Paint Sprayer Review

I have gotten questions weekly about the paint sprayer that I use.  I promised months ago to do a post about it and I am finally getting around to it.  The one I use is the Harbor Freight Tools Household Low Volume, Low Pressure paint sprayer (item #92841).  It is the perfect “starter” paint sprayer because it is cheap and gives you an idea of whether or not you like the process of paint spraying.LVLP Paint Sprayer

It retails for $19.99.   Before you run out and buy it you do need an AIR COMPRESSOR in order to operate this and it does not come with the female nipple that connects to the gun (I think they are about $1).

air compressor female nipple

So hear is what I think about it…

PROS:

1.  It is very cheap and a great start to see if paint spraying is for you.

2.  It sprays well when you have the right consistency of paint

3.  It is lightweight and easy to hold.

4.  It is perfect for small furniture refinishing (although I did use it to spray by Purple Board & Batten bathroom).  I wouldn’t recommend large walls or big projects.

5.  You can use nearly every paint color imaginable because you aren’t limited like you are with spray paint.  I just thin mine according to the paint’s specifications.

6.  It covers quickly and is a huge timesaver.

7.  NO BRUSHSTROKES.  I hate the look of brushstrokes on furniture so I spray it every time!

CONS:

1.  It works best with a higher PSI air compressor.  I have a small compressor (Max PSI 125) so I can only spray for about 30 seconds before I need to let my tank fill up.  Now that is only a bummer for me. I just have to wait 30 seconds for the tank to refill itself before I can begin again.

2.  It takes practice adjusting the nozzles to get the right spray.  It isn’t like a point and shoot camera.  You have to play with the settings a little to get the spray the way you like it.  It can be annoying at times adjusting the three nozzles just so.

3.  Unlike using spray paint you do have to clean the paint sprayer out. I rinse it all out and then I run hot water through it twice to get all the paint out.  It isn’t as easy as tossing a can out when you are done.

Here are some projects I have used with my paint sprayer…

French Provincial Nightstand

Antique Sideboard Makeover

Roadkill Rescued Television to Console Table

Little Bird Lamp

Kitchen Barstools

So if you are looking to try out a paint sprayer I think for less than $20 it is a pretty sweet deal!

 





Comments

  1. Thanks for the info. I was just thinking I need to buy a sprayer and have started looking. Didn’t know I could find one for such a great price. (Now I need to buy an air compressor :)

  2. Thanks for the honest & thorough review. I should get one, I guess. I haven’t painted much furniture. And after the bookcase I’m working on, still working on, the I-don’t-think-it’ll-ever-be-done bookcase I wish I had a sprayer so bad!

  3. Hey! I just ordered one! The professional sprayer is also on sale for $14.99, but I got the one you recommended anyway. (with the 20% code!!!) The reviews are great for that product, and you’ve had so much success with yours!

    We got an air compressor for Christmas from my in-laws and I have considered buying a sprayer, but wasn’t sure what to get. I just needed your review, the link and the coupon code. You made it so easy for me! Thanks!

  4. I just placed my order! I have had my eye on these for a while now-with a dresser in my garage waiting for paint! Thanks for the review and the heads up on the sale!!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Quick question!! I saw in a related post that you recommend the “Refresh” paint for the sprayer, claiming that you don’t have to thin it, etc. The closest Dutch Boy retailers are approximately 30-40 min away in each direction, and none of them carry Refresh! :( Do you recommend using any other type of paint with this sprayer? Any that you know of that you don’t have to thin out? I am less than 5 min away from a Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore paint center. Any advice or recommendation is appreciated! Thanks!!

    • Elizabeth I haven’t tried but Dutch Boy and Behr (Behr I have to thin). You will have to do some investigating. Just check the gallon of paint. It will say right on the back whether it needs to be thinned or not. Good luck!

  6. I’m so exited you posted this! I have four dressers, a bench, and a chair on my to do list, and have been wanting a sprayer. I have an air compressor and a harbor freight in town (lucky me!). Guess where I’ll be tomorrow? I’ll be sure to let you know how I like it!

  7. Just ordered it – can’t wait to try it on a variety of projects. Question: as far as the “nipple” where do you get it? From Harbor also or Lowes/Home Depot? Thanks

  8. Just ordered it and am excited – question: where do you get the “nipple”? From Harbor or a hardware store like Lowes/Home Depot?

  9. I ordered one of these about 6 months ago after I read about it in your cabinet painting tutorial. It worked great! Unfortunately, I have a very small compressor as well so I am now watching sales for a larger one. The paint I used was one called Cabinet Coat that I got at my Benjamin Morre retailer no thinning required even though the can said I would need to. I would guess that regular BM paint would need to be thinned because it seems a lot thicker. There is a product available at most hardware and paint stores (at least here in Canada) called Flotrol. You can use it to thin your paint without watering down the color or coverage.

  10. I wanted to mention to anyone considering the sprayer that it is currently on sale for $14.99, and since it’s not a coupon item, you can use one of the 20% off coupons that comes in their flyers. Or if you need to order online, you can get 20% off (with the code on their site) and $1.99 FedEx shipping until 10 PM PST tonight.

    I’m going to go pick mine up this morning! Thank you for the review. :)

  11. I finally got to use my sprayer tonight! I’m working on re-painting a bathroom vanity. Like your review said, it does take some time getting used to the controls, but once I got it figured out, it was awesome. I won’t be spraying too much in the future, so $15 was totally reasonable to spend. Thanks for the tip on this great product!

  12. Got one last week. Have sprayed 2 headboards and a chair so far. I found it very easy to use and it leaves a beautiful looking finish. I did find that it leaves a slightly rougher surface to touch but nothing that a high grit sanding won’t fix. Could be the paint though. I used BM Ironclad (my fav!). Thanks for the advice. You better not stay still long in my house now or you’ll find yourself being painted!

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