Most People Make These 10 Paint Spraying Mistakes

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  • Detaching the connector hose from the compressor too early – It’s wrong to disconnect the hose while your air compressor is still charging. Doing so will allow the compressed air to harm you by going around and hitting you. Paint may even be scattered all over the place! That’s the worst case scenario.
  • Not cleaning the paint sprayer – This is a huge mistake! Leaving your sprayer messy and sticky is disadvantageous for you the next time you need to use it. Always clean it after use to prevent dirt from making an abode in your sprayer.
  • Applying uneven strokes – This happens when your hand movement isn’t the same for every pass. This condition can also be called oversaturation. And that doesn’t look good on any surface. It’s important to overlap new paint with old paint when you’re making another stroke to prevent “thin lines” from appearing, but don’t overlap too much, half an inch or less would be sufficient. Uneven coats can also be caused by staying in one spot only while spraying. You should move the paint line along to get consistent coats. Or else paint will look too thin or too thin in some areas.
  • Over spraying – Beginners usually make this mistake. So what should you do? Examine the nozzle for better control, practice spraying on a scrap board first, and cover items you want to protect from paint. Make use of plastic, cloth, and thick newspapers when for protection.
  • Using the wrong nozzle – This is a mistake so avoidable you just have to be obedient enough to evade it. Every paint sprayer comes with its own nozzle so use what’s provided! It’s that simple. Doing so will you give a smooth finish.
  • Using old, old paint – Using old paint right after you open the can will clog your sprayer. You need to strain it to remove any lumps or other foreign matter that might have made its home inside the paint. If, however, after straining twice or thrice, the lumps are still too many to even count, buy a new paint instead.
  • Using thick paint – Not diluting your paint will thicken your paint. And that’s bad news because paint sprayers sometimes don’t work well with thick paint especially if it’s oil-based or latex. Avoid this mistake by reading the manual on how to properly dilute the paint. If you use thick paint, it will clog the paint sprayer and give you the worst painting you’ve ever seen. Now if you’re going to be latex painting, we highly recommend that you read our buying guide for latex paint sprayers.
  • Spraying too close to the surface – Don’t spray too close otherwise the paint won’t be even. Remember to keep a distance of at least eight to 12 inches from the nozzle to the surface.
  • Not waiting for the paint to completely dry – Not all paint dries rapidly. Make sure you allot at least 24 hours before using the item or applying the second coat. If you don’t, I assure you, you’ll be surprised by how ugly the paint job will be.
  • Not priming the hose thoroughly – If you don’t prime the hose before you use it, it will cause paint splatters and ruin the surface.

With a great paint sprayer you are less likely to make the mistakes above. Check out our top 5 paint sprayer picks here to get started.