on. Maintain the position of the spray gun by slightly flexing your wrist at the start and end of each stroke.
Practice correct spray gun movement by holding the gun with an installed tip guard for approximately 2 inches away from the surface you’re painting. Next, horizontally move the spray gun to and fro along the surface. Practice this technique while maintaining a distance of 2 inches. To maintain proper distance, concentrate on how to position the gun and wrist flexing. If you feel you’ve got it, you can increase the distance up to 10-12 inches and continue practicing.
When spray painting, maintain proper gun positioning and try to work on an area that’s within your reach. Try not to angle the tip when spraying further.
The spray gun should always be moving before triggering it to avoid too much material at the start and end of every stroke. You can continue with your stroke after releasing the trigger.
Overlap every spray pass by 50 percent to make sure that the amount of paint on the surface is even. To execute a proper overlap, aim your spray gun so the tip would point toward the edge of the last spray pass. For ceilings, walls, and other wide open surfaces, the outside edges must be sprayed first before spraying the middle.
When spraying inside corners, directly aim your spray gun into the corner. Spray every adjacent wall in one pass.
When you’re finished, place water into the unsoiled bucket.
Using paint sprayers is quite an efficient way of finishing any type of work or project. It is also economical, quicker, and fun. Once you master the techniques of spray painting, you’ll be able to turn anything into something beautiful without breaking the bank.