One thing I have been super excited about trying out is a paint sprayer. It just seemed…fun. And a bit of a hardcore tool, yes, but mostly fun. I wanted something that would work with a few different kinds of paint and for different types of projects. I want to be able to paint furniture, pottery, and maybe a wall or two. At the very least, some wooden trim.
I looked at a bunch of paint sprayers but everything seems too strong for what I wanted. It took a lot of investigating and some trial-and-error (thank goodness for returns) before I found one that I liked. I ended up needing a hvlp paint sprayer. It had the paint output I was looking for, with various nozzles and a dial that I could adjust to get it perfect for each project. It also operates at a low pressure—it has its own turbine so I don’t need an air compressor to run it—which means it is not very noisy and is only one machine that I have to take care of as far as cleaning and maintenance go.
The first thing I used the paint sprayer for was to paint some glaze on a set of dishes I wanted to paint but had been putting off because I didn’t want brush strokes to mar the surface. I did a few practice runs with the gun before I actually moved on to the dishes, and everything went really well. The dishes looked very nice—I painted the whole surface a deep green and then basically pulsed the gun in the center with blue so that they are two-toned. I would not have been able to achieve this look without the paint sprayer, and I was very pleased with the results.
The next thing I painted was a small dresser I want to use as an entryway table. I stripped it first, then sprayed it with a whitish-gold color. After that dried, I painted over it all with a light blue color, then gently sanded down the blue to distress it a little. I did this with a very light hand and made sure that I used the technique sparingly, only in places that would naturally have been worn down over time. I personally find that some people get a bit over-enthusiastic with the “shabby chic” look and get a little more enthusiastic with it than the piece deserves. Using the paint sprayer created a very smooth finish without any visible lines, unlike painting with a brush. I also got it done in about half the time that I would have before I got the gun; I think it is partially because I had to thin the paint so it dried faster, and by atomizing the paint with the gun, I was able to lay the paint down much faster.
All in all, I am pleased with the results. I don’t think I will do this for every project because although I got a paint sprayer with good reviews that said it was easy clean up, it still isn’t as easy as rinsing a brush under some running water. That said, I like having the option. I am looking forward to experimenting some more and seeing what else I can get my new paint sprayer to do!