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How to Paint a House with Sprayer: Beginners Guide

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    After your 1-month trip with your family, you’ve arrived at your house; all excited. Just when you’re about to enter it, your face goes pale. ‘Damn! When did my house turn into a haunted castle?’ you think by yourself.

    You never had the time to bat an eye about your ‘Home Sweet Home.’ Since you’re here after a month, you get it why your friends have been calling you Frankenstein.

    Enough! It’s time to get serious about it. But wait! Painting the house will turn you into Mr. Empty-Pocket.

    Well, if you know how to paint a house with sprayer, you can get your house painted all by yourself. That cuts down a lot of bills. Why should you use a sprayer? Well, it makes all your DYI projects easy.

    So, what are you waiting for? Let’s see how you can have your house painted in the simplest ways possible.

    Painting a House with Sprayer

    Painting your house means you'll have to paint the interior and the exterior surface of your house, right? The steps are somewhat similar, but of course, they have some differences as well. Well, we're breaking out to you everything in details below.

    How to Paint the Interior of Your House

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    Painting the interior of your house is more like a challenge. However, with the correct measures, you can make your way through this tough stuff. Below are the made-easy steps you should follow to make sure everything goes right.

    Cover Everything

    You don’t want to spray everything that’s inside your house, right? There are TV, recliners, tables and a lot of things. Moving them out is pretty tough too. Well, you can save your hard time simply by masking off the things you don’t want to paint. This will save everything from getting painted as you spray.

    Cover the walls of your house along with the windows. To do this, you can use a plastic drop cloth and attach it with a painter’s tape. Make sure the tape is a wide one.
    If you have floors that are available for rent, you have to cover them as well, using paint tarps.

    Set Things Right

    The paint comes in a bucket, right? Use a paint strainer after you transfer the paint to a plastic bucket from its original one. Make sure the bucket you’re putting the paint in is a bit large in size. This will help you to remove globs that usually makes the spray gun clogged.

    Suit Up!

    You have to suit up as well. Wear a disposable painter’s coveralls. This coverall should have an attached hood. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles as well. The most important thing you’ll need is a respiratory mask that comes with a chemical filter.

    Get the Spray Gun Ready

    Remember the strained paint? You’ll have to fill the rig reservoir completely with it. Now, it’s time for you to fit the spray gun. Make sure the spray gun has an appropriate tip for the paint-type you’ve chosen.

    Test the sprayer by spraying on a scrap or large cardboard. See if it’s working properly, and the painting particles are released in a sufficient amount. Try adjusting the pressure nozzle if you’re not getting the coverage you need. You can also turn the tip to spray vertically or horizontally.

    It’s Painting Time

    Now, the real game begins; your painting job. Whether you’re painting your floor or wall, make sure there’s a 12 inches gap between the surface and the spray gun.

    You can change your spraying pattern whenever you like. For vertical pattern, you can perform side-to-side strokes. The up-to-down strokes will allow you to deal with horizontal patterns.

    However, if you want to go for the standard method when it comes to spraying your walls, covering the swath at a time up to 3 to 4 feet is a wise move.

    To do this, you can turn the tip of your spray gun to a vertical pattern while you work your way from the wall’s top with side-to-side strokes.

    Over spray the Strokes

    After completing a swatch, you can shift to the adjacent swatch immediately and start working with it. Now, it’s time for you to over spray the strokes you’re performing. The spray swath will hit the surface you’re trying to paint; but just a second before it happens, you’ll have to depress the trigger of your spray gun.

    Finishing Up!

    As soon as you’ve completed the stroke, you should let off the trigger. If you want everything to go write, you’ll have to ensure that the paint stroke you’re going for is wider than the surface area you’re trying to paint.

    People usually apply one or two thick-coatings of paints for the best results. However, going for multiple thin coats of paint is way better. Besides, it’ll be pretty easy for you as you’ve masked everything already. Voila! That should be it. Once you’re done, don’t forget to clean your spray gun and its tip.

    How to Paint the Exterior of Your House

    Now that we’ve covered how you can paint the interior part of your house, you can go for the exterior. Don’t worry; it’s not as tough as it seems, rather easier. Follow these easy steps to paint your exterior surface seamlessly.

    Get Started

    Before you start painting, you’ll have to move your outdoor furniture or items like barbecue smoker or grill away from the area. If you have something that you don’t want to get painted, tape them off or have them covered.

    Wash All the Surface

    Next, give the entire exterior surface a wash. You can do this by using a cleaning solution and a pressure washer. Make sure each and every single thing that you want to get painted are getting the wash. Afterward, give yourself a break so that the surface gets enough time to dry out.

    If you find any molds, mildews, or dirt, you’ll have to remove them as well. Also, if you notice that the old painting is peeling off, don’t forget to scrape it off. Repair the siding, trim, or soffits that are damaged. As for the rough surfaces, you’ll have to sand them using sandpaper.

    Let’s Painting

    You’ll have to select the sprayer that suits the paint type you’re using. Mix the paint altogether in a container. Now fit the sprayer gun in and see if it’s releasing the paint properly.

    Firstly, you can start at the top and make your way down. Spray the undersides and eaves that come with the overhangs of your house.

    Now, it actually depends on the construction of your house that which direction you’ll have to spray. However, normally painters go for the exposed wood beams, boards, trusses while they aim with the spray fan pattern.

    Paint the Edges, Walls, and Doors

    Keep a 12 inches gap between the surface you’re painting on and the sprayer gun. Go for the outer edges and spray them. When it comes to the inside corners, you’ll have to make sure the spray tip is directly aimed at it. This will allow the spray fan to overlap both sides.

    Once you’re done with the eaves and every other thing, you’ll have to spray the exterior walls. First, you’ll have to cut in around the doors and windows. Next, go for the remaining flat areas while you overlap each pass by 50%.

    Finishing Up!


    Wait for the paint to dry. Once they’re dried, you can remove the tapes and coverings from the trims, windows, and doors. Clean the paint sprayer and make sure you do this after each use.

    Final Words

    Now that you know how to paint a house with sprayer, you’re ready to paint each and every part of your place and turn it into a safe haven. Just make sure you have the best paint sprayer when you’re doing the painting job. The results you’ll get will make you go wow.

    About the Author Todd Davis

    Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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