How to Paint with a Paint Gun Part-1

Some tips and tricks on how to paint a smoker!

Quick shout out to SoloQue for this writeup! Thanks brother!

Do’s Don’t’s & What If’s of Paint

Postby SoloQue » July 18th, 2012, 1:21 pm

Below are some of the things I have encountered or observed while working in a paint lab. Some of these items might be common sense and some might be pretty useful for trouble shooting. I’ll just list everything out and let y’all sort it through.
The best way to get good spray application is through practice. Whatever method you chose stick with it and remove any variables you can so that you can work on your technique and not have to factor in outside influences. Buy the same brand of paint once you find one you like and write down the guns settings you use when spraying. Humidity and extreme temps will change the way paint performs. If you get a level environment then you can work on application. The goal in my opinion is a single coat application that gives total uniform coverage. A one coat application does not mean a single spray pass application. In reality you want to aim for 4 – 5 spray passes with the paint with maybe only 1 or 2 seconds between passes. This will allow the paint to bond into a single layer and cure out evenly. painting
Technique – Do a few test sprays to see if the paint is forming a nice fan or cone coming out of the nozzle. If using a gun always run about 10 seconds through the nozzle to purge anything from previous usage. Target the area off to the side from where you intend to paint, start the arm sweep towards to be sprayed area and start actually spraying before you aiming at the actual spray area. Continue the sweep past the target area before you stop spraying. Basically you always start moving your spray arm before you start spraying and you are only spraying when your hand is moving and never start the paint spray over the actual target area but instead just outside the area. This will give you a better chance of laying down a smooth even coat, building with each pass
Working at the top corner of the area to be painted (left or right it’s up to you). Start your first few passes continuing off each side of the target area with each sweep. On these first sweeps you are actually over spraying off the top of the target area. On sweep 2 or 3 depending on how heavy you are applying drop down about a 3rd of the area you are covering and start the count over. Repeat this overlap process until you reach the bottom and actually end up with the lowest part of your spray being off the bottom of the target area. This gradual overlap should help prevent heavy spots or the tendency to overspray a given area. Let this initial full coat sit 30 seconds and look for shallow or light areas where the color is not full or uniform. Hopefully you will not see any of the defects listed below and if you do see light areas pull back a bit farther than before and with the sweeping motion “dust” those areas with a few sweeps. This is when you will be tempted to overkill the spray application or “spot” spray without moving the gun or can which will almost always puddle or drip.

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