How to Choose A Paint Sprayer Rental

Why Rent A Paint Sprayer?

If you have a major painting project to deal with, an airless paint sprayer can save an incredible amount of time. A large exterior painting project, such as painting siding, is very time consuming without the aid of a sprayer.

The cost to buy a sprayer varies greatly, but most are not cheap. A top-rated Graco paint sprayer costs no less than $2,500, while a cheap sprayer, designed mostly for occasional homeowner use, costs less than $1,000 in most cases. Unless you plan to use the machine frequently, a paint sprayer rental is the cheapest and most practical way to go.

A paint sprayer rental usually costs between $25 and $100 per day, depending where you live in the United States. The price is also based on the type of sprayer, but $75 per day is a typical rental rate.

Paint Sprayer Rental Advice

A paint sprayer rental usually comes equipped with one spray tip, but the included tip probably won't be the appropriate size needed for your painting project. For example, the tip size needed for spraying the siding on a house will be different than the tip size needed for spraying interior doors or base trim. The tip size is dependant on the material and surface being sprayed. Once you determine the appropriate tip size needed, buy one at the paint store if the included tip is the wrong size. The price per new tip is usually less than $40.

To select the right spray tip, first determine the recommended size, according to the paint manufacturer. Visit the website for the brand of paint you're using and locate the page that lists the manufacturer recommendations for spray application. To minimzie over-spray and achieve the best spray results, select only the recommended tip size.

You will need to rent a sprayer that supports the tip size you're going to be using. Call the store that's renting the sprayer and find out the make and model of the machine, then simply look up the sprayer online and find out the maximum tip size supported. You can find the maximum supported tip size in the product description on any website selling the sprayer.

In order to save time and achieve the best results, always choose the appropriate paint sprayer rental for the job at hand. Every sprayer delivers paint through the spray nozzle at a specified flow rate, which is known as gallons per minute (GPM). The higher the GPM figure, the faster you will be able to spray the paint and finish the job.

It is a good idea to rent a larger airless sprayer for a big job because a small sprayer could struggle to keep up, which means it could end up taking longer to finish the job. Most paint stores rent one sprayer that's versatile enough for most job sizes, but for a big paint job, choose a machine with .4 to .5 GPM and .33 (1/3 gallon per minute) for small jobs.

Most paint stores rent Graco airless paint sprayers, which are some of the best spray machines available. If your local paint store happens to rent Graco spray equipment, rent the 390, 490 or 495 model if possible. All three sprayers are excellent machines. I own a Graco 495 and it's a very versatile machine, capable of spraying jobs of any size.


Airless or HVLP?

The paint store, or rental shop, will recommend the appropriate sprayer for your project if there's more than one machine for rent. Choosing the right machine is really important, because airless and HVLP sprayers are very different and should only be used for certain projects.

Airless paint sprayers atomize paint into small droplets using extreme pressure. The pressure output is often referred to as PSI (pounds per square inch). Most airless spray paint machines deliver a minimum of 3,000 PSI. These machines are suitable for production work, such as spraying siding, walls or trim in a house.

Over-spray is the disadvantage of an airless paint sprayer, but it can be reduced, or controlled, by turning the pressure control down and using a smaller tip size. Setting the pressure too high, or using an over-sized spray tip, will lead to excessive over-spray, and if you're painting outside, the slightest breeze in the air could carry the paint to nearby homes and vehicles.

The small HVLP sprayer (high volume, low pressure) is different than an airless sprayer. The HVLP sprayer, or cup sprayer, uses a separate air compressor to deliver air at a low pressure through the spray gun, which creates a softer spray mist and less over-spray. Only rent an HVLP sprayer for jobs demanding a fine finish, such as cabinets or furniture. In most cases, an airless paint sprayer is most common rental available. HVLP machines aren't meant for production work. You can also achieve a fine finish using an airelss sprayer and the appropriate tip.

This article was written by Matt Goetz, owner of the Crystal Lake, IL painting company Advantage Painting Services. Our company provides interior/exterior painting and staining services, airless spraying, deck refinishing and wallpaper removal. Request a free estimate online today.

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