How to Use a Paint Sprayer | Ask This Old House

31May 2019


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1. Using a paint sprayer can help give a smooth finish in a short amount of time, but it can be messier than a regular paint job. Start by covering the entire work area with plastic drop cloths and painter’s tape.
2. Before spraying with paint, prime the sprayer.
a. Turn the valve to “prime” on the side of the sprayer.
b. Set the painting tube into the can of paint.
c. Set the clear priming tube into the empty bucket.
d. Turn the sprayer on and wait until there are no more bubbles coming out in the bucket.
3. Set the spray hose and turn the valve to “paint” on the side of the sprayer.
4. Spray the paint into the priming bucket until there is no more water or bubbles coming out.
5. Attach the spray guard on top of the nozzle and begin painting.
6. While spraying, keep the gun parallel and the same distance away from the surface that’s being painted.
7. Apply the paint in long, broad strokes for an even finish. Overlap each stroke by about 50%.
8. After the paint job is finished, replace the paint can with a clean bucket of water and reverse the priming process to clean out the sprayer and the tube.

To demonstrate paint spraying techniques, Mauro used a Titan Impact 640 Skid Airless Paint Sprayer (

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mauro’s Painting (

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