How To Paint With A Spraygun

Posted on: 25 October 2016

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Painting the outside of your house is much more difficult than painting the interior. If you have experience painting interior surfaces like drywall, you will need a little more patience to paint exterior surfaces like wood or stucco. Also, painting these rougher surfaces is much easier if you use a pneumatic spraygun. This speeds up the process and allows you to get more even coverage on your walls. This article explains a few tips for painting with a spraygun.

Prepping to Spray

Even if you have never painted with a spraygun, you should not be overwhelmed by the work. Sprayguns are user-friendly and the rental prices are reasonable. The most important thing when using a spraygun is masking off. You need to do more masking to protect from overspray than if you were just using paint rollers. You might even spend more time on masking than you will actually spend spraying your walls. Painter's plastic is the best thing for quickly covering large areas. You can use the plastic to cover the walkways around the perimeter of your walls, your window and door frames, your lawn, and any thing else you don't want to get paint on. It is also important to not paint on a windy day. Basically, if you mask off as much as possible, you will have less cleanup work to do in the end.

Spraying Techniques

You also need to figure out the best way to actually operate the gun. Some people think they can just pull the trigger, hold it down, and wave the gun back and forth to cover the entire wall. If you do this, you will end up with an uneven finish. You will get much better results if you paint in short spurts. Always have the gun moving as you pull the trigger. A good technique is to extend your hand to one side of the body and then wave it across to the other side. Pull the trigger right as you start moving your hand, and then release it before you stop. Do the same as you wave your hand in the opposite direction. While you are doing this, it is also important to make sure you keep the gun equidistant from the wall.

As long as you do the prep work and get comfortable with spraying, your paint job will look professional and you won't have too much clean up.