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How to Paint with an Airless Sprayer

Airless sprayers are fairly common nowadays. Maybe you’ve invested in an airless sprayer or have been thinking about using one, but don’t know where to start. They can throw you off if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is spend money on a system you can’t use!


What is an airless sprayer?

The term airless may throw you off. The name differentiates it from it’s common relative, the air sprayer. If you need to apply gallons and gallons of paint to a surface, you should use an airless sprayer to speed up the job. The high pressure pumps the paint through the gun, giving you a controlled spray that you can use easily on large projects. You’ll be able to get a consistent, professional finish on any job with a little practice!

How do you use an airless sprayer?

Before you start, we recommend you use the Graco ST MAX II 595 Hi-Boy. Graco are world leaders in airless spray equipment and this model has great power and an increased fluid rate to make it a great piece of kit for the mid level user. It’s even mounted on a cart so you can get it from A to B quickly. You can easily spray almost all interior acrylic paints, emulsions, lacquers, varnishes and enamels on walls, wood and metal surfaces.


To get painting with your airless sprayer, you’ll need to consider the amount of pressure you need to complete the job. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations, and start on a low setting, increasing it till you’ve found your ideal choice. Aim the gun about 12 inches from the surface and remember that the larger the tip you have on the gun, the further away you’ll need to step back.

Avoid fanning the gun and wiggling your arm around too much. You’ll need to keep it straight and you’ll be able to get an even finish.

Using an airless sprayer can be a great, time saver on large jobs, or ones that have lots of fiddly details. If you take time to practice your technique before picking one up, you’ll find that it’s much easier to use and you’ll finish jobs quickly. If you need any further tips on how to use your airless sprayer, including to spray paint interior walls, be sure to read all the instructions and follow them carefully. And of course, don’t be afraid to get in touch with the team at Rawlins Paints for some expert advice!

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