How to Use an Airless Sprayer - Correctly and Safely


How to use an airless sprayer: Painting the house or the fence panels can be so long winded, but it doesn't have to be if you have one of these an airless sprayer, and guess what, you can hire them from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.

A couple of good things to remember when hiring from Speedy, all our hire equipment is checked, tested, cleaned and serviced before every hire and will come ready to go. You will also notice a folder attached to your hire product, these are the safety and operating instructions, please make sure you read these before you begin your job.

All of our airless sprayers will be sent out with a generic tip and filter, which will be suitable for all standard paints like masonry and emulsion and wood treatments, but whatever you are spraying, it’s really important that you use the correct PPE when operating this airless sprayer. Overalls, goggles, a face mask and gloves are essential before use.

Any PPE you do require can be purchased from Speedy. We would always recommend that you check with the manufacture of the paint you intend to spray for further safety advice.

Speedy Top Tip! Please Watch our How to use a Paint Sprayer Video below:

Step 1:

Using the airless sprayer is really easy. To begin simply put your paint container onto the ground with the lid off. Then tilt the airless sprayer back onto its wheels so you can manoeuvre it forwards, towards the container. Once the shaft is over the container, you simply drop it down into the paint.


Step 2:

You will notice a pipe running alongside the shaft, at the top of this pipe you will see a lever, this is a pressure release valve. Before using the airless sprayer please make sure that this pipe is also in your paint container and that the pressure lever is in the folded position. This will direct the paint towards the sprayer nozzle. If you don’t do this paint will go up the shaft and out through the hose and all over your floors.


Step 3:

Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three different types of plug a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged directly into any household socket. A yellow 110v plug that will require a transformer or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit, but don’t worry whatever you require your Speedy Service Centre will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment and no matter the shape or size of your transformer or RCD plugging it in will be exactly the same, simply lift the flap and push in the plug. 


Step 4:

On the side of the airless sprayer you will find a control panel. The dial will allow you to set the pressure of the sprayer and the switch here will allow you to switch it on or off. It’s important that you check with the manufacturer of the paint that you are using for instructions on the correct pressure settings.


Step 5:

Once the airless sprayer is set up just do a couple of test sprays into a bucket to ensure that the sprayer is primed and ready to go. If you find it isn’t spraying very well, don’t panic, the chances are some debris has built up in the nozzle. You can clear this by turning the nozzle head 180 degrees and giving it a quick spray in your bucket, turn it back and that should fix it.


Step 6:

After you have finished with the airless sprayer, it’s really important that you clean it through with warm water, never use any chemicals like white spirit as this can damage the seals inside the machine.

If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always happy to help, and remember to always check the safety guidance before you use any hire product.


Ready for more DIY tips?

Thank you for reading our Speedy Services blog, we hope you found this how-to use a paint sprayer guide and video useful. want to find out how to use an airless sprayer to refresh your kitchen cupboards, check out our DIY Kitchen Ideas blog for further inspiration.

Plus, there’s plenty more tips and how-to-guides where this came from please visit our skills and project page to find out more.

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