I’m becoming incredibly handy with the paint sprayer. Sounds conceited and self-involved but I was afraid to even try there for a while.
Now I know it’s better to work it for about 3 containers full of paint than to make a marathon out of it.
No matter how carefully I strain the paint, the tiny filter in the spray gun clogs after that much usage. (I strain the paint through a piece of screen.)
The paint must be thinned with plain water to about the consistency of whole milk before using in the sprayer. I use a kitchen ladle to add water to paint in a bucket of paint designated for the paint sprayer. (I don’t thin all the paint just in case I want to brush some on for touch ups.)
When cleaning the spray gun ,which by the way was about $16, I don’t use mineral spirits even though the directions call for cleaning the sprayer with mineral spirits.
Since I am using latex paint, the mineral spirits would need to be totally cleaned from the gun before starting a new project. Instead I spray water through the apparatus until it runs fairly clear. When I’m through using it on a regular basis a coating of mineral spirits will deter rust.
Then I take all the removable parts out of the gun, wash them, and let them thoroughly dry.
Are you planning a project for fall?