Latex paint is one of the most popular types of paint purchased for use inside homes or offices. You can apply latex paint using a roller and paint brush or you can save time while you are painting by applying latex paint using a paint sprayer.
A lot of paint sprayers are incapable of applying latex paint due to the thickness of this type of paint. We wanted to be able to tell people which spray paint gun to buy if they were going to primarily use latex paints.
We asked novice painters and some professional painters to evaluate several paint sprayers and help us to determine which one is the best latex paint sprayer. The following list is the paint sprayers that worked best for our panel of judges.
Graco Magnum 262805 X7 Cart
Weight: 26 pounds
Size: 19 x 15 x 37
Voltage: 110 volts
Astro 4008 Spray Gun
Weight: 0.16 ounces
Size: 12 x 7.2 x 4.2
Graco 17D889 TrueCoat 360 VSP
Weight: 3.75 pounds
Size: 15.5 x 5 x 12
Voltage: 120 volts
HomeRight Finish Max C800766 HVLP
Weight: 2.76 pounds
Size: 5 x 9 x 12.5
Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed
Weight: 2.82 pounds
Size: 6 x 5 x 9
1. Graco Magnum 262805 X7 Cart Airless Paint Sprayer
The Graco Magnum 262805 X7 provides you with the control you need over the flow of the paint so you can produce high quality painted surface. It has a stainless steel piston pump and that gives you the power to spray thicker paints and liquids. So you can paint without having to thin your paint down. You get a thicker application of paint and you do not have to spray as many coats of paint on the surface to get the look you want it to have.
There are no messy paint spills when you pour the paint from the container it came in into the container that attaches to the paint sprayer because this paint sprayer picks the paint up directly out of the can or bucket that it comes in.
This can be used by homeowners and professionals because the recommended annual use for this piece of equipment is an astonishing one hundred and twenty-five gallons per year.
When the job is done and you are ready to clean up will simply hook an average garden hose to the paint sprayer and clean away the excess paint.
2. Astro 4008 Spray Gun
The Astro 4008 paint sprayer is an all-purpose paint sprayer capable of handling the majority of all painting materials including, latex paint, primer, varnish, stain, urethanes, and sealers.
It has a fully adjustable wide pattern and you have control of the amount of paint flow it produces so your finished project can have the look and texture that you want it to have.
It comes with a 1.88 mm nozzle and a one-quart paint container. The one-quart container makes it possible for you to both small and medium size painting jobs around your house. This smaller container also keeps the paint sprayer light so it causes very little fatigue while it is being used.
It is very easy to use and perfect for homeowners who have different painting projects and craft projects that they would like to use a spray painter to do.
Cleaning up after the painting is done is easy to do as well.
3. Graco 17D889 TrueCoat 360 VSP Handheld Paint Sprayer
The Graco 17D889 TrueCoat 360 VSP handheld paint sprayer has a variable speed control so you get to decide how fast the paint flows from the device. The stainless steel piston pump allows you to paint with primer or latex paint that has not been thinned so your project goes faster and looks better.
This sprayer uses the flex liner bags so when you finish painting you simply dispose of the bag properly and you do not have to clean the container that held the paint. This reduces the work and time it takes to clean up after a project.
It has a vacuum valve that creates an airtight seal and allows you to spray with the paint sprayer turn in any direction, laying on its side, or even holding it upside down.
It comes complete with 2 – 015 inch reversible spray tips, that allow you to spray in a 4 inch narrow pattern or a 12 inch wide pattern, 4 of the 42 ounce flex liner bags, an easy to read owner’s manual and a durable plastic storage case that will keep your paint sprayer, liners, and tips all in the same place so they are easy to find and use.
4. HomeRight Finish Max C800766 HVLP Spray Gun for Painting Projects
This is an electric paint sprayer that requires no air compressor for it to function. That makes it a perfect for choice for homeowners. Being electrically powered and weighing less than two pounds means that you can easily carry this paint sprayer inside of your home to paint your interior walls, ceilings, cabinets, stain floors, and more.
You can spray paint using a wide variety of painting materials like latex paint, water-based paints, oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, chalk and milk paints, polyurethanes, sealers, and more.
This sprayer has a simple design so it is easily assembled and made ready to paint and just as easily taken apart for cleaning and storage purposes. It plugs into a standard electrical outlet so you have a ready power supply throughout your home.
You can create a spray pattern that varies from one inch to six inches in width by turning a simple control knob. It comes with a 0.08 spray tip made of brass. This is a long lasting spray paint gun but it has a recommendation of twenty-five gallons per year so it may be better suited for homeowners rather than commercial painters. You may also read a detail review and rating here.
5. Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun
This spray paint gun features a rust-resistant steel nozzle and a cap made of solid brass on a one-piece steel gun body so you are getting a long-lasting and durable tool. The paint is gravity fed and there are three adjustable valve knobs so you can get the most accurate and precise paint applications possible.
You do not need a huge air compressor to operate this paint sprayer because it only requires 4.5 CFM to produce a working pressure of 10 PSI and operating pressure of 40 PSI.
This paint sprayer comes with a 1.7mm nozzle that can be used to apply automotive paint, primers, latex paints, oil-based paints, lacquers, finishers, sealers, and more. This is a versatile tool that can be used for almost every painting project you have around your house, from the exterior of the house to the interior trim on the walls.
It comes complete with a cleaning brush, a multi-use wrench for help in assembly and taking apart for cleaning, a metal-air/gauge/regulator, and a 20.3-ounce aluminum paint cup with lid.
How do you Spray Thick Latex Paint?
Many latex paints are so thick that the average paint sprayers cannot dispense them. In order to spray thick latex paint effectively you have to:
- Use a sprayer that is heavy duty and can handle thick paint that has not been thinned
- Thin the paint using water so that the sprayer you have is capable of dispensing the paint in an even flow
In order to properly thin latex paint that is too thick to be sprayed with your paint sprayer you should:
- Pour the paint into a clean five-gallon bucket
- Add one-half cup of water for every gallon of paint in the bucket
- Mix the water and paint thoroughly together
If the paint is still too thick you can add more water in one quarter cup increments. Be sure that you stir thoroughly after each water addition, and check the consistency of the paint after each addition because you do not want to get the paint too thin.
Do not thin latex paint using chemical based thinners because you can break down the composition of the paint and then the paint will not adhere to the surface you are painting, and will not look attractive when applied.
Can you use Latex Paint in HVLP Paint Sprayer?
If you are using a high volume low-pressure sprayer to apply a latex paint you are going to have to think that paint with water before you can apply it.
Latex paint is significantly thicker than most other paint varieties and when you try to apply it using a high volume low-pressure sprayer the result is instead of the paint flowing from the nozzle in an even stream it will squirt out of the nozzle in chunks and globs.
The average thinning ration for latex paint is one half of a cup of tap water to one gallon of latex paint. Mix thoroughly before putting the thinned paint into your paint sprayer.
Latex Paint Sprayer Buying Guide
When buying a paint sprayer it is very important that you consider how you will use the sprayer, such as on interior surfaces, to stain and varnish furniture and craft pieces, on exterior surfaces. Paint sprayers can save you a lot of time when you are painting, and when used properly they create a finish that is more attractive than what you can create while using a paint roller or paint brush.
You have to consider the following things before you buy:
- Where will you be painting?
- What will you be painting?
- What type of paint will you use most frequently?
- Do you want a paint sprayer that requires an external air compressor
- Do you want a paint sprayer that is electric
- Do you want a paint sprayer that is battery powered
- Do you want a paint sprayer with its own paint container or do you want one that draws paint out of the paint container
HVLP Paint Sprayers
High volume low-pressure sprayers are ideal for use on interior portions of your home. They give you great control of the paint flow and they create beautiful finishes, but when you are using latex paint in these sprayers you are going to have to thin the paint in order for the sprayer to be able to dispense it properly.
An HVLP paint sprayer sprays the best pattern when it is held about six inches away from the surface being painted.
These sprayers are perfect for use when applying stains, varnishes, and the majority of paint varieties. They are easy to use indoors and they clean up nicely after you have finished.
Airless Paint Sprayers
Airless sprayers that can pump the paint directly from the one gallon or five-gallon container that it came from the manufacturer in are the best spray paint guns for applying thick latex paint with.
These sprayers are fully functional without an air compressor, so while they seem to be a lot more expensive you must consider that the sprayers that require an air compressor seem cheaper until you add in the cost of the compressor and the air hose.
The airless paint sprayers are considered to be the fastest paint sprayers and while homeowners can benefit from these tools, many professionals use them because they are perfect for large jobs like house exteriors and painting the interiors of large buildings.
These paint sprayers can be held anywhere from six to twelve inches away from the surface area being painted and you can still get a smooth finish.
Tips to Help you get Better Results from Your Paint Sprayer
- Before you begin to spray paint on your surface area you should do a test to make sure you have the right tip, the right consistency of paint, and the right pressure flow adjustment. You can do this test on any scrap material that is handy including a piece of cardboard.
- Practice your technique so you can develop the skills to use the sprayer more efficiently
- To prevent paint from building up you should start your painting stroke prior to pulling the trigger on the paint sprayer and do not stop making the painting stroke until after you have stopped pulling the trigger
- You should wipe off the end of your paint sprayer at regular intervals so that you stop paint from drying on the tip and changing the spray pattern
- Never store paint in your paint sprayer
- Clean your tips carefully making certain all paint residue is washed from them as soon as possible after use
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and follow those instructions carefully
Paint sprayers have seen a lot of changes in recent years. At one time you could not have dreamed of spraying latex paint with one of these tools unless you thinned the paint drastically and now there are paint sprayers that will spray the thick paint straight from the paint bucket that it comes in.
Some latex paints still need to be thinned a little so they flow more easily out of the spray nozzles. This thinning process is done with clear water. The greatest thing about this paint is that the clean up can be done with clear water also.