As national specialists for commercial building spraying, we have developed and perfected a number of spray painting techniques to use whilst on site. This week’s article discusses those specialised techniques and how we put them into action whilst completing an on-site spraying project.
Spray Painting Considerations
Now before you start your project, no matter how big or small. There are a number of considerations to make before any work can begin. The four most important things to consider are Gun Distance, Strokes, Speed and Triggering.
Gun Distance – When you are carrying-out on-site paint spraying it’s important to maintain a consistent distance between the spray gun and the work surface. In most circumstances a distance of approximately eight inches will be suitable.
However, if you are working with a HVLP spray gun, you will find that you will need to get slightly closer, between six and seven inches will usually be enough. This helps prevent paint sags and any form of dry spraying.
Strokes – Ensuring that you stroke correctly is vital. Making sure that you get this correct can be the difference between a professional and an amateur looking finish.
During any spraying project we complete, we also encourage our professional paint sprayers to use their machines/spray guns at right angles.
Once they begin work, they will be spraying full straight, horizontal paint strokes between two and three feet in length. Using this spray painting technique, we encourage the technicians to use their body whilst at work, swaying with the spray gun whilst applying the paint.
Spray Gun Speed – This is arguably one of, if not, the most important of your on-site spray painting techniques. The speed of which you apply and spray the paint to the surface is crucial. It should remain at a consistent speed that provides a full coat to the surface with each individual stroke. This becomes hugely important during the store front coatings we complete as the final finish could be the be all and end all of the stores initial image for passing customers.
Triggering – Like the guns you see in the Hollywood movies, the triggers on the spray guns we use control the guns initial spraying action. Our on-site and in house coating technicians will generally look to use the trigger at the beginning and the end of each spraying stroke, feathering the paint across the surface, looking to avoid paint sags and double coatings.
Paint Spraying Recap
Overall, unless you are an experienced on-site spray painter, we would always encourage you to seek the advice and skill of a professional. After all you wouldn’t want your home or business looking “shoddy” and like an amateur had completed the work. Your business image is everything and it could be the difference between securing that hugely beneficial contract and just missing out.
All of our on-site technicians use a range of spray painting techniques to ensure a consistent and high standard across all of the projects that we complete.