Painting Like A Pro Using Your Spray Painter

Painting Like A Pro Using Your Spray Painter

Before you actually use a paint sprayer, it may seem like all you would have to do is grab it and start spraying, but the truth is; it takes a little more effort than that. A paint sprayer can give any area a great looking fresh paint job, but it can also end up looking bad if you are not careful. You can practice painting with a sprayer by using water first or, if you have extra paint, by painting an old piece of wood. By practicing, you can fine tune the technique you prefer to use, make necessary adjustments to the paint sprayer to get the coverage that you want, and get a full understanding of what it takes to pull off a successful painting experience. Things to keep in mind include:

*Your Sprayer Should Always be Moving. If you stop moving the sprayer from side to side, the paint will become thick in one area. This will lead to runs. You do not have to move it fast, you simply have to keep it moving. You can adjust your speed and movement to get the coverage that you want. You may also choose to spray up and down. Test it out to see which you prefer.
*Practice Spray Patterns. Some people prefer to use a vertical spray pattern to get a tall, but thin oval shaped paint coverage area. Others prefer the horizontal spray patterns because it ends up being a wide oval spray pattern to give you more coverage area at one time. There are also people who change up the spray pattern depending on what they are going to paint.
*Always Hold the Tip Away from the Surface. You should strive to keep the tip of your sprayer a consistent distance away from the surface of what you are painting. Most people recommend that the space be somewhere between 6” and 12”. Ideally, no matter which you choose, you will maintain that space throughout painting, so you do not end up with paint being thicker in one area than it is in another.

Once you are confident that you can spray paint well enough, you can move on to your projects. Good lighting will be ideal, especially on interior walls. You will want to be able to see places that you may have gone a little too light with.

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