How to Choose a Paint Sprayer for Your Home

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The best home paint sprayer will help you get your next DIY project done quickly, at a price you can afford.  How to choose a paint sprayer doesn’t have to be a struggle!

To maintain the value of your property, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders when it is properly applied. 

Exterior paint on your home, fence, or decking might last between 5-20 years depending on its quality.  

Why use a Home Paint Sprayer Instead of a Brush and Roller?

Brushes and rollers are cheaper and require less skill than a home paint sprayer.  But, the results speak for themselves.  The best paint sprayer gives you a professional finish every time.

When spraying paint, you can paint more surfaces faster. If you need to crush a few walls out, you can get them done in 1 morning, and then get on with your day.

Painting a textured surface with a consistent finish is impossible with a brush or roller.  A home paint sprayer will level up your DIY and your results will SHINE on textured surfaces.

Spray paint is thinner than when brushing or rolling so it dries faster.  You can get your second coat completed much sooner.

Types of Home Paint Sprayers 

#1. HVLP paint sprayers (High Volume Low Pressure)

  • Easier to use
  • Less overspray
  • Sprays wide variety of materials
  • Good for furniture, cabinets, smaller projects

#2. Airless paint sprayers

  • Large project friendly
  • Sprays unthinned latex and primers
  • Paints fast
  • Good for fences, decks, home exterior, barns

Key Points to Consider When Shopping For a Paint Sprayer for Your Home

Features to Look for in a Spray Gun for Home Use

  • Easy to Adjust Controls
  • Do you need an Air Compressor
  • Easy to Clean
  • Brass or Stainless Steel Parts
  • Can Spray Thicker Materials (thinned or unthinned)
  • Multiple Fan Patterns and Adjustments
  • Less Overspray

How to Choose a Paint Sprayer for Your Home

Easy Set Up

Some home paint sprayers come with a feature that is called a “painting application system.”

This will allow users to be able to directly apply latex paint without thinning it.

You will always need to screen or filter the paint before using it to prevent clogging. 

With some models, you can even take the paint straight from the can (after you’ve screened/filtered it of course.).

Compressors

Most paint sprayers for your home will need an air compressor.  Unless your paint sprayer is airless or it comes as part of a turbine system, you will need to invest in a compressor with enough PSI to push paint through the tip of your chosen spray gun. 

Consult the manufacturer for the right PSI for your sprayer.

Easy to Clean

Look for a spray gun that comes apart easily for cleaning.  Some guns even come with a cleaning kit or you can buy one specially made for your spray gun. 

A few of the higher end models allow you attach a hose directly to the sprayer and flush it out.  Always let your sprayer air dry after cleaning to prevent rust and never wipe it down with paper towel. 

You’ll end up with bits in your paint that could clog your sprayer.

Higher Quality Parts

Look for sprayers that are equipped with brass nozzles or tips.  They will provide the most consistent results. Aluminum, stainless steel, or even plastic tips and nozzles will still give you good results.  Just beware that they may need to be replaced more often.

Can Spray thicker Materials

Before choosing a sprayer, you need to think about the types of projects you will be working on.  Will you be using thin stains?  Thicker primer and latex paint?  Lacquer or varnish?  Try to pick a gun that can spray a wide variety of materials.

Spray Patterns

Perhaps the nicest feature that can be found on home paint sprayers today is a wide variety of available spray patterns. With enough practice, even the cheapest models with tailing edges or the occasional splatter can give you a consistently good result. 

You’ll also find models that give you tight spray edges and a very smooth finish even if you just have average control of the spray gun.

Adjustments are Easy

Another feature to consider when shopping for the best home paint sprayer, are models that have instant adjustments. This applies to your spray pattern. 

You will be able to do vertical or horizontal stripes with ease.  With instant adjustments, you switch to a round pattern or other spray design with a simple turn of a knob or switch.

Turning the nozzle also works on some models, but these tend to clog a bit more due to the design.

Less Overspray

When using a sprayer, atomization of the paint (adding air to paint so it can be sprayed) ends up leaving paint lingering in the air around your project.  This actually leads to something we call paint waste. 

Spray guns that use more PSI to spray paint end up wasting more paint than other guns with less PSI.  For this reason, if you are a beginner sprayer, we recommend an HVLP model.  They generate much less overspray, saving you money.

Why We Recommend an HVLP for Home Use

HVLP sprayers are beginner friendly.  They have minimal overspray and can spray most materials.  BUT….HVLP sprayers may need you to thin out latex paint and primers.

HVLP delivers a controlled finish for all your projects.  This includes furniture, trim work, cabinetry, and other woodwork without really having any painting knowledge.

They deliver a soft smooth finish due to the low pressure at which the paint is shot out of the tip.

This can help you improve your DIY results dramatically for a rather minimal overall investment.  Unless you buy an HVLP system, with a built in turbine, you WILL need an air compressor.

If you’re a beginner, pick up an HVLP.

Why We Recommend Airless Sprayers for Home Use

Most of the handheld models you’ll find on the market today are airless.  They spray much faster than HVLP models BUT have more overspray, 

You can waste a ton of paint if you’re not experienced with these types of guns.  If you can handle the overspray, these guns are great for painting large areas like your fence, deck, and the exterior of your home.

They are more expensive than HVLP sprayers, but you won’t need to have a compressor.

Airless Home Paint Sprayers SHINE when painting thicker materials like unthinned latex and primers. 

If you’re more experienced, and need to paint a large surface, grab an Airless Spray Gun.

What Are the Prices of the Best Home Paint Sprayers?

Home spray guns are typically one of the most affordable tools in this particular niche. Manufacturers realize that most homeowners don’t have the budget to afford a machine that is contractor-grade.

Entry-level models may cost as little as $20 in this category. These are generally good for single-use applications, but can sometimes be cleaned out for some repetitive use.

At the other end of the pricing spectrum are $200-$300 home paint sprayer models that work well if you have extensive painting or finishing needs.

We found that most homeowners can get professional results by using a sprayer that is around 100$.

Conclusion

Home spray guns are designed to meet most of your needs with just one helpful tool.

We hope you now know how to choose a paint sprayer for your home. Grab a sprayer today and you will love what it can do for your home.

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