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Paint Spraying Techniques

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If you're painting a rough, uneven area, or a large space where precision doesn't really matter, paint spraying can be a real time saver. The following paint spraying techniques will help you get the results you desire while saving time and money.

  • Rent an airless paint spraying machine. Airless machines are state-of-the-art, giving more consistent and reliable results than other paint sprayers. They're also quite expensive, so there's no reason to buy one unless you're a professional painter.
  • If you're working inside, use tarps and drop cloths to protect the areas adjacent to the one you're painting. Spraying results in a lot of paint in the air, and it doesn't always go where you want it to. Sometimes, sprayed paint can drift like a fog and settle someplace unexpected.
  • If you must do your paint spraying outdoors, make sure you don't do it on a windy day. Cover any nearby cars, plants, walkways, and even the exposed sides of neighboring buildings.
  • When filling the bucket or bin of your paint sprayer, pour the paint through a strainer to filter out the lumps or other non-paint materials.
  • Thin paint works best for paint spraying, but be sure to read the label on the paint can. If you thin the paint more than the manufacturer recommends, it won't cover nearly as well.
  • Paint spraying is messy, so cover yourself from head to toe. Wear proper pants (rather than shorts) and a long-sleeved shirt. Use goggles to protect your eyes, and consider a paint mask to avoid breathing in unhealthy fumes. If you're really concerned about staying paint-free, you might consider gloves and a ski mask.
  • When painting a surface, start at a top corner and work your way down. Keep your strokes smooth and steady, as you'll be spraying paint over a large area in a short period of time.
  • Don't hold the paint sprayer in one location for too long. It's much better to spray several light coats rather than one heavy coat.
  • Try not to overlap your paint spraying strokes too much, as this can create ugly columns of paint.

The experts at your local paint or home-improvement store can provide you with additional answers or advice on paint spraying.

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