When it comes to using a paint sprayer, there are some factors that affect the finish. Is the paint too thin, is it too thick, or is it even the right kind of paint? The hassle of a paint sprayer is usually the reason why people use spray cans instead, but you have to remember that if you’re using spray cans you must store them safely. Just one knock or a sudden rise in temperature can cause a spray can to burst, sending high-velocity shrapnel everywhere, including towards you. Whilst you can get a spray can safety cabinet from somewhere like Storemasta, I’ll be sticking to my good old paint sprayer.
Today I am going to share with you my method for tackling the “is the paint too thick?” question.
This solution is all based on my need to find an answer to the above question for myself. My sprayer was not working right, or so I thought. The paint was coming out of the head in little drops instead of a fine even spray. In true DIY fashion, I tried to find a solution and this is the one that worked the best for me. (Good thing it was the paint. I love my paint sprayer)
*This method will only work with latex paint. It will not work with oil-based paints*
These are all the supplies I used for this project:
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- Paint Sprayer
- Latex Paint
- Mixing Cup
- Jug with Water
- Paint Can Opener
- Stirring Stick
- Funnel (Most paint sprayers will come with this)
Open your can of paint and pour some into your mixing cup. This amount depends on the job you are spraying. For reference, I sprayed a coffee table base white with three coats and only filled up half of a quart-sized mixing cup.
Slowly start to add water to your paint and stir thoroughly. The water needs to completely mix with the paint. I only poured a small amount at a time into the mixing cup with the paint.
Using the funnel, test out the paint to see if it is thin enough. Every paint sprayer should have a time at which the paint should flow through the funnel until empty. You can find information like this in the owners manual. If you no longer have the manual, check out the manufacturer’s website. The sprayer I have has a stated time of 25-45 seconds. I tested it once and it was still too thick, so I added more water. Repeat the steps until you have your desired thickness.
Although this may seem like a hassle to deal with when using a paint sprayer, the time it takes is definitely worth it. When a paint sprayer is used on wood, the paint goes on smoother, the paint dries faster, and it just looks better. Anybody here hate brush strokes?
I hope this helps you out if there is a painting project you want to tackle. Be sure to check back every Tuesday for other tips and tricks posts!
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