Is A Paint Sprayer Going to Be Right for Your Projects?

There are people out there who use spray paint guns for a variety of reasons. There are even some people who purchase sprayers to spray on sunless tanning products. The truth is, according to some, it is effective as long as you are misting it on. However, with that, most people think of sprayers as a tool to spray on paint with, but they may be unsure of whether it is the right choice for their projects.

One thing you want to keep in mind before you bring out the big guns is that paint sprayers are sometimes able to consume a lot more paint than either a brush or a roller. If you do not have a lot of paint or you are worried about your finances and how much it will cost to repaint your entire house; you may want to leave the paint sprayer on the shelf. You may also want to rethink your options if you are unsure of your ability to clean it properly. Cleaning a sprayer often requires more time than cleaning out thick paint rollers, paint brushes, and trays.

Beyond that, paint sprayers are ideal when you are covering a large space. They are also great ways to paint furniture because the spray can get into areas that normal brushes cannot. You may want to consider taking the furniture outdoors to paint it because not all of the sprayed paint will hit the furniture all the time. If you are unable to take it outside, a drop cloth to cover your flooring, walls, and other furniture will be necessary.

A paint sprayer works well indoors if you have an empty room since they are prone to overspray. Sprayers are great for painting fences and lattice that you may have put up. They are great for any job that you are in a hurry to finish up. It is said that they are four times faster at applying paint than a roller and as much as ten times faster than a brush.

Optional Paint Sprayer Accessories

In order to make spray painting easier, there are accessories for you to use when using a sprayer. For instance, some people also choose to use conditioners and protectants. They are liquid and when applied to a sprayer they can stop paint from drying inside of it. These protectants can also prevent the sprayer from freezing, rusting, or corroding. This extends the life expectancy of your paint sprayer by a good amount to make it worth your investment.

You may also want to purchase an extension. This will allow you to have a further reach than you have with the paint sprayer nozzle. This makes it easier to reach hard to reach areas such as ceilings and decks.

Filters for a spray paint gun are also very popular because they prevent debris that may be in the paint from coming out and sticking to your walls. They are also great for keeping the tip of your sprayer free of clogs. Some sprayers have them as an extra when you purchase the sprayer, but not all will come with a sprayer. Either way, you may want to consider having one within easy reach before you start painting to ensure that the job gets done and you end up with a nicely finished, freshly painted, item or area.

How to Choose the Right Paint Sprayer

It is not easy to choose the right paint sprayer. Not only do you have to pick the right type, but you must also choose the right combination of pump, gun, tip, and hose for the project that you are wanting to take on. If painting the exterior of your home, you will want a longer hose. If you want to get finished as quickly as possible, you will want to look harder at the horsepower that it provides and how many gallons per minute (GPM) you will get with it. If you want a one coat and done finish on it, you will need to use a sprayer tip that sprays out a thicker amount. This also means a larger tip that uses more paint. As a no-fail guide, you will want to use a broad spray pattern with more pressure when doing a large project and the opposite when painting cabinets. The downside is that large tips may clog more easily.

With all projects, you will also want to check it out to ensure it is easy to clean. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a paint sprayer that becomes clogged because you were unable to clean all the parts of it. However, you would also be wise to purchase a sprayer that has replacement parts that are easy to find, so that if you do miss cleaning up an area, it will not require you to buy a new sprayer. If you are not able to do that, you should search for one with a great warranty for unexpected issues.

Other things you may want to check out is how loud it is when running. There are some paint sprayers that are very loud, especially in enclosed areas. You may also want to test out a paint sprayer if you have the option to. You can test it using pure water to ensure that it has a spray pattern that you can live with. The downside is; most places that you would go to if buying a paint sprayer, you may not have the option to test it with water. Therefore, you may have to purchase it and try it using pure water and then if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you can return it.

Many people also say that you will want the Airless sprayer to handle most projects. The reason for this is the fact that air compressors may push out paint at a high enough speed that it splatters out more. They say that if you have to paint inside of a home with furniture inside of it because there is no other option, Airless is best. Compressed air causes a fine mist that goes into areas that you may not want them. It can fill a room with paint particles very quickly. Airless painters do not have this issue. Their spray patterns are tighter together and less likely to spread out. If you are painting something outside, it does not really matter which type you choose.