How to spray acrylic paint

Today we will learn about how we can spray acrylic paint for our own projects or for our clients with satisfactory results.

This guide will be a step-by-step procedure for spraying acrylic paint with a spray gun and this guide will be helpful for those newcomers who are hesitant about the process and are afraid to paint acrylic paint their self.

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Acrylic paints are pretty straightforward to use, though you will have better results polishing them.

You should also be aware that it is a very old form of paint and is not widely used these days as there are superior alternatives.

Despite this, acrylic paints are still good products and you can get some simple instructions below on how to make your job easier while using them.

Method to mix acrylic paint for spray gun

When it comes time to thin latex paint, make sure to know what the recommended ratio is: 1-part water to 3 parts paint.

Although some painters prefer to use 10% water more commonly associated with oil paints, traditional latex paints are thinner compared to oils and thus require less water in order for them not to dry out as it consumes more storage area than oils.

When using an airless sprayer, however, the ratio might need to be modified. For example, if you’re using an HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayer or a handheld system.

You should be adding about 20-30%, of water when thinning out your latex paint – but keep in mind that this will depend on how much the device sprays.

Which solvent we can use to thin Acrylic paint?

You can use water or a commercial solvent to thin acrylic paint. You should be careful when you thin acrylic paint as it can be damaged by improper thinning.

Be sure not to use too much water or solvent in the paint or it will come out too thin and watery and will be unusable.

If you thin it too much, you can always go back and add a little paint to thicken the mix. It is important to test thin paint on scrap wood before you use it on valuable pieces.

spraying acrylic paint with spray gun

Tools we need to spray Acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is the best for craft projects. It is water-based and non-toxic, so it’s safe for children to use. It is also easy to clean.

If you don’t have a store near you, you can buy online. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are spraying Acrylic paint so that it comes out the way you intended. You will need:

  • A good quality spray paint. You can buy acrylic paint online or at a craft store. Many local craft stores have sales on craft supplies one or two times a year, so it might be worth waiting for a sale.
  • An area outdoors or in a very well-ventilated room. Acrylic paint will not irritate you, but the fumes are strong.
  • Acrylic craft paint in the color you want. Full-coverage, heavy-coverage, and extra-heavy-coverage are good for painting furniture.
  • A paintbrush.
  • An old t-shirt or painter’s masking paper. A t-shirt will let you more easily see where the paint is going.
  • A painter’s mask.
  • A piece of wood or a cardboard box.
  • A stiff, wire brush.
  • A roll of paper towels or an old rag.
  • A paper plate.
  • Paint thinner for the acrylic paint. Acrylic

Thin Acrylic paint for the spraying process

Thin acrylic paint for spraying with a distilled water spray bottle. Use 2-3 parts paint and 1-part distilled water. Shake the mixture before spraying.

Spray only the opening of the airbrush and do not spray on the nozzle. Avoid spraying the paint on a flat surface, rather spray it over a piece of paper.

This way you will avoid clogging the nozzle. Keep the airbrush in a well-ventilated place while drying the paint.

Techniques for spraying Acrylic paint with an HVLP spray gun

Be prepared and take it slow when you are spraying. When you are first learning, you don’t have to pay someone to spray for you.

Things that aren’t mission-critical can be used as practice pieces. You want to avoid layering on light coats because it will give your project a bumpy finish.

Applying a wet coat with your gun slowly and methodically across the surface is what makes the difference.

Speed and control for HVLP

HVLP is slower than airless, but not so much that it’s a big deal. If you’ve had some experience with an airless sprayer before then you’ll be slightly disappointed with HVLP because of the speed factor, but only slightly.

It does have more control in terms of application however and it tends to get into trouble less often than airless if you operate it correctly.

Method to paint Acrylic with a spray gun

In order to spray acrylic paint with a spray gun, you need to first thin down the paint. This must be done with a thinner and not water.

Then you need to hook up the spray gun to the compressor. Make sure you have a filter and use the correct nozzle for the paint.

You can have a dry painting and wet spraying. A dual-action is best to use and generally, a sizing tip is recommended.

Make sure you have the right distance to spray, the right angle, and pressure. Always begin by spraying a bit of water or solvent on the wall to see the consistency and pattern of the spray.

Try to keep the gun moving as you spray. You can spray horizontally and vertically. Make sure you have proper room ventilation to avoid any negative effects of the spray.


Acrylics are indeed sprayable. They can be sprayed without thinning, which is why they are good for large surfaces like walls and floors. If the paint is intended to be used on canvas however, it should still be thinned before spraying. Acrylic-only spray paints are available on the market, but you can usually thin them with water or solution. If you are using a regular acrylic paint however, it is best to thin it using a good quality acrylic thinning product. These are usually water-soluble products that are designed to thin paints without changing the quality of the paint. The paints are then ready to spray on. If you are using a finish designed to be sprayed, it is best to thin it with water before spraying. Many of these finishes are water-based, which is the reason thinning it with water doesn’t change the effect or quality.

Acrylics are a medium that are both easy to use, and fairly versatile. They’re not as simple and “natural” to work with as watercolors, for example, but compared to oil paints, acrylics are easier to work with and clean up. When it comes to painting with fluid acrylics, sometimes you do have to thin them with water. The amount of water you add to your acrylic paint depends on the consistency you want.

Yes, you can dilute acrylic paint with water. In fact, many artists dilute acrylic paint with water to create different effects and create a variety of painting techniques. One of the best things about acrylic paint is that it is water-soluble. The best way to dilute acrylic paint is to use a mix of 50% water to 50% acrylic paint. This way, you can dilute your acrylic paint without compromising the quality or ruining the paint.

There are several ways to make acrylic paint flow better, which is the process of making it thinner. The three most common ways are: – Diluting with water – Diluting with medium acrylic gels – Diluting with other acrylic paints and mediums. Water works well, but it affects the color of the paint. Adding other acrylic paints does not work well. Medium acrylic gels do work well, but they are not so good for the environment. They also tint the color of the paint a little.

Verdict on How to spray acrylic paint

Here is the complete guide on spray painting with acrylic paint type for newbies who were confused to do the work by themselves.

I have written my experience so that you guys can get help with this and paint acrylic paint without making any mistakes on your project because as you know for us painters our project is the most important thing which we don’t want to mess up at any cost.

Follow each step explained in this guide and paint your surfaces for yourself or for your clients with satisfactory results.

Comment down if you have any questions in your mind and I will answer those. Till then adios!

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