How To Choose The Right Paint Sprayer

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Whether you have to varnish the terrace outside or paint the walls inside, painters Denver helps you to know how to choose the right paint sprayer is essential.

Using a paint sprayer or paint spray gun allows for faster application time and more even coverage than other methods or with other professional painting tools .

Therefore, when choosing a painting equipment, the characteristics of the paint sprinklers have to match the kind of work that is going to be done. 

For the professional contractor, the best manufacturers of sprinklers or spray guns know that everything depends on what you want to spray and its periodicity.

Choice Of A Sprayer

Steve Engleson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Graco in Minneapolis, knows that the choice of a sprayer is based on how and when the equipment will be used.

The Capacity Of The Machine

"What you should do," says Engleson, "is find the answer to the questions: How much will I paint? What kind of layers will I apply? " These answers will help determine the capacity of the machine needed to perform the job.

How To Choose

Essentially, a paint sprayer pumps paint, dye or other liquids, under pressure and through a spray nozzle to cover a surface. The sprinkler flow rate determines the maximum nozzle size that the unit can accept. The most common nozzles come with openings (hole sizes) of .011 to .021 inches.

Latex Paint For Houses

Generally, latex paint for houses requires nozzle sizes of .015 inches or greater, while for dyes, sealants and other viscous materials nozzles are used that vary between .011 and .015 inches.

The Spray Pattern

As the size of the nozzles increases, the viscosity of the liquid used can also be increased. For each nozzle size, a variety of widths can be selected in the spray pattern.

Choose The Right Paint Sprayer

For this reason, Engleson emphasizes that to know how to choose the right paint sprayer you must know the amount of work that is going to be done. "It's more important to focus on the maximum nozzle size that the sprinkler can use," he adds, "than to focus on the sprinkler with the most horsepower."

How To Make Paint Sprayers Last Longer

Selecting the best tool to paint  also requires that it provides a consistent service and for a long period. Jerry Falk, product manager of Wagner Spray Tech Corp., manufacturer of Titan paint sprays, says the product's life depends on how the sprayer is used.

The duration of a paint sprayer

The duration of a paint sprayer, he explains, is affected by the frequency of use, the type of material with which it is sprayed and the maintenance that is given to the sprayer.


Atomizer Paint And A Professional Customer

Falk cites the difference between the remodeler, who may occasionally use an atomizer paint and a professional customer, who uses the atomizer five days a week for 8 or 10 hours a day.

The expectation of reliability and durability is greater in a professional client than in a homeowner," says Falk.

Guidelines for spray nozzles

Know what the job requires and choose the right spray nozzle according to it. This easy guide can help you

  1. Small: from .011 to .013. They are used to spray dye, varnish or polyurethane.
  2. Median from .013 to .015. They are used for enamels, oil-based paints, latex and thicker dyes
  3. Large: from .015 to .021. They are used for premium latex, paint for barns and fences, paint coating for roof and thicker and elastomeric coatings.

For heavy duty applications

Even when you use paint sprays  daily, you probably do not know these new or rarely used characteristics:

  • An exclusive feature is the throttle valve located on the top of the four models of the Titan XT line. SureFlo brand, this valve automatically disconnects the seat ball inside the intake valve when the sprinkler is turned on.
  • Located in the center of the Graco and Magnum paint sprayers, is the piston pump system. The pressure control buttons adjust the spray pattern.
  • The Magnum series atomizers include easy-to-understand user icons for quick reading.
  • Graco 190ES offers a powerful discharge cleaning system specifically designed for the professional contractor. "If there's something that displeases contractors, it's cleanup before and after work," explains Steve Engleson of Graco. "When it comes to cleaning, this system significantly reduces time."
  • To make storage more aerodynamic and make the transfer of equipment easier, the Titan XT440, along with three others on the Wagner line, includes a folding cart.

How To Remove And Replace The Silicone Sealant

How to remove the old silicone sealant

Cover the area with Cinta-inch painter’s tape about a ¼ inch above and below the joint you want to seal. Place the adhesive tape as straight as possible, and press the edge so that the silicone can not run under it.

To remove and replace the silicone sealant, you must first remove the old silicone sealant so that the new silicone can adhere.


To remove and replace the silicone sealant, begin by removing as much silicone as possible with a paint scraper, a razor blade or a silicone removal tool. Be careful not to damage the surface.

After scraping as much of the old silicone sealant as possible, apply a product to remove the silicone sealant, following the manufacturer’s instructions. The product will not dissolve the silicone, but it will soften it, and you can continue to remove the silicone sealant.

You can obtain the same result by soaking some paper towels with turpentine and covering the silicone with them. Next, keep the paper towels covered with plastic wrap for an hour or more.

Re-scrape the silicone putty, and you can remove it even more. Next, apply a thin layer of the product to remove the silicone sealant along the joint. Wait for the recommended time and then use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pad to remove any remaining silicone.

This will also help you eliminate marks left by the scraper or razor blade. Moisten the Magic Eraser pad with water and scrub the area.

Problem: It seems that there is no old silicone sealant left, but how can you be sure?

Solution: Obliterate the product to remove the silicone sealant and dry the area with a cloth or paper towel. If you used turpentine, remove the paint thinner with a product such as Simple Green. Next, rinse the area with clean water and dry it.

With a paintbrush, apply a small amount of fine powder (it can be flour or composite for joints of drywall or drywall ).

Rub the powder with your finger. This will be inserted in areas where there are traces of soft silicone. Mark these areas (you can do it with a piece of protective tape) and apply the product to remove silicone only in those areas. Scrape with a plastic scraper.

Repeat the process to make sure that the silicone has been removed and allow the area to dry completely before applying the new silicone sealant.

The silicone sealant paste 2

Seal the joint, and run a finger along the joint, so that the bead of sealing paste is uniform.

Problem: If applying silicone is not your specialty, try this method. It takes a little more time, but the result will be worth it.

Solution: Cover the area with Cinta-inch painter’s tape about a ¼ inch above and below the joint you want to seal.

Place the adhesive tape as straight as possible, and press the edge so that the silicone can not run under it. Seal the joint and run a finger along the joint so that the sealing paste bead is even. Remove the protective adhesive tape, and with it, the excess silicone will come out.

The silicone sealant paste 3

Remove the protective adhesive tape; with this one will leave the excess of sealing paste.

Let the new silicone sealant rest for a few minutes, and then “finish” the flange by passing a finger that has been submerged in a solution (50/50) of water and liquid dishwashing detergent along the joint.

The soap will prevent the silicone sealant from adhering to your finger, while you give it the desired shape. Keep dipping your finger in the solution and running it along with the silicone sealant until the entire area is even.

If you remove too much silicone from some area, reapply it and shape it. The new silicone will adhere to the new silicone sealant covered with the soapy solution. Allow the silicone sealant to cure until the next day.

Before trying to remove a moldy silicone sealant, try doing this. Mix bicarbonate with pure bleach to create a paste that you can apply with a spoon or spatula along with the moldy silicone.

Cover the silicone with plastic wrap strips to prevent it from drying out and let it rest until the next day. When removing the plastic wrap and cleaning the silicone, the stain must have disappeared. If not, repeat the process.