Paint Sprayer Selection Guide
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HomeRight
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Low
Experience
Newbie
Time
Medium
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Intro

If you are considering a paint sprayer because it will save you time or because you want a uniform finish then the next step will be deciding which type of sprayer is best suited for your needs. We put together this spray selection guide to help you determine the best sprayer for your needs and projects. Keep in mind everyone has personal preferences and that this is only a guide for consumer use. 

First let us explain the different categories of paint and stain sprayers on the market. 

HVLP Sprayers: This stands for High Volume Low Pressure and what this means is that the paint is sprayed at a high volume with low pressure directly the material to the surface instead production spraying. This type of sprayer is ideal for furniture, cabinets and crafts - any project that requires a detailed fine finish. 

Airless Sprayers: These types of sprayers pump paint into the spray gun and push the material out through the spray nozzle. Some of these sprayers have various types of spray tips depending on the material being sprayed. These types of sprayers spray material fast and complete projects quickly however they do produce a bit of overspray. When choosing an airless paint sprayer for your projects, consider these five important things:

1.Watts – The higher the wattage, the better able the paint sprayer will be to handle thick materials with ease. Paint sprayers range from 80 watts (great for thin materials such as stain) to 120 watts (great for the thickest of materials). 

2.Flow or Gallons per Hour – This determines how quickly the paint will lay down on the project. 

3.Square Feet per Hour – Knowing this helps determine how fast a project can be completed with the paint sprayer. 

4.Materials – Most sprayers call out which materials are best utilized with which sprayers. Consider both current and future projects to determine the best paint sprayer for your needs. Paint sprayers can spray a range of thin to thick materials, such as: semi-transparent stain clear wood preservative water sealer varnish oil-based paint oil-based stain or latex paint (depending on the power of the unit)

5.Type of Project – Sprayer packaging should also list if it is best for light, medium, heavy or extra heavy-duty projects. If you want a fine finish, then an HVLP sprayer is the best sprayer for your needs as this sprayer features a fine finish with minimal overspray. Again, consider both current and future projects when choosing the best paint sprayer for your needs. 

Air-Assisted Sprayers: These types of sprayers require an air compressor in order to function. They provide a smooth finish and can accommodate various types of materials.

Once you have selected the correct sprayer for your needs, you will want to familiarize yourself with the sprayer before starting on your first project. Consult the user manual for sprayer techniques which include how to hold the sprayer, how far away from the surface you should be and when to pull the trigger. It is always a good idea to test the sprayer on a piece of cardboard before spraying on your project to get a feel for the sprayer. 

This paint sprayer selection guide is for HomeRight sprayer only. We realize there are other sprayers on the market; however our intent is to help you select the best sprayer from our product offering for your projects. 

Some questions to ask yourself before selecting a sprayer include:

  1. What types of projects do you have planned over the next couple of years?
  2. What type of material (paint or stain) will you be spraying (water or oil-based)?
  3. How big are the project(s)?
Step 1

Ideal Projects include: Painting or staining furniture, kitchen cabinets, interior doors, and trim

Ideal for thin materials such as clear sealers, enamel, chalk type paint, polyurethane, primer, paint, stain and varnish. (thicker paints and stains will need to be diluted)

Small to medium project sizes

Model Name: Finish Max part number: C800766

Retail Price: $89.99

Dresser

Step 2

Ideal Projects include: Painting or staining furniture, kitchen cabinets, interior doors, and trim

Ideal for thin materials such as clear sealers, enamel, chalk type paint, polyurethane, primer, paint, stain and varnish. (thicker paints and stains will need to be diluted)

Medium to large project sizes

Model Name: Finish Max Pro part number: C800850.M

Retail Price: $139.99

Trim and woodwork

Step 3

Ideal Projects include: Staining decks, fences, pergolas and lattice

Ideal for stains and sealants

Small project sizes

80 Watts

1 Gallon in 12 Minutes

Model Name: Light Duty Stain Sprayer part number: C800917

Retail Price: $79.99

Deck staining

Step 4

Ideal Projects include: Painting or staining decks, fences shutters and garage doors.

Ideal for latex and oil paints, stains and sealants

Medium project sizes

100 Watts

1 Gallon in 9 Minutes

Model Name: Medium Duty Paint Sprayer part number: C800916

Retail Price: $99.99

Fence painting

Step 5

Ideal Projects include: Painting or staining sheds, siding & garages

Ideal for latex and oil paints, stains and sealants

Large project sizes

120 Watts

1 Gallon in 7.5 Minutes

Model Name: Heavy Duty Paint Sprayer part number: C800917

Retail Price: $119.99

Shed painting

Step 6

Ideal Projects include: Painting or staining house siding, exterior & interior walls, fences

Ideal for latex and oil paints, stains and sealants

Very large project sizes

1/2 Horsepower Motor

1 Gallon in 3 Minutes

2800 PSI

Model Name: Power-Flo Pro 2800 Paint Sprayer part number: C800879

Retail Price: $299.99

Garage doors and house siding

Step 7

Once you have selected the correct sprayer for your needs, you will want to familiarize yourself with the sprayer before starting on your first project. Consult the user manual for sprayer techniques which include how to hold the sprayer, how far away from the surface you should be and when to pull the trigger. It is always a good idea to test the sprayer on a piece of cardboard before spraying on your project to get a feel for the sprayer. 

We want to help you select the best type of sprayer for your needs.

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