HVLP Paint Sprayers – An Introduction and Guide

hvlp paintsprayersHVLP paint sprayers are a very popular tool that many painters, both amateur and professional, enjoy using because they make any painting task much simpler and less time consuming. HVLP paint sprayers can be used for a number of painting tasks including small at home projects, auto painting, and even commercial painting jobs for homes and businesses. Many utilize paint sprayers because they provide huge cost and time savings benefits, which is important if you want to get more done in a shorter period of time.

HVLP refers to high volume low pressure, which means that there is a high volume of air that is used to vaporize the paint and expel it out of the spray gun with low pressure. This makes for an easy and efficient paint job because you don’t have a large amount of paint coming out of the sprayer too quickly to handle. Not only does it minimize paint loss from overspray, it also is much better for the environment because you don’t have excess paint fumes being released into the air.

The high volume of air that is used helps to increase the amount of paint that is released toward the location where the sprayer is aimed, which makes for a thicker application of paint. The downfall to this is that you can go through paint faster which can end up being a little more costly.

Using a HVLP paint sprayer is actually quite simple. You can use either latex or oil based pain. Which type of paint you use really depends on the surface that you are painting. Once you’ve determined which paint you will use, prepare the sprayer by attaching the sprayer gun tip, spray guard, and then make sure the spray gun is connected properly to the hose as well as the main sprayer unit.

When you have the sprayer properly assembled and ready to go, open your can of paint and insert the paint intake line that runs to the sprayer. Plug the sprayer in and turn it on. This will initiate the pressurizing process. Adjust the pressure as needed in order to get the proper amount of pressure for spray painting. A good rule of thumb is to start at a lower pressure level, say 50 to 60 PSI, and then work your way up to the proper amount which could be closer to 85 or 90 PSI.

When ready, hold the sprayer tip approximately 6 to 8 inches from the surface and pull the trigger. Make a slow sweeping motion back and forth, spanning 2 to 3 feet, until the surface is completely covered with paint. Move to the next location and repeat this process.