Painting is a relatively affordable way to refresh the look of your walls, your furniture, and the outside of your home, but using a brush or a roller isn’t the only option to get your newly picked color into the world. Paint sprayers are designed to handle both extensive- and small-scale jobs, turning messy DIY projects into quick and easy work.
Paint sprayers are a great option when painting furniture. Quickly releasing steady streams of paint, paint sprayers cut down on time it would take to paint furniture by hand and don’t require different sized brushes that need to be purchased for each piece of furniture.
For outdoor painting jobs, paint sprayers are preferred over traditional rollers. Painting the side of a house, or any building or structure with a sprayer significantly cuts down on time. It’s also easier on your body, especially when painting something low, like a wooden deck, which requires users to be on their hands and knees or bent over a long roller stick. Walls or items with rough textures can be especially challenging to paint, with sprayers helping to ensure even coverage.
Paint sprayers are not only great for furniture and the outside of homes and buildings, but they can also be used inside the house. Set up and clean up when using paint sprayers can be more labor-intensive, with paint sprayers not as easily controlled as traditional paint rollers and requiring extra wide taping around windows, doorways, floors, and ceilings. But if you have a large room or one with high ceilings, paint sprays can be a great way to ensure an even and professional looking paint job. Paint sprayers can also hit hard to reach areas and provide a smoother finish than traditional rollers.
When using a paint sprayer, it’s important to note that they often use at least twice as much paint compared to rollers or brushes, but the upside is that paint applied with sprayers typically only require one coat, which saves you time.
If you’re ready to take on your next painting project, we recommend trying one of these three paint sprayers below.
1. Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer
The preferred brand by professional painters, Graco’s Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer is designed for long-range jobs like painting the side of your house or tall ceilings, with the sprayer taking directly from the bucket of paint and supporting up to 75 feet of hose.
Pros: Using the Graco suction tube, the paint sprayer connects directly to 1 or 1.5 L paint cans, with the piston pump providing a continuous spray at high pressure without thinning the paint. Lasting an average of 125 gallons of paint, the Graco not only eliminates clean up by connecting directly to the paint can, but it’s also easy to clean the sprayer with the PowerFlush Adapter, which connects directly to a garden hose.
Cons: Customers note that it is essential to read the entire manual and advise users to watch YouTube tutorials before using the Graco sprayer.
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2. HomeRight Finish MaxPaint Sprayer
Lightweight and using a portable paint holder, the HomeRight Finish MaxPaint Sprayer is perfect for DIY projects that requiring painting furniture or small rooms.
Pros: Weighing only 2.7 pounds, the HomeRight is designed with small painting jobs in mind. Users will be able to paint furniture or craft projects without suffering from hand fatigue thanks to the sprayers’ 400 watts of power and flow control. The HomeRight uses a corrosion-resistant precision brass spray tip and nozzle for professional-grade results. The splash guard helps to protect against paint flowing back into the sprayer and clogging it, and the seal stops unwanted spills. We love that the HomeRight has a much simpler design than the Graco, which makes it ideal for beginners.
Cons: The sprayer typically uses more paint than a traditional roller and customers wish that HomeRight provided a cap for the reservoir that would keep paint sealed between uses.
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3. Critter Spray Products Siphon Gun
Handle any small scale DIY project from painting to staining and lacquering with the easy-to-use Critter Spray Products Siphon Gun.
Pros: The Critter Spray Products Siphon Gun fits on to a standard sized mason jar that can be filled with paint, stain, and lacquer and more to efficiently and accurately spray the contents for small DIY jobs. Weighing less than two pounds, the Critter Spray is lightweight and makes for easy clean up by disposing of the mason jar when finished. The Critter Spray comes with a mason jar and can be easily fitted to any standard sized mason jar.
Cons: Users must supply their own compressor (minimum ¾ hp) to power the Siphon Gun. The Siphon Gun has a small stream of spray, so those who want a paint sprayer for more substantial jobs should stick to the Graco or HomeFirst.
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