Graco has long been considered the “crème de la crème” of construction painting equipment. While others may argue with me about this, they can’t show you a better unit, both in terms of usability and reliability. This is actually one of Graco’s lower end units, the lowest of their medium-duty sprayers. Even so, with its 5/8 HP motor it’s rated at 3300 PSI, moving .41 GMP, with a max tip size of .021. The intake filter is designed to be easy to remove, along with the intake valve; making on-the-job clogs from debris easy to deal with. The pump is designed for long endurance, with long-life packings, a chrome plated rod and hardened stainless-steel cylinder. Comes with a reversible tip gun.
Wagner is best known for their consumer grade paint equipment, but that’s not all they do. This twin-stroke airless paint sprayer is a true professional unit, providing up to .42 gallons of paint per minute. The 7/8 HP motor makes it the most powerful unit on our list, in addition to having the highest flow rate. The twin stroke pump provides paint on both the up and down strokes, reducing the pressure surges in the paint and keeping your working more consistently. The gun has a reversible tip for clearing clogs. There’s also what they call a “shureflo pusher valve” to loosen any dried paint left over from the last job. An auto-lube feature lubricates the pump at a touch of a button. The pressure is adjustable from 1000-3000 PSI.
Titan is another company that’s been in the airless paint equipment for a while. I’ve picked their Advantage 200 as number three. While it has the same size motor as the Graco unit I’ve selected for #1, it produces a little less pressure and a little less flow. The specs on this baby are: 5/8 HP motor, delivering .38 GMP at 3000 PSI, through a max .017” tip. Like Graco, Titan has put a lot of effort into their design, making an easy to maintain unit that will give years of service.
Campbell Hausfield is another old-timer in the painting business. Although a well-established company, they don’t have as many models of airless paint sprayers as some of our other competitors. That may be because they build pneumatic tools and air compressors as well. Of all the paint sprayers I reviewed, they’ve put the most effort into creating a safe to use product. This unit has a 3/4 HP unit, making it the largest, but other than that, it’s running neck and neck with the Titan for specs and price. This unit runs at 3000 PSI, moving .34 GPM through a max .017 spray tip. That’s still large enough for just about anything you’ll do at home.
Ryobi Airless Paint Sprayer Station RAP200G
This is a true home paint sprayer, although it has some pretty impressive specifications. It is true variable pressure, running from 800 to 2800 PSI, with the pressure being automatically set to match the viscosity of the paint being used. The half HP motor will give you a 0.24 GPM flow rate, which although less than professional units, is probably plenty for a homeowner who wants to paint their house. A nice feature is that it is designed for use with a spray gun or external feed roller and comes with both. The gun has a reversible tip for clog removal. The base is designed so that the paint bucket can be put on it, and rolled around, making it easier to cover a large area.
DeVilbiss makes some of the best spray guns on the market; providing superior performance and finish quality. This model provides for optimized performance in any climate. They accomplish this with specialized air caps, which change the airflow due to the needs of each type of climate. A total of three different air caps will meet the needs of any temperature and humidity. They’ve also provided a no-stick coating on both the outside and inside, making clean up of the gun a snap. Merely pour solvent through it and then wipe it off. A lightweight gun (only 420 grams), it’s highly ergonomic, reducing operator fatigue. Although this model comes with a paint cup, a variant allows use of disposable cups.
Binks Trophy Air Spray Gravity-feed Gun
This gun is extremely lightweight at only 410 grams, with an extremely ergonomic handle for worker comfort. The gun has larger air passageways than most, increasing the available power at the nozzle. One needle size fits all spray caps, reducing part inventory. The spray cap has built-in spreaders, allowing you to adjust the shape of the spray pattern from round to a full fan. The control knobs are asymmetrical, making them easy to grip and use, even with gloves on. All stainless steel fluid passageways allow using the gun with a wide variety of paint materials.
Sharpe’s Razor series comes with all stainless steel needle, nozzle and fluid passageways, making it ideal for all types of materials. A wide variety of nozzle sizes are available as well, so that the right nozzle can be selected to match the paint material being applied. The handle is ergonomic with low trigger pull for comfort. It provides a 13 inch spray pattern, with a width of 1.2 to 2.5 mm width, depending upon the nozzle. This gun is nickel finished for easy cleaning and provides the best possible finish quality.
For those that are looking for quality in a lower-priced spray gun, Ingersoll Rand has been in the air tool business for many a year. This gravity-feed gun has a non-drip cup, with a locking lid to prevent drips and spills as you turn the gun to get into difficult to reach spots. A fluid adjustment knob is located at the back of the gun and an air pattern control at the handle’s base. While this doesn’t provide as exacting adjustment as we’ve seen for the higher priced, guns, it will still provide a quality finish.
Campbell Housfeld is another company well known for their wide variety of air tools. This gravity-feed gun comes with a cup which holds 20 ounces of paint material. The housing is polished aluminum. It provides a fan with a pattern which adjusts from 1.5 to 9 inches. For those that need to do an occasional paint job, this gun provides exceptional value.
Binks has been in the business of making HVLP guns since the beginning. Their lineup of spray guns includes several HVLP models. This gun is extremely lightweight at only 410 grams, with an extremely ergonomic handle for worker comfort. The gun has larger air passageways than most, increasing the available power at the nozzle. One needle size fits all spray caps, reducing part inventory. The spray cap has built-in spreaders, allowing you to adjust the shape of the spray pattern from round to a full fan. The control knobs are asymmetrical, making them easy to grip and use, even with gloves on. While this gun is designed to use with a pressure pot, it is also available in a gravity feed version.
DeVilbiss is another “old timer” in the spray gun business, providing spray guns to professional painters for years. While Binks beat them into the HVLP market, they’ve done a great job of catching up. This gun can actually take the place of three different guns, as it comes with three different sized fluid tips. That allows it to be used with a wide variety of materials, covering a wide range of viscosities. It is gravity feed, with a 1 liter aluminum cup. The gun can shoot a round or fan pattern, with the pattern being fully adjustable.
As a company, Graco is better known for professional paint equipment for architectural painting, rather than automotive. However, the principles are the same and they do provide equipment for both markets. This gun offers unmatched spray pattern size, with a 14-inch wide fan. That’s up to four inches wider than other guns, most of which only provide a 10-inch pattern. It’s a gravity feel design, as most modern HVLP guns are. The cup on this one holds 600 cc of paint, making it a bit smaller than the DeVilbiss we looked at. However, all the fluid passages are stainless steel, so it can be used with water-based paints as well as solvent-based ones. The nozzle provides an extremely smooth paint pattern for superior finishes. Low trigger pull reduces operator fatigue and errors.
This is a different sort of HVLP spray gun than those we’ve looked at. The first three on this list are more for automotive finish, whereas this is designed for architectural paint, especially trim. The unit comes complete with its own air pump, providing high volume air for the gun. The spray pattern is adjustable, with a “push-n-click” control. This allows horizontal, vertical or round patterns, and can be changed mid-stream. It comes with a one quart pressure pot, holding the paint below the gun, so as to not block your visibility.
Wagner is one of the best known names in residential paint equipment. Their tools have helped many a homeowner repaint their homes with excellent results. This HVLP painter is much like the Earlex system we also have listed, but at a much more reasonable price for the homeowner. It comes complete with gun, two paint pots, and its own turbine air pump. This system is designed to work with architectural paint finishes, rather than automotive finishes. Fluid control is adjustable to match the various types of painting jobs that are done in the home. It also has three spray patterns, allowing you to fit the pattern to the job at hand.
DeVilbiss is one of the “old timers” in the spray painting industry. They are one of the top two companies for providing spray paint technology to industry and automotive repair. This gun is coated inside and out to provide for easy cleanup. The external coating is also highly scratch resistant, to keep the gun looking new longer. It comes with two air caps for exceptional fluid flow, high productivity and versatility. There is a third air cap available for low to medium solids paints. Designed to be used with a pressurized cup.
This is Binks top of the line series, putting all their years of experience into making a superior gun. As one of the brands that professionals choose most, Binks produces excellent guns, which are lightweight, ergonomic and provide a superior finish quality. Asymmetrical controls make adjustment of paint flow and spray patter easy, allowing you to optimize it for the best possible finish. All stainless steel fluid passages accept a wide variety of materials without problem. The fluid nozzle and needle are hardened against wear and the needle fits all nozzles, reducing parts count. There is an optional air cap alignment pin available for ease of assembly. Designed to be used with a pressurized cup.
Graco-Sharpe RAZOR Compliant Siphon Spray Gun #288293
Although a conventional spray gun, this one is designed to provide the same high paint transfer efficiency that is normally provided by HVLP. This higher fluid flow increases production speed, allowing you to get more work done. As a conventional gun, it provides an extremely smooth spray pattern for exceptional finish quality. The low trigger pull, along with an ergonomic handle design reduce operator fatigue. This gun works with a siphon cup.
For those that need an economical spray gun, Campbell Hausfeld offers a model which works off a pressurized cup. This gun is ideal for finishing furniture and works well for automotive finish as well. It includes a one quart anti-drip, quick release canister, for faster filling with no mess. The spray pattern is adjustable for fan size. The gun has controls for both fluid flow and air flow, allowing you to adjust the spray pattern to your needs.
For another option in an inexpensive spray gun, take a look at this one, made by Alltrade. While it can’t compete with the high dollar models for finish quality and long life, for those that need to do an occasional paint job, it provides a tool that will get the job done. The 1000 ml cup is pressurized to ensure sufficient flow to the gun. It has both paint flow and air flow adjustments for operator control over the paint pattern.