Using a paint sprayer comes with its own set of issues. You might get irritated when the sprayer stops functioning suddenly when you are in the middle of a painting project. This is the reason you ought to know about basic troubleshooting skills. Let’s explore some common problems you might encounter, and how to deal with them without compromising the painting job.
The Sprayer Stops Spraying Suddenly
The operation of the spray painter requires both air and fluid to work perfectly. Air is supplied by an air compressor and the source of the fluid is the paint that you put in the can. If the sprayer stops, the compressor might be off or the cup might be out of paint. If neither is the case, check the nozzle and see whether the tip is clogged.
You also need to check the room temperature since paint can clump and clog the tip when the temperatures go below a certain point. Read about the effects of freezing temperature on paint spraying on paintsmoothly.com.
The Sprayer Leaks
This is a common problem with paint sprayers. When this happens, make sure to check whether the retaining ring located on the air cap is tight or loose. If it is loose, tighten it and try again. If the problem persists, check the fluid needle which is supposed to connect to the fluid nozzle. A poor connection prevents paint from reaching the nozzle and finds itself out the container.
A Fluttering or Jerky Spray
This can be due to a loose or spoilt tip. Try to tighten the tip and spray. If the problem still exists, check whether the paint is too low. If this is the case, refill the cup to the maximum allowed level. If none of these work, you need to check that you haven’t tipped the container too far, a solution to this problem would be to hold the sprayer more upright.
You also need to check whether there is an obstruction in the fluid passage. Try to back flush the tube with a solvent to remove the blockage. The last cause might be a loose or faulty fluid tube, which would need replacement.
What if All Troubleshooting Tips Don’t Work?
If you try everything and you hit a snag, you can opt for a better paint sprayer to replace the faulty one. This is true if you are using an old model that is prone to fail anytime. Make sure you consider several options before making the final decision.