the pressure regulated for ideal spray performance. Wagner Spray Tech offers a nice unit in the Control Spray Double Duty, which features a two-stage air turbine that’s built right into the
PRO TIPS FOR PAINT SPRAYER SUCCESS
When using a paint sprayer, always strain the paint or stain/sealer through a paint screen to keep solid particles out of the system. Avoid spraying in windy conditions, and use drop-cloths and handheld paint shields to protect surrounding areas. The adjustable tip of a sprayer gun enables a choice of spray patterns for either vertical or horizontal application. Adjust this according to your direction of motion to economize your paint and get the most from your coverage. When using an HVLP sprayer, keep the nozzle about 7 inches from the work surface. For airless sprayers, keep the nozzle 10-12 inches from the work surface. For any type of spray application, always hold it perpendicular to the wall surface, moving in even, overlapping coats. Don’t swing the nozzle back and forth over the surface, which will result in uneven application. Be thorough and patient, keeping the coat consistent but still thin. Do not apply a thick coat. Thick coats result is sags and runs, which is a mess to clean—and if the drips harden, you’ll have an ugly finish. For a thicker topcoat, apply successive thin coats after the under- coat has dried. Once the job is over, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and flushing the machine using the appropriate solvent. This is an absolutely critical step and ensures the paint sprayer will be properly stored without contaminants that gunk up the system, so it will be ready for the next job. When applying the paint, keep the HVLP sprayer nozzle about 7 inches from the work surface.