Nobody is perfect. We all make a mistake every now and then. The only problem is that when the mistake involves paint sprayer disasters, the problems can get huge.
Using a paint sprayer is easy.
Using one in the right way can be hard.
If you jump right into a project, then there’s a chance that you could experience one of these common paint sprayer disasters.
Don’t worry though. We’ll also show you simple ways to fix each problem so you can still end up with a stunning result.
Holding your paint sprayer too close to the surface being painted can create a few issues with your finished look. Spray paint cracking as it dries, running paint, and other issues that result in a surface which isn’t smooth.
Should this happen to you, wait until the paint is completely dry and then sand it with wet/dry sandpaper of 1000 grit.
Chances are you will need to apply a second coat of paint.
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If you have painted on an uneven wall, without fixing holes and other miscellaneous weird spots, you could end of with spray paint drips.
So, how do you fix spray paint drips?
The best way is to prevent them from happening at all, by patching and sanding all holes and uneven surfaces on your wall. Also, applying primer will ensure smooth application of your paint and a better looking finished result.
Have you noticed that when you apply a line of paint with your sprayer the ends seem wide and thin, but the middle is thick, small, and heavy?
This is because you’re using a circular motion instead of a straight motion to apply the paint.
Instead of standing in one spot, move along the paint line to get results that are a little more consistent.
Also known as “splatter chatter”. Everything is going along fie. The wall is looking incredible. Then, without warning, you get splatter out of your paint sprayer and the wall looks terrible.
If it happened at the beginning of your work, then there’s a good chance that an air bubble was still in your hose.
Priming the hose thoroughly before beginning will resolve this issue.
If it happened later into your project, then you’ve either run out of paint or you tilted the sprayer to far upward or downward.
Maintain your technique and most splatter can be prevented.
Not all paint dries quickly. Sometimes it can take quite a while for paint to become dry enough that a surface becomes useable.
You should always plan for a minimum of 24 hours for a painted surface to be completely dry.
If you expect it to take less time, you could find yourself in for a very unpleasant surprise.
Painter’s tape can be incredibly useful. Its effectiveness is dependent on its actual placement.
If you have bends or bubbles in the tape, then you have places where the paint can find itself. The end result is a splotchy edge that requires a new paint job to fix.
Press the tape down firmly along all surfaces and double check your edge before starting to paint to avoid this common disaster.
Some professionals use a putty knife to really push the tape down in surfaces and in the corners.
A paint sprayer can save you a lot of time, but only if you avoid these common mistakes. You can fix any of the above paint sprayer disasters, which is good news, but with a little planning there doesn’t have to be a mistake in the first place.