We tried the cheapest paint sprayer at Home Depot. It was like this. - Summary of the house (2023)

We tried the cheapest paint sprayer at Home Depot. It was like this. - Summary of the house (1)

Synopsis by Ron Baker/House

VonRoom streams/Nov. 16, 2022 at 9:17 am EST

For most people, or at least for the loudest people,Paint your houseIt's a slightly preferable job, but it may have something to do with digging your own grave. So when there's a breakthrough that makes it easier, it feels like a miracle cure. And when that healing fails, the disappointment can be immense.

Enter the paint sprayer. The paint sprayer has promised to make painting easier since the 1880s and has evolved and expanded through a variety of industrial applications, he says.professional spray paint. It took us about 100 years to get to high-performance, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers (which promise thinner coats, more even coverage, and less waste), and another 40 years before we got to Home Depot and bought one. Our mission was to find the cheapest model they were selling and it turned out to be the $69.98 model.Husky Gravity HVLP Spray Gun, Modell H4840GHVSG.

The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the HGFHVLPSG (or should we call it the H4840GHVSG?) is that it comes in an incredibly small box. They think this can't contain the hardener for the paint; Maybe it's just some kind of hospice device that lets you paint to the end. (In fact, we later tried to put it back in the box, but couldn't.) The second thing he notices after opening the box and putting the contents inside is that there are more pieces in it than you can find would expect. simplify everything.

An overview of the Husky Gravity HVLP Paint Gun

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Still, it looks pretty impressive for $70. It comes with two sizes of air cap, jets, fluid adjustment needles, a cleaning brush, a "socket wrench" and a wrench that may be inspired by the Covenant weapons from the Halo line. And that's where we start to worry about the promise of this cure, because a pretty thorough exploration of theInstructions for use and careApart from the cleaning brush, nothing was mentioned about it. Between the two wrenches there are at least 11 hex nut/bolt holes that you can use, however there is no explanation anywhere as to which of these or why you would want to do so.

There is also a filter that is not listed in the package contents. It's a color filter big enough to hold the contents of a packet of fast-food peppers, but no more. (Some claim that this isn't necessary at all, as one should strain the paint before even pouring it into the gun cup.)

Perhaps it's unfair to complain too much about modern product manuals that are half famous. On-lineThe proofreaderThey rarely mention this spray gun, instead generally commenting that it's good enough or that it clogs almost immediately after stopping spraying. One reviewer mentioned poor documentation that fails to mention a nut that is reverse-threaded for no apparent reason.

How we tested the Husky paint gun

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In general, if you continue with the right air pressure, an adequate compressor, an in-line water filter, maybe an in-line air pressure regulator, paint of the right viscosity, sweeping distance and sweeping technique, and not pausing for a drink, very much with one Paint sprayer little can go wrong. With that in mind, let's just use this thing. Specifically, we set up the gun (finding the optimal fan shape/size, air pressure, and paint flow) using a couple of pieces of plywood sub-flooring that we know will hold up to a primer-free coating.

Next we painted a shed salvaged from a dovecote that was used partly as a workshop shelfone bedroom painted. Between each use we let the gun sit for 20 minutes and then immediately try to spray it. (20 minutes is about the upper limitreview authorssaid the gun could be inactive before jamming).

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While not intentional, we ended up testing 1.4 and 1.8mm tips, as well as our choice of thin vs. undiluted paint. We've also used the gun with and without the color filter that came with it...another unplanned improvisation. And we've been playing around with the recommended 6" to 9" nozzle-to-workpiece distance.

The idea was just to find out what could be reliably done with an inexpensive HVLP paint sprayer. Is it convenient for painting the interiors of rooms? outside of the house? Long privacy fences? Or just paint a guitar and other little things?

Patience pays off

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Setting up the weapon took longer than expected, but that's not a disadvantage. It seems to be a necessary step with any new livery and we have found that once we have made all the correct adjustments the gun performs very well.

Initially, we couldn't get much paint out of the gun, especially with the spray control set to the highest setting. We adjusted the air pressure regulator to 30-40psi (Husky recommended maximum) and again to 40-45psi and saw better results. After upgrading to the larger nozzle and playing with the three adjustment knobs for a while and not getting much better, we checked the manual for how much to thin the paint for this sprayer. HeInstructions for use and careCan't say anything specific on this subject, just that the manufacturer's guidelines should be followed. That's why we dilute our Valspar 2000 Paint+Primer with 8 ounces per gallon of water as directed on the label. (Note that this is acrylic paint. Husky repeatedly warns that trying to get latex through that gun is not what a decent human being would do.)

After another moment of spraying, we suddenly got great results. We achieved excellent coverage with very little unwanted texture and, with one exception, no overspray. Part of this was finding a pace and distance (we were aiming for around 7.5 inches) that suited our spray gun settings.

How the Husky paint gun could be improved

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There were a few small stains on the edges of the shelves we painted. This is clearly due to a slight overspray when painting the flat part of a shelf up to the edge of the top; Paint tends to pool at this edge. This seems inevitable, so it's probably more of an indication that racks aren't an ideal application for HVLP spray guns than an actual criticism of Husky.

Our complaints about the airbrush itself are mostly niceties. Remember the 11-socket wrenches for nuts and bolts? Well, some of the sizes are repetitive, which made it a little annoying that none of the sizes matched the hex nut that secured the paint cup. After all, this is the first thing most people will want to use a wrench for when using this sprayer. But that's no big deal; We hand tightened the cup and it worked perfectly. It is also somewhat absurd that this model does not have connections for connecting to a standard air hose. This is one of those things that causes an unplanned and very irritating trip back to the Home Depot for a $2 piece you didn't know about.

Most of our complaints relate to the manual. We mentioned the mysterious tools and pieces of different sizes that aren't explained in the gameInstructions for use and care. It turns out that it's a little better and a lot worse.

So, as for the manual...

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Consider this: when troubleshooting, after a little research you may find that the fluid adjustment needle shown in the parts diagram appears to be referred to as a "tip" throughout the manual. Even with that sorted out, there's still no explanation as to why there could be two sizes (1.4 and 1.8mm). This is not an isolated problem. For example, the troubleshooting matrix states that various problems can be fixed by lubricating or replacing the air valve stem. The problem is that there is no mention of a valve stem in the parts drawing.

There are many such problems. The illustration of the air hose on page 5 shows and enlarges a drawing of a quick coupling which is incorrect and impossible and is not mentioned at all in the accompanying text. It's like reading the instruction manual for a cat collar and, without explanation, finding an enlarged drawing of the tip of a cat's tail terminating in a three-pronged electrical connector without explanation.

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Worse still, the instructions are generally inadequate or non-existent. Perhaps the problem is that nobody reads manuals for cat collars or paint sprayers, although we suspect that manual was a misappropriated, carelessly updated guide for another model. However, this is a complicated device with some tricky requirements, including a technique that is far from intuitive. A better manual would be a good way to show some consideration for customers.

Our recommendation: the Husky Gravity Feed HVLP spray gun

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Aside from the manual work you need to get done asap, this is a solid product. Most of the attention in the cheap spray gun market goes toPort Freight Offers, but it's hard to imagine an entry-level weapon being easier and more successful to use. The secret is to simply search YouTube for HVLP paint gun videos. (If you don't know how to find this kind of information on YouTube, borrow a 5-year-old. If you already have a 5-year-old: FYI, YouTube is what it says it is right now looking at smartphone. ) WATCHING TV.)

Okay, sure, we're incredibly disgusted with the instruction manual, which is more important than (for example) the fact that earlier versions of this gun included a handy air pressure regulator, while the H4840GHVSG comes with a new "ring ornament" for painting. Mug... which we sincerely hope didn't raise the price too much.

It was probably not malicious intent that led Husky to release such an appalling user guide, but rather a pro forma commitment based on the fact that people often over-excite themselves and diagnose yourself. Sources like YouTube. Speaking of diagnostics, is this weapon proving to be a paint cure? No, it is too complicated and time-consuming for that. But it makes painting look more like a chronic ailment, and at least you know you can get an acceptable result in the end.



We tried the cheapest paint sprayer at Home Depot. It was like this. - Summary of the house? ›

Amount of Paint to Use With a Paint Sprayer

This is inherent with paint spraying, and little can be done to control it. Also, any paint left in the hose must be blown out. Some of the paint can be saved, but much of it goes to waste. One gallon of paint will cover about 150 to 200 square feet of wall.

How much does 1 gallon of paint cover with a sprayer? ›

Amount of Paint to Use With a Paint Sprayer

This is inherent with paint spraying, and little can be done to control it. Also, any paint left in the hose must be blown out. Some of the paint can be saved, but much of it goes to waste. One gallon of paint will cover about 150 to 200 square feet of wall.

What is the number one paint sprayer? ›

Overall, the Graco TrueCoat 360 is the best paint sprayer to consider. The versatile pick is fairly lightweight and comes with multiple tips, so you can choose which is best for the project you're working on.

What is the easiest airless paint sprayer to use? ›

For a great all-around airless paint sprayer, pick up our best overall pick the Graco Magnum X5. This powerful paint sprayer can tackle any home project, whether big or small—and may eliminate the need for extra coats of paint.

What is the best paint sprayer for DIY? ›

Best Overall Paint Sprayer

The Graco airless paint sprayer is an outstanding option for both interior and exterior painting projects. This 110-volt machine sprays paint without the need for thinning, and its fully adjustable pressure means you control the paint flow.

How many sq ft does a 5 gallon bucket of paint cover with sprayer? ›

Q: How many square feet does a 5-gallon bucket of paint cover? A: A 5-gallon bucket of paint can cover up to 2000 square feet of space.

How many square feet will a 1 gallon pump sprayer cover? ›

For most lawn care companies, the typical spray rates are: 1.5 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. 2 gallons per 1,000 sq.

What is the best small paint sprayer? ›

Easily Paint Using the Best Handheld Paint Sprayers
  • Best Overall. HomeRight Store Paint Sprayer. ...
  • Most Ergonomic. BATAVIA Store Electric Spray Gun. ...
  • Most Versatile. Wagner Spraytech Store Stain Sprayer. ...
  • Great for Home Projects. Graco Store Truecoat Paint Sprayer. ...
  • Multipurpose Design. YATTICH Store High Power Spray Gun.
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How many coats of paint do you use with a sprayer? ›

How Many Coats of Spray Paint Do You Need? It is recommended that you apply two coats and allow the proper time frame for drying. Be sure to also sand between each dried coat. Once the final coat is painted and allowed time to dry, it's time for a clear coat.

Does a sprayer use more paint than a roller? ›

Then, if you choose to use a sprayer anyway, you'll still need to buy more paint: Sprayers use about 33 percent more paint than rollers do. For a fraction of the cost, rolling paint is the budget-friendly way to go.

What are the disadvantages of airless spray? ›

Disadvantages of Air-Assisted Airless applicators include:
  • Fixed spray pattern size. ...
  • Atomization quality. ...
  • Difficulties achieving low material builds. ...
  • Cost of Ownership.
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What are the disadvantages of airless spray painting? ›

Over spray can be managed by taking extra time covering and masking off every surface that you do not want paint to get on. The other downside of using an airless sprayer is the extra time it takes to clean up the spray gun and flush the paint from the hose and pump.

Which paint sprayer is better air or airless? ›

Airless Paint Sprayer

They're good for painting exterior surfaces, such as fences, lattices, decks and shutters, as well as interior walls and ceilings. Airless sprayers can also handle thicker paint better than compressed air or HVLP sprayers.

Is it better to paint a house by hand or with a sprayer? ›

In the hands of a skilled painter, spraying will leave a smooth, durable, uniform coat of paint. The brush and roller can leave the paint looking very uneven, and can leave roller or brush marks. Another big advantage of spraying is the cost savings.

What type of paint sprayer is best indoors? ›

HVLP sprayers are the best choice for interior paint spraying because they have the proper power and precision to quickly cover surfaces smoothly and evenly without much effort on your part. This is because HVLP paint sprayers can apply thinner, more even coats with minimal overspray.

How much area will a 25 gallon sprayer cover? ›

Coverage: This 25 gallon ATV broadcast sprayer is designed to handle up to 2 acres* of coverage in one sitting.

How much will a gallon of paint cover 2 coats? ›

On average, you can get about 400 square feet out of one gallon of paint. For an easy perspective, one gallon would likely cover a bathroom or small bedroom. But keep in mind that most rooms require more than one coat of paint. So if your room needs 2 coats, plan on getting around 200 square feet out of a gallon.

How many square feet does 1 gallon of Sherwin Williams paint cover? ›

For instance, Sherwin-Williams and PPG both estimate about 400 square feet of coverage per gallon, while Benjamin Moore's and Behr's calculators hover around 350 square feet per gallon.

How much will a 4 gallon sprayer cover? ›

Your sprayer is now calibrated to spray 64 gallons of water per acre (64 GPA) You have a (4) gallon backpack sprayer. Divide (4) gallons by (64) GPA 4/64=. 0625 Which means your sprayer can spray . 0625 or 2723 square feet with one tank full.

How many acres will a 15 gallon sprayer cover? ›

Coverage: This 15 gallon ATV broadcast sprayer is designed to handle up to 1 acres* of coverage in one sitting, making it perfect for small to medium lawns, food plots and waterways with an ATV (4-wheeler).

How many gallons of sprayer do I need for 1 acre? ›

You need to apply a pesticide at the rate of 2.7 quarts per acre, in a minimum of 10 gallons per acre of water for ground application. You have a 500-gallon sprayer that has been calibrated to apply 20 gallons per acre, and want to treat 10 acres. 1 gallon = 4 quarts.

What is the easiest paint to spray? ›

Acrylic urethane is one of the easiest paints to use on a car if you paint it DIY-style. It's easy to apply and won't pose many problems, even if you are new at this. Its durability makes it one of the most sought-after paints for DIY projects.

How much does a small paint spray gun cost? ›

Amazon.in: ₹1,000 - ₹2,000 - Paint Sprayers / Colour Application: Home Improvement.

Do you have to thin all paint for a sprayer? ›

A simple rule of thumb is always thin emulsion before spraying through an airless sprayer, at least by 10%. Second, you have finish paints for woodwork. Typically, water-based satin these days. When spraying woodwork with satin, you would not thin the paint at all.

Should you water down paint for a sprayer? ›

Yes! Actually, most beginner or hobby paint sprayers require the paint to be thinned because they don't have enough power to suck up and push out anything thicker than stain. But, thinning the paint a little bit is even a good idea with a professional grade paint sprayer too – it creates a prettier, less bumpy finish!

Do you need to back roll when using a paint sprayer? ›

As a minimum, the first coat (ASU) on ceilings should always be back-rolled after spray application, unless ceilings are to be sanded. The back-rolling of subsequent coats is highly desirable as it enhances the uniform soft texture and light scattering capability.

Can you leave paint in a sprayer? ›

Can I leave paint in my sprayer, and for how long? Yes! We would happily leave paint in a sprayer for the day and even overnight if I was using it the following day. However, if you are finished spraying, give it a good clean and get it ready for storage.

Is it worth getting a paint sprayer? ›

For surfaces with a factory-sprayed finish, such as primed molding or doors, kitchen cabinetry, and furniture, a paint sprayer will produce a smoother, more professional-looking surface. And with a little practice, it's possible to achieve a more uniform layer of paint with a sprayer compared with a brush or roller.

Is it better to spray a room or roll it on? ›

A roller is best for painting interior walls. A sprayer can work on both interior and exterior walls. In addition, you can paint brick, concrete, and other rough surfaces with a sprayer. With a roller, the paint wouldn't apply evenly.

Should you spray ceiling or walls first? ›

After the ceiling paint dries, it's time to paint the walls. Cover the edges with quick-release masking tape and paper -- to avoid getting overspray on the ceiling -- and start paint spraying the interior walls.

What is the number one rule when using a airless spray gun? ›

Keep a constant distance/angle

The general rule when using an airless paint sprayer is to try and maintain a distance of 12 inches (1 foot) from the surface you're spraying and keep the sprayer perpendicular to it.

What is the disadvantage of sprayer? ›

The Disadvantages of Electrostatic Sprayers

Their positive charge means they won't be as effective on positively charge surfaces or particles. Cleaning is still required before you disinfect with the machine.

How long can you leave paint in airless? ›

Short 3 days - 3 months

This is probably the most common storage method for most airless paint sprayers. Most painting professionals and contractors fall into this time span. Fresh, clean mineral spirits is considered a storage fluid for this time span, use it or another pump preserver such as Graco Pump Armor.

Can you get a good finish with an airless paint sprayer? ›

In general, the finish quality will be the best with air assist airless. However, if you really want to improve the finish even more you can include a fine finish tip with an air assist airless spray gun which will provide a finish that will be as fine of a quality as is provided with air spray guns.

Why does my airless sprayer use so much paint? ›

A worn tip will cause loads of overspray. Some sprayers use a brand new tip in every new outside job to minimise overspray. Thirdly, do not fan the gun. You need to keep you gun parallel to the surface, if you wave your gun about then you will cause directional overspray.

Should I use airless spray or conventional spray? ›

Conventional (aka pressure pot) spray is best suited for smaller projects involving tight, complex configurations and that use a coating material that is less viscous, while airless spray is best suited for larger, less intricate surfaces where the primary goal is high production.

What do I need to know before using a paint sprayer? ›

  1. Wear Protective Gear. To deal with paint and fumes, wear protective clothing, goggles and a face mask or respirator. Make sure that the area is well-ventilated.
  2. Use Drop Cloths & Sheeting. Sprayers make a big mess. ...
  3. Move Furniture and Rugs. Move all furniture and rugs out of the room.

What paint spray gun doesn t need a compressor? ›

Airless paint sprayers are a type of paint sprayer that don't use a compressor or turbine to pump paint out of the system. Instead, they use high pressure pneumatics, gas, or electricity to pump paint evenly onto the surface of your project.

Do airless sprayers create overspray? ›

The big benefit of an airless is the faster rate at which it sprays. However, because it uses high pressures when spraying, a lot of your paint can become overspray.

What lasts longer spray paint or paint? ›

Spray paints don't last as long as traditional liquid paint or powder coats. However, most spray paints expire within ten years.

How fast can you paint a house with a paint sprayer? ›

For a standard room, if you begin by cutting in above the trim, below the ceilings and around the window- and door frames, followed by rolling the walls, it can take you 1-2 hours per coat. It takes less than 10 minutes to paint a room with an Airless paint sprayer.

How long does it take to paint a house with a sprayer? ›

Averaged sized homes that do not require intensive painting can take anywhere from two to three days to spray the house's siding. A professional will first prime all areas of bare wood, metal rust, and hardie board, as well as high-gloss surfaces before spray painting the exterior with two coats of high-quality paint.

Is it hard to paint a house with a sprayer? ›

Spraying your house each day is an all-or-nothing project. You don't move between paint spraying and other projects around the house. You're committed to the full cycle of painting: prepping, painting, and cleaning up. This can be a tough, multi-day job: a project all by itself.

How long does paint from a sprayer take to dry? ›

After about 5 minutes the surface should be dry to the touch, and after only an hour it should be fully dry. Lacquer spray paints are made with thermoplastic polymers that will offer a surface-dry feeling after just a few minutes. However, for lacquer paints to completely dry, you'll need to wait approximately 3 hours.

How much faster is a paint sprayer than a roller? ›

Even on areas around 100m2 (an average room), a paint sprayer is faster. Set up and masking do not take long once you get some experience, and cleaning out a roller at the end in many cases can take longer than a sprayer. Typically, a paint sprayer is around four times faster than a roller.

Does spraying paint use more paint than rolling? ›

Rolling paint is the frugal homeowner's choice.

Even renting a paint sprayer could cost you $40 a day. Then, if you choose to use a sprayer anyway, you'll still need to buy more paint: Sprayers use about 33 percent more paint than rollers do. For a fraction of the cost, rolling paint is the budget-friendly way to go.

Do paint sprayers use less paint? ›

The biggest difference between a roller and a sprayer is that a sprayer uses significantly less paint than a roller does. A typical high-quality roller holds about a quart of paint, while a sprayer uses less than half that amount.

How do you calculate paint when spraying? ›

The area of a rectangle is length by width, so if measuring in feet, then multiple the length by the width and that is your square feet. Add up all the rectangles and you have your overall square feet. Divide that by 20 SqFt (or whatever the coverage of your spray paint is) and that gives you the number of spray cans.

Is spraying cheaper than painting? ›

Spray painting tends to be the most economical form of painting because it allows larger surface areas to be painted faster and much more efficiently than other forms of painting.

Do you water down paint when spraying? ›

Yes! Actually, most beginner or hobby paint sprayers require the paint to be thinned because they don't have enough power to suck up and push out anything thicker than stain. But, thinning the paint a little bit is even a good idea with a professional grade paint sprayer too – it creates a prettier, less bumpy finish!

What is the disadvantage of spray paint? ›

Paint easily runs off or dries before you can continue. It is much more difficult to apply without contaminating the surface. It does not provide as long a protective finish as brushed-on paint.

How long can a paint sprayer sit with paint in it? ›

I would recommend a few things if you are considering leaving paint in your sprayer. But don't do this for prolonged periods as you could damage your machine and warranty. But overnight or a few hours will be fine.

Do professional painters use 2 coats of paint? ›

So, back to the first answer: always use two coats. Using two coats of paint is our industry standard.

How much does 1 gallon of Behr paint cover? ›

One gallon of any BEHR paint is enough to cover between 250 to 400 square feet of surface area with one coat. To determine the number of coats your project requires, first examine the surface you'll be painting.

How many gallons of paint does it take to spray a house? ›

HOW MUCH PAINT DO I NEED? McCormick Paints recommends one gallon of paint per 300 square feet of interior. For an easy reference, you can use our paint calculator. Once you know the total square footage of the room you want to paint, subtract the square footage of windows and doors in that space.

What is the correct pressure for spray painting? ›

What is the best air pressure for spray painting? Again, it's essential you check your specific model's recommendations, but your HVLP spray gun PSI will likely sit between 25-30 PSI for something like using an air compressor for spraying cars, rising to 40 PSI in some cases where higher atomisation is needed.


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