Airless paint sprayers can make painting a wall much easier and take less time. There are some tips that can help make using the sprayer and cleaning up afterward much more effective, especially to a new user of the machine. Keep in mind that it is a high-pressure tool that needs to be used with caution.
Coverage
• When using airless sprayers, there is often overspray due to the high pressure. Cover everything that is not meant to be painted with plastic. All your floors, furniture, and light fixtures need to be protected so no paint will get on them. Also, use painter’s tape on areas like your baseboards, doors and windows.
Pressure and Movement
• Maintaining even pressure and arm movement will create an even coat on the wall. Getting different tips for your sprayer will make a difference in the pressure. If a smaller area is being painted, move your arm in a line back and forth. If it is a larger area, use a wide fan-like motion. Should the paint be uneven, go back over it with a paintbrush. When the trigger is release on the sprayer, the paint does not stop flowing immediately, so keep your arm moving past the wall or edge of the object your are painting.
Practice
• Practicing is very important with airless spray painters. Get used to the pressure before you begin working. Also, it is a smart idea to experiment with which tips you think will work best for your job. Some machines allow you to adjust the amount of pressure that is released, so play around with that until you are satisfied. Use pieces of scrap wood, cardboard or layers of newspaper when practicing.
Cleaning
• Cleaning the airless spray painter immediately after use ensures that you can use it again. An effective way to do this is to run a cleaner through it. For example, if you used water-based paint then run water through the sprayer. If you used an oil-based paint, you are going to need to run something with paint thinner or other cleaning materials through it. Make sure your sprayer and area will not be damaged by these chemicals.