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Best Paint Sprayers for Home Use

Updated on January 26, 2012
Best Painting Sprayers for Home Use
Best Painting Sprayers for Home Use

Paint sprayers can make extremely quick work of most tedious painting jobs, but it still requires the same careful preparation as the traditional brush and roller methods. Paint spraying equipment can be purchased or rented from just about any local hardware or home improvement store. The online retailer Amazon also carries a great selection of painting sprayers suitable for home use at great prices.

There are several types and sizes of paint sprayers to consider before making a purchase, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The various types of painting sprayers include high-volume low-pressure (HVLP), airless, air-assisted airless and electrostatic enhanced. Regardless of the type, all paint sprayers essentially work the same way which is by atomizing paint and directing it to a work-surface in a spray or fan pattern. Here are a few of the best paint sprayers available to get the job done right.

Best Airless Paint Sprayers

Airless paint sprayers are great because they do not rely on an air compressor to force the paint up through the spraying nozzle. They actually use a motorized pump which pressurizes and pushes the paint out of the tip of the spray gun. The paint is atomized by the high pressure built up in the tube. This results in a nice, smooth finish while using less paint. A great advantage for airless paint sprayers is in their portability and versatility between paints, primers and stains.

Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer

The Graco Magnum X5 is much faster than using traditional brush and roller painting methods. It is capable of spraying in any direction and can handle up to 5 gallons of paint per hour directly from the can. The magnum X5 comes equipped with everything to get the job done including the sprayer, a 20-foot hose, instruction manual and an instructional DVD. Cleanup is also a breeze with this paint sprayer making it a pleasure to work with.

Wagner ProCoat 2800 PSI Airless Paint Sprayer

This Wagner paint spraying system sports a tough commercial grade metal sprayer that is capable of tackling large and small projects with ease. The 35-foot high pressure airless hose enables free mobility and access to the most difficult spots. The Procoat Paint Sprayer is ideal for repainting home exteriors as well as decks, fences, sheds, doors and walls. The machine’s piston-pump technology allows this system to easily handle thick latex and oil based paints and sealants. There is also an adjustable pressure control to help minimize overspray. This Wagner model utilizes a ½ horsepower motor that is capable of spraying a gallon of paint every 5 minutes.

Best HVLP Paint Sprayers

A high volume low-pressure spray guns are connected to a turbine motor that forces high volumes of air under low pressure into the paint sprayer. Some of these sprayers are designed to work along with air compressors in a slightly different manner.

Wagner Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer

The Wagner Control Spray Max is a hoss of a painting sprayer. This machine is capable of applying different types of paints, primers, lacquers and stains. The turbine in this sprayer is powerful enough to handle thicker paint such as latex, while the variable flow pressure control minimizes overspray when working with thinner materials such as stains. The Wagner Spray Max produces a beautifully even and smooth finish. You can even choose between 3 different spray patterns depending on the task.

Fuji 3003 Q3 PRO Quiet 3-Stage HVLP Paint Sprayer System

Though it is a little pricey, the Fuji Q3 Pro paint sprayer is an excellent industrial grade spray system that produces professional results. This machine is perfect for professional cabinet and furniture makers due to the high quality finishes it can produce using several different materials including lacquers, latex paint, stains, enamel and polyurethane. What really makes the Fuji Pro so nice is the soundproofing technology which makes for about a 50% quieter operation than most HVLP turbine motors.. The paint sprayer system is light weight and equipped with a 25-foot hose for easy maneuvering. If you are a professional painter or finisher, then you owe it to yourself to try the Fuji Q3 Pro. You’ll be glad you did.

Best Cheap Paint Sprayers for Small Budgets

When working with smaller projects, it may be more cost effective to go with a budget paint sprayer. These painting sprayers my be smaller and cheaper, but they can produce very nice finishes at a fraction of the cost. The following tools are excellent choices for beginners or experts alike and they won't break the bank.

Critter Spray 118SG Siphon Gun

The Critter Spray Siphon is a perfect entry level paint sprayer that will serve the needs of beginners and professionals alike. It has a very simple two-adjustment design making it extremely easy to use and operate. The Siphon is powered by a ¾ horsepower tankless compressor which is perfect for small to medium surfaces. This painting sprayer proves that big results can come from small sprayers. It’s not designed to tackle large rooms and such, but for smaller projects this machine is worth every penny.

Wagner Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer

The Wagner Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer is a highly versatile budget HVLP tool that is suitable for interior and exterior use. This sprayer offers maximum control over several materials such as paints, stains and sealers. The Double Duty is also good at controlling overspray, resulting in a professional, clean and even finish. This sprayer is capable of producing vertical fan, horizontal fan and circular patterns to achieve the desired results. Material changes are quick and easy thanks to its unique Lock-n-go technology. This painting sprayer will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Observe All Safety Precautions When Using Paint Sprayers!
Observe All Safety Precautions When Using Paint Sprayers!

How to Use a Paint Sprayer to Paint a Home Exterior

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is the fact that it is important to observe all of the safety precautions for your paint spraying equipment. The paint will be under a lot of pressure which could result in torn skin or injections of toxins into the blood stream if used incorrectly. Make sure you wear the proper protective safety gear such as safety glasses and a respirator, especially when working indoors.

Since we’re talking about painting, it is also wise to pay close attention to the weather. You should plan to spray if there is a likelihood of rain or if it is windy.

Step 1: Start by removing all of the exterior light fixtures, screens, screen doors and anything else that is detachable.

Step 2: Use painters tape or masking tape to cover all permanent surfaces that you do not want to paint.

Step 3: Strain the paint through a cheesecloth to remove debris particles and mix the paint together in a 5-gallon bucket. Then fill the paint sprayer container.

Step 4: Test the paint sprayer pattern on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard. Begin adjusting the pressure until you get an even fan without any thick lines along the edge of the spray pattern.

Using a Paint Sprayer

Step 5: Cut in around doors and windows with the paint. Spray the paint alongside the doors and windows, applying an even coat.

Step 6: If you accidentally spray an excessive amount of paint in an area and it starts to run, stop the sprayer. Use a paintbrush to spread the paint out and eliminate the runs.

Step 7: Hold the paint sprayer perpendicular to the house, approximately 12 inches from the wall, close to a corner. Move your entire arm, rather than just the wrist, in a steady side-to-side motion. Do not wave your arm in an arc. Start your arm movement, then start the gun.

Step 8: Spray the paint in an even motion taking care not to tilt the gun. As you make passes back and forth, overlap each coat of paint by about 30 to 50 percent to get more paint on the surface. When stopping, release the trigger before discontinuing your motion.

Bottom Line

Paint Sprayers can be wonderful time savers. Nothing compares when it comes to painting those rough, uneven spaces. These high quality painting sprayers are easy to use and will give you a lasting professional finish that you will be proud of. No matter what your skill level or budget, you can find excellent quality paint sprayers that will produce the results you need for your home or project.

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