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How to Choose a Paint Sprayer

Whether you’re painting a bedroom, the outside of your house, a fence or furniture, a paint sprayer makes it easier, faster and will save you money.

There are many different paint sprayers available on the market that will give you an even, professional finish. But before you buy one, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
  • Is it for large or small jobs? 
  • How often will you use it?
  • What will you be painting? 
  • How thick is the paint or stain you need to apply?

Remember, preparation and safety are important, so ensure you mask up and cover surfaces with drop cloths and tape before you start. Then simply pour the paint into the sprayer and you’re ready to go.

If you want to learn more about using a paint sprayer then watch our How to use a paint sprayer video.

Why You Should Use a Paint Sprayer

There are many benefits to using a paint sprayer. While paintbrushes and rollers don’t always give you the smooth finish you want, a paint sprayer gets a much better result every time.

Speed

Paint sprayers apply paint more evenly on any surface, covering larger areas quickly and easily. You can also get into hard to reach places like corners, and cover rough uneven surfaces completely.

Easy to Use

Even an entry-level paint sprayer offers a superior finish to other applicators. All you need to do is pour the paint into the paint container, attach it to the sprayer and get started.

Your paint might need thinning with water or turpentine, so check the paint sprayer’s instructions before you get started.

Professional Finish

Paint sprayers produce a fine mist of paint that evenly covers any surface, leaving a finish that looks like a professional did it.

Variety of Sprayers

No matter what job you’re doing, you can find a paint sprayer to suit. There are two common types of paint sprayer - airless and high volume, low-pressure (HVLP) models.
Airless paint sprayers have an electric motor that draws paint up and forces it out of its nozzle at high pressure.
HVLP sprayers atomise the paint under low pressure to create a very fine spray.

Save Money

Rollers and paintbrushes soak up paint and need regular dipping to get a new coat. If used properly, paint sprayers will cover more space and waste less paint.

Easy to Clean

Paint sprayers are easier to clean than a brush or roller and you don’t need to wash roller trays or paint stirrers.

Choosing the Right Paint Sprayer

With so many paint sprayers on the market, it’s important to choose one that’s right for you and your job. Here’s a simple guide to help make your choice easier.

Fine Sprayers

Fine sprayers use traditional HVLP (high volume, low pressure) technology and are known as a finishing tool. They’re perfect for small to medium high quality, precision spraying projects around the house and garden, like gutters and pipes, furniture, shelving, cabinetry, window frames, shutters, architraves and more.

You can use them to spray oil-based paints and primers, wood preservatives and stains as well as water-based paints (acrylics) and primers.
  • Paint may need to be thinned
  • Provides a high quality fine finish
  • Click & Paint™ gun design allows for quick change of spray attachments to suit the type of project

Flexio

With powerful new X-Boost™ HVLP (high volume, low pressure) technology, the Wagner Flexio range can spray any decorative paints undiluted, and will deliver a professional finish to almost every surface. Efficient and versatile, you can use them for small to medium indoor and outdoor projects such as walls and ceilings, doors, window frames, indoor furniture, wooden fences, garden furniture, sheds and much more.

The Flexio models come complete with two spray attachments. The WallPerfect i-Spray Attachment is for interior wall and ceiling paints, primers and exterior acrylics. There’s also a Standard Spray Attachment for water and oil based architectural paints, primers, sealers, stains and wood preservative products.
  • No dilution required
  • Adjustable air pressure for greater control
  • Click & Paint™ gun design allows for quick change of spray attachments to suit the type of project

Airless Sprayers

Traditional high-pressure airless sprayers come in a range of models from small, handheld units to semi-professional models for big projects. They’re perfect for small to large, broad exterior surfaces like fences, pergolas, sheds, weatherboards, gazebos, garage doors, lattices and walls.

Use them with water-based paints (acrylics) and with oil-based paints, primers, topcoats (enamels), aluminium paints, wood preservatives, polishes, oils and stains.
  • Paint may need to be thinned
  • Fast and even application on a wide variety of surfaces
  • Optional roller arm attachment available for use with the larger airless sprayers. Ideal for quickly rolling ceilings, no need for messy paint trays

If you have any questions about what paint sprayer is best for you, talk to one of the painting and decorating experts at your nearest Bunnings Warehouse.

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