If you are put to task to paint multiple walls, fences or anything else you own, you might find it hard and time-consuming to paint by brush. Not only can painting by brush take a long time, but you also have to worry about paint dripping with each stroke you make. But thankfully, you can buy the best professional airless paint sprayer so you can simply pull a trigger to spray paint onto your walls, as if you were painting them with a can of cheap spray paint.
With a paint sprayer, the time it would take you to cover a room would be greatly reduced, and you get a smooth, uniform coat that goes onto your wall. Best of all, you can use the paint, or even stain or other finish you bought and intend to use.
In this review, we will be looking at six professional airless paint sprayers from Graco, Titan, Wagner and HomeRight. They all have their share of strengths and weaknesses, and it is our job today to show you to the best of the best. Without further ado, here are the paint sprayers that we will be looking at.
You have to assume that every paint sprayer associated with Graco can be described in three words: Powerful, effective and pricey. This is a commercial paint sprayer that can paint walls professionally, and you will definitely notice the difference between the Magnum X7 & a cheaper spray gun.
The Magnum X7 paint sprayer comes with a ⅝ horsepower motor, and it can shoot paint out at almost one third of a gallon per minute. The Magnum X7 can cover a little bit more paint in a given time than the Magnum X5, also present in this review.
You can use ether paint, stain, lacquer, varnish, or any other type of liquid straight from the bucket or can. It accepts contains in either or five gallons. This makes it a paint sprayer that is highly versatile. If your tip gets clogged, not to worry. Simply reverse the tip so you can get a nice flow of paint again. This means that you will not need to stop to correct any problems with the Magnum X7.
Washing the Magnum X5 is also delightful. You simply hook a garden hose up to it and run the water, and your leftover paint will easily rinse out. No manual cleaning, no needles or brushes, just add water. This paint sprayer also includes wheels, so that you can cart it around smoothly without lifting or carrying it. This is a pretty heavy product, so we find the wheels to be necessary.
Furthermore, this paint sprayers comes with a one-year warranty. If it arrives damaged or broken, or something on it doesn’t work right away, you could be eligible for a free replacement. But one thing that you should be mindful of is this sprayer tends to overspray. What this means is that paint will get on areas where you might not want it to go, such as on the ceiling or on the floor. This will be somewhat messy to use, so we recommend a weak spray setting to start out, and, to remove all your belongings form any rooms before painting the wall.
The horsepower on the ControlMax’s motor is ⅗. It is capable of spraying most liquids whether they are thinned or unthinned. This paint sprayer can spray water at ⅓ gallons per minute.
The pump on the ControlMax is billed as lasting three times longer than those in the average paint sprayer. This is meant to be a long-lasting product that you can enjoy for a handful of years after your first initial painting project.
Titan touts the ControlMax uses 55 percent less overspray, meaning that each pull of the trigger will produce neat and precise flows of paint, with minimal mess.
The ControlMax comes with a two-year warranty, opposed to just one that lasts for one year. If you aren’t planning to use the paint sprayer right away, you would be delighted to know that you have plenty of time to check your sprayer out before you need to make a decision on whether to have it sent back.
The one weakness that this paint sprayer has is the flow of paint. Compared to the other paint sprayers in this review, this has one of the slowest PSIs at 1500. You can ensure it won’t overspray, but that’s obviously because it doesn’t spray as fast. If you want to cover walls in the fastest time possible, you’d want something more forceful. With the money you would get for this, you should expect more power and force.
The Graco Magnum X5 is another powerful, commercial paint sprayer made for businesses and avid painters who typically would use a paint sprayer regularly. You can use either paint, stain, latex paint, or even varnish right from the can that you buy it in. It will accept one or five-gallon containers.
With half a horsepower along with this sprayer, the Magnum X5 can spray over 0.25 gallon of paint each minute. This is a steady rate of spray too, which gives yourself plenty of control when painting every square inch of your wall or fence. Of course, your streams don’t always need to be powerful, you can adjust to a weaker flow of liquid if need be.
Like the Magnum X7, the Magnum X5 can also be cleaned by connecting it to a water hose, washing it of any and all paint or other liquid. It’s a clever and time-saving perk that all paint owners would love to have. Along with the Magnum X5 is an attachable extension tip. Attach this tip to the gun and you have extended reach, allowing you to spray walls and ceilings from far away, as well and not having to crouch down to stain decks.
The warranty on the Magnum X5 lasts for one year. If it comes with any defects or errors in shipping, you can have it sent back and have a new one arrive at your doorstep free of charge.
The Magnum X5’s biggest flaw, however, is it will not work with exterior paint. If you want to paint your home from the outside with the proper paint, it will not flow properly due to how thick the paint is. It should not be used with paint that thick, so stick to interior paints and other liquids.
HomeRight’s paint sprayers are slightly more affordable than other commercial paint sprayers, but does it sacrifice anything? We certainly hope not. The motor delivers ½ horsepower to spray paint. It sprays paint like a pressure washer, but in a nice, uniform mist. If you want to control the pressure, you can turn the knob to get a slower and steadier flow of paint.
With an advantage over the other paint sprayers, this one comes with a swivel tip, so you can change the direction of the nozzle with ease. The tip is also reversible.
With the Power-Flo Pro, cleaning is dramatically different from any of the Graco paint sprayers, and some effort is required on your end, but it still should be pretty easy. Simply fill an empty bucket with water and cleaning solution, and then load it with the paint sprayer as if you were going to spray paint. Spraying the solution will cleanse the sprayer’s inner workings of any residual paint.
This paint sprayer come with a two-year limited warranty. It’s better than one, certainly, and you have plenty of time to check for defects and errors before you can determine it is a product that works 100 percent.
This is a product made with homeowners in mind, so that they wouldn’t need to hire a professional to paint a home or room on their behalf. You can use this paint sprayer for paint, latex paint, stains, sealers and more.
The one big flaw with the Power-Flo Pro is the hose. Their hoses are known to leak, thus you likely won’t be using all the paint that you have. If your hose fails, you can send the unit in for a warranty, but you can also replace the hose by purchasing a new one at your nearest hardware store.
A popular name in paint sprayers, Wagner is not one that often disappoints. Like the other paint sprayers in this review, this one can spray latex and traditional paints, sealers and stains without any issues.
This Twin Stroke sprayer comes with a ¾ horsepower motor, the most powerful motor in this review. In turn, it can spray up to more than a third of a gallon per minute. It can draw paint straight from a five-gallon bucket.
This sprayer gets its name from the dual-piston pump that guarantees perfectly even paint sprays. You’ll know that your stream of paint will always be the same so that you can plan accordingly and anticipate overspray before it happens.
Cleaning is relatively easy with this paint sprayer. Just load a bucket of paint with water and cleaning solution, and spray it out of the gun like you would be for paint. You won’t even need to get your hands dirty, and you can safely clean your sprayer outside.
The Twin Stroke comes with a one-year warranty, so you have a decent amount of time to test it out and make sure it is in 100 percent great condition. If not, then you can always get a free replacement.
The one nitpick we have about this paint sprayer is it is hard to use a one-gallon bucket of paint or primer. It comfortable can use a five-gallon bucket, so we suggest you get an empty bucket and pour your smaller liquid into this one, so you can use this to spray.
This is another great paint sprayer made by Graco. The ProX7 shares many similarities with the Magnum X7. It has a similar appearance, as well, with two big wheels to help the cart move wherever you want it.
Like the previous Graco paint sprayers, this one can use paint right from a one or 5-gallon bucket. The only liquids that the ProX7 cannot spray include lacquer, block filler and texture-based materials. It works well with stains, acrylic paint and heavy latex paint.
Even better than the Magnum X7, this paint sprayer comes with a ¾ horsepower motor and can spray over a third of a gallon of paint a minute. Of course, there is also pressure control included, so you won’t need to paint at full blast every time. If we had to rank the Graco paint sprayers from power: The ProX7 would be first, the Magnum X7 would be second and the Magnum X5 would be third.
The ProX7 cleans laughably easy when you connect it with a garden hose. Clean up is simple and quick, and you just need water to rinse all the residual paint out.
Akin to the other Graco paint sprayers, this commercial paint sprayer comes with a one-year warranty. You have a whole calendar year to see if anything is wrong with the product, and if there is, you can have a new one sent to you at no added cost.
So where does the ProX7 falter? It is like the Magnum X7’s, which is the overspray. If you have it on the highest setting, it can get messy, so we encourage you to switch to a weaker setting so you can better control your paint on your walls and/or fences.
Each commercial paint sprayer should tell you what the max PSI is for the product at hand. The higher the PSI, the faster the paint should come out of the tip.
Gallons per minute equates how much paint you can spray with your paint sprayer in a minute. The more GPM a paint sprayer has, the more paint you should put on a wall in a given period. Higher GPM should mean it should take you a short time to empty a paint can.
Each airless paint sprayer should come with a set of wheels so that you can cart your sprayer around. Without wheels, you are left to pick up and carry the equipment, making insufficient convenience a real difference maker.
You paint sprayer should be compatible with all the types of liquids that you plan to use it with. If you are not sure if your paint sprayer can effectively use the liquid that you want, don’t make a swift decision just yet.
Select airless paint sprayers can be compatible with attachments that are either included or sold separately. These attachments are meant to make your painting experience easier and more convenient, like the extension tip that comes with the Magnum X5 from Graco.
If you require painting multiple different walls across more than one piece of property, there are many reasons why you could use an airless paint sprayer.
Airless paint sprayers are great for simply being airless. As no air is involved, the only thing that comes out of the nozzle is your liquid of choice, ensuring a quality, uniform spray every time. Paint sprayers that potentially have air inside of them have the chance of oozing paint down the nozzle, in which there will be a percentage of paint that goes to waste.
These airless paint sprayers also come with motors that deliver a semblance of horsepower, so that the liquid you spray always forces itself outwards and onto your wall, fence, floor or other surface. This added horsepower helps reduce the time it takes you to cover a given area.
And of course, airless commercial paint sprayers are built with quality and durability in mind. They can last for dozens of different painting projects without anything going wrong, being with an internal part, the hose, etc. These airless paint sprayers are made to last and serve companies for a few good years or even more.
The crux of each airless sprayer is as follows. You open your can of paint, you connect the hose from the sprayer to inside the paint can, and simply turn it on to transfer paint from the can to your application. Setting up your paint sprayer, however, might be more demanding than it sounds, however, and we urge you to follow your paint sprayer’s directions in the user manual.
Before setting up your sprayer, leave lots of tarp and/or newspaper underneath the application(s) that you want to spray. If there are windows, edges or walls that you don’t want to get painted, you can protect them with newspaper and/or masking tape.
The gist of setting up an airless paint sprayer requires you to get two buckets, one for paint and one for waste. Connect the main suction tube from the pump to the paint bucket. Connecting the prime tube to the waste pail, switch on the pump and set the spray valve to “prime”. Once paint begins to flow from the prime tube, redirect your tube into the bucket for your paint.
With your gun, direct it into the waste bucket and pull the trigger. When you notice paint flowing in a steady stream, let go of the trigger.
Set the spray pattern to the vertical pattern. Hold the paint gun six to eight inches from your application and start to sprayer from the top left to the top right. After painting in one long wide, stroke, repeat the process with the next area underneath it.
The better type of paint sprayer depends on the scope of your painting project. Airless paint sprayers are great for spraying large rooms, fences, decks, and entire homes. HVLP paint sprayers are smaller tools that are used to spray smaller rooms, furniture, and arts and crafts. You can try to use an HVLP paint sprayer to spray a large room, but the time it might take you could be dreadfully long.
Airless sprayers tend to be more professional sprayers that spray paint in larger quantities onto applications. The flow of paint can get too forceful, but you should be able to adjust the pressure of paint to a speed that you can better tolerate. HVLP sprayers atomize paint into a fine mist so that when it is sprayed, it leaves behind a nice and uniform finish. As mentioned previously, HVLP sprayers tend to spray paint at a slower rate than airless paint sprayers not only because of its small paint capacity, but because of how it slowly and gradually handles paint.
If you need to paint a wall, floor, deck, fence or other surface, we recommend an airless paint sprayer. For anything else, go for an HVLP sprayer.
These professional airless paint sprayers are best for commercial use. With that said, the people who should be using them are people who paint or work on homes for a living, like painters, home builders, architects and the like. These are effective and powerful sprayers that benefit the user with multiple and ongoing use.
Other people, like handymen, DIYers, weekend warriors, and other individuals that only have one personal painting project to do in the near future should not consider buying one of these, as they tend to cost lots of money.
I have to say all of Graco’s paint sprayers are best professional airless paint sprayer but we had to unanimously choose the Magnum X5 for a few reasons.
Firstly, the extendable tip that is included with this paint sprayer is a life-saver. When you attach this tip, you won’t need to bend down to stain a deck, you won’t need a ladder to paint some siding, and you simply won’t work yourself out.
Secondly, while this is the least powerful of the three paint sprayers, we find the power included with this paint sprayer is still tolerable to be greatly enjoyed by homeowners.
Thirdly, this is not the most expensive of paint sprayers to get, so you won’t worry about spending a fortune to get a decent sprayer for your painting projects.