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If you are a DIY user, all of the paint sprayer options can be a bit confusing. This section is for us!

Airless vs HVLP Paint Sprayers

Airless Sprayers
Airless paint sprayers work under high pressure. This pressure atomizes the paint more (than air sprayers),and creates a smoother finish. This style unit has the least amount of overspray (the extra paint that doesn't land on what you mean it to), and one of the fastest painting methods. This style sprayer can spray everything from latex to stains without any thinning (adding water). The airless sprayer is recommended for painting/staining walls, fences, decks, etc. These machines can be loud.

HVLP Paint Sprayers
This style paint sprayer is high volume, low pressure. That means the machine uses a high volume of air to help break apart the paint. This creates more of a mist of paint. We generally recommend this style unit for fine finish work, such as cabinetry. HVLP units are best used for lighter materials such as stains. Unless you want to spend a lot of money for a strong sprayer, latex will not spray as smoothly out of this style machine without thinning. This style unit is quieter than the airless paint sprayer.

Now you know which machine to buy, an airless paint sprayer or HVLP paint sprayer. But, how to choose which machine will fit your needs:

PSI: (Pounds Per Square Inch)Most DIY paint sprayers are 2800-3100 PSI, and that is plenty. Even the big boy units are around 3300PSI. So, don't assume more PSI is better.
Motor:To be able to spray interior/exterior latex style paint you will need a tip size of .015 or .017. The motor that can push that out needs to be at least 1/2hp.
Tip Size:Tips, also called nozzles, are small things that go into the airless paint sprayer gun. These are named using a three digit system. The first number (doubled) is the size of the spray/fan of paint that comes out of the tip. The second set of numbers is the size of the hole. This means a 515 tips sprays a 10 inch fan of paint, and has a hole size of .015 inch. The thicker the material you are spraying, the larger the hole needs to be. Latex paints generally use a .015 or .017. Stains generally use a .011 or .013. If you are going to paint walls, or other large spaces, then you would want a larger number, such as 4 or 5, at the beginning of your tip name. This is a larger fan. If you are painting lattice, or baseboards, you would select a 2 or 3.
GPM: (Gallons Per Minute) This is how much paint is pushed out per minute. Some sprayers label this as GPH, Gallons Per Hour. That is a sign that the sprayer will be slower in pushing out material.

We can FINALLY choose our sprayer (Scroll a little further down)!!

There are a few manufacturers out there. Some of the biggest are Graco (whom also owns ASM and Airlessco) and Titan (whom also owns Wagner and Speeflo)

Graco Magnum, Magnum LTS, and Magnum Tradeworks Paint Sprayers, TrueCoat Handheld

Titan XT250, XT290, any sprayer in the Wagner line

The follow up question I always receive is, "What 'extras' do I really need?". My list is in no particular order, except for the first item:
Extra Gun Filters:They are a pain to clean and, generally, not too expensive to replace.
Stain tip: Usually your machine will come with one ready for latex paint. But, you will need a smaller hole for staining. Just get is now, so you are ready.
Extension: This is a metal pole that attaches to your paint spray gun. The paint goes through the extension and sprays out of the tip on the end. This is a back saver.
Extension Pole Swivel: The 180 swivel goes on the end of your extension. The swivel allows the guard to turn toward the wall versus the extension pointing straight up. With this you can walk down the wall and have the paint spray.
Oils: In most cases you receive a small bottle of piston pump/lubricant. After you thoroughly clean your machine you squeeze some in to prevent rusting. A little goes a long way on this.

Titan XT 250 Advantage 100 Airless Paint Sparyer 0516011
Titan XT290 Advantage 200 Airless Paint Sprayer 0516012
Titan XT330 Advantage 300 Airless Paint Sprayer 0516013
Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus Airless Paint Sprayer 257025
Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer 262800
Graco Magnum X7 Airless Paint Sprayer 262805
Graco Magnum ProX7 Airless Paint Sprayer 261815
Graco ProX9 Airless Paint Sprayer 261820
Graco Pro210ES Airless Paint Sprayer Stand 17D163
Graco Pro210ES Cart Airless Paint Sprayer 17C305
Graco TrueCoat 360 PROJECT Series  Electric Airless Sprayer 16Y385 16Y-385
Graco TrueCoat 360 DS PROJECT Series  Electric Airless Sprayer 17A466 17A-466
Graco TrueCoat 360 DSP PROJECT Series  Electric Airless Sprayer 16Y386 16Y-386
Graco TrueCoat 360 VSP Handheld Paint Sprayer 17D889
Graco TrueCoat Pro II Cordless Paint Sprayer 16N657 16N-657
Graco TrueCoat Pro II Electric Handheld Airless Sprayer 16N673 16N-673
Wagner Paint Ready System 0529003
Wagner Power Tex Paint Sprayer 0520000G
Wagner Power Painter Plus 0525027C
Wagner Control Spray Double Duty 0518050F
Wagner Optistain Sprayer 0529015B
Wagner ProCoat 9145 Paint Sprayer 0523012B
Wagner ProCoat 9155 Paint Sprayer 0523013B
Wagner ProCoat 9175 Paint Sprayer 052014B
Earlex Spray Station Precision HVLP Sprayer HV2901PUS
Earlex Spray Station 1900 HVLP Sprayer HV1900US
Earlex Spray Station Semi-Pro HV5500US
Earlex Spray Station HVLP Sprayer 3500 MS3500USM
Earlex Spray Station 4500 HVLP Sprayer With Trade Gun HV4500US
Earlex Spray Station HVLP Sprayer 5500 With Trade Gun HV5500US2