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Why Becoming an Airless Spray Painter can Boost your Decorating Business

Are you a decorator looking to take your business to the next level? Are you tired of the traditional brush and roller method that leaves your arms sore and your projects taking longer than they should? Well, have you considered learning to become an airless spray painter?

We have been spray painting ourselves for over 20 years and providing spray paint training for over 5 years, so we know firsthand how becoming an airless spray painter can offer a range of benefits to decorators, from saving time to creating a more professional finish and boosting your profits. In this article, we will discuss how learning to spray paint and becoming an airless spray painter can boost your decorating business.


Airless Spray Painter: What are we going to discuss?

First, we’ll explore the advantages of using an airless spray machine over traditional methods. Then, we’ll guide you through choosing the right airless spray painter for your business. Next, we’ll provide tips on getting started with airless spraying. We’ll also discuss the benefits of learning to use an airless spray machine, including how it can help you create professional-looking decorations for your business. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some examples of how airless spray painters can help take your decorating business to the next level.

By the end of this article, you’ll have a solid understanding of why learning to spray paint can be a game-changer for your business and how to get started. So, let’s dive in!

Spray painting is a great way to add a unique and creative touch to any decorating project. It can be used to create beautiful designs, textures, and finishes that will make your projects stand out from the rest. Learning how to spray paint can help you take your decorating business to the next level by giving you the ability to create unique and eye-catching designs that will draw in customers. With the right techniques and tools, you can quickly and easily transform any space into something special.

The Advantages of Using an Airless Spray Machine to Boost Your Decorating Business

Following on from above, being an airless spray painter can be a great way to boost your business! Airless spray painting is a fast and efficient way to paint quickly and professionally while creating a better final look then you can by hand. Here are some of the advantages of using an airless spray painter for your decorating business:

1. Speed:

Firstly, an airless spray machine can significantly increase productivity and efficiency in your decorating business. With an airless spray machine, you can cover a large area in a short amount of time, allowing you to complete projects much faster than traditional painting methods. This means that you can take on more jobs and increase your revenue significantly.

2. Quality:

Secondly, an airless spray machine provides a higher quality finish compared to traditional painting methods. The way an airless spray machine works is that the paint is atomised into small droplets, resulting in a smooth and even finish. Spraying is especially beneficial when working on surfaces such as doors, skirtings, ornate ceilings or even uneven surfaces or textures, as the machine can easily reach into crevices and corners.

3. Versatility:

Airless sprayers, along with the correct technique and the right product, are perfect for a variety of surfaces commonly used by a decorator.
This means that you can take on projects from your residential room to luxury seven-bedroom houses or more commercial projects. There is a huge range of airless sprayers to suit your projects and budget, making it easy to find the right machine for your decorating business.

4. Cost-effectiveness:

Some might argue that airless spray machines are expensive compared to brushes and rollers however, there are a number of reasons airless sprayers are one of the best investments you can make in your decorating business, and we say this with 100% conviction.

a) Airless machines can last years with the proper care and maintenance! For example, our first ever spray machine was in service for over 15 years. Even then, when we decided to replace it with a newer model, another decorator rescued it from the skip and its still working and earning money.
b) As mentioned above, the amount of work you can get through with an airless sprayer vs by hand is significantly increased. As you can only imagine, you can get through more projects and even increase the quality of jobs you get. We have had a few firemen through the academy over the years who decorate on their days off. They wanted to get into spraying because they can get through so much more work. Speeding up projects directly influences your business profits, making an airless sprayer one of the cost-effective investments you can make in your decorating business.
c) There are hundreds of airless spray machines on the market to meet any job type and budget. You don’t have to jump straight into a machine that costs thousands. You can start with an entry-level machine like the QTech QT190 or Graco GX21 and work your way up as your business and budget grows. Your airless sprayer will grow with your business, and like all of us ‘seasoned sprayers, ‘ you will end up with a few too many machines after a few years.

Using an airless sprayer is an excellent way to boost your decorating business by providing faster results, higher quality finishes and bring some excitement back into decorating. With all these advantages, it’s no wonder why so many businesses are turning to airless spraying as their go-to method for painting projects!


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Benjamin Franklin



How to Choose the Right Airless Spray Painter for Your Decorating Business

If you’re looking to expand your decorating business, investing in an airless spray painter is a great way to increase efficiency and quality. Airless sprayers are ideal for painting large surfaces quickly and evenly, making them perfect for any project from a one bedroom residential to commercial projects. However, with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. Some of the brands we recommend are Graco, Tritech, QTech, and Wagner.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right airless spray painter for your decorating business:

1. Consider Your Needs:

Before you start shopping, take some time to think about what kind of projects you’ll be using the sprayer for. Are you looking for something that can handle large-scale jobs or smaller projects? Do you need a machine that can handle both interior and exterior painting? Do you really need an airless sprayer, or should you be looking for an HVLP? Knowing what kind of work you’ll be doing will help narrow down your choices.

2. Look at Features:

Once you know what type of projects you’ll be tackling, it’s time to look at features. Different models offer different features, so make sure to compare them side by side before making a decision. Some features to consider include adjustable pressure settings, adjustable fan patterns, and variable speed control.

A great tip is not just to look at the brands but also the models. Take Tritech, for example. Tritech has several models (T4, T5, T7, T8, T9, T11), each with its own benefits. If you’re struggling to decide, you can speak to our sister company, SMS Spray Supplies, to get more information and support.

3. Check Reviews:

Reading reviews from other users is a great way to get an idea of how well a particular model performs in real-world conditions. Look for reviews from people who have used the same type of machine as the one you’re considering buying – this will give you an accurate picture of how it works in practice. Two of the best places to get information are the Spray Makes Sense website, which has in-depth information on the latest machines on the market, and the Spraying Makes Sense Facebook Group. With 13,700 members, you have access to openly ask thousands of decorators what they use and what’s best for you.

4. Compare Prices:

Price is always an important factor when making any purchase, so make sure to compare prices between different models before making your final decision. Don’t forget to factor in any additional costs, such as maintenance or replacement parts, when calculating the total cost of ownership over time. Although price is very important, it’s also essential to consider the level of support you receive when you purchase your machine, will they show you how to set it up and how to operate it safely. Will they chat through the kind of work you do and advise the best sprayer for you and your budget? If not it might be worth choosing a supplier that can offer this level of support. You can again reach out to the team at SMS Spray Supplies for advice on maintenance.

Choosing the right airless spray painter for your decorating business doesn’t have to be difficult – just keep these tips in mind and do your research before making a purchase!

Tips for Getting Started as an Airless Spray Painter for Your Decorating Business

1. Research:

As mentioned in the above sections, it’s really important that you do your research to make sure that learning to spray paint is right for you. Personally, we find that spray painting is suitable for around 95% of decorators and can boost the success of all those businesses. Look at the “Spraying Makes Sense” Facebook group and speak to us at the PaintTech Training Academy.

2. Train to be a airless spray painter:

I cannot emphasise enough the importance of learning how to spray paint before going into a customer’s property and start spraying. When I started spraying, there wasn’t the training that there is now, which is why we created PaintTech. There is now so much access to training that decorators can quickly up skill and hit the ground running. You’ll still make mistakes, but with training, you’ll be able to spot those mistakes quicker and fix the issue.

3. Find out if you can claim CITB funding.

As a leading trainer of spray paint courses, PaintTech courses are developed to be fully CITB-funded if you or your business qualifies for the funding. Getting funding isn’t as intense as you might think, and PaintTech’s team of advisors are really good at helping you meet the funding criteria. So not only can you take spray paint training courses, but you could also attend them for free.

4. Invest in Quality Equipment:

Investing in quality airless spray painting equipment is essential for a successful decorating business. Look for a reliable, durable sprayer that will last you for years to come. If you are considering attending a course, then you don’t need to have a paint sprayer before. We will provide the sprayer on the course. In fact, our courses are an excellent opportunity to work with a sprayer and ask our trainers further questions on what would be right for you.



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Learning to become an airless spray painter or any form of spray painter and plasterer is a great way to boost your decorating business. As highlighted above, it is quicker, better, and helps create a more professional final finish that your customers will love. With spray painting, you can complete more jobs per year, which will increase your business bottom line and make you a bigger business.


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