How To Paint Exteriors With A Spray Gun

5 August 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

There are many things to consider if you are trying to add some value to your commercial property before selling it. One of the smartest commercial remodel projects is to simply repaint the exterior. However, painting exterior surfaces is a little more time consuming and complicated than painting interior walls. This article explains the best way to paint your exterior using a spray gun.

Mask Off Thoroughly

First of all, it is important to realize that when you use a spray gun, you need to do more prep work and masking off. Overspray can, and will, get everywhere. You can do yourself a favor by not painting on a windy day. But, to help prevent the inevitable overspray, you should invest in a couple of large rolls of painter's plastic. This plastic is ideal for covering just about anything on the exterior of your building. You can tape it across window and door fixtures. You can also drape it over grass or plants near the side of your building. However, you probably don't want to use painter's plastic on the actual ground near your walls. It is a little too slippery and hazardous to walk on, especially if it gets soaked in paint. Instead, use construction or rosin paper to cover the ground. This is easy to roll out over a concrete walkway and helps absorb paint spills. In all reality, you will probably spend more time prepping your exterior than you actually will spend on painting it if you use a spray gun.

Using a Spray Gun

Your spray gun rental will come with basic, easy to follow operational and set up instructions. Once you have the gun set up, the spraying goes very quickly. One key is to always keep the gun moving as you are spraying. In fact, you should pull the trigger while you have the gun pointed to the side and then bring it across your body, painting the area in front of you. Do not release the trigger until the gun is not pointed at the wall. It is also helpful if you only paint the areas that are below your head. If you start spraying above your head, not only will the job be messier, but you will leave behind a more inconsistent finish. So, use a ladder or scaffolding system and always be level with the section of the wall you are painting.

Once you get used to your particular system and follow these techniques, your paint job will go very quickly. For professional assistance, contact a remodeling company like Red Rock Construction.