Safety for Using a Paint Sprayer Indoors

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  • 4-100 hours
  • Intermediate
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Using a paint sprayer indoors is a very common occurrence. There are a few things that can make it safer for you and those working around you. Keeping a room well ventilated, the pressure of your sprayer, ladder safety, appliance safety and wearing protective gear are the basics you should keep in mind.

1. Ventilation

Ventilation is always key when painting indoors, even more so with a sprayer. The tiny particles that are pushed into the air from the high pressure of the sprayer pump necessitate the use of nose and mouth protection. There are many different types of masks you can purchase to avoid breathing in the chemicals in the paint. Also, open doors and windows to ensure paint fumes escape while you are working.

2. Pressure

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You can set sprayer pressure higher when doing outside jobs. The materials you paint outdoors tend to be a bit more durable then drywall. On a trigger sprayer with its pressure set too high, it is possible to indent indoor walls. Always test your pressure and calibration before you begin spraying a room.

3. Ladders

Ladders seem to pose a safety hazard wherever they are, however painting on one is a whole different hazard. When you are using a sprayer and on a ladder make sure your hose extends the full height you need it to. If you do not have a ladder hook for a larger sprayer then do not attempt to prop it. You risk injury to yourself and ruining your sprayer. Move your ladder when needed, do not lean as far as you can before you decide to move the ladder. Your spray pattern is more likely to be uneven and you risk falling.

4. Appliance Safety

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Spraying paint in your home can cause different problems for appliances around your home. Turn off the air conditioner or heater to keep airborne particles from entering your intake vents and damaging your unit. You also should worry about pilot lights. If a utility room or any room is being sprayed that has a live flame then the flame needs to be extinguished.

5. Proper Protection

It is recommended for safety and convenience that you wear protective clothing in addition to the respirator or mask. Wear protective clothing, long sleeves and long pants or a set of painting overalls. Use eye goggles so you can see where you are painting without getting paint in your eyes. Also, protective headwear is recommended for overspray.

Read all safety and warning labels on the equipment and paint products. Take into consideration the environment that you are working in and the tools being used to do the job. All of these safety precautions are recommendations to help ensure your safety while using a paint sprayer.