Paint sprayer buying guide - how to choose a paint sprayer

Whether you’re painting a bedroom, a fence, furniture or the outside of your house, a paint sprayer can make the job easier and faster—plus it can save you money. There are different types of paint sprayers available at Bunnings so before you buy one, check out this guide to help make your choice easier.

Why use a paint sprayer

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 all finished painting, paint sprayers are much easier to clean than a brush or roller and you don’t need to wash things like roller trays or paint stirrers.

Choosing the right paint sprayer

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—hairless 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.

HVLP sprayers atomise the paint under low pressure to create a very fine spray.

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Airless paint 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.

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Fine paint sprayers

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.

Paint sprayer preparation and safety

Remember, preparation and safety are important so ensure you cover yourself 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.

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

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

Get your paint sprayer

Check out the full range of paint sprayers available at your local Bunnings.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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