Most DIY persons will want to improve their skills in handling a paint sprayer. This tool, with the proper practice, can give you professional finishes!
Moreover, you should know that a paint sprayer is much easier to use than paint rollers or brushes. Aside from the convenience, it has a lot of useful ergonomics that enables you to do small to large painting projects.
Because of its versatility, a paint sprayer is now common in industrial use. Professional and industrial contractors use these devices to speed up their errand. Aside from that, a paint sprayer leaves a little mess for you to clean up.
Before you can utilize the full potential of a paint sprayer, you should know how to use it first. We have ten basic tips that can turn you into a better paint sprayer.
1. Know the Details
Each paint sprayers vary in design, operation, and capacity. This is the reason that you should read the manual of your tool before you start using it. There are several important aspects that you should know. Such of these is the distance between you and the surface, type of paint materials, and so on.
2. It is not a Camera
Many people do not know what the proper spraying motion of a paint sprayer is. Usually, people like the “point-and-shoot” stance when using their sprayers. This is very wrong. It can lead to the blotting of paint and over-spraying. If you want an even finish, you should spray horizontally and vertically. Make the sweeping motion instead of spraying a single spot for a long time.
3. Drop cloth Instead of Newspapers
Traditions told us that we need newspapers to cover our floors from dripping paint. It worked for most of us. However, there is a tendency that you will tear the paper once you start moving. Moreover, the coverage is newspapers are far too limited. As a better alternative, just use a drop cloth.
4. Putting an Elevation
If you are painting small items like chairs, you may want to position them on an elevated platform. Such of these are workbench and sawhorses. Doing this can prevent you from hunching your back too much. This is one of the causes of painful backaches. Moreover, it can also provide consistency on your spraying.
5. Make Use of the Handle
This is not a problem when it comes to the best sprayers, as most of them have built-in handles already. We will just remind you this because some sprayers don’t have this ergonomic. After all, it is pretty stressful to hold the canister with your own hands!
6. Make it go Round
When you are furnishing small items, you may need to put them on a movable platform. It could be a piece of plywood or cardboard. This process will allow you to paint the object without touching them. Just rotate the platform, and you are ready to go! This trick is pretty useful so that you will spend less time from moving one side to another.
7. It is all about the Pattern
Most of the paint sprayers today have an adjustment setting in where you can change their spray patterns. By standard, these patterns are horizontal, vertical, and round. You may need to do a pattern test by spraying on a piece of plywood. See to it if the pattern is applicable to the painting project that you will do.
8. The Art of Wet Coating
One of the techniques professionals are using is the proper use of a coating. They do this by spraying a single layer of paint coat to the surface. Before the coat dries, they will spray another round of paint until such time the surface is fully covered. When you can do this properly, you can produce elegant, flawless, and exquisite finishes.
However, you should take note that wet coating is not compatible with all types of paint. Therefore, you need to do a little test by yourself.
9. Sand is Important
You can never achieve a quality finishes if your surface is rough and full of debris. You can prevent this from happening by sanding your object thoroughly. Afterwards, apply a primer. You may need to repeat this process several times before you can achieve your desired results.
10. Always be Safe
Dealing with paints can be deleterious to your health. This is especially true if you are using paint sprayers. This device produces fine particles of paint that can you inhale. Of course, that is dangerous for your system. Therefore, you will need to wear respirators and proper clothing. Nonetheless, the area that you will work should be ventilated too.
By following these tips, you can ensure the quality of your output. We are not expecting that you can perfect all of these in one go. Just keep on practicing them until they become a habit. In time, you can do professional-like finishes without breaking a sweat!