Paint sprayers can be messy, so the first of our airless paint sprayer tips includes learning to cover things up! Keep in mind that anything, and I mean Anything, that is left exposed will get paint on it. If you cannot move all furniture out of the room in which you are painting, move it at least three feet away from the walls and cover completely with plastic or painters drop cloth.
If you do not want to remove light fixtures and switchplates, you will need to cover them with masking tape. Paintings and any other wall decor need to be taken out.
Test for Pressure
All airless paint sprayers work with pressure, so the next of our airless paint sprayer tips includes making sure the pressure of your rig is adjusted properly. Before you begin painting your room, turn the knob on your rig that controls the re-circulation of paint and allow it to run for two minutes.
Then, adjust the pressure knob to where, when you spray on a test piece cardboard or several thicknesses of laid-out newspaper, your spraying pattern is that of an even fan of paint with no thicker lines of paint at the edges. Twist the control knob one-quarter turn at a time until you reach the desired pressure.
There is a bit of an art to airless paint sprayers in terms of technique. Because of the way an airless sprayer works, emitting paint as soon as you pull the trigger, you need to begin the motion of your hand before you pull the trigger. And because paint continues to spray out after you release the trigger, do not stop your hand/arm movement when you release the trigger.
Continue following through with your painting movement until the paint actually stops coming out of the sprayer. Once you get accustomed to the timing of your own individual sprayer, this becomes second nature, and you will quickly develop a rhythm.
Start at Edges and Corners
Another thing you need to know about airless paint sprayer tips involves where to begin painting. Do the difficult, hard-to-get-at areas first. For instance, begin with the edges of the walls at the top corners and move your sprayer toward the middle of the room on your trigger-off motion. If you get too much paint in an area, simply spread it and smooth it out using a regular paintbrush.
After you have gotten next to windows, the corners, and all the other harder-to-paint areas, then go back and do the wide-open spaces of the walls and ceiling. Touch up any small areas you may have missed or not gotten enough paint on with a paintbrush. Wipe off any over-sprayed areas with a damp sponge (be sure and do this before the paint has had time to dry).
Keep it Clean
And finally, as the last of our airless paint sprayer tips, be sure and thoroughly clean the rig after you have finished your job. Nothing will gum up the works better than old, dried paint. Only a good flushing out with water as soon as you are finished painting will clean it properly. Follow the manufacturers directions and make cleaning your airless sprayer a religious habit after each and every project.