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.