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Can you use a paint sprayer to spray wood stain?

Updated February 21, 2017

Most people use a paintbrush, manufactured for use with oil paints, to apply stain to wood surfaces. This can make staining larger surfaces tedious and time-consuming. You can use a paint sprayer to apply wood stain, as long as you understand some important concepts.

Pressure

Wood stain is much thinner than paint. This quality causes higher quantities to eject through the tip of the sprayer, leading to an excess of stain that can contribute to heavy runs and drips. You can combat this issue by turning down the pressure setting on the paint sprayer.

Cleaning

Water is appropriate for cleaning paint sprayers used to apply latex paint; however, it will ruin paint sprayers used to apply oil-based stain. White spirit are appropriate for cleaning a paint sprayer used to apply any type of oil-based coating.

Safety

Oil-based stains emit heavy fumes. This effect is exacerbated by paint sprayers, which expel the stain in fine mists. Always wear a respirator when applying stain to interior wood surfaces.

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Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.