• DIY Projects,  Painting

    How to Choose the Right Paint Sprayer for Your DIY Project

    If you need to paint a fence, a bedroom, the outside of your house, or furniture, you will need to do that with a brush, roller or a paint sprayer. For a host of reasons, a paint sprayer is a better option than the other two. But paint sprayers of different types, and you will need to find one that works for you. In this post, we will try to help you choose a paint sprayer based on your project.

    Why you should choose a paint sprayer

    For some reason, a paint sprayer is better than a roller or paint brush. A paint sprayer allows you to cover a large area within a short time. You will also find it easier to cover uneven or rough surfaces, and reach places which are difficult to reach. The finish will also be better. A paint sprayer allows you to work faster and finish the job within a short time. If you are having trouble picking a paint sprayer, I recommend checking out Paint Sprayer Guy’s reviews.

    A paint sprayer allows you to get the job done with less paint and save money. It is also easier to clean a paint sprayer than to clean a roller or brush. You will find it really easy to clean a paint sprayer. It is because you don’t need to wash paint stirrers and roller trays.

    Choosing a paint sprayer that works for you

    There are several types of paint sprayers available, so you need to choose one that works for you. Paint sprayers of two types: low-pressure (HVLP) and airless paint sprayers.

    With an electric motor, airless paint sprayers releases paint at high pressure. But if you need very fine spray, you should use an HVLP sprayer because this sprayer uses low pressure to atomize the paint. An HVLP sprayer is a good choice if you need precision of work.

    Airless paint sprayers

    There are several models of airless paint sprayers. Bases on your project, you should choose a professional model or a handheld unit. Airless sprayers are great if you need to paint pergolas, fences, weatherboards, garage doors, sheds, gazebos, walls and lattices.

    These paint sprayers can be used with oil-based paints, water-based paints, topcoats, primers, wood preservatives, aluminum paints, oils, polishes and stains.

    Fine paint sprayer

    Known as a finishing tool, these sprayers use HVLP technology. They are really good if precision is important for you and you need to paint pipes, shelving, furniture, window frames, cabinetry, shutters etc. If your project involves painting any of these things, feel free to use a fine paint sprayer. They can be used with primers, oil-bases paints, stains and wood preservatives.

    Safety

    Before you start working, you must ensure safety. Cover surfaces and cover yourself with tape and drop cloths. If your paint needs thinning, use turpentine or water. Read the instructions carefully.

  • DIY Projects,  Painting

    Painting Tips When Using an Airless Paint Sprayer

    An airless paint sprayer can be good for your project in a couple of ways: it helps you do the job faster and apply the paint flawlessly. You don’t need much practice to use an airless sprayer. This paint sprayer is really good for large projects. In this post, we will provide you with a step by step guide to use an airless paint sprayer.

    Visual Learners can Check Out This Video!

    Step 1: Prime the pump

    At first, the prime tube should be placed in a waste pail. In the bucket of strained paint, place the suction tube. Then to “prime”, turn the prime valve. After that you can switch on the pump. Then, until the pump starts, turn the pressure valve up. Move the paint into the bucket when it starts flowing from the prime tube.

    You will have to deal with some key setup points—whether you buy or rent an airless sprayer.

    Step 2: Fill the hose and gun

    Pull the trigger while holding the gun over the bucket. The valve has a “spray” setting. Switch it. When the paint starts flowing, let go of the gun. Then lock the trigger. Once you have locked the trigger, you have to follow the steps below to relieve pressure:

    • At first, the power switch should be turned off
    • To prime, turn the prime valve
    • Then, the gun should be aimed at the side of the waste. To release the pressure, pull the trigger
    • Then find the trigger lock and engage it.

    Step 3: Adjust the pressure

    Once you have turned on the pump, the prime lever should be moved to the “spray” position. To check the spray pattern, spray a strip of paint. The pressure is too low if you notice that the spray pattern has tails.

    If the pressure is too little, the spray pattern will be uneven. And if the pressure is too much, it will result in overspray. After adjusting, if you still notice uneven spray, you have to change the tip and use one with a smaller hole. Also, make sure you change the tip if the pattern of spray is round.

    Spray techniques

    Before you reach the edge of the door, you should squeeze the trigger. Keeping the sprayer parallel to the surface, move it quickly across the door. Once the sprayer has reached the edge, release the trigger. Also consider these points:

    • Before you start, make sure you have planned your spraying sequence. Spray the edges first when you are working on a door.
    • When the gun is off to the side, squeeze the trigger.
    • The gun should be moved parallel to the surface.
    • To prevent run, move the gun fast.

    Troubleshooting

    If you notice the paint sputtering from the gun, it is perhaps because the tip is clogged. To unclog the tip, twist it 180 degrees. Squeeze the trigger. The most common problems are a leaking pump, clogged tip or clogged filters. There may be some other problems and you will find them easy to fix.

    There are safety precautions in the sprayer manual. You should read and follow them carefully. If necessary, ask the rental store for instructions.