How To Spray Exterior Latex Paint?


Here’s how to thin latex paint so it can be used in a spray gun.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pour the paint into the bucket.
  2. Add ½ cup of water for every gallon of paint.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Check the thickness by running the paint through a funnel. If it flows freely through the funnel, you know the paint is thinned enough.


How to Spray Latex Paint

  • Prime the sprayer. . Fit the gun with the proper-sized tip (see TOH Tip, below). Then stick the sprayer’s siphon tube in…
  • Set the pressure. . Turn the sprayer’s pressure-­adjustment knob to the lowest setting recommended by the paint…
  • Spray the edges. . Hold the gun tip 12 to 14 inches away from and perpendicular to the edge. Apply the spray…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to thin latex paint for a sprayer?

Is it necessary to Thin Latex Paint for Spraying? Yes, the latex paint does need to be thinned. Even though latex paint is water-based, it is thicker than the oil-based paint varieties. The thick latex paint needs to be thinned to be able to spray a fine mist of paint.

Can you add water to exterior latex paint?

STEP 3: Just add water Pour all of the paint from the can into a clean five-gallon bucket, and add a half-cup of room temperature water for every one gallon of paint. ... If the paint still comes off in globs, add an additional ounce of room temperature water to the bucket and then mix the paint again with the stir stick.

What kind of sprayer do you use to spray latex?

Use an HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) paint sprayer. Use an HVLP sprayer for surfaces where it is important to avoid streaks. Test sprayer on piece of wood or cardboard to practice sweeping motion and determine most effective tip. Paint surface with sweeping motions that overlap last sweep by 50%.

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