If you haven’t ever used a paint sprayer, you would be surprised at how much more quickly you can accomplish a project. Airless paint sprayers use an electric pump that provides a uniform finish and they are portable, so they can be used for indoor or outdoor painting projects. The prep and cleanup is a bit challenging, but once you are familiar with the procedure, it goes pretty quickly.

For beginners, there are instruction manuals but you can always search online for sites that help get you started. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this post from Dummies.com gives some great tips for using a paint sprayer:

How to Paint with a Sprayer – dummies

Don’t spray-paint when the air temperature is below 45 degrees or above 75 degrees. Don’t spray-paint in direct sunlight, either. Too much heat dries the paint too fast, and it won’t bond well. If it’s too cold, the paint dries too slowly, attracting bugs and dirt, and the gun is more likely to clog.

Paint Spray Gun

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Before you rent a sprayer do your prep work,

  • Clear the work area of tripping hazards or objects that may snag the sprayer hoses.
  • Protect nearby surfaces, such as windows, trim, and floors. In most cases, you want to mask off or cover these areas with dropcloths.
  • Always stir paint well and then strain it to prevent clogs in the tip or at any internal filters. Clogging is the number-one complaint about spray-painting.

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You can rent a paint sprayer from paint stores or rental shops for less than $100, but you can buy one for not much more.  Of course, buying a paint sprayer can be confusing as there are tons of options. The following video gives their take on the top paint sprayers you can purchase in 2017:

As with anything in life, there are always advantages as well as disadvantages. As mentioned above, cleaning up a paint sprayer isn’t easy, but neither is cleaning up paint brushes or rollers. There is a step-by-step process to follow when you are finished using the sprayer unless you are planning to use it again in the very near future.

The big issue is that some of the paint is lost due to the fine drift that floats through the air. When indoors, it is critical to wear a mask and tape off everything you want to protect. When outdoors, you need to have a pretty calm day so you don’t get paint on plants or windows.  This article from The Family Handyman offers the downside to using a paint sprayer:

Painting With an Airless Sprayer | The Family Handyman

But before you get too excited about the benefits of spray painting, there are a few drawbacks to consider.

Spray Gun Paint

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First, the fine particles of paint don’t all stick to the surface. A large percentage of the paint ends up in the air, where it can drift and settle onto everything in sight. This means you’ll be wasting 20 to 40 percent of the finish, depending on the application. You’ll also have to take extra time to mask off and cover up everything you want to keep paint free. Outdoor painting is especially risky. Overspray can end up on your shrubs or roof, or drift with the wind onto your neighbor’s car.

The other downside is the extra time it takes to flush the paint from the pump and hose and clean up the spray gun. If you’re using your own sprayer, rather than a rental unit, you’ll also have to clean the filters and install special storage fluid. And if you’re spraying oil-based products, you’ll have to store or recycle a gallon or two of used solvents left over from the cleaning process. But despite these disadvantages, an airless can save you a lot of time on big paint jobs and allow you to get a finish that’s nearly impossible to get with a brush.

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On a side note, when storing a paint sprayer for long periods of time, you need to purchase what is basically antifreeze combined with lubrication fluid to protect the sprayer from corrosion and freezing. This way you’ll be assured that your paint sprayer will start up for the next use.