Lots of (semi-)professionals use air compressors for painting jobs. And that’s definitely a good choice! In this article we’ll tell you why painting with an air compressor has the best results, and we’ll also explore the different types of air compressors MARK has to offer. Let’s discuss the different compressors that are up to the task.
Powering your paint sprayer with an air compressor has lots of advantages as opposed to using a brush or roller:
Paint sprayers come in different shapes and sizes: some are powered by air compressors, others are not. The advantage of using an air compressor is that there is a constant airflow: the power of your paint sprayers always stays the same. That way you’re sure you’ll finish the job like a professional, without loss of pressure.
As you’ve already read there’s a difference between rotary-screw and piston compressors. The choice for either of these compressors depends on the types of paint jobs you do. For larger projects, a continuous airflow is needed: in this case a rotary-screw compressor is the best choice for you. That’s why, for professional use we’d recommend using a rotary-screw compressor.
For smaller paint jobs, or for painting small surfaces, you might choose a piston compressor. They are easier to move around and do not deliver a continuous airflow. They are also the ideal choice if you're just getting started or you solely use your paint sprayer for smaller, personal or DIY projects.
CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is the volume of air that an air compressor produces per minute. In other words: it’s the quantity of air the compressor can produce. Usually paint sprayers need a rather large CFM: that way the paint is ejected with enough force so it will spread evenly along the surface you want to paint.
MARK offers a wide array of air compressors, each with their specific CFM. Most paint sprayers require a high volume of CFM. That way the paint breaks up and gets distributed evenly. Matching the CFM of your air tool(s) is essential when choosing the right compressor.
We’ve already told you about what size of air compressor would be ideal for your purposes. Again, this depends on your specific situation. For painting we’d recommend a larger size air compressor that holds enough air pressure so you can get the job done in one go. However, space might be an issue: you don’t want to buy a compressor that’s too big to move or put in your garage.