No long reviews here: we cut to the chase. We feel there is only one best paint sprayer for walls in any price range worth your hard-earned money. We provide the basic review you need, but after extensive research, these are the only quality interior paint sprayer we trust for the money. There are no other good choices.
There are really two separate worlds of paint sprayers: airless and air. The low budget model is an electric paint sprayer (just pushes with an air pump). The airless paint sprayers simply pump liquids. We have broken this down into the best paint sprayer for 3 budgets. We list important tips and the supplies you’ll need at the bottom. We have written some Room Painting Tips.
There are many indoor paint sprayer reviews elsewhere, but we find that they are mostly sales articles. We have used a number of electric paint sprayers (air) and airless paint sprayers and have boiled it down for you.
Low Budget: Best Paint Sprayer for walls
The best paint sprayer maker of low-end sprayers today is Wagner (company website). If you have a low budget, you really don’t want to buy an airless paint sprayer: you will not get your money’s worth for your interior paint spraying.
The only reliable choice that is not an airless paint sprayer :
- Wagner FLEXiO 590 Sprayer
- Under $200
- No need to re-prime every time the siphon sucks air
- Need to refill reservoir frequently
- Ideal for fences, etc
Low budget sprayer notes:
If you have only one project like interior paint spraying and you want to spray and then sell the machine (you only need it for a while), you can be sure the Wagner below will get you through.
- These cannot be used with a power roller extension: you need a separate unit for that—sad, but true. We explain power rollers in a post just for them.
- If you go low budget, you’ll eliminate a lot of painting hassles and save a lot of time, but you won’t have it for many years to come. For the money, they cannot go that distance.
Medium Budget: Graco Magnum
- Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer
- Under $500 (only $300 at time of publication: grab it fast!)
- Labeled as “DIY”, but used by many professionals (not a heavy-duty machine)
- Can be paired with power roller extension (see our post just on power rollers)
- Can be used with extension wand (well worth the extra cost)
- Unlike the low-budget models, airless paint sprayer tips can be reversed and cleaned on the fly if clogged
High Budget: Professional grade: the Very Best Paint Sprayer
There is nothing like the Graco 390. All the pros rave about this machine on the painter chat rooms. Worth every one of the thousand dollars it costs.
You can spend a lot more and you will not find a better machine. No, we receive no money from the maker for saying this.
We have stripped away all the many choices in the high-end market based on experience with interior paint spraying and many other painters’ paint sprayer reviews. Surprise: we pros don’t spend thousands. What you see below is a high-quality pump that you will put in your Last Will.
You will get a great price online, but be sure you know where you will take it for service as paint stores tend to only like machines they sold you.
Enjoy. Lucky you.
Accessory: tip extension
The “wand” is very helpful. Our choice is the 18-inch wand, but you can have bigger or smaller: size matters! About $40. Worth it for control and speed, excellent for indoor paint spraying. Other extensions at Hyde tool website: we love Hyde tools and wish more stores would carry their items: they last.
Finally, to make this post complete, we recommend a garden sprayer for spraying lighter stains (see one of our many posts on staining). Keep the sprayer tip (and interiors) clean and let the hose dry all winter and it will last and still be useful in the garden!
Just the tips on tips:
The Graco website’s paint spraying tip info chart Graco website’s tip info chart is below, but please keep in mind these tips from my experience of 35 years as a professional painter:
- Every time you stop for even a short break, soak the entire paint gun in a bucket (water for latex, thinner for oils) This keeps the tip from clogging
- Strain every gallon of paint, even right out of the can (also prevents clogging)
- Paint pressure near the spraying tip is enough to inject paint into your skin: be careful
- Test the tip’s spray fan for density and width (test in the kid’s room!)
- Always turn down the pressure as low as it can go (saves paint and wear on the tip)
- Many tips can be reversed. When your tip seems to be clogged or is showing ‘fingers’ in the spray pattern, you simply reverse, spray into a bucket, and it is clean.
- Suggested spraying distance of 12 inches to start, then you will adapt
Other important tips: paint spraying tips
- Wear a particle respirator (read all about them) and if spraying indoors, use a chemical filter cartridge as well.
- Eye protection highly recommended.
- Mask with paper and plastic even if you think there is no need: paint can have a mind of its own
- If you are new, learn how to spray paint on some cardboard: mask nearby items
- Ventilate well inside, and be careful of wind outside (cars nearby will be damaged!)
- Keep pressure low and you will reduce the overspray, saving paint and money!
Recommended Tip Sizes for Common Coating Materials
|Lacquer or Stain||.009 – .013|
|Oil based Paint||.013 – .015|
|Latex Paint||.015 – .019|
|Heavy Latex or Smooth Elastomeric||.021 – .025|
|Elastomeric & Blockfiller||.025 – .035+|
Supplies needed for spraying:
In addition to the normal painting tools, you’ll need
- a respirator: don’t breathe anything that comes out even the best paint sprayer!
- piston ‘throat’ lubricant (for all airless paint sprayer models)
- keep dried paint chips out with a paint strainer (large bag type, or cone-type for small quantities)
- clean 5-gallon buckets, some for water, some for paint
- a heavy-duty extension cord
- masking tape and paper (easily joined with a hand-masker)
- plastic drop cloths (hold in place with tape)
- cloth drop cloths
- spray suit and full cover gloves are recommended (simple work gloves too)
- Razor blade scraper for glass and many other uses with extra blades
- Utility knife for cutting sharp lines in your tape and plastic with extra blades
- We have also reviewed the best ladders on the market.
You will need a few old empty paint buckets and lots of rags—whatever you have around the house.
This painter shows you how to use a paint sprayer: nice job buddy.
If you will probably only use it once or twice, I recommend you spend your money on an electric paint sprayer and you will still save lots of time. The airless sprayers are better, but the electric paint sprayer will be enough (then you can sell it on eBay!)