How to use a Paint Sprayer with Air Compressor

Painting any of your valuable objects might seems to be a difficult process if you only use a paint roller in your painting process. Rollers can’t just give you good coverage as compared to a paint sprayer and takes ample time but also leaves some marks on your walls which might not give it a fresh look.

Air compressors can be used for several things, but one thing that they can be really known is for when you need to do some paint spraying.

Using a paint sprayer with an air compressor for you painting objects is often a fairly basic component of most do it yourself paint task.

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This combination can help you cover more space at one time and can help you make it quite definite that you get a smooth coat of paint on your surface.

Learning to use a sprayer with a compressor is indeed an easy and basic thing but on the other hand just because something is basic or fundamental does not mean that understanding that it as self-apparent.

In this article, we come with the ultimate stepwise guide of using a paint sprayer with an air compressor, which can help you to not only achieve a professional paint job but also have a memorable experience of your life.

Read on for a guide

First, you should know how to actually connect an air compressor to a paint sprayer which is also an easy process. Although connecting an air compressor to a paint sprayer may seem to be complicated but believe us it is not. Just follow the steps

How to fix an Air Compressor to a Paint Sprayer?

  1. Identify the spot where the compressor might attach to your paint sprayer. It is usually on the bottom but still of you cant find, consult the manual.
  2. Attach a regulator before you connect the compressor.
  3. Connect the hose to the regulator.
  4. Turn on the air compressor
  5. Set your PSI on the regulator. To figure out what exact PSI the tool needs, it should tell you on the device itself.

Now, after that, let us discuss and move on to how to use a sprayer with an air compressor properly.

Get yourself Prepare

Before heading towards your paint, get some necessary preparations done first as you have to get a few things in order.

Get the right type of paint and paint thinner. These two things can be very important as most of the sprayers work best with oil-based paints, but you have the option of latex and acrylic paints as well, so you have to choose the colour which is required in your painting. On the other side, mixing your colour with an appropriate thinner will enable more colour to spray out of the sprayer and will help your paint job look better in the end.

After selecting the right paint and paint thinner, you have to tape off all the adjacent surfaces and areas which you don’t want to get contact with your paint sprayer.

Make sure that you have a smooth place where you have kept your paint as this can avoid spilling of that. Also wear a mask, safety glasses, and gloves so that you are completely safe and protected from any toxic fumes that are emitted from the paint.

Next, you have to use a tack cloth remove any sanding debris from your painting object and sand it to remove any uneven and bumpy areas. This will clean your surface completely.

Choosing the Right Paint Tools

Now that you can start painting with an air compressor and paint sprayer. You have to get the right paint sprayer as you there are many options and you might get confused, so get the sprayer which is best suited for you and your painting job.

Firstly you have an option of Siphon gun. This gun comes with a container that is hung under your gun body. These gun are well known by many of the DIYers but not considered as efficient as you may think. Siphon guns require a lot of pressure and also does not have good coverage and eventually you have to spend your more time painting. However, if you are dealing with some small objects, than Siphon is the best option that is being considered.

Next, you can also use a Gravity Gun, which is somehow similar to the siphon gun because it also stores the paint in its container. Still, the difference is gravity gun’s box is attached on the top of the gun instead of the bottom. This gun doesn’t require much pressure as the paint flows into the body of the gun because of gravity. The only downside we have reviewed is that you will need a special stand to refill the paint container.

Another good option that we have in the market is the Pressure Feed Gun. This includes a pressure pot that joins to the gun through its two hoses. The purpose of this hose is to atomize the paint and supply the paint to the gun. Since it has hose so its length can be varied, typically it is the most systematic type of gun that is being used by many DIYers.

Now Start Painting

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Now you are ready to paint. You have to directly attach the spray gun to the air hose and start the trigger-lock button by just pushing it. Remember to check that all of the hoses are connected to their respective sockets. After you are sure of this turn on the gun.

Adjust the pressure with the right PSI, and test the flow of your paint on small unwanted areas before heading towards the walls.

During painting your actual painting object, hold the gun about 6 to 10 inches away from it and keep moving the gun in n a smooth sweeping motion to avoid any chance of dripping.

Final Thoughts

See? This process is not much of a challenge. Painting with a sprayer attached with a compressor may seem to be a little daunting, but actually, it is much simpler than it first appears. Painting is an art that might seem like a hassle, but when you do your job with a sprayer and air compressor, the work becomes interesting.

This combination can turn any paint job into a professional piece of art if you follow the above tips and guidelines. And once you are used to of these two tools, the painting will surely become second nature to you.

Enjoy your sprayer! Happy painting!

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