Tips on Spray Tips

Find out more about spray tip ranges and why they are important to achieving a high quality finish.


Whether you're a professional painter or a DIY enthusiast, achieving a flawless finish when applying paint or other coatings is a skill worth mastering. While factors like the quality of your paint and surface preparation play crucial roles, one often underestimated element that significantly impacts the result is the choice of spray tips. These seemingly small and straightforward accessories can make a world of difference in your coating application process. In this blog, we'll explore the importance of using different spray tips for spraying paint and other coatings, helping you elevate your coating application game to a whole new level.


1. Understanding Spray Tips: The Basics

Before diving into the various types of spray tips available, let's start with the fundamentals. Spray tips are the nozzles through which paint or coating material is expelled from the spray gun. They determine the spray pattern's width and the amount of material released per minute, known as the flow rate or gallons per minute (GPM). The size of the tip orifice and the tip's fan pattern are the key factors that affect the spray application.


2. Importance of Selecting the Right Spray Tip

2.1 Achieving Desired Finish Quality: Different projects require different finishes. Whether you're aiming for a fine, smooth finish or a thick, textured one, the spray tip plays a vital role. Using the wrong tip size can lead to uneven application (over applying/getting too much on the wall than needed), excessive overspray, or insufficient coverage.

2.2 Optimizing Efficiency: The right spray tip can enhance your productivity by allowing you to cover larger areas in less time. On the other hand, an improper tip selection may lead to frequent material refills and more time spent on touch-ups.

2.3 Controlling Overspray: Overspray is the bane of every painter. It not only wastes precious material but also creates a messy work environment. By selecting the appropriate spray tip, you can better control overspray, minimize waste, and save costs. 

2.4 Compatibility with Coating Material: Different coatings, such as latex paint, oil-based paint, stains, varnishes, and sealers, have varying viscosities. A suitable spray tip ensures that the material is atomized and distributed evenly for a smooth application.


3. Types of Spray Tips

3.1 Tip Sizes: Spray tips are categorized based on their orifice size. The size is typically indicated by a three-digit number, where the first digit represents the fan width, and the last two digits indicate the orifice size in thousandths of an inch (e.g., 515: 5-inch fan width, 0.015-inch orifice). Smaller orifices produce a narrower fan pattern and are suitable for detailed work, while larger orifices cover broader areas.

3.2 Reversible Tips: These versatile tips can be easily reversed if clogged during the painting process. This feature saves time by eliminating the need to disassemble the gun for cleaning.

3.3 Fine Finish Tips: For achieving a smooth, professional finish, fine finish tips are the way to go. They are designed specifically for low-viscosity coatings, ensuring a high-quality application. 

3.4 Wide Fan Tips: When speed is of the essence, wide fan tips come in handy. They cover large surfaces quickly and are ideal for projects where a fine finish is not a priority.

3.5 Adjustable Tips: Some spray tips offer adjustable fan widths, allowing you to switch between different spray patterns, such as horizontal, vertical, and round, without changing the tip.

For even more detail on spray tips, click here to read our previous blog

4. Tips for Spray Tip Maintenance

To make the most out of your spray tips and ensure their longevity, proper maintenance is essential:

4.1 Clean Thoroughly: After each use, clean the spray tip meticulously using the appropriate solvent or cleaning agent to prevent clogging.

4.2 Inspect Regularly: Check your spray tips regularly for signs of wear or damage, as worn tips can lead to an uneven spray pattern.

4.3 Replace When Necessary: Don't hesitate to replace a worn-out or damaged spray tip. It's a small investment that significantly impacts the quality of your work.

Understanding the different types of spray tips and their applications helps you to achieve the desired finish quality, optimize efficiency, and minimize overspray. Remember, investing in high-quality spray tips and maintaining them properly will go a long way in enhancing your overall painting experience and ensuring stunning results for your projects. So, next time you pick up your spray gun, choose your spray tip wisely, and let your coating prowess shine!


You can browse and purchase spray tips from the Spray Plant UK website. Click here to visit the page. If you need any further advice or support with choosing the right spray tip for your paint or plaster job, please call us today.

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