How To Paint a House With a Spray Gun

By on July 10, 2017
Painting a House with a Spray Gun

How to paint a house with a spray gun whether it’s a weekend project or a just a short-term project, there are a few things necessary to know. In order to successfully paint a house a list of suggested tools and equipment should be looked over beginning the process. These items may be laying around in your garage, but you may have to make a trip to your local paint or hardware store.

Suggested Tools & Equipment:

  • Paint Sprayer
  • Paint or Stain
  • Spray tips
  • Safety and protection equipment: safety glasses, dust mask/respirator, spray sock or hat to cover head
  • Large empty buckets
  • Stir sticks
  • Tarps, drop cloth or plastic sheeting
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush for spots the sprayer can’t reach
  • Additional airless hose
Man spray gunning his wooden boards

Preparing the Area for Painting
In order to prepare the area for spraying a bit of moving and rearranging furniture is required. Move all furniture or any items to an area that is safe from the spraying. Be sure to allow plenty of space for tools and equipment in the room or on the exterior of the house. Be sure to tape off of the trim on the exterior, if you are painting outside or the molding and decorative trim on the interior of the home, if you are painting indoors. Remove any dirt or dust from the area with your household cleaning supplies. If painting outdoors, uses a pressure washer and an exterior grade cleaning solution to wash the area that is going to be painted. Think ahead, this drying of the area may take longer than expected due to the weather conditions. Ensure enough time is set aside for an ample amount of time for the surface to dry. Look for damaged areas in the wall or siding of the house. Repair the nail holes, damaged trim with caulking or painter’s putty.

Spraying
Select the sprayer tip that is appropriate for the area and the type of paint that is being used. A guide to picking the appropriate spray tip for the job is shown on Portland Compressors’ website: Spray Tip Information. Before spraying, ensure that you mix the paint in an empty 5-gallon container to ensure the consistent flow of color. Be sure to work in comfortable sections and not to take on too much at a time. Ensure that you keep the spray tip at least a foot from the surface being spray. First, outline the area that you are going to spray and then fill in. Be sure that you take into account which way the features of the room or exterior parts of the building are placed to identify which way to spray.

Cleaning Up
Allow ample amount of time for the paint to dry before removing the tape from trimmed areas. Remove the coverings from the area: indoors: flooring, doorways; outdoors: shrubs, decking. Clean sprayer tips and follow instructions for properly cleaning the tools required for the job. Empty the paint from the paint sprayer after every use to prevent future issues.

Enjoy your newly painted area!