How to Set Up A Paint Sprayer | Step by Step Tutorial

Set up electric paint sprayer

Paint sprayers are great to have when you are tasked to paint a home or room. Paint sprayers tend to accelerate the process of painting a home. Spraying paint with a paint sprayer will also leave behind a smooth and easy finish that cannot be possible with hand brushes and rollers.

Before you buy a paint sprayer for your home to painting project, it is important to understand that a lot of preparation and patience goes along with using a paint sprayer in the right ways. Here, we will show you how paint sprayers are set up, so that you can get to painting as soon as possible.

Here are the supplies you need to set up your paint sprayer:

  • Paint sprayer
  • Your paint
  • Newspapers
  • A hose
  • Cable ties
  • Cardboard
  • Two buckets, one for your paint and one for waste

Step 1: Prime the pump

Place the small prime tube that has come with your paint sprayer in the waste bucket, and place the larger suction tube in the paint bucket. Adjust the valve on the sprayer to the “prime” setting. Turn up the pressure valve until you hear the motor going, and then turn on the pump. When you see pant coming out of the prime tube, direct it into the paint bucket along with the suction tube.

Using a plastic cable tie, fasten the prime tube and suction tube together. Allow the pump to run for almost 30 seconds, or at least until you no longer see any air bubbles.

Once you prime the pump, you are ready to load the hose with your paint.

Step 2: Fill the hose and gun with your paint

Make sure to remove the guard and spray tip from the gun. Hold the gun above the waste bucket and pull the trigger down. Do not release this trigger. Adjust the valve to the “spray” setting. Release the trigger when you notice paint dispersing from the gun and into the waste bucket. Lock the trigger so that it will not spray any paint moving forward.

Loosely and carefully, screw the guard assembly onto the spray gun and position on the guard at 90 degrees, and set to the spray pattern that you desire.

Tighten and align the tip by rotating it until the arrow faces forward. Tighten the guard assembly until it is snug.

Step 3: Find the right pressure

Be sure that the switch is still set to “spray” and not “prime”. Try your paint out by spraying with your gun across a piece of cardboard, with the cardboard leaning against the wall or on a flat surface. Do not spray downward at cardboard on the ground.

Observe how smoothly the paint is being sprayed. Not enough pressure will result in a weak pattern, and too much pressure will blast too much paint and will wear out the nozzle. Be sure to adjust the pressure and tip well to get a steady and even stream of paint when you spray.

You would like to have a spray that shoots the paint out in a narrow, rectangular manner, making it easy to paint from left to right, or vice versa. If your gun is shooting out around, small stream, you will need to replace the tip.

From here, you are ready to spray any walls or doors that you need to color.

When painting a room, start from the top.

Get a ladder so you are able to reach the top of the wall, and spray so that the top of your stream of paint is almost touching the ceiling. To start, you will want to start spraying by first directing the gun into an open area, and then move the gun across the top of the wall, keeping it as directly pointing at the wall as possible.

Work your way down the wall by spraying another row underneath. Be sure that you overlap the area above you sprayed, so that you have a full coat of paint. Repeat this process until the wall is entirely painted.

When the paint dries, that is only the first coat. Sometimes, you will need a second and even a third coat of paint, in order to give it the color that you desire.

Things you should not do when spraying paint

Never spray paint at an angle that shoots the paint upward, downward, or to the side. By doing this, you limit the area of paint that reaches your walls. If you are painting a very high area of the wall, get a ladder in order to spray the top. If you need to paint the area close to the floor, crouch down in order to reach that area.

Another thing to consider is to not turn the gun upside down while spraying. Very little pressure, if any, will be utilized when pulling the trigger on your paint gun.

It is also important to not spray a wall from top to bottom. You will end up wasting more paint this way, and much of it will end up dripping down to your floors.

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Got any interesting insights to share? Let us know in the comments section below, and thank you for reading this article.

Garry Harris

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