We analyzed reviews for the most popular airless paint sprayers available on the market(read about our accurate unbiased method).
We compared them side-by-side, and scored them according to a range of factors including ease of use, ease of cleaning, even spraying and durability.
Below you will find top ranked sprayers(click on the product name to read the full review).
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|Date Reviewed||Feb 15, 2015||Feb 15, 2015||Feb 15, 2015|
|Scores||Graco Magnum X5||Wagner Flexio 590||Graco Magnum X7|
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HOW DOES IT WORK?
Difference between an usual spray gun and the airless spray gun is the way it works. First one employs compressed gas, usally air, to atomize and direct the paint particles on surfaces. Second one, instead, employs an high pressure pump to atomize the coating and the amount of this pressure can be anywhere between 300 and 7,500 pounds per square inch.
Airless Spray guns are most used by professional painters having to coat heavy duty industrial, chemical and marine coatings and lining but it works well for handymen as well and people who want to give an handmade touch to a variety of items (furniture, walls, doors, woodwork and cabinets).
PROS AND CONS
Common pros of this kind of method is finishing job speedly, cause paint penetrates better into pits and crevices and coating is much more uniform than Air gun, so numbers of coats are very reduced. Another aspect related to fastness is that the wet coat reduces time and release of solvent in the air. This guns save time expecially on cutting in corners of walls and around cornice too.
Many types and size of tips can be attached to the gun to vary the result of paint. The only trick is the time spent in taping parts that don’t need to be painted, cause paint penetrates enywhere, but after this job’s done you’ll go easy with finishing you “masterpiece”.
Most people say it’s the way to choose to paint exteriors, even if using it in the right way you can have success in interiors too, but you have to be careful to ventilate the room. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s safety, setup, and operating instructions. Don’t forget to use a respirator mask and proper eye protection when spraying.
HOW TO USE IT
First step is to decide if doing the job yourself or hire a pro. If you’re doing it yourself you have to choose the right paint: don’t choose the cheaper cause it could not be right for you. Choose also the right tip for the kind of paint you use to avoid wasting it and, of course, for the result you want to achieve. For example thicker coatings require a bigger sprayer tip so, maybe, it would be better trying it on an old surface you don’t use, to see how you have to be far from surface and how to use it rightly. In this way you get confidence with painting and you can understand in which speed you can go.
Cleaning up the machine before changing paint color is extremely simple but do it very accurately cause some particles of the uncorrect color could be atomized on the new surface.
HOW TO CHOOSE IT
One feature that is important to consider when choosing an airless painter is the gallons-per-minute (GPM) rating of an airless spray paint gun. The GPM rating indicates how quickly the gun can use paint, which could give buyers an idea of how quickly the gun will help them complete a job.
There are three different power sources available for airless spray guns: electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic. The first one have an electric motor that drives the piston in the paint pump and this system gives the user very good control over the amount of pressure that the motor produces.
Pneumatic airless spray paint guns use compressed air to create pressure and hydraulic airless spray paint gun uses a hydraulic pump to power the motor. Most have a paint pump (also called a lower) that is a double acting piston, in which the piston pumps the paint in both the down and the upstroke. Some airless pumps have a diaphragm instead of a piston, but both types have inlet and outlet valves.
Best seller brands are Graco, Titan and Wagner. Graco is the most expensive in the market but is also very efficient and has a better flushing system in that you attach a hose. It’s worth paying the extra, you get better guns and longer leads.
Anyway If you are looking for something inexpensive and easy to use, Graco 16N658 TrueCoat II Handheld is the perfect entry point into the airless paint sprayer market. It’s designed for smaller project ( i.e. furnitures) and it’s fast and easy to use. For large paint job the top is Graco UltraMax II 1595 Hi-Boy Electric. Outfitted with a range of spray guns capable for almost any coating, This machine is essential for hardcore industrial and residential painters.
Also Wagner 515034 Pro Coat is designed for larger jobs. You can use it to paint your entire house or just focus on fences, then the product combines a professional finish with an interface that every beginner can deal with.
From the Titan brand, Impact 740 is preferred for medium to large-sized painting projects, both in residential and commercial realms. Anyway I should admit that Graco is much better than Titan cause most people having used both find Graco one more powerful and reliable. Someone find Titan a bit messy when you’re spraying constantly.
Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus handles thick latex paints and applies nice even coats and is not too different from the X7 and X5 of the same range, but the last ones they come with nice wheeled carts.