How to Use a Paint Sprayer

As a bonafide DIY homeowner, I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of tools that I initially knew nothing about but have learned to love using over the years. That includes a paint sprayer, which I think everyone should try at least once to get an experience that they can utilize later. Of course, people assume that it takes a lot of expertise to use these machines, but in actuality, they don’t have to take that much at all. Of course, there are a few things that you should know to ease the process, but once you get the hang of it, you will be well on your way.

As with anything, there are pros and cons associated with using airless paint sprayers. The great thing is that with an airless paint sprayer, you are able to paint twice as fast with those gallons of paint, and if you are looking for a smooth finish, you are almost guaranteed a flawless finish that looks like the work of a true professional. What more could you ask for? With this machine, you can easily paint large areas with little to no hassles.


And how exactly these airless paint sprayers work anyway? Well, they use up to 3,000psi to pump paint through a hose almost like a gun. The tip of the paint sprayer is able to break paint up into tiny droplets in a fan-shaped pattern. You have a few options to play around with when it comes to tips, with the possibilities to use a lacquer, stain, and varnish. With only a bit of practice, you can perfectly finish cabinets, doors, and various kinds of the woodwork with ease. The most beneficial aspect is that you can cover a lot of area in only a small amount of time, making an airless paint sprayer ideal for those larger paint jobs, such as a drywall in a new home or painting a privacy fence that is 500 feet long.

There are, however, some drawbacks that must be taken into consideration as well. First of all, the fine particles don’t all remain stuck to the surface as a large portion ends up drifting in the air, which means you will lose up to 40% of the finish. This all depends on how it is applied. You will also have to set aside additional time to cover up and conceal the areas that you want to remain free of paint, and outdoor painting can be particularly risky. Overspraying can lead to plants and the roof being exposed to paint, or even the car if the wind is an issue. You also have to take a bit of time to flush paint from the hose and pump as well as clean the spray gun. You will also have to recycle solvents that remain from the cleaning process. Despite these cons, having an airless paint sprayer is still recommended for home use and I guarantee that you will love this addition to your tool list.

Shopping for a Washer

Unbeknownst to many people, there are more things to take into consideration when selecting a new washing machine than most people realize. From the size and type, it is important to realize exactly what you should be looking for. I know that most people are not so caught up in dryer and washer machine choices, but if you have a household like mine that does laundry nearly every day, it really is something to really think about. Clothes pile up, need to get washed and folded, ironed, and put away all the time. And, the process has to be repeated so often and so you need to really consider the most effective washer can get things done.

Of course, along with the things you need to know when purchasing a washer, you also have to come to a decision on a budget as these appliances can be quite expensive. Then there are other questions you also have to ask yourself: should they be stacked on top of one another, front or top load, et cetera. Take a bit of advice from me, follow these guidelines and I assure you that you will have a better understanding of how to find the best washer or dryer for your household.


It’s All in the Design


Where the washer and dryer go in your home depends on the type that you purchase as some are designed for smaller spaces and others require substantial space. Stackable options tend to be smaller and some can also be gas or electric, so you have to buy the type that supports your house best. If you have a room set up for a washer and dryer, you may have the option to place them directly next to one another or if you prefer, they can be top-loaded per your preferences. A compact machine can be about 3 cubic feet and are designed to take even larger moments, even those large comforters. Top-loaders are in general less expensive, while front-loaders are gentler, more efficient, and usually clean better.


Top-loaders come with washing bins that are deeper, but for shorter people, it is harder to reach clothes. If you cannot reach them reliably, then a top-loader may not be the best option for you. Another benefit is that top-loaders can even handle those higher spin speeds easily. Plus, it takes must less time to dry clothes.

Front-load machines are more expensive and thus come with far more features than basic models. Most come with sensors and also have drawers where you can store fabric softener and detergent. These models cast about $250 more as they are not in the base price, and so there’s another $500 to consider if you want it. Occasionally, however, you can find discounts on these washers and dryers, but you really have to look if you want to catch these special deals. At the end of the day, you want to get enough information as possible before investing in equipment that you will need to work reliably several times a week.