Posted by Bedford Precision on Aug 8th 2022

Selecting and Using Reversible Airless Spray Gun Tips 

With all of the airless paint gun tips, guards, and extensions out there, it can be difficult to determine the replacement parts that will best fit your needs. At Bedford Precision, we are here to help. We offer a variety of high-quality, affordable replacement parts, including reversible airless tips. Here is some information about the tips we offer. 

What Are the Types of Reversible Tips? 

Reversible Airless Tips are used in airless paint spraying equipment to atomize coatings into small droplets to coat a surface. 

Typically there are four types of reversible tips: 

● General use - General tips are used for a variety of projects, such as cabinets, interior and exterior painting, and siding.

● Line striper - Line striper tips are used for road markings and sports fields.

● Fine finish - Fine finish tips are mostly used on furniture, door frames, window frames and projects that require a smooth finish.

● Heavy duty - Heavy duty tips are used when working with high viscosity and textured materials.

Here at Bedford we stock general use, line striper, and fine finish tips, and some heavy duty. In addition to the various types of tips, there are different sizes that are specific to certain manufacturers. We sell tips that are equivalent to Graco Rac V Tips and Titan SC-6 Tips. The type of tip that is best for your project depends on the project itself, but also the size of your sprayer and how wide you would like the spray to be. 

What Does “Reversible Tip” Mean? 

Reversible means that the tip can be turned around to clean out the orifice. The benefit of a reversible tip is that it makes it much easier to clean. When you turn the tip around and spray, it unplugs a clogged paint spray gun. 

What Is the Typical Lifespan of a Reversible Tip? 

The lifespan of your reversible paint gun tip will depend on the type of coating being sprayed and the pressure at which the pump is operating. Generally, tips will need to be replaced after 50-100 gallons of use. Tips can be used longer than that, but the spray pattern deteriorates over time. This will cause more “overspray,” which results in excess gallons of paint being used. It's a good idea to have a few tips on hand because of this. 

If you need help determining which size tip you'll need for what job or what additional products will make sense - such as a guard or an extension - we are here to help.