How To Adjust Your Paint Gun

Before holding the spray gun or painting, it is important to clear all the adjustments on it. This will guarantee that it has a good spray pattern and that the material is evenly sprayed.

The process of applying paint will be simple and give a smooth finish if you follow these tips. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to use a spray gun with ease and avoid any blemishes or uneven areas.

For that, we suggest you check the manual part that describes safe spraying. Then, discover how to adjust the paint gun by moving to the following segments. Let’s Go!

How To Adjust Paint Gun

How To Adjust An Spray Gun

Start by adjusting the trigger and spray pattern to ensure the angle is okay. And then, set the air pressure and began to use the paint gun.   

Before we get to the adjustment procedure, you need to get familiar with the paint gun adjustment knobs. 

To explain it simply, there are 2 knobs on the handle, which run fluid control and spray pattern. These spray gun controls are the reason why paint comes at an angle.  

Now, it’s time to get into the procedure. 

Regulate The Fluid Control Knob

Fluid Control Knob

To start, you need to adjust the dial where the paint comes out. Recoil the knob and press the trigger to check if it can be held comfortably. Insert the screw back inside the knob carefully. And, be sure the trigger is positioned in forward so that you can press it well.

By doing this, you will get full fluid flow. The adjustment of the paint gun, it’s a vital step. And be sure to adjust the knob again if you are changing the pattern to smaller ones.

Choose One from Spray Gun Patterns

Spray Gun Patterns

Next, you’ll need to set the pattern knob for easy adjustment. As the 2nd knob is a fan control dial, so focus on its setup. To do so, you need to know how many pattern options it holds.

Some spray guns have 3 pattern choices while others offer only one or two. Most of the time it will be above the 1st knob or beside the handle. Setting up a paint gun knob is easy as you just need to turn the knob to change the pattern.

There are 3 choices you have – vertical, horizontal, or circular pattern. Most suggest a full-size pattern which should be 9 to 12 inches. Based on what consistency you prefer, you can choose one.

Tips: Use a piece of paper or canvas sheet to test out each pattern if you can’t decide on one pattern.

Test It Out

Spray gun

You can skip this step if your confidence in tackling this is good enough. Testing out the overall setup is a helpful thing, however, to see how well the paint gun will upshot. 

Check the given instructions to know if it’s a success or not.

  • Make sure the distance between the targeted area and the spray gun is 8” to 12” at least.
  • Press the trigger in a tight squeeze and release. If the paint flows evenly, then it’s okay to go with it.
  • Turn the 1st knob in one whole rotation and then perform a 180-degree turn to ensure an even pattern.

If everything has been tested, then you are ready to go on to the next step.

Fine-tune Air Pressure

Fine-tune Air Pressure

After that, set the air pressure if you own a paint gun with compressor air. It should be gauged at 28-30 psi. And then, press the knob and then release it.

Adjust The Paint Gun If Necessary

Adjusting paint gun

Now, you are all ready to hit the spray trigger and get the finest painting coverage. That doesn’t mean it’s the final adjustment. 

You have to fine-tune the spray gun depending on the paint base which might come out differently. For that, a 180-degree turn-in and out might solve the unevenness issue. 

Note: If you are using the paint gun for some runs, then adjust the air pressure in 5-10 lbs or more. And, move it in straight strokes as possible to get stable and even coating.

Wrapping Up

Now, we hope you have learned how to adjust a spray paint gun after checking this guide. Wasting hours just trying to figure out the adjustments of the paint gun will be hectic for a beginner, especially when the procedure is super simple. 

To get ideal penetration and achieve a clean coating of paint, it’s compulsory to have enough idea of the spray gun adjustments. Hopefully, now you don’t have to worry about that. 

We hope this guide was helpful and you now know the adjusting procedure of paint guns. Time to say goodbye. See You Soon!

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