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Tips on Using a Rented Paint Sprayer

You will achieve quality results with your rented paint sprayer if you take note of these tips. Your ARA-affiliated rental profession also can give you complete written instructions and a demonstration on how to use your rental paint sprayer safely.

  • Safety tips:
    1. Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using the rented paint sprayer.
    2. To prevent injuries, do not point the rented paint sprayer at yourself or anyone else when using or cleaning it.
    3. Do not put your fingers near the rented paint sprayer’s tip while using the equipment. Never attempt to unclog the sprayer while spraying paint.
    4. Engage the rented paint sprayer’s safety lock when not in use.
    5. Unplug the rented paint sprayer and pull its trigger to release any built-up pressure before cleaning it.
    6. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, safety glasses and a dusk mask or respirator.
  • Preparation tips:
    1. Thoroughly clean the surface you plan to paint. Dirt, peeling paint, mold and other surface deposits can hinder paint adhesion. Using a rented pressure washer works well to clean exterior surfaces before painting. After washing, rinse away any cleaning agents and let the surface dry completely.
    2. Scrape away any peeling paint on the surface you will paint. Then, sand and prime these areas for better paint adhesion.
    3. Use masking tape or plastic to protect areas you do not want to paint.
  • Paint spraying tips:
    1. Strain paint before using it in a rented paint sprayer to remove impurities that can clog the sprayer’s tip.
    2. Perform a painting trial on a scrap piece of wood before spraying actual surface you want to paint.
    3. Apply several thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat, letting paint dry between coats.
    4. Consistently hold the rented paint sprayer about 12 inches away and perpendicular to the surface you will paint.
    5. Start at the top of the surface and spray a section no wider than 3 feet before moving down to the next section.
    6. Begin spraying motion before pulling trigger on paint sprayer and release trigger before stopping motion.
    7. For more even paint coverage, spray straight from side to side, avoiding spraying in an arch.
    8. After beginning to paint, do not stop painting for periods of 20 minutes or more to prevent paint from thickening.
    9. Clean your rented paint sprayer before returning it to avoid cleaning fees.

Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your paint sprayer needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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