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PAINT SPRAYERS - 5 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW!

Updated: Sep 15



Owning a paint sprayer is probably the most important tool a professional painter could own. It not only provides a smooth, adequate, & clean application that neither a brush nor roller could provide, but it makes things a whole lot more efficient


Before purchasing one here are five tips that you should know before handling a paint sprayer:


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1 - Know the type of sprayer you are purchasing

There are 5 variations of paint sprayers on the market currently. Each gun comes with its own specific purpose, you must be able to identify which is best suited for your needs and proceed accordingly.

  • LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure)

  • HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure)

  • Airless

  • Compressed Air

  • Gravity Feed


2 - Components / Parts to a paint sprayer


There are multiple components established in a paint sprayer, it is important to know each part specifically for maintenance purposes. Depending on the type of sprayer you've purchased you may have or may not have some of these components. Either way, it is important that you are able to identify these parts for the proper cleanliness & upkeep of your machine so it runs smoothly and for a long time. Some components include:

  • Airhead

  • Flow Regulator

  • Nozzle

  • Tank

  • Plunger Rod

  • Trigger

  • Valves

  • Fluid Inlet


3 - Types of Surfaces you can use a sprayer on

With a sprayer, there are definitely not many things that you couldn't get paint on. Remember to always prep properly so that your finish coat always comes out smooth & flawless, lasting a long time. Depending on exactly what's being painted & the type of paint being used you may get a different finish than other surfaces.

  • Ceramic

  • Drywall

  • Fabric

  • Metal

  • Vynil

  • Wood


4 - Handling a paint sprayer

Our main concern while handling a sprayer is to limit the amount of overspray caused while we are using the machine. Ideally, you should have properly prepped the work area to protect all surfaces that we do not want paint & overspray to get on. While beginning, hold the spray gun at a 45-degree angle & maintain a 6 - 8 inch distance between the spray gun & the surface being painted at all times. This limits drippage, overspray, & accidentally applying too much paint on one spot. Try to refrain from using a swinging motion while spraying, instead, try motioning from left to right / up & down, continuously while applying the product for a flush finish. Do not rush, get accustomed to the movements, and use your whole body while motioning out the movements, not just your arms


5 - Cleaning

Cleaning isn't as bad as you think it is. Most of the spray machines these days come with a built-in pump filtration system. Just follow the directions made specifically made for your model sprayer and you should be good to go. This makes for an easy clean up so all you really need is water, the whole process takes about 15 minutes, just make sure you get all of the paint out. Some alcohol should help clean the exterior of the machine if you've happened to get some overspray on it.


For all of our residential projects our company specifically uses the Graco Ultra Max II 490 PC Pro Electric Airless Paint Sprayer, Stand 17E852. This is a great sprayer for residential work and anyone who's just starting out in the painting business. With the right tips, I can get the walls, ceilings, baseboards, trim & even precision work done like cabinets, railings, chimneys, & shelving. This one does include the built-in pump filtration system so clean up is fairly easy for us. To purchase the Graco Ultra Max II 490 PC Pro Electric Airless Paint Sprayer from Amazon click on the link below or any of the images on this post


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