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Painting around the house, inside and out, can offer a lot of creative possibilities. You can make your mark on your home by choosing your own colors and designs.

Interior painting, in particular, is a great way to make your living spaces unique. The work can be tough, but there are certain tools you can use to make the process easier and the results even better.

Using a device like the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer is a perfect way to paint your interior walls. It offers a simple setup, consistent high-quality results, and quicker paint times. Plus, you don’t have to be a professional to use it.

If you combine a paint sprayer with some wall stencils, you can even create unique designs and patterns on your interior walls. Whether you buy stencils from the store or create your own, using wall stencils with a paint sprayer is an easy and effective way to add some spice to your walls.

Read on to learn how to use a Graco Airless Paint Sprayer with some wall stencils to dress up your interior spaces.

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What is an Airless Paint Sprayer?


Paint sprayers make the task of covering large surfaces with paint easy. Normally, you might use a paint sprayer on exterior walls, deck and floor finishes, and large interior surfaces.

Typically, a paint sprayer is quicker and more effective than painting by brush or paint roller. A paint sprayer can be up to 10 times faster than the brush and four times faster than the paint roller.

Paint sprayers usually come in two different types: an HVLP sprayer and an airless sprayer. The HVLP type of sprayer uses an air compressor to force paint out of the nozzle. An airless sprayer does the same thing using a hydraulic pump instead.

Typically, HVLP sprayers are preferred for smaller, more detailed work because of less overspray. This is spray where extra paint covers surfaces you didn’t intend to paint. An airless sprayer is used more often for outdoor applications and larger surfaces.

Both can be used for indoor applications, while an airless sprayer is required for outdoor use due to its higher performance capabilities.

Most paint sprayers come with three important parts: the motor, the gun, and the hoses. The motor sucks paint out of a bucket into the hoses that connect to the gun. At the tip of the gun, a nozzle forces the paint out at a high speed which creates a fine spray paint.

The Basics of the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer


The Graco Airless Paint Sprayer is one of the best tools to use for do-it-yourself indoor and outdoor paint projects. It is small, user-friendly, and gets the job done.

The highlights of the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer include:

  • Features a large metal SG2 head with large area spraying (10″-12″ in diameter).
  • A paint roller attachment for interior use.
  • Made of quality stainless steel.
  • Good for at home projects.
  • Good for DIY users

The sprayer is the perfect tool to use when painting interior walls. In combination with a wall stencil, you can add patterns to your walls to create unique designs and focal points.

Using the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer

Using the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer requires the same type of set up other paint sprayers need before you can begin to paint. It’s important to flush out any lingering fluids in the motor and hoses before you begin.

Step 1: Fill a bucket full of paint. You will need two buckets: one for the paint and another empty one to collect waste.

Step 2: Flush and prime the sprayer. Put the suction hose into the bucket and turn the setting to “prime.” Place the prime tube into the waste bucket. Wait for the paint to enter the waste bucket.

Step 3: Fill the gun. Switch the setting to “spray,” then squeeze the gun over the waste bucket. This will force paint to enter into the motor and gun. You may have to repeat this step if the paint in the bucket runs out.

Step 4: Begin to paint. Set the pressure using the control knob, point the gun at the paint surface, and begin to paint.

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Tips for Spraying

In order to get the best results when using a paint sprayer, follow these important tips:

Keep the gun perpendicular to the paint surface. You will want to avoid tipping the gun away from the wall while spraying. This will create an uneven spray pattern.

Move the gun parallel to the paint surface. Keep the gun from straying up and down. This will ensure equal coverage over the entire surface.

Move the gun quickly. Paint will begin to streak down the wall if you are too slow. Move quickly and consistently to avoid these streaks and to create a nice, even coat.

Move along in layers. Moving side to side, once you have reached the opposite edge, move down and reverse your direction. Continue this pattern until you have painted the entire surface.

Overlap the edges. As you move down to a new layer, overlap the edge by 30% or so. This will help to blend the edges so the surface looks uniform.

Wall Stencils


Using a wall stencil is one of the easiest ways to add intricate details and patterns to a paint job. Most often made of a sheet of plastic, a wall stencil blocks paint from sticking to certain parts of a wall. Other wall areas are covered when as paint sprays through the holes of the stencil.

Other wall areas are covered when as paint sprays through the holes of the stencil.

Finding wall stencils or creating your own to use is a simple step to bring your paint job to the next level. Read on to discover how to use wall stencils with the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer.

How to Use a Wall Stencil

Getting the best results with a wall stencil requires you to prepare the paint surface; securely attach the stencil to the surface; then strategically use the paint sprayer over the entire surface. Set up is easy if you take your time to do everything correctly up front.

Step 1: Prime the paint surface. Lay down one or two coats of a primer. If you want to paint a stencil pattern over a colored wall, paint the base color after you have primed. Add additional layers until you have your desired look. Let the paint dry.

Step 2: Clean the surface. Once it has dried, prepare the surface by cleaning it with TSP.

Step 3: Cover other areas. Mask off areas you don’t want to be painted. Lay down paint tarps.

Step 4: Secure the stencil. Use painter’s tape or spray adhesive to attach the stencil to the wall. Make sure the stencil is laying down flat. Any gaps between the wall and stencil will allow paint to enter, which will keep you from creating a clean pattern.

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Step 5: Spray. Point the gun nozzle at the surface and begin to spray. Move from side to side and cover the stencil, working your way down in layers until you reach the end.

Step 6: Backroll the paint. Take a paint roller (you can use the gun’s special attachment) and roll it across the fresh coat of sprayed paint. Roll around the edges and other surfaces until you have covered all of the freshly painted surfaces.

Step 7: Remove the stencil. Carefully take the stencil off and remove any tape you used. Check around the edges to make sure you aren’t leaving any stray paint behind. Let the paint dry.

Creating Your Own Stencils

If you don’t find any wall stencils that you want to use at your local paint or craft store, you can easily create your own stencils with just a little bit of time and effort. You can find images and designs online to use or create your own.

Step 1: Prepare your plastic sheets. Gather whatever plastic sheet(s) you want to create a stencil with.

You can also use other materials like cardboard, poster board, or foam board if you don’t want to reuse this stencil.

Step 2: Design your image. Using a picture or free drawing an image, design the image you want to turn into a stencil. You can draw directly on the plastic sheet with a pen or normal paper.

Use an overhead projector or tracing paper if you are copying a picture.

Step 3: Cut out the stencil. Use a utility knife to trace the edges you drew on the plastic. Move slowly and carefully. You can make a few practice cuts on a scrap piece of plastic if this is your first time.

Final Thoughts


With a little bit of time, effort, paint, and the right equipment, you can have great results on your interior walls. Whether you want a unique focal point or an entire room filled with repeating patterns, using the Graco Airless Paint Sprayer with some wall stencils is an easy and affordable option when doing do-it-yourself interior paint projects.

Go out and try your own paint project today! Check out our paint sprayer section on Tool Nerds for more tips and reviews.

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by Tyler Saunders time to read: 13 min
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