7 Things to Avoid with a Paint Sprayer

Paint sprayers can be a very helpful tool in speeding along your painting project. There are a lot of tips and pointers that can  make a spraying job easier. Here 7 things to avoid when using a paint sprayer.

1. Dirty, Sticky Mess

Clean your paint sprayer immediately after use to avoid a dirty, sticky mess. When you are done painting, run hot water or paint thinner through the sprayer.

 2. Raining Paint

Always avoid disconnecting the connector hose while the compressor is charged. If you have a fully charged compressor and the hose is disconnected you will either get a blast of compressed air that can cause blunt force injury or a hose spinning around raining paint on everything.

3. Over Spray

You will want to avoid covering adjacent walls or furniture with over spray from the sprayer.  Make sure that you protect items with plastic or drop cloths as well as taping off walls that you do not want over spray on. You can also help to avoid drastic over spray by using the correct nozzle and maintaining control over the paint sprayer.

4. Over Saturation

You will want to avoid over saturating any one area. This means use even strokes when using a sprayer and do not drastically overlap in any area. Use a paint brush to clean up areas where over saturation occurs.

5. Thick Paint

Most oil-based paints are too thick to go directly through a paint sprayer. They will clog the sprayer and cause uneven paint distribution. You will need to use paint thinner or mineral spirits to thin the paint to the specifications of your particular paint sprayer. A coat that goes on a little thicker than what comes out of a spray paint can is a correct consistency.

6. Old Paint

Avoid using old paint that has been sitting for a while. It tends to have clumps of paint that will clog a paint sprayer. You can try using a paint strainer to clear the offending clumps before using it in the sprayer if you continue to get clogs then it is a good idea to purchase new paint.

7. The Wrong Nozzle

Avoid using the wrong nozzle for the job or your skill level. It is recommended that beginners use a smaller nozzle in order to minimize any errors. It uses less paint so it takes a little more time to complete the project but the time saved in cleaning up drips will make up for it.

By using the tips on what to avoid along with the tips on what to do you can make sure that your next paint project goes smoothly.