Overspray is a common problem faced by professional painters. Fortunately, mastering your technique can make a world of difference. Here’s how to minimise overspray when using a paint spray gun.
Painting with a spray gun can offer many advantages, from a faster application time to a flawless, professional result. However, paint overspray can result in wasted product and a potential mess. With the right spray technique, you can easily control paint overspray and achieve a precise, efficient outcome when using a paint spray gun.
Overspray is the term given to the fine paint particles that land on nearby surfaces, beyond the area you are painting.
It also includes the airborne mist that can occur when spray painting, which can travel a significant distance in certain circumstances.
Paint overspray clean-up and removal can be a costly and time-consuming process, but thankfully, it’s easy to avoid.
On top of regular masking and covering, the best way to prevent paint from reaching unwanted areas is to pay close attention to your form and the way you hold a spray gun.
When using a spray machine, the best way to hold the trigger gun is to:
Position the gun approximately 10-25cm from the surface
Ensure the gun is angled correctly and remains square through the job
Control the hose with your opposite hand
Move your body to avoid overextending or flicking your wrists
As well as a great technique, certain products can also help to prevent and minimise paint overspray.
High-quality paint paired with an effective and well-maintained paint spray machine can help to combat overspray and provide a flawless, clean finish.
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