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How to Really Save Time with a Paint Sprayer

Time is money to a professional painter. We clean well when we must, but often we don’t need to go all the way. Homeowners get frustrated by cleaning. Here’s a tip.

When using any wet paint tools we really try to save time when switching paints. Below is for sprayers in particular.


You are spraying walls and ceilings (or even exteriors) with any type of sprayer applying white latex primer. Your paint color will also be latex and white on the ceiling and latex and maybe off-white on the walls.

When done priming, do you need to clean the sprayer/roller? No way José.

  • First, suck up some water to push the primer back in the bucket (we remove the spray gun or flip the tip backward to keep down the mess)
  • When you see water, put your siphon in your ceiling paint and push out the water
  • Rock and roll

When done the ceiling, and you have another white, do the same thing.

If you have a color, yes you need to run some water around inside the pump. But you’ll do 2 coats and by the time you get a little into the first coat, you won’t see any old white.

Time saver galore and does not affect quality at all.

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