When to use a sprayer: the complete guide to spray-painting!

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They say a workman is only as good as his tools. Well, when it comes to painting, this statement couldn’t be truer. As professionals will tell you, the tools you use can either make or break your project. Some designs look better when painted by a brush, while others come out best when spray-painted.

With that, you might say that the secret to achieving great work is knowing which tool works best for your particular need. In this guide, we shall focus on the sprayer, seeing where it applies and how to apply it for the best result.

Spray painting may very well be the fastest way to get the job done. On top of that, it is good at reaching the inner spots where the brush can’t. However, spraying is also relatively messy, and therefore only ideal in certain situations.

You can use a sprayer if:

The interior room is empty

As we’ve mentioned, spraying can be pretty messy, and for this reason, you have to mask everything you don’t want the paint to reach. For this reason, if the room is empty or in its early stages of building, it presents the perfect situation for spraying.

Here, you only have to mask off some key areas like electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures and windows.

When you are working with detailed or textured surfaces

One of the greatest benefits of using a sprayer to paint is that it works its way into the thinnest crevices and holes on the wall. And this makes it especially good for complex textures like those on crown moldings, cottage cheese ceilings or deep, rough exterior textures. Brushing such textures often results in drips and untouched spots.

When painting plain exteriors

Spraying can also be perfect for when your exterior is free from any heavy furniture, decking, or fixtures that would otherwise need to be removed beforehand. This basically means that any preparation time has been eliminated. You don’t need to mask any objects either. Simply fill your sprayer with that good paint and spray away.

Factors to consider when spray-painting

By now, you know the ideal situation to spray paint. However, there are still a few conditions you have to meet to get the best results from spray-painting.

Whether you plan to use Airless piston pumps, HVLP (high volume low pressure), or Air assisted sprayers; here are a few things you should keep in mind to get a flawless experience:

The temperature

The ideal temperature for spray-painting is between 45 – 75 degrees. You want to avoid cold temperatures at all costs.  If it is too cold, the paint might quickly dry inside the gun, causing it to clog. Cold temperatures might also prevent the paint from properly bonding as you spray it.

Protective gear

Paint has fumes that can be toxic if they get to your lungs or eyes. Before starting a job, always ensure that the place is well ventilated, and you have protective clothing on. This includes a proper face mask and a pair of protective goggles.

Use Drop Cloths & Sheeting

To alleviate the mess, make sure that you cover all surfaces that are not being sprayed. For this, you can use drop cloths or plastic sheeting.

Move away rugs and furniture

To avoid splashing over other items, move all the furniture and rugs out of the room being painted. You can also keep them at the center of the room and cover them with a plastic sheet. This should give you enough room to move around and work freely.


Overall, a sprayer is a magnificent tool for painting, but as you’ve seen, it can also be disastrous if not managed well. If you are completely new to spray-painting, it is always recommended that you consult a professional before anything.

Some technical skills like adjusting the nozzle or the uniform distribution of the paint on the wall might need an expert opinion to get it right. In some cases, you may need to finish up with a brush to even it out.

If you have any questions or need professional painting services, feel free to contact us at Painter Bros, and let us take care of it.