If you’re going to be doing any large painting projects, you’ll most likely want to use a paint sprayer. Larger projects can take a great deal of time to cover with a brush, and a sprayer will get the job done much more efficiently. But which sprayer is the best for your project?
Table of Contents
- Best Paint Sprayer For The Money
- What Makes A Good Paint Sprayer?
Best Paint Sprayer For The Money
Under $300: Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer
This all-in-one paint sprayer uses up to 3000 psi of pressure to cover large areas quickly. It is considered airless, which means it doesn’t require a compressor to use. It is the most expensive sprayer on our list, coming in just under $300.
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of such high pressure is that beginners may be subject to over spraying. This can generally be avoided with thorough masking beforehand.
We also recommend thinning your paint and doing extra coats, because it’s always easier to clean up thinned paint. When dealing with something important (such as your interior walls) the extra time to do it the right way will make all the difference.
Overall, this is one of the best paint sprayers to buy. It’s not quite for amateurs, but it won’t measure up to professional standards – making it great for use at home by someone who knows what they’re doing.
Under $200: Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer
This particular kit isn’t airless like the Graco, but it does come with its own air compressor, which is great. It also includes a hose and a surprising number of functions, given the low price.
It comes with two separate cups – a smaller one, great for doors and baseboards, and a larger one that’s perfect for decks and fences.
The pressure of this sprayer is a bit low, and the air compressor isn’t going to work with anything else you own (sorry!).
It takes a while to get used to, as well, mainly because of the difficulties with pressure. We really wish that we could swap out the air compressor, though – that would definitely make it a bit more helpful.
Overall, this is a good sprayer on a budget, and you’re not likely to find anything better for the price. Beginners should be able to adjust to it fairly quickly, and more advanced users should have no problems at all.
It is better suited to doors and cabinets than to interior walls – it can be really difficult to get the viscosity just right for “fine” jobs.
Under $100: HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer
This sprayer is specifically designed to help finish smaller items, and can handle a variety of different media (such as lacquer and chalkboard paint).
We loved the finish of the products after we’d used this sprayer, especially the furniture – we were able to apply chalkboard paint to the top of a desk with fantastic results. We must insist that you thoroughly clean this sprayer between every use, though – otherwise you risk clogging the needle.
- Check this video out for a proper cleaning of your paint sprayer:
You might need an extension cord to get the most out of your HomeRight Finish
Also, the concentration of the paint mist isn’t very thick, so you will probably need to do a second coat for most of your projects. (It is generally advised to do a second coat, anyway, as it can help prevent the layer underneath from bleeding through.)
Overall, this sprayer is great at what it does, but it has understandable limitations. The plastic body is relatively durable (for the money spent).
There is a fairly substantial learning curve involved, but if you have to buy a cheap paint air sprayer, this is one of the best in its price range.
Under $50: HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer
The Neiko is the least expensive sprayer on our list, and as such you should go in with lower expectations.
Surprisingly, there were a number of accessories included with this particular model – including a spanner, a cleaning brush, and an air-adjusting valve. We also loved the nickel finish – it wipes off easily as long as you catch it right away.
It does require a separate air compressor and hose, which are not included, unfortunately.
Additionally, it has some limitations when it comes to automotive painting – but for basement walls and ceilings, this is a great way to add a nicer touch.
Overall, if all you need is a sprayer for stains and latex paint, this will probably be more than sufficient for the job, and at a very affordable price (as long as you already have a compatible compressor and hose).
What Makes A Good Paint Sprayer?
When making any major purchase, it’s best if you fully research the product beforehand. As it relates to paint sprayers, the most important things to consider are:
Spraying capabilities: A million extra features don’t mean much if the sprayer has a weak flow. Low-pressure sprayers can result in inconsistencies when painting, and in some cases may ruin the beauty of your piece. Be sure to choose a sprayer with a good pressure rating.
- New to paint spraying? Check out this video for tips and tricks:
Product details: It’s absolutely essential that you understand what is included in the package. While many sprayers will come with an air compressor (or airless functionality), not all do. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay extra for the product that comes with more.
Extra features: While they may not be the reason you wanted the sprayer in the first place, extra features can be a great tie-breaker when you’re stuck between two otherwise equal products.
Your plans: Different brands have different strengths, and it’s important that the sprayer you buy is able to handle your personal demands for it. This can be hard to
Your budget: While more expensive paint sprayers often have more features, it’s important that you don’t spend more than you can afford on your new paint sprayer. Remember – you will always have the opportunity to upgrade later on if you find your needs have expanded.