Choosing a paint sprayer that works best for you is an important decision! It’s good to get a clear understanding of the different types of sprayers, to help you make the right choice. To help, we’ve identified to various types of sprayers below:
Airless Paint Sprayer
Work by sending out paint at a high pressure, spreading out to evenly cover the surface being painted. Are best for exterior surfaces of the home such as fences, decks or siding and also can be used for interior applications like ceilings, walls or railing. It’s also good to remember that different than compressed air or HVLP, these types of sprayers are able to handle thicker paint types.
Compressed Air Sprayer
Different than airless, these sprayers use compressed air to apply paint to a surface, producing a smooth and even finish. Best application for this type of sprayer includes painting of smaller objects, like interior furniture, chairs, or cabinets. If looking for a lower cost alternative to an airless, these can be a good option but beware, they use the greatest amount of paint and are also known to be the messiest. For the individual who already has an air compressor, good news, you simply need a reliable hose and a paint gun and you are good to go!
High Volume Low Pressure Sprayer
Last but not least, these sprayers work by carrying droplets of paint on large volumes of air. It does travel slower, making these droplets stick to the surface, which in turn creates a smooth overall finish. As opposed to compressed air sprayers, these don’t use as much paint, but as you would expect, cost more than the others already listed. Our best advice is to use them on interior projects.