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Paint Sprayers Buying Guide

Speed up painting tasks with a paint sprayer that can provide a uniform finish for everything from small interior projects to large exterior surfaces. Take a look at this buying guide to find the right sprayer for your next project.

Types of Paint Sprayers

Types of Paint Sprayers

Paint sprayers are ideal for a range of painting projects, especially large or hard-to-reach areas. Several different types of paint sprayers are available, and each is suited for certain kinds of paint and surfaces. To choose the ideal paint sprayer for your project, you'll first want to know what surfaces you'll be painting, what type of paint or stain you'll be using, and how large of a surface you'll be painting. Here are the most common types of paint sprayers available.

Cup Sprayers

These compact, airless sprayers are ideal for small jobs, crafts and hobby projects, and touch-up work. They're affordable and easy to use—just fill the cup with paint, and plug the sprayer into a standard outlet. Many models include siphon attachments so you can draw paint directly from the can, simplifying the process further.

Conventional Air Sprayers

These models use compressed air and provide a fine finish. They're best for automotive work and small to medium exterior and interior projects. Expect to lose a considerable amount of paint to overspray.

Airless Sprayers

The paint in these models is pumped to the gun under high pressure. Airless sprayers work well for both thin stains and thick latex paints, and they minimize overspray. They can be used on a wide variety of surfaces and work well for large exterior and interior projects.

HVLP Sprayers

High-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers use a high volume of air to push paint into the nozzle and a low-pressure air stream to create a fine, mistlike spray. These models minimize overspray and are well suited for smaller interior projects and detail work. They work best for thinner substances and are not suited for thick latex paint.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

In addition to considering what type of paint you'll be using and surface you'll be covering, you'll also want to consider how powerful of a paint sprayer you need (and can handle easily). Also keep capacity in mind—some models require you to refill paint a lot more often. And don't judge on price alone, because cheap models, although tempting, may end up slowing you down in the long run with frequent clogs and insufficient power. Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you compare models.

Pressure/Horsepower

Paint sprayers provide varying amounts of pressure, so consider the scale or your project and the type of paint you'll be using. The heavier the paint, the more pressure you'll need. Also consider how important speed is to you. If finishing the job fast is your priority, look for a unit with plenty of horsepower. Models with greater horsepower provide more gallons of paint per minute and will help you get the job done faster.

Capacity

When considering different paint sprayers, think about how often you want to stop and refill paint. Some units sized for home use are lightweight and small, so they're easy to use and store—but they usually hold less paint than larger models. Midsize units may offer the best compromise between easy storage and painting convenience.

Spray Tips

Paint sprayers can be used with various sizes of spray tips, which slide into a hole in the front of the gun. The spray tip you'll need depends on the type of paint you're using, the surface you're spraying, and the power of your specific paint sprayer. Thicker paints, such as latex paints, require bigger spray tips, while stains need smaller tip sizes. The tips are labeled with a three-digit number. If you double the first digit, you will get the spray-fan width when the sprayer is held 12 inches from the surface. The next two digits represent the size of the hole in thousandths of an inch. When selecting a spray tip, be sure to check the paint sprayer's maximum recommended tip size.

Safety

Always wear protective clothing and gloves, as well as goggles, when operating a paint sprayer. Airless sprayers operate under very high pressure, so if your finger or another part of your body gets too close to the tip, paint can be injected under the skin. If this happens, seek immediate medical attention.

Quality

Expect to pay more for a high-quality sprayer. Inexpensive units clog easily, may not have the power you need, and don't last long. That said, large units may give you more power than you can handle—so don't necessarily spring for the most expensive model either. If you'll only be using the paint sprayer for one day, you may want to consider renting a unit rather than purchasing one.

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