We’ve received so many questions about our Wagner Paint Sprayer that we decided we needed to dedicate a series of posts on how to use a paint sprayer to refinish furniture. I could never go back to brushing our paint on all of the pieces we refinish. Not only does it make painting easier and faster, it also creates that smooth even finish you see in stores.
Today we’re showing you how to use the sprayer.
Each sprayer is different in it’s controls and features, so we’re just going over the basics of what we look for when spraying.
Spraying furniture is an art, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 😉
It can be a little nerve wracking to start spraying for the first time. There are so many things to keep your eyes on as you spray to make sure you get the best results.
Before we start spraying, we always spray a little bit on the plastic or buckets; basically anything that we don’t mind getting some paint on.
We look to see how much is coming out as well as what pattern the paint is coming out in. Some days I like spraying in an up and down pattern, while other days I choose to spray side to side.
It also depends on the piece and what part of the piece I am spraying.
First I make sure the paint flow is coming out at the right speed. I don’t want too much or too little coming out.
On my paint sprayer there is a little knob by the trigger that adjusts the amount that will spray out. If too much paint comes out at once you’ll end up with drips, if too little comes out, you will be wasting precious time and end up frustrated.
Next I check to see the pattern of the stream. On this spray gun there are 3 options. Vertical, horizontal or round spray.
Depending on the area I’m spraying, I choose either vertical or horizontal. If I want to spray side to side I put it on vertical, and if I am spraying up and down I put it on horizontal.
You can also leave it on the round spray, but I find that the round spray doesn’t cover as much area as I like it to.
Once the controls are adjusted to your preference, it’s time to start spraying. When spraying start off the edge, pull the trigger and go completely across the piece to the other side.
Make sure you’re past the edge before turning around and going back across. If you’re still spraying the piece of furniture when you make a u-turn with your gun, you double spray that exact area, which leads to potential runs.
While spraying across the piece, it is best to over lap each pass a bit. Otherwise the finish tends to be uneven, with some places painted completely while others just get a mist of the spray.
|From the Wagner Owner’s Manual|
I hold the paint sprayer about 5-6″ away from the piece and hold the sprayer straight while I move across the piece.
Bending the wrist ends up with heavier paint in some spots, and lighter paint in others.
Once I get my base coat on, I work on getting into all of the details on the piece. This usually means I’m bending my wrist more and holding the gun at an angle.
I like to spray the furniture from every direction (the spray gun pointing straight, up, down, to the left and to the right). That way I make sure to get into every detail on the piece.
It’s always best to spray less paint to prevent puddles and drips, especially until you get used to painting with a spray gun.
If you do happen to get drips and puddles, quickly and lightly brush that area before any paint drys.
It’s better to have a small brush mark than to have a large drip running down a piece of furniture. And usually the brush marks get covered by the next coat of paint.
If the piece has drawers, I usually start with the drawers all closed. After the whole piece has full coverage, I open the drawers to touch up the places that didn’t get paint.
The first few times using a paint sprayer can be intimidating and even difficult. But after a little bit of time spent getting to know the gun and thin paint you’ll be an old pro!
Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to help you overcome you’re spray painter woes!
P.S. If you wonder what paint sprayer we use and why we LOVE it visit Part One of the Paint Sprayer Series! We also cover what paint to use and how to thin it out!!
Part Two of the Paint Sprayer Series covers how to prep your furniture before spraying.
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