Painting With a Sprayer

This story shows you how to use a paint sprayer.

Step 1

Some sprayers come with a cup to test the viscosity of the paint (to make sure it will spray correctly). Follow the manufacturer's instructions to test and thin the paint to the proper specifications.

Step 2

Load the paint into the sprayer reservoir and make test patterns on a scrap board, adjusting the nozzle (or changing nozzle sizes) to get the proper paint flow and application speed that results in the right coverage (not too thick or thin).

Step 3

Start the paint flow off the edge of the surface you're painting and move the gun at an even speed in overlapping passes. Release the trigger only after the gun has passed the opposite edge of the painted surface. Apply paint in several thin coats.

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