When it comes to painting your home, many people tend to plump for the traditional method of using brushes and rollers and do not entertain the idea of spray painting them. However, airless spray painting can be good for domestic interior and exterior jobs both big and small.
It is often much easier than using a brush or a roller and is much more economical as well. However, before you decide to go ahead and paint, there are elements of airless spray painting that need your consideration.
Factors To Consider
Although airless spray painting is quicker because it covers a lot more ground in a short space of time than conventional painting and much more efficient on the level of paint you need as well, there is much to consider in term of what you need to spray paint because this will effect the materials you need.
For example, for smaller jobs, you will only need a one gallon can of paint, but for a larger job then you should invest in a five gallon can. The equipment will be the same for both, and it is easy to rent from hardware and decorating stores as well as specialist companies. It is easy to clean, use and maintain so there will not be any problems there.
After obtaining the equipment and deciding just how big the job actually is, invest in some safety equipment (goggles, facemask, overalls etc) and use the professional techniques that are outlined below to get started:
• Cover anything not to be paint up with plastic sheets, although you should move it out of the room where possible to prevent spay damage.
• Hold the gun in a comfortable grip and aim it directly at the surface. Take a few practice strokes before you begin. Be sure to figure out how you will hold and move the spray paint gun because any irregularities in your stroke will show up on the paint surface later.
• When you do pull the trigger, step with the stroke, meaning that if you move the gun to the left move with it, because the gun should always be kept a uniform distance away from the wall. You can move the gun up and down or side to side; just do not change motion or distance.
• Maintain a constant and consistent speed when spray painting. It should be relatively slow to ensure that coverage is full, and maintaining that speed will ensure even coverage throughout. However, never hesitate. If you feel that you have sped up then bring the speed back down again gradually to prevent sudden breaks in coverage as far as possible.
• Remember that pressing the trigger brings an automatic response from the spray painting gun so begin to move before you have even pressed it. Get into your rhythm and achieve full concentration before letting squeezing in order to begin on the right foot and prevent a build up in one particular area. Similarly, continue to move after you have finished pulling the trigger. That few seconds extra will prevent build up at the end!
• Always apply at least two coats because it is then possible to iron out any dips in coverage of the first time around. All strokes of the gun should overlap on both coats so as to avoid missing any places, and try to stand a little closer when applying the second coat so that you can be sure that there is a thick coat on there. When the second coat is applied and dried then step back and admire your handiwork! I guarantee that you would never go back to the brush and roller again!