How to Spray Textured Paint With a Paint Sprayer


Spray-on texture paints can save you time and effort over rolling or sponging similar textures onto your walls and ceiling. Sprayers can reach into corners where roller pads won't fit, giving you an even texture over your entire surface. Spraying paint is extremely messy, so remove everything from the room, including light fixtures and switch plates, before you begin. Tape over outlets and any other openings, and cover your floor and any other surfaces you don't want painted. Fix any holes or cracks in your ceiling, and apply a coat of primer before you spray your texture.

Things You'll Need

  • Hopper-style paint sprayer
  • Spray tip
  • Air compressor
  • Protective clothing
  • Safety goggles
  • Textured paint
  • Stir stick
  • Cardboard
  • Assemble a hopper-style paint sprayer according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can rent these sprayers from home improvement stores or equipment rental facilities. The hopper, rather than the more common bottle-style sprayer, allows you easier access for stirring paint and clearing out clumps.

  • Choose a spray tip for your sprayer that is large enough to allow your texture to come through. Attach the tip according to the product's instructions.

  • Hook up the sprayer to an air compressor and set the pressure as indicated in the sprayer's manual.

  • Put on protective clothing, including long sleeves and latex gloves. A hat or head scarf is also a good idea, especially if you are spraying the ceiling. Always wear safety goggles when spraying.

  • Stir your texture paint thoroughly to evenly distribute the texture. If you are adding texture manually, mix up the entire batch at once so you don't have texture variations throughout the project.

  • Pour the paint into the sprayer's hopper up to the fill line.

  • Practice spraying on a large piece of cardboard until you get a feel for the sprayer's trigger. Move your arm in broad, sweeping motions back and forth as you spray.

  • Spray the paint on your walls or ceiling once you are comfortable with your level of control over the sprayer. Keep the motion steady as you spray so you don't end up with a heavy coating in one area and lighter coatings elsewhere.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean out the sprayer immediately after use to ensure you don't get a tip clogged with paint and texture pieces.

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