A guide to spray painting

Many people choose to opt for painting using rollers instead of spray paint as they fear it is too much of a hassle or too difficult to achieve their desired finish. However, for some circumstances spray painting may be the easiest form of painting to use. This includes painting a large surface area or empty room where there are no floors yet. We thought we would share our very own ‘Your Castle Caretakers Ltd guide to spray painting’ so your next job will be easier than ever!

The Your Castle Caretakers Ltd guide to spray painting

Step 1: Preparation

Preparation is certainly the most time consuming part of a spray painting task. However it is also the most essential part. This is because when spray painting, you want to avoid paint particles diffusing onto areas of the room that you do not want to paint. This means you need to mask any area or object you do not want painted. You can do this with: a masking kit, dust sheets and masking tape. Floors, skirting boards, sockets, doors, door frames,  light switches, skinks ,windows and frames and any single surface you do not want painted NEEDS to be masked. You should remove all furniture from the room. To mask properly ensure strong and adhesive masking tape is used and there are no tears in your masking sheets. 

Step 2: painting

The ‘painting’ part of spray painting is -in our opinion-the most efficient and easy form of painting. Make sure you have filled your sprayer and adjusted the air cap and adjustment dial as required. For details,  see the instruction manual. Keep your sprayer a good distance – around 8 inches away- from the surface you will be painting. ‘Cut in’ first-just as you would with a roller and then fill in the wall by spraying straight lines with a 20-30 % 0verlap when painting each new line. Allow the paint to dry and apply a new coat in needed. REMEMBER: if you want to change the colour of a wall, we recommend painting it white first before applying the new colour. Always make sure you are wearing the appropriate PPE when spray painting and keep the room well ventilated!

step 3: cleaning

Once you are happy with how the walls look, and you have let the paint dry, you can begin to remove the masking sheets, tape and dust sheets. Use a wet cloth to wipe any surfaces that seem sticky or dusty and begin to move the furniture back into the room.  Well done!