The Best Paint Sprayers 2017

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With decades worth of combined experience from professional contractors, DIY-selfers, artists and real estate agents. The consensus is that you can't go wrong with Graco products. In this article I'll address what you need to know about the best paint sprayers and I will include mini-reviews for each spray-gun I recommend. If you're looking for a quick answer then choose the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 airless. If you want more information read below!

Best Airless Paint Sprayer

Graco Magnum X5 Airless

best airless paint sprayer

PROS

  • Great for oil-based coats
  • Suitable for non-latex coats
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Use with latex might need thinning due to the thin tips

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer is widely considered the best. They are much less likely to clogg and will serve you  well. Best for work around the home. It's great because it's light to use. The gun itself is the only thing you will be holding. The machine will be on the ground working pushing up paint for you to spray. Easy for painting fences, furnitute and small hidden corners and details that you'd normally have problems with when using a traditional roller or brush.

HVLP Paint Sprayers

Wagner 0529010 Flexio 590

Wagner 0529010 Flexio 590

PROS

  • Great Price
  • Can spray latex

CONS

  • Don't use it indoors.
  • Overspray is a concern

The Wagner 0529010 Flexio 590 is a best seller on amazon and that for a reason a very affordable price coupled with being able to meet the needs of most people even if it's not perfectly designed for each and every job.

How to choose a spray gun?

First, you need to figure out how often you will be using the paint sprayer. If your need is temporary or for 1 small project you might consider renting instead of buying.

  • Small - If your project takes less than a day then it might be a good idea to rent
  • Medium - If you intend to repaint occasionally or have weekly jobs that require it.
  • Large - You work daily with spray guns, you will want something that pays for itself.

Secondly, what type of coating will you be using? If you want to use thicker coating like latex then you'll need a wider sprayer tip. Tips are sorted by their tip size and the pressure they can produce. Your machine may start clogging if you use a tip that's too wide for it. Check out the chart for more information.

Lastly, how much area to you need to paint? If you want to paint your house you might want a broader spray and more horse power. But if you just want to coat one piece of furniture a smaller handheld machine will do.

Types of Paint Sprayers

There are several differences between the best paint sprayers in terms of what technology they use to deliver the paint. Here's a small list I've compiled of the available technology. From this list I've excluded commercial factory level solutions. Professionals will mainly work with HVLP or LVLP rigs.

HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure)

Much like a conventional paint sprayer uses a compressor to supply air a HVLP spray gun uses low pressure which might be worrisome if it weren't for the high volume(HV) of air that is used to atomize and push the paint out rapidly. As a result we see a thick even coating of paint covering the targeted surface. It does this cost-efficently which for the user means less overall cost and a cleaner work environment. A word of caution a regulator is often required so the air pressure from a regular compressor matches the pressure of a HVLP spray gun. Another solution would be a turbine that is used to push the air out without a connected compressor.

  • A good rule of thumb to follow is to use 2/3rds on coating and 1/3 on air

HVLP spray systems have various applications:

  • automotive
  • decorative
  • marine
  • architectural coating
  • furniture finishing
  • scenic painting
  • cosmetic industries

LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure)

Much like their more common older brother low volume low pressure spray guns is the next step in trying to be as cost efficent as possible with your materials reducing waste. The transfer efficency is one of the best in the business.

Electrostatic

Electrostatic painting is the technique of using the electrical properties of atomized particles to repel each other as they coat the magnetized object. This is a great method for a full cover of paint for highly detailed objects that a regular wet spray or brush might not reach. But the downside is that this is not a viable solution for home use unless you also have an oven to bake your object in. This solution is better suited for businesses that regularly work on large or complicated pieces such as bike frames or car parts.

Airless 

Airless paint sprayers as the name suggests use high pressure instead of air to atomize the coating. This type of solution is commonly used by professional painters in heavy industries, coating and linings for things like chemical or marine tanks. It's used due to the thick coating it produces which permeates into any nook and crannie which by extension limits the need for other coatings. Due to the high pressure nature of these spray guns CAUTION is advised.

Air Assisted Airless 

These spray guns use a mixture of air and fluid pressure to atomize the coating. Due to the fluid pressure being provided by an airless pump it's possible to coat with heavier materials than with a run of the mill airspray gun. Alternatively some electric airless sprayers are combined with a compressor to make them portable should the situation call for it. This kind of equipment is suitable for a more professional factory line setting where speed and reliable coating is required.

FAQ

There are 2 aspects to consider when choosing your paint sprayer tip:

  1. What type of coating will you be using?
  2. Paint sprayers maximum recommended tip size.
How to Choose The Right Spray Tip

Coating choices :

  • Stains
  • Enamels
  • Primers
  • Interior Paints
  • Exterior Paints
  • Latex

Tip variants:

  • Can be from anywhere .011 to 0.021 inches.
  • Standard
  • Reversible - Easy to unclog the paint because you can turn it around and blow out the blockage.

 Note! Tips decay over time with use. So if you notice the quality of the spray decline it might be time to replace the tip.

Spray Patterns

After choosing your tip. Choose the pattern width. Widths come anywhere between 6 to 14 inches wide.  Much like common sense if you're working on a smaller object or detail choose a smaller pattern width but if you're working on a larger project (ceiling, wall) than get a pattern with a larger width.

What you should know about latex

Latex is challenging for most spray guns. To avoid problems with latex you need to know the following:

  1. A spray guns ability to spray latex well is primarily determined by the tip width and spray guns have their own set of tip widths they support.
  2. It's better to have a proper tip than it is to thin your latex. You should use at least the 1.7mm or 2.5mm fluid tip for gravity feed guns, and a 1.3mm thru 2.5mm for pressure feed systems.
  3. You have to thin your latex for HVLP guns. Typically 5-10% for pressure feed and 10% for gravity.
  4. Room temperature matters because it increases viscosity
  5. Add floetrol for better flow, it's not a thinner, it's a lubricant.

Important: Before using the paint sprayer:

  1. Prepare your painting area. Use some old rags you do not need anymore or trashbags and cover anything and everything you want protected from overspray
  2. Practice first on something expendable
  3.  The spray can be really fine mist so be sure to protect yourself with a mask
  4. Before you start paiting your surface: sand it and clean it. This will ensure that the coating sticks better and looks good in the end
  5. Get an empty egg tray and put all the small things you don't want painted there
  6. Fill your paint gun with paint maybe thin it if your coating is on the heavier side

Safety

How to strain your paint 

  • Ask your wife for her stockings

How to use your paint sprayer?

The set up and procedures vary from model to model so I suggest you read the manual or watch the DVD because instructions normally vary and so do the safety measures. But we will also be making an additional blog post on this in the future.

Maintenance of your paint sprayer

When you are done cleaning up, run a mixture of automotive anti freeze and water through the pump and gun. This will keep the insides lubricated and prevent rust. Experienced users would store their spray gun in a bucket of anti freeze mixture between jobs.

Conclusion

With the best paint sprayers quality correlates well with power. Power correlates with cost. Regardless of the equipment you use it's highly recommended that you use the manual of the equipment you bought. Most problems occure due to the inexperience of users and their unwillingness to read the manual or watch the dvd before handling the spray gun. This is particularly important with cheaper products since they'll have less power to compensate misuse.

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