When you think of painting your house with a sprayer, a thought comes in your mind that you will save a lot of time and effort. Maybe you are right, but if you prepare wisely you may end up consuming more time in cleaning the mess you have created. Not only that you can affect your health as paint is toxic. In the case of sprayers, you can inhale paint fumes, unknowingly and suffer later. Follow these tips to protect your house and yourself. But also get flawlessly painted walls.
Protection from over sparing
Make sure to protect your floor it with a fabric sheet, drop cloth, or a huge piece of cardboard. Whatever you make use of doesn’t necessitate to be very thick as the overspray paint won’t possibly soak through, but it does have to be big enough to protect a decent area of the floor. Also, keep enough rags on hand to quickly clean up any spots. You will possibly get a little messy, so the better prepared you are, the less damage you will do.
It’s not only painting clothes that you need to wear while using a paint sprayer. Spray paint is toxic, and cheap masks don’t offer a great deal when it comes to protection. The best way to avoid incurable brain damage is to use an activated carbon mask—more expensive, but worth the buying. Make sure that you protect as most of your skin as possible while painting. It’s better to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and close-toed shoes or boots. You can avoid paint from blowing back into your eyes with protective goggles. Don’t forget your thick rubber gloves.
Prepare the walls
One of the first things to do while preparing walls for paint is to take away any objects or decorations that you have on the walls. Another key step in the process for preparing your walls for painting is to shield your outlet and switch covers. It is simple to forget that these are even present when you look at them every day. However, they are still there and unless you want to risk getting paint all over them you are supposed to protect them. The simplest way to do this is to use strips of painter’s tape over the entire cover. If your walls have any tears, dents or holes you will need to patch them up before you start painting. Fortunately, in most cases, this is a simple process. You possibly will need to apply multiple layers of plasters depending on the extent of the tear or depth of the dent. After doing that sand the uneven area and you are ready to start spraying.
Use the right Technique
You simply can’t just hook the sprayer up to the paint and start painting. Painting with a sprayer needs a little practice. Try perfecting your performance on cardboard. After you’re sure you can offer nice even coverage, you can move on to painting the walls. Begin moving the gun before you start spraying and keep the gun moving in long, immediate strokes. Sprayers apply paint rapidly, so you must use this technique to get a smooth coat that doesn’t run.
Don’t spray-paint when the atmosphere temperature is below 45 degrees or above 75 degrees. Don’t spray-paint in direct sunlight, also. Excessive heat dries the paint too fast, and it won’t bond well. If it’s too cold, the paint dries too at a snail’s pace attracting bugs and dirt, and the gun is more likely to clog. Not to mention paint is highly flammable keep it away from the fire.