The use of airless sprayers has increased significantly in recent years as they’ve become more competitively priced, thus bringing the many benefits to a much wider audience.
The use of an airless paint sprayer has long been proven to be a fast, practical and efficient way of painting a room, but now it is a cost-effective solution for a superior finish. Typically, it will be true that the preparation time will take a little longer, however the resulting short time in which it takes to apply the paint quickly & to a high finish, more than makes up for the time invested.
Airless Paint sprayers work by applying paint in a light directional mist and unlike brushes or rollers do not leaves the uneven finish, marks or dimples historically found with their usage. In addition, a thinner & more uniform covering of the paint applied saves material, as opposed to using a traditional brush and/or roller, meaning that the surface can be covered with less coats and therefore less paint is needed & savings can be made on materials.
The key to any great finish has always been & remains good preparation. Before starting the application of paint to any walls or ceilings it is vital to ensure that all surfaces to be painted have been made both smooth and clean, and particularly to ensure that all of the areas that you don’t want to paint are completely protected from the efforts ahead.
How to paint your walls with an airless paint sprayer
So now you are ready to start painting, here are the important steps to follow.
- Start by working nearest to the main light source of the room – typically this will be the largest window, and this will ensure that you are able to assess and check how even the paint coverage is at all times. Be careful to move the spray gun at a steady speed, that allows you to relax and take care, in a consistent up and down action upon the wall, taking care to ensure a consistent and uniform distance which should typically be 15 to 20cm from the wall. Take care also to ensure that each spray overlaps the previous spray, we’d suggest by about 30%, to give you the best standard of surface coverage. Once you have ensured that the wall has been covered by working vertically, it’s now time to re-coat the wall immediately, but this time by working horizontally, which will give a beautiful finish in a cross-coat pattern.
- The room’s corners & edges can now be sprayed quickly and easily by using a similar technique as used on the flat areas of the wall. And in addition because the surfaces which haven’t been painted, have been masked, there will be no need to have to ‘cut in’ around these before you start to spray.
- Once you have ensured that all of the walls have been completed, take care to ensure that you leave them sufficient time to dry following, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can. If additional coats are required, repeat the process until the desired finish that you seek has been is reached.
Once you have used an airless sprayer for the first time, and you gain confidence in the process, you’ll probably wish that you’d done so earlier, as the quality of finish & time saved will make the future use of rollers and brushes seem less of a certainty than before. All in all it’s a very rewarding experience most users have found, and far less complex than they ever thought.