Paint projects can be quite time consuming especially if they are done in the traditional method using paint rollers and paint brushes. Using paint spraying equipment can cut your paint project time in half. It can also save you money in paint because you typically only need to apply a single coat. Many people are discouraged because they are not quite sure how to use a paint sprayer to accomplish their painting task. The truth is, using paint spraying equipment is quick, easy, and can be done by anyone no matter what their skill level.
Finding the right paint spray equipment is the first and probably the most important step. Before selecting the right paint spraying equipment for your project you need to know exactly what you plan to do. Not all paint sprayers are created equal and why it is important to know what you will be doing. There are some paint spraying equipment that work best with latex paints, stains, and other light weight painting materials. While other paint spraying equipment work best for lacquers and other heavier type applications.
The next decision to make is whether you want to purchase the equipment or rent it. If you have plans to do a number of different paint projects and think you will get a lot of use out of it, then purchasing the spraying equipment will work for you. If you only have plans to do a single project like painting the exterior of your house, then renting the paint spraying equipment may be best for you. In either case you can get assistance finding the right sprayer for your needs by asking a sales or rental representative.
Once you have made your purchase then it is time to get ready to begin your paint project. You will need to get familiarized with your equipment. Your basic equipment will consist of a compressor, hose, and air gun. The hose feeds air from the compressor into the air gun which has an air tight basin where the paint will be stored for use. When the sprayer handle is depressed the pressurized basin forces the paint through the nozzle of the air gun. Different nozzles can give you different spray patterns based on your needs.
When painting with your equipment you always want to wear the proper safety equipment. In this case a good pair of safety glasses or goggles will work great. Now you can get to painting. Hold the air gun about six to ten inches away from the surface to be painted. Depress the air gun handle and move the sprayer back and forth over the surface. Be sure to overlap your strokes to ensure that you are getting even coverage. Continue this process until your project is complete. Using spraying equipment usually allows you to only have to apply a single coat. This can save you time and money spent on paint materials.