When painting a large area, the thought of getting out the paintbrush or roller and doing all of that work can be daunting. Fortunately, there is an easier way to get the job done: Use a paint sprayer.
Spray paint isn’t just for graffiti. When used constructively, it can cover entire walls or renew damaged areas on cars. It can also be used for smaller projects like repainting mailboxes or refinishing lawn chairs.
For small projects, canned spray paint is usually the most cost-effective option. The sprayer is part of the can, so there is no need to get any special equipment. These cans, however, aren’t good for large projects. It would take a hundred cans or more to cover the surface area of a wall or other massive expanse.
When it comes time to paint that wall or large piece of furniture, it can be done quickly by using a paint sprayer, see review on the topic here. This type of sprayer isn’t attached to a single-use can of paint. Instead, it has a refillable reservoir that the paint is added to. When the paint runs out, simply refill the bottle and keep going.
The appearance of a properly-sprayed surface is smooth and professional. There are no brush or roller marks to mar the finish. There is also no need to worry about getting bristles or roller fibers stuck into the paint and ruining its flawless surface.
Since the paint colors can be mixed right in the bottle, it’s much easier to match new paint with already-existing finishes. To ensure the correctness of the match, a small area should be painted before continuing to the rest of the wall. Allow the new paint to dry to see its ultimate color.
Sprayers can handle more than one kind of paint. Some can work with stain, varnish, deck sealant and other such coatings as well. Certain sprayers are better with some types of coatings than others.
For a powerful general purpose sprayer, try a piston pump sprayer. These are best for exterior house painting. Maintenance is a bit more complicated than with other sprayer types, but they get the job done fast. They are on the expensive side, so if the paint job is a one-time effort, it’s best to rent one instead of buying.
If an air compressor is available, a compressor gun is a possibility. These aren’t good for use in open areas, but they’re great for furniture and other items that can be placed inside of a sprayer booth. These are not able to handle thick paint.
High volume, low pressure (HVLP) sprayers are good for interior areas. They only have about 3-10 psi, so they have little overspray. Thick paint will need to be thinned in order to work with them. They’re recommended for doors, interior trim and cabinets.
No matter which type of sprayer is chosen, the area will need to be prepared before use. Along with normal painting preparation, cover up the entire surrounding area to prevent the overspray from getting onto things meant to be left unpainted. Since the paint will be ejected in particles small enough to inhale, sprayer operators also need to protect themselves. A respirator will need to be worn. To keep the paint off of the skin and out of the eyes, wear goggles, a hood, and a painter’s suit as well.