Spray Painting Large Rooms

Put the respirator on and fill the sprayer according to instructions.

We Buy Houses | New Orleans LA: Where you have large areas to paint, or your house is large and many rooms need painting before you sell the house, consider using a spray painting method instead of doing it all by hand with a brush and paint roller. It will take a bit of coordination but once you try it you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this in the past. The finished product will be professional looking and even.

The paint sprayer can be rented along with all of the accessories necessary to do the job. Any home improvement store or hardware store should have sprayers for rental. Rental yards also have them as they are regularly used in remodeling and construction projects. You’ll also need paint, paint thinner, tape for edges, tarps or drop cloths, and a respirator. Be aware of the instructions given by the rental agency. They will instruct you in the use of the machine and will be very specific about how the machine is cleaned out after use and before you return it. Improperly cleaned machines are often dinged for the cleaning deposit because the rental agency will have to clean it before renting it again. Paint left in the lines or nozzles can cause damage to them as well.

“Large areas like windows or the ceiling can be covered by using lightweight plastic sheeting or tarps secured by tape along the edges.”

On the paint label, you will read instructions for thinning the paint for use in a sprayer. Water can be used for most latex paints, but oil based paints need to be thinned with commercially prepared thinners. Buy the recommended thinner before you get started. Tape off the room you will spray and cover everything you don’t want to receive overspray in the color you are painting. Cover light switches, fixtures, windows, the ceiling, and baseboards. Large areas like windows or the ceiling can be covered by using lightweight plastic sheeting or tarps secured by tape along the edges. This is also how you will cover cabinets and countertops in baths and kitchens.

Put the respirator on and fill the sprayer according to instructions. The respirator protects you from breathing in the fine spray mist paint and thinner. Adjust the nozzle to the desired spray being careful not to put it on thick. It will run. Sweep back and forth coating the wall with an even layer. Use 3 or 4 coats for good coverage. Professionals achieve their smooth walls by spraying thin layers, letting dry, and then spraying again until all coats are applied.

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