How to Use an Airless Paint Sprayer for Exterior Siding
Airless paint sprayer is one of the latest innovations when it comes to painting your home and other furniture. Of course, just like with any new innovation it has a lot of benefits to offer. One is it makes painting easier and will no longer require more time to accomplish. Further, the finish that it can impart to a surface is very mirror like due to its ability to convert paint into a fine mist. However, for starters, you might find using an airless paint sprayer quite challenging. To enjoy the full benefits of using airless paint sprayer, one should practice using the tool quite regularly. Here then are steps to teach you how to use an airless paint sprayer.
Step 1 – Cover the Area Not to be Painted
When planning to paint your exterior siding with an airless paint sprayer, you need to cover the areas that you don’t want painted. This is because the sprayer produces a fine spray of paint mist that will definitely speckle the area, to your clothes, hair, windows and floors. Use old newspaper to cover the floor and the sidings and tape the paper using masking tape. When accomplishing this task, wear old clothes, socks, hair covering, hand gloves and eye goggles to protect you from getting painted and from absorbing any paint on your skin or eye.
Step 2 – Cleaning the Airless Paint Sprayer
If you are using a new airless paint sprayer then there’s no need to clean it. However, if it is a used paint sprayer you need to clean it first before using it again to ensure that no old paint is mixed with the new one and thus potential clogging of the sprayer will also be avoided. Inquire first what type of paint, whether water-based or oil-based was used previously so that you will know what solvent to use to effectively clean the sprayer. If water-based paint was used, simply fill in the sprayer with water and allow the same to drain out of the tubing of the sprayer. Continue doing this until pure water comes out of the tubing. If oil-based paint was used, use a thinner to clean the sprayer. Again, fill-in the sprayer with thinner and slowly shake the sprayer for the thinner to come in contact with the old paint. Drain the liquid in the tubing and continue the process until the thinner is cleared of any coloration.
Step 3 – Practice makes Perfect
Before painting on the exterior siding, it is best to practice on some old boards or newspaper in order to get the hang of the spraying technique. Steadily hold the spray gun at least 8 inches to as much as 12 inches away from the surface that you are going to paint. Point the nozzle straight and not facing downward or upward and then horizontally spray the siding and a few inches before reaching the end of the siding, let go of the trigger so that the paint is evenly distributed even on the edge. Tips: too much paint will give you drips and too little paint and the surface underneath is visible. Keep the sprayer moving in a steady speed as long as the trigger is pulled.
Step 4 – Painting the Exterior Siding
Once you have gotten the knack of airless spray painting, you can proceed to painting your exterior siding. Remember to paint horizontally and in stripes. The stripes should be at least three feet wide from the top of the siding to its bottom. After, you can overlap a few inches the next 3 foot part and go on spraying horizontally. Repeat the steps until finished.