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Different Types of Paint Sprayers and Their Uses

Different Types of Paint Sprayers and Their Uses

If you have compared the efficiency of a paint sprayer with that of a paintbrush or a roller, it is easy to deduce that paint sprayers come in handy when you have a painting project targeting a vast surface area or one that needs to be completed in the least time possible.

Even after discovering the overall advantage of a paint sprayer, you may still want to compare the uses of the different types of paint sprayers to help you decide which of the options is best for you. Here’s your premier knowledge on the specific uses of the three major types of paint sprayers.

1. Compressed Air Sprayers

Compressed air sprayers release paint on the targeted surface by sending pressure to the paint reservoir through a hose which then releases large clouds of paint when the sprayer trigger is pulled. The pressure exacted may not be easy to control and may cause uneven distribution of paint. Despite this, compressed air sprayers are easy to use and can be used by anyone, plus they are cheap to purchase or rent.

The best surfaces where compressed air sprayers achieve a quality finish include walls and wide surface furniture. Using compressed air sprayers on these surfaces helps to salvage paint that would otherwise be wasted.

2. High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Sprayers

HVLP sprayers use lower amounts of pressure to eject a fine amount of paint on a surface through the spray gun. The pressure can be easily controlled and fine amounts of paint released, making less mess than the compressed air sprayer.

HVLP are best used in painting projects that require thinner layers and on smaller surfaces. They are easier to use with primers and finer paints and not the latex and gloss paints. This explains why they are commonly used to varnish doors, windows and furniture, or to apply primers on walls.

3. Airless Paint Sprayers

Airless paint sprayers are more popular than other models for two reasons. First, they use an inbuilt electric pump to send pressure to the paint reservoir and to release paint on the desired surface. Two, the applicator is versatile and can be adjusted to produce finer or denser paint puffs. Airless paint sprayers are easy to use and give a neat finish.

Since the sprayer is attached to a large bucket of paint, this model can be adjusted to paint large surface areas like the walls of a house, and in little time. Overall, the airless paint sprayer can be used on any painting project since the nozzle is easily adjusted to fit the nature of the surface being painted.

When you Decide

Prioritize the airless paint sprayer because it can be adjusted to give the desired effect on the painted surface. The HVLP sprayer could be your choice when you do smaller painting jobs. The compressed air sprayer may be more difficult to control but may be your best choice when you want to save on cost.