Why use a Handheld Paint Sprayer?
Have you ever tried to paint a fence that had many corners you simply couldnt get to with a paintbrush? Well, a paint sprayer can solve that problem for you easily. The pressurized nozzle sprays paint into every nook and cranny of what youre painting. If there are small holes or gaps that bristles of a paintbrush cant cover, a sprayer will fill them and theyll disappear.
Another advantage of a handheld sprayer is it provides even coats of paint to a surface. Paintbrushes tend to pick up more paint than needed and its difficult to spread it evenly over a surface. Sometimes using a paintbrush for a project can take hours. But with a paint sprayer, it can cut your working time in half because this multipurpose tool covers a lot of surface area in a short amount of time
Using a handheld paint sprayer keeps your area clean. Typically, paint is loaded into a container situated at the top or bottom of a sprayer. This eliminates the problem of paint dripping everywhere when youre working.
The canister that the paint is loaded in prevents the paint from drying out. Since the paint keeps its consistency in the canister youre able to set the tool down and continue with your project another day.
A handheld paint sprayer is suitable to use in enclosed areas as well as for outdoor projects.
Features to Consider while Choosing a Handheld Paint Sprayer
As mentioned before its important to know which features to look for when buying a handheld paint sprayer so you can make a beneficial purchase. Take a look at the features below that every quality handheld paint sprayer should have and the types of tools the market has to offer you.
There are three types of handheld paint sprayers on the market: airless paint sprayers, HVLP and compressed ones:
HVLP sprayer: A high volume low-pressure sprayer is designed for close up projects. This is because the paint is released slowly out of the nozzle to provide precision and evenness. These paint sprayers are for delicate tasks such as painting a cupboard or chair. The HVLP compressed handheld sprayer can be a pricey tool to buy because of its ability to create detailed finishes. Thats why HVLP handheld sprayers are typically owned by professionals.
Airless paint sprayer: This painting device operates on pipes that are pressurized by air or gas. The airless paint sprayer is designed for highly detailed pieces so you may find people using it for art projects.
Compressed sprayer: A compressed sprayer is similar to a paint gun. This tool can spray a fine mist of paint using compressed air. The compressed sprayer covers a lot of surface area so it can be used to paint large rooms and even cars with an even coat. These applications may be too difficult for amateurs to control so it may produce patchy surfaces on your first try. Its advised to work slowly when using a compressed sprayer for optimal results.
So what about spray patterns? Well, depending on the project youre working on you need a spray painter that produces many different patterns for detailing, even finishes and to cover large surface areas.
Many handheld paint sprayers have pattern settings you can change easily to produce a finer mist or wider and smaller bursts. There are pattern adjustments that can be set to circular, horizontal and vertical motions. If you want detailed lines for a canvas you can adjust the width of your nozzle so the paint sprays out in finer streaks.
Wider bursts allow you to cover large surface areas quickly. And so, if you need to paint walls or floors be sure your tool has various nozzles and settings to allow you to complete the specific task effectively. The device that offers you up to four nozzles that produce many types of paint patterns is the HomeRight C800971. With the paint pattern options the HomeRight C800971 offers, you can work on any project such as fences, cabinets, cars, canvases and walls.
There are various types of paint on the market but is your handheld sprayer compatible with all of them? The HomeRight C800971 and the Prostormer applications can be used with the following types of finishes:
- Latex paint
- Chalk type paint
- Clear sealers
- Milk-based paints
It should be noted that some paints are thicker than other types so ensure your sprayer can push the liquid through the nozzle without jamming the system. Some paints are also more difficult to clean off internal components and you may need specialized detergents to remove residue. These detergents can oxidize certain types of metal so ensure that the internal components of the paint sprayer are resistant to wear from cleaning products.
When purchasing your handheld paint sprayer, check to see what sort of finishes its compatible with. You want a multipurpose device so ensure that the paint sprayer can be used with all types of paints, varnish and sealers.
Some handheld paint sprayers are only designed to work for certain surfaces. These devices are in the lower price bracket because they can only be used in small areas such as gates or windowsills. As mentioned before the multipurpose handheld paint sprayer will always be the superior choice.
Versatile paint sprayers can be used on any type of surface area because they come with more than one nozzle, settings and features that allow you to do so. Select a paint sprayer that can be used outside as well as indoors on the following surfaces:
- Security gates
- Outside and inside walls
- Art canvases
- Skirting boards
If youre going to be working outside consistently, consider buying a cordless device. Gas-powered tools are available on the market for people who wont have access to an outlet when working with their paint sprayer.
Longer painting tasks will require a lot of liquid. You dont want to keep filling up the canister with paint while youre working so its important that you select a tool that has a large container capacity. The bigger the container capacity the less you have to keep filling it up and the more work youll get done.
But it should be noted that the larger the canister capacity the heavier the device will be. If the weight of your tool is a major factor for you then a smaller container capacity will be ideal. You may run out of paint quicker but youll have less strain on your wrists and arms.
Depending on the spray pattern you want youll need a device that has a specific size nozzle. The different nozzle dimensions allow you to change the patterns for any type of project.
The nozzles also allow you to use thicker or thinner paint consistencies. Smaller nozzles wont be able to spray out thicker paint because it will get clogged. So youll need to use a larger nozzle to spray the paint out evenly. For finer sprays, thinner paint is more suitable with medium-sized nozzles.
Select a handheld paint sprayer that comes with four different sized nozzles to achieve the pattern and even finish youre looking for.
The gun on a handheld paint sprayer must be easy to use and to maintain. The nozzle should clip in easily and the construction must be made of durable materials. Its also important that the trigger of the gun is not difficult to press. The paint must come out of the gun easily according to the pressure youre placing on the trigger.
Select a handheld paint sprayer thats ergonomically designed so it fits in your hand well. If its comfortable to hold it will be effortless to manoeuvre and it wont cause strain on your arms. Before you purchase a paint sprayer, hold it in your hand to see if it feels comfortable in your grasp.
Ensure that the gun has an integrated filter that will catch unwanted particles from ruining your paint job.
We mentioned weight before in the section where we spoke about container capacity. But the overall construction of the paint sprayer should be light enough to hold for longer periods of time. If youre working two hours on a paint job a heavyweight device is going to be difficult to keep upright and its going to start hurting your joints after a while.
Quality paint sprayers that have a heavy construction will come with wheels and handles to assist with portability. The heavier part of the sprayer is set on the floor while the gun is connected to it via a hose. These larger paint sprayers are designed for bigger painting projects that require hours of work to be done.
Smaller handheld paint sprayers are usually cordless devices. Remember that the bigger your spray painter is the more powerful it will be. You can have a combination of portability and power with Wagner Spraytech 0529010 FLEXiO 590 which only weighs 2.11lbs but it packs a major punch in terms of power and functionality.
There are two types of handheld paint sprayers: an electrical application and a gas-operated device. Both devices are excellent for any painting project but there are also some downfalls to each one:
Electrical paint sprayer: These devices are more environmentally friendly and theyre exceptionally powerful. But to operate the device you need an electrical outlet. You may have to purchase an electric paint sprayer with a long cord so you can use it for outside tasks. If it doesnt have a long power cord youll have to use an extension. These handheld paint sprayers are designed for construction work and other heavy duty jobs.
Gas-powered paint sprayer: A paint sprayer thats powered by gas emits a lot of CO2 so its not a tool for those who are environmentalists. The gas canisters also dont last as long and it can cost additional fees to buy more units when you run out. A gas-powered paint sprayer is portable and can be used indoors as well as outside without the need for a power outlet. Theyre compact and easy to travel with because theyre lightweight. These paint sprayers are quite versatile because they can be used for heavy-duty tasks as well as small jobs around the home.
The price of your handheld paint sprayer will depend on the size and features of the application. For smaller units, you can expect to pay between $150 and $250 for quality applications. For bigger handheld paint sprayers you can pay $350 to $400 but these are usually industrial tools used by construction companies.
A handheld paint sprayers warranty can be between one and two years depending on the size of the application & the number of extra components it comes with. Its always best to select a product that has a longer warranty because then you know the device is durable. A longer warranty means the manufacturer has confidence that customers wont experience any problems with their applications during the contracted period.
How to Use a Handheld Paint Sprayer?
For the purpose of this section, were going to explain how to use the Graco 16Y385.
Before you use your handheld paint sprayer for the first time you should flush out the test fluid. To do this, remove the container assembly from your device. Now insert a FlexLiner bag into the holder (the Graco comes with two FlexLiners) and fill it with water. Replace the lid onto the FlexLiner and tighten it until the line on the container & the lid are aligned.
Next, align the VacuValve on the cup cover with the PrimePump spray knobs and push the cup into the sprayer & twist it until it locks in place. Plug your Graco into a power source.
Theres a switch on the side of the device. Turn it to the PrimePump position. Now turn the sprayer upside down and point the nozzle into a bucket & pull the trigger for at least four seconds.
Turn the switch located on the side of the tool to the spray position and rotate the tip to 180 to the unclogged position. While youre holding the Graco sprayer upside-down point the nozzle toward a bucket and pull the trigger of the paint gun for another four seconds.
Your sprayer is now ready to be used.
To start using the Graco paint sprayer, remove the FlexLiner cup that has the water in it and replace it with a clean container. Fill it with the paint color youll be working with.
Place the lid back onto the cup. Tighten the application until the lines on the lid and cup are aligned & it clicks. Clip the cup into the VacuValve on the cup cover and twist the container to lock it into place.
The VacuValve is an important part of the sprayer. Its used to evacuate the air out of the container. So open the VacuValve cap to release pressure. Simply squeeze the FlexLiner bag until all the air has been released and then place the VacuValve cap back onto the device.
Turn the switch located on the side of the sprayer to the PrimePump position. Point the sprayer nozzle into a bucket and squeeze the trigger of the gun for six seconds. Afterward, turn the switch to the spray position.
Youre now ready to start spraying paint onto your surface area.
Tips and Tricks
A common mishap when using a paint sprayer is overspray. When this situation occurs the tool can start leaking or producing uneven finishes on a surface. To avoid overspray from happening, hold the gun further away when you pull the trigger to release paint.
Another tip is to use the correct size nozzles for the type of project youre working on. Larger nozzles will release more paint and smaller components will release less liquid.
Its advised that you use masking tape, cloths or plastic to cover areas you dont want to get paint on. You can control where the paint goes when manoeuvring your paint sprayer but for cleaner lines on trimmings use masking tape.
Be aware of the pressure youre using on the sprayers trigger. The harder you press the faster the paint will be released. Work slowly by gently pressing the trigger for delicate painting jobs.
How to Maintain a Handheld Paint Sprayer?
You should clean your paint sprayer after every job you complete. If you dont clean the paint out of the containers or off the nozzles the liquid can harden making it difficult to wash the residue off.
This is probably the most tedious task of a paint sprayer because the nozzles, pipes and gun need to be flushed. But some sprayers are easier to clean because they come with extra features such as a hose port. This hose connection allows you to link the sprayer to a garden hose so water can run through it to flush out the remaining paint.
Other units will need to be taken apart so you can clean each individual component. These pieces are typically easy to assemble and disassemble.