For any DIY specialist, the biggest problem with using a traditional paint brush is that it leaves tell-tale brush strokes all over the wall. For the homeowner only trying to paint an exterior wall without a need to impress the neighbors, this may be okay for them, but for professional painters or anyone who cares about a quality finish, this old-fashioned approach won’t cut it anymore.
Enter the paint sprayer which avoids the need to use a paint brush other than for a slightest of touch ups and to deal with delicate corners and tricky areas. Use an airless paint sprayer to spray across an interior or exterior wall, the ceiling, or the fence lining the garden. An efficient paint sprayer is an excellent tool for performing multiple painting jobs in one.
There are not many brands that are active within the paint sprayer niche. A few big names but the multiple product lines will still keep the keen homeowner researching for a while before making a purchase.
Not all sprayers are designed both for indoor and outdoor use. Some will be inflexible about which paint they are compatible with, whereas other products support a wider range of liquid materials.
Painting isn’t the other thing that these tools are useful for. Fencing around the property can be treated with a staining solution to keep the wood from deteriorating as the elements turn colder and wetter the nearer winter approaches. Sealers can be used to provide a protective coating over a finished decorative solution.
Of course, paint sprayers also spray different types of paint coating as well. The paint is stored in a large container and fed through a long hose. Some models offer a choice of the size of paint container with the expanded option reducing the number of stoppages due to needing to add more material to the container before continuing the job.
Most paint sprayer models will come with a choice of spray patterns. These can include a circular spray pattern, a vertical fan pattern, and perhaps a horizontal fan option too.
What’s Included with The Best Paint Sprayer
The spray gun is the central part that gets held with one hand. Many models use a metal design, with some plastic or plastic composite materials occasionally used. The trigger mechanism varies from unit to unit, commonly including a pressure control to vary, the amount of paint released. A rating of how many gallons per minute (GPM) indicates the release speed for each product to provide an idea of the power of the pump or suction tube.
The paint containers are measured in gallons unless they are tiny. A single gallon or multiple gallon containers are standard. It is up to the buyer whether they feel that a five-gallon container will be necessary and to look for products that match their criteria. A one-gallon tank will need to be refilled more often, but is easier to clean out and manage. The container is also likely to house a suction tube to help pull the paint up into the hose.
A flexible hose is attached to the spray gun. These come in varying quality levels with the weaker ones breaking when twisted or caught up. The higher-end models invariably come with better hoses that last longer.
A quality airless spray tip is one that is durable enough to last, quickly cleaned or replaced.
The handle on the sprayer comes with an adjustable trigger to control the amount of paint released when it is depressed. The handle will often have a selector to decide which pattern used when spraying paint. Each paint sprayer offers different output designs, so it’s a good idea to check the chosen model has the pattern that is most desirable.
What to Know Before Making a Purchase
Paint sprayers are not efficient when being sprayed on lacquer that has a solvent base, on asphalt, to fill in between blocks, or sprayed over textured materials where the result tends to be unpleasing to the eye.
The release mechanism on the paint gun and hose ideally makes it possible to dismantle the product quickly for cleaning, and replacing parts or the liquid material to be used.
A separate cleanup area is a good idea as occasionally unexpected sprays of paint can occur when not experienced in using the best maintenance process. Be sure to use a good quality clamp when attaching the garden hose to the paint spray gun to clean it. Otherwise, residue paint could be unintentionally sprayed around the designated clean-up area.
The Wagner brand is short for Wagner SprayTech Corporation, a market leader in the paint sprayer side of home improvement. They have a strong focus on decoration for the home and the equipment needed to complete a beautiful, professional finish every time. The company has an extensive range of paint sprayer products available within the United States and holds a relatively dominant position.
HomeRight straddles between home users and professional users with their range of staining tools, paint sprayers, steam machines, and other quality equipment suitable for many types of decorative tasks.
Graco is a brand focused mainly at professional painters who often opt for their innovative paint sprayers for the customers’ projects. Founded in 1926, their continued attention to detail with their Graco and Magnum models make them ideal for use on outdoor decks, fences, or flooring tasks.
What Consumers Say
Taking a look at consumers’ reviews, these are a few of the opinions most often voiced by buyers:
Patterns: Not every spray gun has many design options. Particularly for commercial users, more design options offer a greater number of potential painting styles to provide the homeowner.
Spray guns and hoses: The quality of the spray gun and hose connects well to the price paid for the model. Going cheaper on quality usually results in parts that don’t last as long as one would want. Unless painting a single room and then not needing the tool after that, look for a quality item.