We held out a long time before we bought a paint sprayer. Somehow, it just felt like cheating. Can you really consider yourself a furniture artist if you don’t use a brush or roller? Our practical side finally won out and we ordered one from Amazon. With three little monkeys claiming most of our attention, it’s always worth it to us to see if we can do something more efficiently. Below we’ll share with you the reasons we think you should consider using a paint sprayer and how well the HomeRight Finish Max performed.
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Our test piece is an old rocking chair we picked up from a charity sale. To be honest, we bought it more to support the cause than because we needed or wanted it. But, as it turns out, it’s many sleek spindles presented the perfect opportunity to test out our new
A paint sprayer is easy to use
The first thing you need to do is make sure you have your space prepared to spray paint. There will be some over spray so make sure you have space around your piece and some sort of cover (we hang old sheets). DO NOT use it outside without a tent as you will get lots of stuff stuck in your paint coat. Spray tents aren’t too expensive if you can’t find an alternative.
The HomeRight Max Finish is super easy to assemble. Basically, it’s just a small tank to hold the paint that screws onto the spray gun.
You can use a paint sprayer with almost any type of paint. However, because of the additional cleaning challenge, we wouldn’t use it for oil based paints.
The crucial part of using a paint sprayer is to properly thin out the paint before you start spraying. If your paint is not thinned, the nozzle will become blocked and you’ll have issues getting a nice even spray.
Different paints have different thicknesses so you can use the little viscosity testing cup provided to determine just how much thinning your type of paint will need. You can use water to thin the paint. We also added a little latex conditioner which you can get here.
Always make sure the nozzle is tightly fastened before you start spraying. Do some test sprays and adjust the knob to the level of flow you want BEFORE you start spraying your furniture.
Spray long even coats, overlapping a little with each pass. Change the nozzle wing to change the direction of spray for your next coat.
So long as you clean out the paint sprayer right away, clean up is easy. After you’ve emptied the extra paint back into the can, use warm soapy water to rinse out the tank. Fill the tank again with warm soapy water and spray it into the sink for a minutes or two so you clear out the paint from all the inside parts.
Using a paint sprayer has saved us A TON of time. This is especially true with pieces that have a lot of nooks and crannies. We estimate it takes us about half the time that it would if we used a brush and roller. And you can even use it for priming and finishing coats! In our opinion, this benefit alone makes a paint sprayer worth the relatively small investment.
Quality of finish
We spent a lot of time perfecting our technique for achieving a perfect paint finish. We weren’t sure how a paint sprayer would compare. We are pleased to report the HomeRight Max Finish gave a nice even, smooth coat. It is at least equal, if not even a little better, than out hand painting technique!
Are we cheating?
I thought I would feel bad about using a paint sprayer rather than hand painting a piece. But the truth is I don’t. Not even a little. If we can get an equally good finish in half the time – sign us up! There is still room for artistic creativity using a paint sprayer. After priming and one or two base coats, we still use our distressing and aging techniques, or other neat finishing techniques, to add character to pieces. So, rest assured, no one will think you’re cheating if you use a paint sprayer.
How did HomeRight Finish Max perform?
The HomeRight Finish Max did an excellent job. It was light and easy to use. The nozzle didn’t clog and the overspray was at a minimum. The HomeRight Finish Max produced a fantastic quality finish and it cleaned up like a charm. And it’s less than $100 on Amazon!
So should you buy a paint sprayer? If you plan on painting more than one piece of furniture a year, we’d say it’s worth the small investment. If you paint furniture as a side hustle like us, then it’s a definite must! If you paint furniture professionally, full time, you probably know even more about the benefits of a paint sprayer than we do!
What do you think? Is using a paint sprayer cheating? Have you tried one, and if so, how much time did you save? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Oh, I almost forgot, isn’t this rocking chair lovely?