If you’ve been following our blog, you’d realize that there are a ton of products out there for making your compressor stand out.
You’ll often see a mix of “paint” and “compressor”. There are many types of compressors out there, so I’ll start with the simplest: a paint compressor.
You can spray paint these. Or you can try my friend Steve’s design, “compressor paint and spray-paint”.
The paint-compressor combination can take the edge off the paint job and provide a smooth transition when painting.
Here are the three basic steps:
1. Get an air compressor. There are a million of them. The air compressor I have doesn’t have any holes. I just mount mine outside on a table. Then I spray paint on the outside to get a clean look.
2. Paint. Paint the air compressor.
3. Spray spray spray-paint. Spray the paint to complete the air compressor look.
As you can see, these steps are fairly straight-forward but the air compressor doesn’t really have any holes in it so you’ll spray directly onto the air compressor.
This is a painting process because I’m using a paint and air compressor combination.
The biggest challenge you’ll face is finding a paint to mix. Here is a couple of links on paints and air compressor paint.
You’ll want some color for the exterior paint. I like this “White Gold” paint that I bought a few years ago. It has a “V” pattern on an orange base coat.
There are a lot of different paint applications for a compressor. I like “Dip & Drip” to paint the exterior with acrylic latex paint.
When I painted the compressor in the beginning, I wanted to get a gloss finish that would not stain the wood and paint will not help you.
My compressor has no screws, so I used an air dryer to spray paint the exterior.
I used this paint with a “vortex” sprayer and to help hold all the paint that fell off the inside of the compressor.
You will find a lot of different paint applications if you just search the internet.
For this tutorial, I applied the paint before applying primer.
The main rule is that no paint should touch the paint on top of the compressor.
You’ll see in photos below that there was a little