How to Use a Paint Sprayer

A man uses a paint sprayer.

Using a paint sprayer will make almost any painting project easier. This guide will list components and a brief explanation and steps it takes to get you up and running with a paint sprayer.

Basic Parts of a Paint Sprayer

The gun is a handheld, triggered device that emits paint. A spray tip is a device that controls the amount and pattern of paint sprayed. The head is a device attached to the gun that holds the spray tip in place.

The prime valve is a switch and tube assembly that holds and releases pressure within the system. The suction tube is the cylinder-shaped object that sucks the paint up into the system to be sprayed.

    Order of Operation

    Place the suction tube into your paint. Plug your power cord into a wall socket and switch the unit on. Spray your paint into a waste bucket carefully to prevent splashing until you reach a solid stream of paint.

    Insert a spray tip into the gun head making sure it faces in the correct direction. Pull the trigger to begin applying paint.

    Clean Up

    Use the manufacturer's specifications for water or solvent-based clean-up. Remove your tip from the head on your gun. Insert the prime valve tube into a waste bucket and turn the switch to dump paint. Spray into a waste bucket until water or solvent rinses clean.

    Turn off the power switch and unplug the power cord. Depress the trigger to remove pressure from your system. Roll up your hose and power cord to store your sprayer.

    Using a paint sprayer can be a bit difficult due to the number of steps it takes to get ready for painting as well as the number of steps it takes cleaning up your sprayer after painting. With a little practice, it will become more familiar and easier to use.