Airless Paint Sprayer Vs. Traditional Methods: Which Is Better?

When it comes to a paint job, there are as many methods of application as there are hues of swatches. This can make it difficult to determine what the right kind of tool or technology is best for applying paint, especially when there are so many options available. Airless paint sprayers have become increasingly common and are recommended by a fair percentage of general contractors, but knowing whether they’re a viable choice for your paint-spraying needs is a question that only you can answer.

In this article from American Spray Technologies, we compare the advantages and disadvantages of airless paint sprayers to several types of equipment that have been popular in the past or that remain a strong present-day competitor. And when you’re in the market for a reliable spray rig — whether it’s for applying paint, drywall, or another material — be sure to buy from a trusted manufacturer like American Spray Technologies.


Airless Paint Sprayers: An Overview

Airless paint sprayers have risen in popularity since they were first introduced several decades ago. Not only are these spray rigs versatile enough to complete a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, but they’re generally a reasonable size and weight, making them ideal for professionals and DIY enthusiasts who need a portable spraying tool.

Paint sprayers with airless propulsion owe this quality to their internal piston, which replaces the need for an attached or external compressor — and greatly reduces the size of the rig itself. Given their versatility, portability, and ease of use, it makes sense that airless paint sprayers have come to dominate the industry. And yet, other methods and techniques still remain in considerable use, which we explore more in-depth below.

HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) Sprayers

When it comes to precision painting, an HVLP sprayer is a commonly used piece of spray equipment. With a name meaning “high volume, low pressure,” the HVLP paint sprayer is true to its name, as it combines a targeted atomizer with a low speed of distribution, allowing you to expertly apply paint to furniture, narrow corners, crown molding, and cabinets. Keep in mind, however, that the HVLP sprayer is much slower than an airless spraying technique, and it does have a propensity for clogging, so patience ought to be a primary virtue of anyone who opts for this tool!

LVLP Sprayer

Low-volume/low-pressure sprayers, or LVLP sprayers, are often touted as the perfect paint application tool for the average person without industry expertise. That being said, many contractors can and do use this kind of machinery in their paint-spraying tasks, since regardless of profession, they’re lightweight and affordable.

Like their HVLP sprayer counterparts, however, the LVLP design has its drawbacks: the low pressure of the atomizing chamber means that thicker paints can’t be applied, so you may have to switch tools as you progress from, say, fence painting to interior wall painting.

Gravity Feed Spray Guns

Named for the angled chamber that sits atop the mouth of the device, a gravity feed spray gun is an ideal option for applying paint to cars and for completing projects that demand both versatility of acceptable materials and fineness of finish. It’s a great option for professional car painters, but beyond that, its ability to complete larger-scale tasks is quite limited. Unless you have a serious professional need for a gravity feed spray gun, you probably won’t stumble across one in your day-to-day DIY endeavors.

Why Choose An Airless Paint Sprayer?

As we’ve seen so far, there are a number of options you’ll have when selecting a kind of paint sprayer, but not all of them are designed to handle a substantial range of application needs. Enter the airless paint sprayer, whose portability and adjustable-pressure gauges give it both the precision, volume of distribution, and user-friendliness that contractors and homeowners alike can appreciate. What’s more, airless paint sprayers tend to be affordable than tools with traditional compressor technology, even if they’re one of the higher-end commercial models.

An airless paint sprayer may be the perfect solution for your project needs, but you won’t know until you try one for yourself! Visit American Spray Technologies online today to contact us and to explore our full inventory of innovative spray equipment.

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