Mistakes to Avoid When Spraying Paint

Exterior Painting | July 26, 2022

While spraying is an effective and efficient method for applying paint, it is not as simple or easy as it may appear. To ensure proper paint coverage and lasting results, several steps need to be taken before and during the spraying process. As a leading provider of complete interior and exterior painting solutions, the team at Dunbar Painting knows how important it is to get the job done right. That is why we have compiled a list of mistakes to avoid when spraying paint to help you maintain a high level of quality or determine if you need to hire a professional to complete your project.

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3 Common Mistakes When Spraying Paint and How to Avoid Them

When spraying paint for your project, it is crucial to be aware of the following mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Improper/Insufficient Prep

Failure to apply tape and other protective elements like tarps before starting the spraying process can result in paint on surfaces like windows, roofs, trim, and floors. That is why it is crucial to ensure that you take the time to cover these surfaces and ensure that their protective elements are secure. In some cases, you may also need to clean and/or sand the surface(s) you wish to paint, especially if they are particularly greasy or damaged. In addition to effective masking and surface prep, you should confirm that the weather is suitable for spraying paint. For example, if it is extremely windy or humid, it may be best to wait until another day.

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2. Not Cleaning or Inspecting the Spray Gun

Spray guns and nozzles must be regularly cleaned and inspected to ensure optimal performance. Failure to clean your equipment can cause uneven spraying or “spitting”, drastically reducing the quality of the coverage. After cleaning and inspecting the spray gun, be sure to conduct a spot test to ensure that the paint is spraying evenly and at the correct pressure. This will also help you determine how close to hold the sprayer to the surface, making it a vital step.

3. Incorrect Pressure and Spray Tip

When it comes to spraying paint, it is crucial to ensure that the sprayer pressure and tip are suitable for the viscosity of the product and the surface that needs to be painted. Choosing the wrong pressure and spray tip for the product can result in a spray that is too light or too heavy, increasing the risk of paint blobs, dripping, smudges, and an “orange peel” finish. Be sure to reference all documentation and instructions for the sprayer to ensure that you are using the correct pressure and tip for the job.

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To learn more about our painting services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.

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