There are many benefits to using a paint sprayer instead of a paint brush or roller.
Paint sprayers speed things up as they can cover a large area quickly and easily. They're also able to cover rough or uneven surfaces and get into those hard to reach places, like corners – while leaving a finish that looks like it was done by a professional.
If used properly, paint sprayers waste less paint, saving you money.
When you've finished up painting, paint sprayers are much easier to clean than a brush or roller and you don't need to wash things like brushes and roller trays.
With a few different paint sprayers on the market, it's important to choose one that's right for you and your job.
There are two common types of paint sprayers – airless and high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP).
Airless paint sprayers have an electric motor that draws paint up and forces it out of its nozzle at high pressure, while HVLP sprayers atomise the paint under low-pressure to create a very fine spray.
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.
Traditional fine sprayers use high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) 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.
Remember, preparation and safety are important so ensure you cover yourself and cover surfaces with drop cloths and painters tape before you start. Then simply pour the paint into the sprayer and you're ready to go.
Your paint might need thinning with water or turpentine, so check the paint sprayer's instructions before you get started.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.