Table of Contents
- Top Value Paint Sprayers - Comparison Guide
- Types Of Sprayers On The Market
- Best Value Paint Sprayers & Spray Guns
- Under $500 - Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2 HVLP Spray System
- My Overall Rating
- Under $300 - Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer
- Under $100 - HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer
- Spray Guns Only
- Under $300 - DeVilbiss (GFG670) Plus High Efficiency Gravity Feed Spray Gun
- Under $200 - 3M 16580 Accuspray Spray Gun System
- Under $100 - Graco-Sharpe 288878 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun
- Under $50 - Astro 4008 Spray Gun with Cup
- Best Value Paint Sprayer: How Much Should You Spend
- In Conclusion
Getting the best paint sprayer for the money can be difficult. With varying models on the market, your budget may be the main factor in determining which is best suited for you.
Generally speaking the more you spend the higher quality finish you will receive. This is not always 100% accurate, though, much 'cheaper' models can offer a quality finish and assist with restoring furniture, painting walls or spraying a deck.
Top Value Paint Sprayers - Comparison Guide
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Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2 System
Graco Magnum 262800 X5
HomeRight C800766 Max Fine
DeVilbiss (GFG670) Plus
3M 16580 Accuspray with Standard PPS
Graco-Sharpe 288878 FX3000
Types Of Sprayers On The Market
Unlike other sprayers, an airless sprayer doesn’t use air introduced into the flow of fluid to break up the paint.
Instead the paint is pumped at great pressure (about 3000psi) through the spray tip. It atomises as it leaves the spray tip, when it hits the air.
The application rate is very fast, but you will have less control over the result.
And you can end up wasting quite a lot of paint. The initial expense is high, as you’ll need a pump and motor.
For the newbie, HVLP stands for high volume low pressure. It the most commonly used type of sprayer. It is relatively inexpensive but needs a big compressor with a high CFM (cubic feet per minute).
The fluid is under low pressure but a high volume of air is required, hence the big compressor. You will save on paint, but application is very slow.
An HVLP has trouble breaking up thicker paint, so you will have to thin your paint before use. It is suitable only for low to medium-low viscosity paints.
Low volume low pressure sprayers use less air, so you need a much smaller compressor (about 4CFM). It has superior atomisation, because of smaller holes in the paint cap.
You’ll get a very soft spray and a high transfer efficiency (of about 80%). The trade-off is it’ll take you a lot longer to apply each coat.
Your conventional compressed air paint sprayer is generally inexpensive but that also depends on what sort of compressor is required. It offers you high atomisation and a fine finish.
The application rate is low and you get lower transfer efficiencies. But, compared to an airless, you have more control of the trigger and can dial into a finer pattern.
Best Value Paint Sprayers & Spray Guns
I have outlined the top models in 3-4 price categories for both complete spray systems and spray guns that can be used with an air compressor.
Firstly, for those with a higher budget, it is vital to look for a sprayer that ticks all the boxes. Speed, efficiency on paint, minimal overspray and ease of use are all vital. Mid-range models will focus on most of these aspects as well, the only difference is that they should tick most of the boxes, and possibly not quite all.
Lastly, the cheapest models should be suited to your particular job as different low budget sprayers have different advantages and disadvantages.
Here are my recommendations.
Under $500 - Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2 HVLP Spray System
My Overall Rating
Fuji produces a wide range of HVLP Spray Systems including some of the highest quality professional systems. This paint sprayer was designed for the DIY enthusiast and offers close to professional quality for about half the price of some of the commercial paint systems.
The easily adjustable fan enables you to control the pattern you’re spraying in at any given time and a 1400 watt motor. The gun is easy to control and suitable for painters at all experience levels. One of the things that make it so easy to operate is the non-bleed performance of the gun which allows the spray pattern to be altered. This means different surfaces and materials can be painted in different ways.
Another additional feature is that Fuji has improved the size of the cup from earlier models making your work faster and more efficient. It comes standard with a generous 25ft hose, utilizing an air control valve to minimize bounce back and overspray.
This highly efficient sprayer is great value for money, even at the high end of the spectrum. It is my best pick for sprayers under $500. You can read more about it here.
Under $300 - Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer
My Overall Rating
This paint spraying machine is perfect for the homeowner who loves their serious DIY. Lightweight, extremely portable and is easy to store away when not in use are just 3 of the key features.
Coverage offered includes light to medium spray and there is the option to control the pressure setting. The swivel nozzle delivers the paint onto a large surface relatively quickly and gives excellent accuracy and coverage.
The instruction guide for beginners and experienced sprayers alike will assist and set up and cleaning.
In my opinion, this one is the best airless paint sprayer of the bunch. Its recommended retail price is around $400 but it can usually be found on amazon for between $250 -$300. Read more about it here.
Under $100 - HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer
My Overall Rating
This value for money model by HomeRight is the Max Fine Finish Sprayer. A handheld sprayer, it is our preferred choice for restoring any type of furniture. Other DIY projects such as kitchen cabinets are also suited to this gem.
Different spray patterns allow for horizontal, vertical, and circular spraying. It is small, simple and easy to use compared with other larger and bulkier spray machines yet still provides an excellent finish.
The lightweight design and adjustable control are 2 key components that make this our number 1 choice for working with furniture.
It is also important to thoroughly clean this machine after use. The extra care will prolong the life of the sprayer. This cleaning is required as the sprayer can use a variety of different paint types with varying thickness.
Spray Guns Only
Under $300 - DeVilbiss (GFG670) Plus High Efficiency Gravity Feed Spray Gun
My Overall Rating
If you’re looking for a super-fast paint sprayer that will last almost forever, you don’t need to look further than the DeVilbiss Plus Gravity Feed Spray Gun.
DeVilbiss is known for its top-class paint sprayers. And with this workhorse, you get what you pay for. It has a gravity-feed cup, which I’ve found much more efficient than suction cups. Its atomisation quality blew me away. I was able to get a fine, even finish. It’s great for automotive projects, because it lays down metallic paints well. It’s also good for primers.
Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, it’s incredibly easy to use. It can turn any beginner into a professional. Even with a price-tag of around $300, it’s worth it. The retail price is over $300 but I have found discounts on Amazon regularly.
Under $200 - 3M 16580 Accuspray Spray Gun System
My Overall Rating
The biggest selling point of 3M’s Accuspray is that it requires virtually no cleaning. You and I know that when it comes to spraying there is always some clean-up involved. But 3M does make it a heck of a lot easier. It has a range of atomising heads, from 1.4 mm for primers, top coats and base coats; to a 2mm for adhesives or industrial coatings. That means you can switch out heads without changing guns. You don’t have to change the cup either.
The kit comes with heavy-duty cup liners. You pour in your paint, mix it in the cup and pop on a disposable cup lid (which comes with a built-in filter). Screw the cup on to the gun, and you’re ready to go, with a different gun set-up. You end up saving a lot of paint and time. I’ve seen the sprayer used on auto projects to great effect by guys who now what they’re doing.
In my less than professional hands, the finish was good but not fantastic. Still, if you’re put off by mess and fuss, this is the gun or you. This is another machine that is often discounted on Amazon and can be usually found for under $200.
Under $100 - Graco-Sharpe 288878 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun
My Overall Rating
If you’ve already got a large compressor in your tool shed, the Graco-Sharpe 288878 HVLP FX3000 is a great gun to get started with. Because it’s a HVLP it needs a compressor with a lot of oomph. I tried the 1.0mm gun, but models are available up to 1.8mm.
I found it lightweight and compact to use, which is great if you’re painting all day. It comes with a 600cc aluminum cup that is easy to clean, as well as a wrench and cleaning brush. It does what it says on the box. It’s fast and efficient and great if you’ve got a larger job but don’t want to bankrupt yourself. It’s the gun of choice when HVLP is required.
It’s a terrific addition to your spray-gun arsenal. With many size nozzles available, this Graco-sharpe can be found just under and just over $100.
Under $50 - Astro 4008 Spray Gun with Cup
My Overall Rating
It’s so inexpensive, you can afford to buy two. And why not? The Astro 4008 Spray Gun is a great gun. It’s super-easy to use and the adjustable fan pattern gives you more control over the end-product. It is also exceptionally versatile and can spray anything from primers to acrylics to even contact cement, according to the manufacturer.
I used it to spray my picket fence out front, and was amazed at the results. I’m usually not a fan of siphon-fed guns but this one exceeded my expectations. A plus is that it comes with detailed instructions, so it is great for beginners. The 1.8mm atomising head means it’s efficient for laying down primers, heavy coatings and glues.
It’s a bit heavier than I’m used to so I had to take a break more often. But, at under $50, you can’t go wrong.
Best Value Paint Sprayer: How Much Should You Spend
The bigger the job, the more you should spend, right? That’s not necessarily the case with paint sprayers. Then again. You don’t want to invest in an airless sprayer if you want to paint a single chair or kids’ furniture. If you’re going to be doing mainly smaller projects, I’d stick to a gun for under $50.
You can get some great sprayers for that price. If you’re touching up walls or spraying cabinets, I’d stretch the budget to around $100. You can get a good gun for that amount that will stand up to the greater wear and tear. If you’re looking at larger surfaces, exterior walls and decks, where you must cover a larger area fast, I’d bring out the bug guns. Plan to spend around $300.
There you have our top choices for different budgets when selecting a paint sprayer. Always consider what you are painting first and the requirements for successfully doing the job. This will help you assign a budget to buy a sprayer. These above options are all quality sprayers on the market and are a great addition to any DIY-ers tools.