How to Paint with an Air Compressor

If a brush and roller turn every painting project into a tedious affair, this guide will make the process quicker and easier using simple pressurized air.

You will need

  • Respirator or mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Spray gun attachment
  • Compressor
  • Hose
  • Paint or primer

Step 1 Wear safety gear Wear safety gear such as a respirator or mask, safety glasses, and gloves before working with any paint, primer, or stain. Avoid serious injury.

Step 2 Connect spray gun Connect the spray gun attachment to your compressor using the appropriate high-pressure hose, connectors, and regulators.

Step 3 Mix paint or primer Follow the directions on the package to mix the paint or primer with the solvent in the right ratios to get the correct consistency.

Step 4 Use a small tip Use the smallest tip you can to atomize the paint or primer for an even coating that will look great and last several years.

Step 5 Tune the gun Test the spray pattern on a piece of cardboard and tune the knob on the side to adjust the air and paint mixture to get the finest splatter pattern possible. Do this each time you paint.

Step 6 Paint away Paint with even, fluid movements back and forth at a consistent speed. Be sure to overlap each layer for an even coat. Wait for the first layer to dry before repeating if needed — usually 12-24 hours — and enjoy the results.