Spray Paint Vs a Paint Sprayer

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Some of my friends have asked me whether it’s worth the cost of buying a paint sprayer & what the benefits of using a paint sprayer are over just painting furniture with…

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Some of my friends have asked me whether it’s worth the cost of buying a paint sprayer & what the benefits of using a paint sprayer are over just painting furniture with spray paint (assuming you don’t have the patience to paint with a brush).

Here are some of the main benefits to using a paint sprayer over spray painting out of a can.

The Finish
For whatever reason, spray paint appears to made a slightly different way than regular latex or acrylic paint in a paint can.  Once it dries, it can sometimes have a slightly gummy, rubbery consistancy that I don’t find regular paint to have.  As far as durability and color, its the same.  But, on larger pieces, it can be difficult to get a nice even finish with spray paint.

Spray Pattern Size
The average spray paint can creates about a 3″ spray pattern or 3 inches of coverage at a time.   So, it’s tricky, with larger pieces to get a nice even finish with such a small area being covered at a time.  It can be hard to line up all of your strokes perfectly so that they overlap just enough to be evenly spread out.  In fact, I find it nearly impossible.  With a larger piece, you’ll find that you can usually see each stroke, even after the paint is dried.  Finish problems from spray paint can be fixed by sanding and painting on a clear coat, but then again, that’s another step.  It’s more time and more money out.

Cost $$$
Spray paint is expensive, pound for pound, it is much more expensive than regular paint in a can.  Over time, the costs can add up.  But, for small projects, the costs won’t add up enough to make it worth spending $100-$200 or more on a paint sprayer.

The Bottom Line
For small projects, spray paint works great.  But, if you are regularly painting larger pieces, you might want to consider buying a paint sprayer to get fast, even finishes quickly, cheaply and easily.

Spray Paint Vs a Paint Sprayer

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