Using an Electric Paint Sprayer

What You'll Need
Electric paint sprayer
Water or thinner (depending on the type of paint used)
Old newspaper
Masking tape
Old clothing, old socks, old gloves, hair covering
Eye goggles
Stick for mixing paint
Rags, both wet and dry
Extra bucket
Old toothbrush

Having an electric paint sprayer is one of the best tools to have to paint your house faster. Aside from less time spent on the job, you are also assured of a smooth and mirror-like finish on your walls because the paint sprayer atomizes the paint to achieve such a finish. Home painting is a project that must be completed to protect your home from wear and tear, the elements of nature and to make it look like new again. Here is how to successfully use an electric paint sprayer for your painting task.

Step 1 – Cover the Areas Not to Be Painted

If you are going to paint the insides of your house, it is best to remove any furniture, appliances and decorations inside the room. During spray painting the atomized paint is easily carried by the wind or air and will speckle you furniture and other fixtures in the room. Other things in the room that cannot be moved should be cover with old draperies. Window sills and floorings should be covered with newspapers and taped on the edges with masking tape to secure them.

Step 2 – Mixing Your Paint

Mix your paint with the correct solvent, depending if the paint is water or oil based. Then mix the paint and the solvent according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can make use of a clean bucket and mixing stick for this task. Ensure that you correctly mix the appropriate amounts because a heavily watered paint will easily cause drips on your wall and a heavy paint mixture cannot be easily sprayed.

Step 3 – Readying Your Electric Paint Sprayer

Prime the paint sprayer with the appropriate solvent for your type of paint. Do this by spraying the solvent at the lowest setting of the sprayer. Then, detach the hopper of the paint sprayer and fill it with the mixed paint. If your paint sprayer is big, you can insert its tube in the bucket of mixed paint.  Then, insert the tip of the spray into the gun. You can now start spraying

Step 4 – Spray Painting

Always practice first on an old newspaper in order to get the technique of spray painting. Depending on the desired finish, you can keep the nozzle of the sprayer near the wall, or as far as 12 to 18 inches away. The nearer to the wall the nozzle is, the bigger the spray pattern. You can start spraying from one end to another end, horizontally. Spray on a light coat first and then wait 2 hours for it to dry. Then you can add the second coating. The trick in spray painting is to move your hand at a steady pace first, just before you pull the trigger.

Step 5 – Waiting for the Paint to Dry

Once you have finished spray painting the desired area you can clean your electric paint sprayer by returning the excess paint from the hopper back to the paint can. Clean the sprayer by refilling the hopper with solvent, either water or thinner, and then spray it until the tubing is clean. Then, wipe clean the sprayer and disassemble it. Let the walls dry before removing the drapes and taped newspapers so as to avoid accidental marring of the walls.