How to Choose The Best Paint Sprayer 

If you have one or more larger surfaces to paint and want to paint them fast while not compromising on quality, it’s best if you start looking for a high quality paint sprayer. Most people though believe that paint sprayers are designed to spray paint only on surfaces made of wood, but that is not true. In fact, they can be used for painting many other types of objects and materials, including brick, masonry and of course, metal.

With so much versatility, you’ll probably wonder if there are actually specific things you need to look for in a paint sprayer before buying one and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about below.

Figure Out Your Needs

If you generally need to work on small scale projects, then a handheld paint sprayer is definitely the best option you can go with, since it will help you with projects that include painting fences and shutters. If you’d like to paint a thicker coat, such as elastomeric or waterproofing paints, then you’ll need to consider a different model.

Nozzles

The size of the nozzle is usually determined by the heaviness of the paint you want to use it with. As an example, if you want to shoot primer, then it’s best if you’d go for a paint spray that has a nozzle that’s at least one point eight millimeters in size. In general, the size of the nozzle ranges between one millimeter and two point two millimeters, but you’ll have a hard time finding a paint spray using anything outside one point two and two millimeters.

On the other hand, if you wish to use pearls, metallic paints and single stage paints, a smaller nozzle is more than recommended for such projects. With a smaller tip, the paint can be dispersed much easier and this will be visible in the final results.

Feeds

There are two types of feeds a paint sprayer can feature, including the siphon and the gravity feed. There is a lot of debate on which of these is better, but after a lot of research we discovered that going with the gravity feed means using less energy and you can use the paint in your tank up to the last drop. It’s true that this type of sprayer is a bit more expensive, but they’re great for painting in narrow spaces.

Volume

Stopping in the middle of the project just so you can refill the paint tank is not really something most people feel comfortable doing. Now it all depends on what you’re looking for: some people want small sprayers that can be handled and stored easily, but hold little paint, while others are fine with the opposite. In fact, I think that a paint sprayer right in the middle of these 2 in terms of paint tank size and weight would be perfect.

Price

At the end of the day, you also need to factor in the cost of the paint sprayer you want to get. The more affordable models usually clog faster and won’t really last you that long. The more expensive ones though feature a more solid build quality, more power and even some interesting extra features.

How to Clean A Paint Sprayer

It’s always better to use a paint sprayer if you need a better finish. It gives you faster results but remember to clean it inside out after use, coz that’s really important. Here are a few tips that help to clean your paint sprayer  given below:

  • You need to make sure that before you unplug the paint sprayer, you should spray all the paint that is caught between the system. You can unplug the sprayer afterwards and just press one more time to release the built in pressure.
  • You can dip the hose of the paint sprayer in a bucket full of water
  • After that you can point your spray gun into the paint bucket and pull the trigger.
  • You can allow the water and paint inside the sprayer to come out and continue the spraying process in a bucket till the water becomes clean and clear.  
  • By using a scissor or a knife, you can trim the bristles of the brush in one cm length.
  • You can pour some paint thinner or lacquer in a plastic mug or bucket.
  • You can take off all the spray gun parts and soak it in a lacquer or thinner
  • You can wear a good gloves and place some lacquer thinner on a clean cloth and rub off all the excess paint from the frame and body of the paint sprayer.
  • With the trimmed bristles of the brush you can clean off all the paint thoroughly  from the spray gun. 
  • Filter the used lacquer thinner with a clean cloth and put the used thinner back into the real container so that you can use it again.
  • You can tie plastic bags under the wheels of the paint sprayer (if you have) as it is often the difficult part to clean. It helps to prevent overspray.