You can speed up your next painting project by choosing the right paint sprayer tip, pump, and features.
Do you want to speed up your painting job? Get a paint sprayer to speed up your job! We’ve listed the top considerations when choosing the right paint sprayer for you. Continue reading to find our top tips.
Different types of paint sprayers
You can spray paint in fractions of the time that it takes to apply a coat of paint with a brush or roller.
Maybe you have to repaint your car. You can’t just use a brush to do the job.
There are many powered sprayers on the market. It can be confusing to choose which one is right for you. We’re here to help you choose the right paint sprayer for you, and the best applicator for your particular situation.
There are three main choices: HVLP, compressed air, or airless. The type of job you do and the level of your expertise will determine which type of air you need.
Each type has a reservoir to hold your paint and a tip for propelling the liquid out of the container.
Airless Paint Sprayers
The airless sprayers spray the paint using an electric pump. They apply extremely high pressure to their paint reservoir. The sprayer’s tip forces the paint through, which produces tiny droplets that stick to the desired surface. It then drys with a smooth finish.
There are many tips available for airless sprayers that can be used to paint different types of jobs.
- Wood stain
- Viscous liquids like latex paint for houses are more common.
Airless sprayers should be used with extreme caution, as with all paint sprayers. Avoid touching the gun tip as it can inject harmful chemicals into your bloodstream.
Compressed Air Sprayers
Compressed air paint sprayers use compressed air to project paint from the tip, creating a smooth finish. The most straightforward compressed air system is for beginners. They are virtually foolproof.
It is important to use compressed air systems with eye protection and a respirator mask. You don’t want any paint to fall on your surface.
A typical compressed-air sprayer setup includes a spray can attachment, a high pressure hose and a compressor canister.
The high-pressure regulator connects your spray gun to your compressor. This regulator determines the airflow required to propel the paint from the container. Mixing the paint with a solvent is a good way to get the right consistency for your gun.
Before you paint your walls or furniture, it is a good idea to test the paint mixture and air pressure on a piece cardboard. This will allow you to test the air pressure and flow to ensure you get the desired finish.
HVLP Paint Sprayer
HVLP is High Volume Low Pressure. This system uses a constant volume of air to propel paint from the gun’s tip onto the desired surface. The lower pressure makes it easier to control and creates less mess.
HVLP sprayers are best suited for thinner paints. Latex-type paints, however, require an airless sprayer. Industrial HVLP sprayers can handle viscous liquids better, but are more costly to rent or buy.
HVLP sprayers use either a turbine or compressor to atomize paint. Many models let you adjust the spray pressure to suit your needs
An HVLP kit is significantly cheaper than an airless sprayer system. HVLP is ideal for interior jobs, such as doors or walls, because it uses a lower pressure. HVLP is more versatile than other distribution methods, and safer than higher pressure delivery systems.
HVLP systems are able to handle thinner paints, so they can be used for wood stain or primer. However, gloss and latex paints should not be applied.