How To Paint Hand Tools With HVLP Spray Gun?

Today’s world is the world of technology. Great scientific inventions have changed all the patterns of life. The rapid arrival of machines has entirely removed the traditional way of working making the work easier and faster.

Like other fields of life, the paint industry has also progressed to the extent that it seems amazing and unbelievable scenes glitter around us. The painters are using modern gadgets to make their work fun.

Painting buildings, homes, metals, woods, and hundreds of other structures is an enjoyable task now because they have spray guns in their hands. This article will show you How to Paint Hand Tools with HVLP Spray guns.

What Are The Hand Tools?

Hand Tools are the tools or equipment, we generally use in our daily life to make our work easy such as wrenches, screwier, hammers, keys, ax, sickles, buckets, brushes, etc.

These tools have great importance in routine work. We generally need them at every step of our working life.

Hand Tools

Well-designed and well-drafted tools are very reliable in the working process. They can last for many years if used carefully. But they are rusted over time and after a long working period, they need repairing and repainting.

If you have these hand tools at your home, you will have to keep them neat and clean and restore them when they get dirty or rusty.

For this purpose, you should study the manufacturer’s tool restoration guide to handle these handy tools that will describe in detail what kind of paint you can use in an HVLP spray gun.

Painting Hand Tools With HVLP Spray Gun

HVLP spray guns are the most commonly used guns for painting any surface. They can spray paint differently according to the nature of the paint and the level of the surface.

These high-volume low-pressure guns can also be used for painting hand tools easily. But it is a bit of technical work that has to be performed carefully with proper technique and art. After reading this article, you will be able to do the job easily.

Some Prior Considerations Of Painting Hand Tools Using HVLP Spray Gun

Follow the instructions given below;

  1. #1: Pick the hand tools you want to paint
  2. #2: Remove their denting if required
  3. #3: Wield them if they are broken or have small holes somewhere
  4. #4: Remove the residue, oil, grease, rust, sticker, etc.
  5. #5: Soak the metal to wash away slack dust
  6. #6: Give 15-30 minutes for to rust dissolver to work
  7. #7: Sand them/rub them with sandpaper or a sander
  8. #8: Wipe off all the grime making them dirt free
  9. #9: Wash them and dry them completely
  10. #10: Heat them in the furnace to remove all the rust and impurities

What Kind Of Paint Do You Use In An HVLP Spray Gun?

The HVLP spray gun works better with oil-based paint. Although water paint can be sprayed with these guns, they are less used for painting Hand Tools because they are mostly made of metal.

These oil-based paints are generally used in these guns to make the surface more charming and glittering.

What Pressure Should I Set My HVLP Spray Gun At?       

You should set the pressure of your HVLP spray gun between 25-30 PSI when you pull the trigger.

There is such a sheet also available, which shows the pressure between 8-10 PSI. But I suggest not setting this pressure pattern as it refers to the air cap pressure at which the paint comes out.

What Is The Process Of Paint Hand Tools With HVLP Spray Gun?

For painting the hand tools with an HVLP spray gun, the following process should be followed.

#1. Clean The Surface Of The Hand Tool

First of all, make sure that the surface of your small hand tool must be cleaned carefully.

If there is any residue or grease-type material, remove them immediately and then use a sander to make the surface rough so that the paint may stick to the surface.

#2. Remove All The Loose Paint

If the surface of your hand tool still has the remaining old paint in bad condition, remove it with a hand wire brush, scraping, or sanding.

If the already sprayed paint still exists there, wash it with mineral spirit and clean it with a cloth to remove the persistent filth.

#3. Removing The Rust From The Hand Tool Surface

When you plan to paint the surface of your hand tool with an HVLP spray gun, check first whether you have restored the surface to its original state or not.

For this purpose always use a wire brush to clean the surface or sand the area. Make sure that all the impurities like rust, filth, or dirt have been removed successfully.

If they remain somewhere at the surface the new coat of paint will not apply.

#4. Repairing The Small Dents And Holes

Next check the small dents and holes on the surface of your hand tool, if you find some, scratch them to make the surface bare enough for a new coat of paint.

So if the holes are small, fill them using an epoxy-based composite, but if they are large fill them using an epoxy filler or fix a piece of fiberglass mesh in the hole.

#5. Apply Or Spray The Right Primer First

When the surface of your hand tool is ready, first spray a coat of primer because it is very important for the next painting coat on the surface.

But always try to select the right primer according to the nature of your surface and apply it soon after the preparation of the surface.

#6. Using Tap On The Surface To Save From Painting

Now tap the area where you don’t want to spray paint. Sometimes the numbers or the name of the hand tool are left unpainted with the help of a tap.

After the final coat, when the paint is wet, remove the tap to see the undersurface.

#7. Apply The Second Coat / Paint Coat

When all is done smoothly, now fill your HVLP spray gun with mixed and prepared paint, hang your hand tool with a wire or piece of string with a wall and spray paint with an HVLP spray gun.

Make sure no place remains unpainted. Move your hand tool to the other direction and spray paint twice.

Here is the video tutorial for complete information on HVLP, if you want to get more information about the HVLP Spray guns then you can watch it.

YouTube video


While painting hand tools with an HVLP spray gun, keep in mind the following precautions;

  • #1: Clean the hand tool surface neatly
  • #2: Use a sander to rub or remove the rust and other residues
  • #3: Make the surface rough for the primer to stick on
  • #4: Mix your desired paint well before filling the gun.
  • #5: Hang the hand tool on the wall with a wire
  • #6: Choose the fine weather, time, and place most suitable for the work
  • #7: Avoid the inflammable material and keep them away from the workstation
  • #8: Use a mask, glasses, and cloth to cover your head
  • #9: Wear shoes, gloves, and a fitting dress when you start work
  • #10: Don’t smoke near the workplace
  • #11: Remember to clean the gun soon after finishing the work

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to dilute the paint before using it?

Yes, it is very necessary to dilute or thin the paint before using it because the viscosity or thickness of the paint doesn’t allow it to pass through the nozzle of the HVLP spray gun.

Can I paint hand tools with an HVLP spray gun?

Yes, of course, you can paint hand tools using an HVLP spray gun. Because the low pressure is very suitable for the paint to stick on the surface and make smooth finishing.

Is the primer coat necessary for further paint coat?

No, it is not necessary, but without a primer coat, the final paint coat doesn’t give the required shinning and smoothness.


In light of the above discussion, you can conclude that small hand tools are the need of every home, especially the people doing the technical work.

Keeping your hand tools in well looking and working position, you have to maintain them all the time. So to keep them safe from rusting, you need to paint them.

For this purpose, you can use an HVLP spray gun which is very useful, time-saving, and labor-reducing. In this way, you can keep your hand tools in a good working position.


Hi, Cristopher here. I have been working in the home improvement industry for the past 15 years, and I have developed strong expertise in spray guns and paint sprayers. I have a deep understanding of how these tools work and how to get the best results from them. In addition to my practical knowledge, I am also running this website dedicated to sharing tips and tricks for using spray guns and paint sprayers.

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