Want to renovate or fresh your old paint? Let me tell you that the trend has changed over the years of getting your home painted by workers that requires days to wait and huge amounts of money that goes to workers.
Now, people are getting into spray guns and relying on themselves to do their tasks. This helps you save your valuables, both time and money. Once you know the art of painting, you will ace it through your skills. While air compressors are not used with spray guns as much as other tools, still the hype is for real.
Air compressors are designed in a way to work with multiple devices, as they have a power source to build pressure in it which directly associates itself with the spray gun. With that said, we are going to talk about how to use this spray gun after knowing its value in a step-by-step guide.
How to use a spray gun with an air compressor – Step by step guide.
Before getting into the detailed, step by step guide, let’s get a bit familiar with the construction. You can easily setup and use an air compressor with the spray gun, connect the spray gun with the hose and fit it so that it doesn’t get loosened. After that, turn on the gun, it will allow you to begin the machine after all of your apparatus is prepared.
1. Choose your tool and the surface:
First thing first, you need to choose the right tool for your task or job. By right tool, we mean to have the appropriate size of the tool that will fit your need. You need to think about the
- Size of the work
- The coating medium that you will be using.
- Type of finish that you will require before you begin.
It is important to check that the paint sprayer you are using has the hose that is designed for it. To connect the spray gun to the sprayer, first draw back the metal ring, then insert the spray gun, and then let the metal ring go back into its original position and you are done.
Adding one more point here, with its sizing you must ensure that the compressor is capable of generating the amount of pressure and CFM that it will require while working.
2. Getting the surface ready for application:
It is especially crucial to keep this in mind when working on larger projects, such as refinishing an automobile. There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of a painting process, and then realizing that you forgot to tape off a spot, that’s what I mean by getting the surface all ready before starting the process.
Also, to take all the precautionary measure here is some stuff to do before:
- Place a drop cloth.
- A large number of newspapers, or painter’s paper down first.
- Large pieces of cardboard perform quite well for this purpose.
3. Getting the paint ready:
Before using the paint sprayer, the majority of air compressor models require the paint to be watered down. If this is not avoided, the sprayer will quickly get clogged and difficult to use. After you have diluted the paint, you need to:
- Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed before using it.
- Cover the paint reservoir of your paint sprayer with cheesecloth or a filter before pouring paint into it.
This will help prevent your paint sprayer from being clogged. This eliminates microscopic particles from your paint that, if left behind, could cause your sprayer to become clogged.
4. Modify the Spray Pattern as necessary:
The least talked about and the most critical step in using a spray gun for an air compressor is modifying the spray patterns or angles. Basically, most of the spray guns has a nozzle built in that you can rotate easily to various angles/directions.
It can be any such as; vertical, horizontal and even circular. Now, it depends on you and the work you want to do with it, which one is best suitable for you.
5. Bringing Your Project to a Successful End:
To end your spray gun project, we will need to go through some essential steps to make sure that everything is perfect and to make sure that the compressor is well maintained.
At first, turning off the compressor and essentially plugging it off too, most people neglect things that end up in hazardous conditions. After that, you must remove the paint cup from its holder.
In this situation, if there is paint left that is not used and you want to keep paint that has been diluted, you can put the liquid in the gun container if it has a storage lid on it, otherwise you can cover it.
Furthermore, after doing the above-mentioned stuff you must clean the nozzle of the spray gun that is attached to the air compressor. Depending on the kind of paint being applied, some professionals will flush the system with water.
- Now, depending on the kind of paint you’re working with, adjusting the PSI will result in a different finish.
- The weight of the gun is another factor to consider because it will have an impact not only on your movement but also on the motion of the spray.
Last but not the least, if you follow these steps in order, you will be able to coat with a uniform coating of paint when you are finished.
It’s not necessary to have a compressor that was made specifically for painting. As long as it can give the gun the right amount of pressure, it will work fine.
So, if you already have one of these machines for other tools like nail guns, impact wrenches, or power drivers, all you need to complete the set is the gun itself.
So far, I’ve discussed air compressors, the most vital and easy use is a spray gun that you can do in a matter of minutes, and I hope you have a better idea about it too.