Last Updated: September 30, 2020
Spray paint nozzle tips eventually wear out over time, especially the more you use them. Caring for a tip will increase its longevity. You will notice that a tip is wearing out when the spray changes from a tight fan to a loose circle.
Selecting the correct tip and size for the job at hand is essential for ease of use and to end up with a quality finish. Many spray guns will have interchangeable tips, though it is wise to follow manufacturer recommendations for sizes to use with your specific paint gun.
This article will go over how to find the right nozzle for a paint sprayer by briefly describing the two sprayer types, how to decipher the numbers on the tips, and considerations to keep in mind when looking to buy new spray paint nozzles.
Using a specialized nozzle can help you paint a variety of objects, such as cabinets, doors, fences, chairs, and decks, to name a few. The only thing to remember is that you won’t want to use the same size of nozzle for every project.
Each tip will have a plastic handle that is color-coded (most companies will have a color-coded compatibility guide for reference). The three numbers on the tip will tell you fan width and orifice size. For example, with the number 415, the four represents the fan size and the 15 tells you how big the opening is (measured in thousands, so it would be .015 inches). Orifice size is related to how many gallons per minute (GPM) of paint will pass through the tip.
If you use the wrong tip with the wrong paint, you may have to deal with a clogged nozzle or the nozzle could even become damaged.
Some nozzles are universal and can be used with different models, but you do need to know is what is recommended for your particular sprayer. Using the right tip for the job will increase your chances of ending up with a professional-appearing finish.
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David Janus is the founder and CEO of Paint Sprayer Magazine. He has over two decades of experience in the spray paint industry and still enjoys writing about new products and technologies.
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