If you are one of the many people who constantly puts off painting jobs until another day, rest assured that we are going to tell you about a range of machines that will make your life much easier. Painting is a necessary task around the home and in the garden and garage, yet it is also a very messy one, and one that takes a lot of time. What if there was a way of approaching painting jobs that saved you both time and money, and also gave you a better result?
Let’s face it, painting with brushes and rollers is not the ideal way to go; not only is there are lot of waste, it’s very messy, and cleaning up is a chore. Also, you never seem to get the clean and impressive finish you wish for, which can be disappointing. That’s why we are going to recommend you look at HVLP sprayer systems, which are extremely useful and surprisingly affordable machines that will make a sensible addition to your tool kit. They can be used for painting in many different applications, and are easy to use, so let’s talk a little more about what they do, and how they do it.
Why Use HVLP Spray Systems?
Before we get into too much detail, be aware that today’s modern breed of paint sprayer is a much more impressive machine that those you may have seen or used in the past. Until recently, your typical paint sprayer used an air compressor to produce a high-pressure effect that atomized the paint, and created a spray that you could direct where you wanted it. These are still used today for many applications and, while effective, are very wasteful and do not provide the level of accuracy that some people look for when painting a room, wall or even a car. This is why we are going to talk about HVLP paint sprayers, which are the most up to date and modern versions available.
HVLP stands for ‘high-volume, low-pressure’, which should give you an idea of what they are all about. The technology has been developed to provide paint sprayers that offer not only greater accuracy, but that also produce less waste and are therefore more cost-effective. There are many different types of HVLP paint guns available on the market, ranging from domestic cost effective sprayer systems, to more professional HVLP paint sprayers such as those used in the automotive industry for paint spraying cars.
So, you need an HVLP paint sprayer if you are to get the finish you want on those much-needed paint jobs, but which is the best HVLP paint sprayer for you and how do you make the decision? That’s what we are here to help you with, so let’s talk about some of the things you need to know about the different types of HVLP paint gun available.
HVLP Spray Systems VS Airless Paint Sprayers
First of, let us just clear up the fact that there is a big difference between airless technology and HVLP sprayer systems.
Airless technology is quite simple: instead of using a high-pressure compressor or external pump, the spray gun or its base unit has a piston incorporated within which drives the paint through the system and creates a fine, adjustable accurate spray of paint that gives you a neat and clean finish every time. Airless technology is extremely fast and is normally used for larger applications, such as painting interior & exterior walls, in both domestic and commercial properties.
If you’re looking for a paint sprayer to decorate your home, then you may be better off reading our guide to the Top 10 Best Airless Paint Sprayers instead of our HVLP paint sprayer reviews.
Advantages of HVLP Sprayers
The main advantage of the HVLP sprayer is the very function itself; it does not use a high-pressure system to create the paint spray, so will do away with much of the waste and over-spray that you get with a traditional compressor-powered model. You will also find it to be fully adjustable, with many different spray levels, so you can be certain of a fine and even finish every time. Here are a few points to consider when looking at the benefits of HVLP paint sprayers.
Safety – from a safety point of view, HVLP sprayers are a major bonus over the usual compressor-powered model, thanks in no small part to the fact that there is no high-pressure element involved. As they use a low-pressure system to drive the paint through the nozzle, you are not in danger of accidents that can be caused by misuse of or faulty compressors, so you are safer all-round. In fact, an HVLP sprayer can be used by anyone who has a minimum of experience in DIY, and with a little bit of practice, you will find the results improve considerably.
Ease of Control – as your HVLP paint sprayer will feature a regulator, usually by way of a dial that allows you to adjust the spray rate very finely, you have full control over how you want your paint finish to be, and how much paint you need to use every time. The result is a combination of less wastage and reduced costs, plus a better result every time. Check our reviews for models that also feature changeable nozzles and tips, as these can provide you with even greater versatility.
Low Maintenance – modern paint sprayers require surprisingly little maintenance, and are reliable and long-lasting machines with excellent reputations. They can also be cleaned very easily – some have a simple flush mechanism that makes it very easy to change paint colours – and are simple to keep in top condition.
Healthy – the fact that an HVLP sprayer is less wasteful than a traditional model, and the way it creates its spray of paint, means it is not only healthier for the user – as there is less of a cloud created – but the reduced wastage and low power usage means it is also eco-friendly. Many of these machines are very highly-rated when it comes to their green credentials, so check them out carefully for more information and to get the one that suits you best.
Application – perhaps more than anything, the fact this type of sprayer uses a low-pressure system means it is delivering a constant paint stream at a sensible rate and, combined with your fully adjustable control, you will always get a better result in terms of the finish.
HVLP paint sprayers offer the above benefits and more, but before we go on, there are a couple of aspects that could be considered pitfalls, so let’s take brief look at those.
Low Viscosity – although not a problem in the true sense of the word, an HVLP paint sprayer may not work well with certain high-viscosity paints unless they are thinned beforehand. Check this out when choosing your model.
Speed – the low pressure used means that speed of application is often reduced compared to those sprayers that use a high-pressure compressor system. This is offset by the benefits described above, so is certainly worth considering.
Those are the two main problems – if they can be called such – that you may find when using an HVLP paint sprayer, so let’s have a look in a little more detail about what these machines can do, and why you need one.
Choosing The Best HVLP Spray Gun
So, now that you know what an HVLP paint sprayer can do, how do you go about choosing the right one for you and knowing what are the best rated HVLP sprayers out there? Budget is a consideration, of course, and the prices of the various models can vary considerably so you should use our reviews to get an idea of what you should expect to pay. There are cheaper types of paint sprayer on the market, too, but we strongly advise you choose airless HVLP if you want the very best possible finish and ease of use.
Once you know your budget you’ll be able to narrow down what is the best HVLP spray gun for the money for you, consider carefully what it is you need the machine for: is it for occasional painting jobs in and around the home, or are you looking to undertake a major renovation project or painting requirement? The first option means you can choose any of the smaller machines, as they are perfect for jobs around the home, while for larger projects we recommend you check our reviews and see what we recommend for such applications.
Space is also a consideration, as some types of machine can be a fair size. In general, however, HVLP machines are quite compact and usually feature a base unit, power cable, and a hose attached to the actual gun unit. These are perfect for using in and around the home and garden and some even have wheels on the base unit so can be moved from place to place very easily.
Adjustable – make sure you choose a model that features adjustable spray rates and nozzle sizes, and if you can, one that you can buy additional nozzles and tips for. This is very important as the greater versatility you have in terms of tips, the more paint finishes you can specify and achieve.
Versatile – you need a model that can tackle different jobs and that can be used with different types of paint, especially if you are looking at work in the home and the garden. Check that the model you are interested in can be used with alternative paint thicknesses, preferably without the need for thinning.
Hose Length – if the model you are looking at is one that features a remote reservoir and a hose, look at the hose length initially. You need this to be a sensible length – some are as long as 25ft – in order to be able to tackle jobs in awkward spaces, and you also need a lengthy mains cable so you are not tied to the power output.
Outdoor Use – if you are intending to paint outdoors, perhaps a fence, shed or other outdoor wooden structure, then you need to make sure the paint sprayer you choose is suitable for such. Most are, but it is worth reading our reviews to be certain or you may make an expensive mistake!
That’s just a few of the features we recommend you should look at – remember to check capacity too, as you want to be filling up as infrequently as possible – and there are many more that we talk about in our comprehensive reviews, so take the time to check them out and you will learn all you need to know about these excellent machines.
Makes and Models of HVLP
Now that you have learned a little more about HVLP paint sprayers it is perhaps the time to look at some of the brands that make up what is a competitive market. We have reviewed many for you and there are some that come highly recommended – such as the Earlex 5500, which provides an excellent solution for all levels of capability – by professionals and domestic users also. Alternaively, the Fuji 2203G HVLP is a bestselling spray kit, as is the Wagner Flexio 890 paint sprayer.
Another brand with a strong reputation for excellent paint sprayers at sensible prices is Graco, and we recommend you take a closer look at their full range before you settle on anything else. Wagner is also a name that features strongly in the paint spraying world, so we have several reviews of their range for you to look at, and household names such as Black & Decker also have models on offer. The choice is yours, and we have done our best to give you sensible guidelines as to what to consider when looking for the best one for you.
Whatever you decide, this review is intended to help you understand what an HVLP sprayer can do for you, and why you need one to make your life easier and get those painting jobs out of the way. Please check out our reviews for all the information you need, and we hope we have helped you find the right model for you.