10 Best Paint Sprayers | March 2017
- detail finish nozzle
- handy integrated storage
- all-plastic sprayer components
- up to 100 feet of hose
- works with stains and heavy latex
- spray pattern too wide for fine work
- air valve reduces overspraying
- insulated handle never gets hot
- fittings loosen with use
- 5-gallon pail bracket for big jobs
- abrasion-resistant cover
- flimsy spray assembly
- stores away in a metal turbine case
- easy to clean and maintain
- adjustable pattern
- thumb control flow dial
- wide mouth paint container
- 1 to 12-inch spray
- comes with a lifetime warranty
- great for interior and exterior use
- pneumatic tires for easy transport
The Right Tools For The Job
A great tool not only helps you perform a task, but it helps you get the job done better. It helps you do your work faster and with greater accuracy, too. You can certainly saw through a wooden two by four with a hacksaw, but if you use a powered miter saw, you'll cruise through the work so much faster. So too can you use a broom to clean a patio, but a leaf blower will save you time and backache. Those two tools represent the apex of design when it comes to a purpose built implement.
When it comes to painting, there are also implements ideal for the job. If you're working on an oil on canvas landscape painting, a half inch horsehair brush might be perfect for feathering color into those rolling hills. If you're working on a watercolor painting, then perhaps a small camel hair brush is right for you. If you're painting the garage door or an entire room of your house, then forget about those tiny little brushes and get yourself some serious hardware. When many people approach a large painting project, they turn to the old stand by of the paint roller. However, if you want the job done in a fraction of the time and with greater accuracy and fewer mistakes, you should be considering a good paint sprayer.
The price range in the paint sprayer category is vast; much larger, in fact, than you'll find with most other power tools. On the lower end, there are decent paint sprayers that cost around one hundred dollars. On the higher end, you'll find units that cost as much as twelve hundred dollars and beyond. Considering that both products perform the same essential function, that cost difference essentially comes down to one factor: power.
If you're staining a bench for your patio or painting a few doors for a bedroom, there's no reason to spend a small fortune on a paint sprayer. If your profession involves spraying huge volumes of paint over hundreds of square feet of surface, then the faster you spray that paint (or lacquer, stain, etc.) the more work you can take on and the more money you stand to make.
Choosing A Paint Sprayer For Home Use
Paint sprayers that are suitable for home use by the Do It Yourself type, or for use on smaller projects completed by professionals, tend to have their paint reservoir and spraying machinery all housed in a single handheld unit. Larger "professional grade" options will often have a reservoir that sits on the ground or on a wheeled frame with only the actual sprayer held in the operator's hand.
Thus it is that, perhaps ironically, many of the smaller, DIY appropriate paint sprayers are de facto heavier than the professional units, inasmuch as what you'll actually be holding. Make sure your your arms, wrists, and hands are up to holding a unit weighing around ten pounds on average, which will be even heavier when loaded with paint or stain. The time a paint sprayer saves you, and the lack of repetitive motions such as those required with a brush or roller should still make the sprayer a viable option.
Unless you are certain you will use your sprayer only for one type of task, consider units that feature multiple spray patterns and spray size settings. That way you can opt for broad coverage when painting a large, blank wall, for example, and use the same sprayer to stain the narrow slats of a fence another time. Also consider units with fine nozzles for detail work; you'll be amazed at how easily you can control a paint sprayer once you have gotten comfortable using it. In skilled and experienced hands, these tools can be used for everything from edging to moldings to trim work, and using them for these specialty jobs will save a person plenty of time.
The Right Paint Sprayer For The Pros
If you're ready to spend a decent chunk of change now, you're going to reap huge rewards down the line as your professional grade paint sprayer saves you time and helps you do great work. And that's true whether you're using a sprayer to stain furniture for an entire showroom or you're painting an entire house, inside and out.
The best professional paint sprayers are both efficient and powerful, and they are also pleasantly easy to use. Some units can be fitted with tubes up to one hundred feet in length connecting the sprayer handle to the reservoir of paint, stain, or whatever liquid is to be applied. That means the painter can move about his or her worksite relatively unencumbered, freely applying paint across a wide area without having to move the heavier piece of equipment.
Commercial grade paint sprayers deliver their payload with such consistent force that the paint will easily and thoroughly coat surfaces ranging from stucco to concrete to wood and more. When you pay for a unit with a motor rated at a full horsepower of strength, for example, you get a paint sprayer rated at 3000 PSI that can distribute about a half gallon of paint per minute.
This translates into painting the average sized room in about one half hour (taping and other preparation work not included, that is). It also means you can paint the average home's entire interior in about three to four hours. And that's not a bad day's work for the average professional painter. Just make sure to wear appropriate respiratory and eye covering safety gear, because these units put out a lot of material, none of it with which you want to make intimate contact.