A Quick Guide To Choosing The Right Spray Equipment

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Spraying is the quickest way to paint different surfaces. Even though it requires considerable preparation and expertise, many people choose this method to achieve their painting goals. While painting technique matters the most, the equipment you use isn’t far behind.

Depending on your project, budget, and expertise, you can choose among the following sprayer types.

1) Airless Sprayer

These sprayers push paint out at high pressure to achieve even surface coating. Their advantages include:

  • Less waste since almost no paint stays in the air
  • Superior control thanks to the specifically designed spray tip
  • Lowers paint viscosity without solvents, which achieves uniform coverage without losing coating properties
  • Cutting costs due to low material waste

These sprayers are excellent for painting exterior and interior surfaces, such as fences and decks as well as ceilings and walls. They are also designed to work with thick paints, which isn’t the case with some other types.

2) Compressed Air Sprayer

Compressed air paint sprayer tools use compressed air to project a mist of tiny particles onto the surface. They are affordable, easy to use and don’t require much experience to deliver an excellent professional result. They can achieve fast and reliable painting coats for indoor and outdoor projects. The key disadvantage of a compressed air sprayer is that the output is hard to control – making them unsuitable for precision work. They are also noisy and somewhat wasteful compared to other types.

Opt for a compressed air sprayer if you have an easy painting task and don’t want to invest in a more advanced spray gun.

3) High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Sprayer

These spray guns dispense a high volume of paint using low pressure. As the paint moves slowly, less material is wasted and a smoother finish is achieved. These sprayers are excellent for interior painting.

The advantages of using an HVLP sprayer are:

  • Reduced waste and pollution
  • Ease of control
  • Portability

The disadvantages are comparatively high price and slow application.

Choosing Spray Equipment Accessories

If you have a special project in mind, you can go further to choose sprayer accessories. These include:

  • Stands to rest your arms during long painting jobs
  • Conditioners and protectants to extend the life of a sprayer
  • Extension rods to reach tough spots
  • Nozzles for different spray patterns and paint thickness

Should I Use A Sprayer? Evaluating Your Project

A sprayer is the most effective way to apply paint for many projects. However, it has a few limitations.

  • There should be a suitable spray area for the project.
  • You should have sufficient paint supply since sprayers use substantially more paint than brushes and rollers.
  • You must ensure furniture, tools, areas of wall and other spaces you don’t want painted are covered.
  • The area must be well ventilated.
  • Operators should always wear PPE.

At TA Paints, we have a wide choice of paints suitable for different types of sprayers. Give us a call to get free delivery on orders over £200.