Best Paint Sprayers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2017
Paint sprayer is an important and accurate tool for painting that affects the quality and efficiency of the final varnish or paint layer. Since there are too many different paint sprayers on the market, we have selected 5 top models. You are welcome to choose the best of the best! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
PRESSURE
POWER
TYPE OF NOZZLE
FLOW RATE
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
BODY CONSTRUCTION
TANK POSITION
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Innovative I-Spray nozzle with adjustable spray jet and 1.8 L tank makes spraying fast and qualitative.
CONS
You have to buy nozzles for thicker paints.
OUR VERDICT
Wagner W-665 is a perfect choice for painting large areas, walls, and ceilings. It saves not only your time but also money to be paid for paints.
detailed parameters
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Pneumatic with HVLP technology
PRESSURE
0.4-0.6 bar
POWER
370 Watts
TYPE OF NOZZLE
I-Spray 2.5 mm
FLOW RATE
Up to 375 ml/min
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
Interior wall paint (dispersions and latex paint)
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Gun and power box are separated
TANK POSITION
Below, 1.8 L capacity
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
All-Paint technology allows spraying any type of paint from the same gun.
CONS
Some people find the location of a spare nozzle behind the air filter a bit inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
This Bosch paint sprayer will come in handy for those who need to do only light duties around the house.
detailed parameters
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Pneumatic with HVLP technology
PRESSURE
No
POWER
650 Watts
TYPE OF NOZZLE
~ 2-3 mm
FLOW RATE
Up to 300 ml/min
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
Water- and solvent-based paints, Finishes, Clear finishes, Primers, Etching solutions and oils (All Paint)
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Gun and power box are separated
TANK POSITION
Below, 1 L capacity
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
The light monoblock construction features a side canister that is fast to fill even while spraying.
CONS
The lid on tank might not seal tightly.
OUR VERDICT
Black+Decker is a great value for the money. It will work best for finishing your furniture with staining sealers and wood sealer-preservatives.
detailed parameters
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Pneumatic with HVLP technology
PRESSURE
No
POWER
400 Watts
TYPE OF NOZZLE
No
FLOW RATE
No
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
Enamel paints, Primers, Clear finishes, Automotive finishes, Staining sealers and wood sealer-preservatives, solvent- and water-based paints
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Monoblock
TANK POSITION
Below, 1.2 L capacity
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
Super powerful compressor provides even and quick spraying for all your painting tasks.
CONS
The hose isn't very flexible.
OUR VERDICT
SM700 paint sprayer is compatible with a huge variety of materials, thus, it is an ideal tool for all DIY lovers.
detailed parameters
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Pneumatic with HVLP technology
PRESSURE
0.1-0.3 bar
POWER
700 Watts
TYPE OF NOZZLE
2.5 mm
FLOW RATE
No
COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
Solvents and water-based paints and stains, Varnishes, Primers, Two-part paints, Automotive paints, Wood preservatives
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Gun and power box are separated
TANK POSITION
Below, 1.2 L capacity
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
Click & Paint handle allows for quick refill, clean or change of the pot in an instant.
CONS
Tank capacity is comparatively lower to the others.
OUR VERDICT
A very compact design makes this sprayer a wonderful substitution to rollers and brushes. It's lightweight, easy-to-use and compatible with all types of paints! Sums it up.
detailed parameters
PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION
Pneumatic with HVLP technology
PRESSURE
0.2-0.4 bar
POWER
280 Watts
TYPE OF NOZZLE
2.5 mm
FLOW RATE

110 ml/min

COMPATIBLE MATERIAL
Water- and solvent-based paints, Finishes, Primers, 2-component paints, Clear finishes, Automotive finishes, Staining sealers and wood sealer-preservatives
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Monoblock
TANK POSITION
Below, 0.8 L capacity
WARRANTY
2 years

What is a Paint Sprayer

A paint sprayer is a portable device for painting any surface. The main advantage of paint sprayer is that they can quickly cover walls and other surfaces with paint, leveling them and making perfectly smooth. That's something you'd not be able to achieve with a simple brush or roller.

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What Features to Compare

To choose the best paint sprayer, you firstly need to decide what your plans are. There are three Types of paint sprayer on the market - air, pneumatic and airless. Which one will work best for you? Let’s consider the specs of each of them and see what makes them differ. Airless paint sprayers are mainly used outdoors for covering large areas with paint. They force the paint through the pump at high pressure and high spraying speed. The drawback of using airless paint sprayers is that it’s easy to overspray and apply much more paint than it’s been planned. Air paint sprayers produce a thinner layer of paint and so, are most helpful to be used for painting small surfaces where accuracy is required. Pneumatic spray guns are much more solid painting devices that boast high performance and mind-blowing speed. They are considered the most effective for spraying big spaces and producing even and well-textured coverage.

Having chosen the air or pneumatic sprayer, you should pay attention to its Principle of Operation. HP (High Pressure) technology ensures that you can paint fast. Yet, the applied paint would cover only about 45% of the surface and further spraying would be still needed. HVLP (High Volume / Low Pressure) technology is well supported in many appliances. The technique implies that the air inside a sprayer moves under high pressure but at output it gets rarified. That adds to efficiency and spraying over 65% surface at a time.

Speaking about Pressure, most models are limited to 8 bars! In case the pressure goes over this limit, compressors automatically shut down. Only having reached 6-bar mark, they would resume work and pump up all missing volume of the air. The most powerful models boast 10-bar pressure.

If you are going to use the sprayer on different materials, please, pay close attention to the Types of nozzles and Compatible surfaces. If you use metallic paint, the paint sprayer gun with a nozzle of 1.2-1.3 mm will be the most suitable option. The best choice for varnish and acrylic paints is a sprayer gun with a 1.4-1.5 mm nozzle. And finally, the paint sprayer gun with the biggest size (1.7-2.0 mm nozzle) will be perfect for the putty. As a rule, most pneumatic and air spray guns are compatible with all materials! But if you choose to buy an airless sprayer, you should definitely consider the surfaces it's going to be most efficient for.

After you decide on basic characteristics, you need to consider the Tank Position and figure out what kinds of jobs it will suit best. The tank located at the top enables good weight distribution and great spraying speed for heavy-duty jobs whereas paint sprayers with tanks located lower work best for small painting jobs. You also need to consider the set of additional nozzles since they can facilitate a lot of work and provide limitless painting options.

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Wagner WallPerfect W-665 I-Spray HVLP

Perfect Helper

An ideal paint gun for fast covering of virtually any surface with paint opens our shortlist of the best paint sprayers. Wagner WallPerfect W-665 with an innovative I-Spray nozzle is suitable even for the thickest paints. Needless to say, the main task of any paint sprayer is a fast and quality painting of walls and ceilings. And here, thanks to the I-spray nozzle with adjustable paint jet, you can effortlessly paint large surfaces in an extremely short period of time. Wagner WallPerfect W-665 was originally designed to spray acrylic and water-based paints, but you are welcome to purchase additional nozzles for almost all types of paints, varnishes, wood preservatives, and lacquers. So, you can use this versatile tool literally for any type of paint jobs. Plus! The great advantage of this sprayer is its high-power turbine which is always blowing, preventing paint accumulation on a spray nozzle and, as a result, over spraying. Another benefit you will surely enjoy is its 1.8 L tank which is enough for painting 12 sq.m. without refilling. Note that the sprayer can be adjusted to paint either horizontally or vertically. 

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Useful Tips

Paint sprayers do excel all those messy rollers and brushes! And here are some proofs:

First of all, they boast the highest performance which allows painting any surface several times faster than with a brush.

Secondly - precise spraying! Paint sprayer applies paint evenly without any flecks.

Finally - there are no problems with painting hard-to-reach places, air and paint fly just anywhere.

When preparing the paint, you should always take into account manufacturer's recommendations about the ratio of water and paint. After filling the tank with paint, you need to do a few test shots to select the right flow. Spraying can be performed both longitudinally and transversely. The distance between a nozzle and the surface should be about 30 cm. As a rule, to achieve ideal painting results the surface should be covered with 3 layers of paint, and each layer ought to get dry before next spraying (the drying time is usually indicated on a package). The whole procedure should also be done under favourable lighting conditions so that you don't miss any flaw or gap.

 

Wagner WallPerfect W-665 I-Spray HVLP Paint Spraying System in the use

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Bosch PFS 3000-2 All-Paint

Practical and Simple

Robert Bosch GmbH is a famous German company, the world's leader in automotive and electronics industry. And Bosch PFS 3000-2 All-Pain Spray System is one more masterpiece of this global giant. Owing to All-Paint technology, the sprayer can work with literally all types of paints. Really, its powerful 650-watt compressor can smoothly apply even the thickest paints. Besides, the sprayer boasts 2-mode power regulator. The first mode is suitable for spraying solvent-based paints. The second one is best for spraying thicker paints - water-based paints and acrylic paints. For extra convenience, the gun has 3 nozzle patterns (horizontal oval, vertical oval, circle) to paint the remote surfaces. On the back, you can find an airflow control with five levels - the higher level you set the more amount of paint will be supplied to a nozzle. Note that this model comes with 2 nozzles, grey and white. Grey one is best for lacquers and glazes while white is excellent for acrylic and water-based paints. Accordingly, for the white nozzle you should use 3-5 airflow levels and 1-3 for grey. Also, we would like to emphasize its super-convenient SDS technology that helps quickly clean the gun from paint after each use. All you have to do is unscrew the tank, remove the nozzle and connect the hose to the water. As for your comfort, this spray system comes with a shoulder strap and a filter to remove the lumps that may clog the nozzle. 

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Robert Bosch

Robert August Bosch! This legendary man was born on 23 September 1861, in Ahlbeck, Germany. In his youth, he studied mechanical engineering, increasing his knowledge in a number of leading electrical companies including even the Siemens Brothers company in England. Having returned to Germany in 1886, Bosch established his own company that produced various electrical equipment. In its early years, the company had hard times since much money had been spent on new equipment. Success came only at the end of the 1890s when scientists invented an electrical generator, a magneto, and then a spark plug for combustion engines. Those breakthroughs started a new age of automotive production. Besides an electrical generator, the company also invented other devices like headlamps, windshield wipers, and oil pumps. Since the late 1920s, Bosch has started producing household appliances (refrigerators were especially popular). And since the 1930s it has already been engaged in producing power tools. After Robert Bosch's death, engineers didn't stop any of his undertakings and continued to develop technologies. Today, the Bosch Group comprises three main divisions - automotive technology, industrial technology as well as consumer goods and building technology.

Bosch PFS 3000-2 All-Paint All Paint Spray System in the use

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Black & Decker HVLP Hand Held

Saves Your Time

Black & Decker HVLP200 is a compact paint sprayer that is widely used for a variety of paint jobs around the house. As the name suggests, this is an HVLP technology-based tool which enables even spraying of paint on big surfaces consuming 30% less of the paint. The sprayer has a monoblock construction which boasts 1.5 kg in weight and 400 Watts in power. The sprayer pattern is adjustable to any painting project, which is also great. The manufacturer provided this sprayer with a 1.2 L canister and a lid on it on the side for more convenient intake of the paint. The curved tube inside the canister allows for holding the sprayer in both ways, vertically and horizontally, depending on the project and surfaces to cover. 

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Paint for Interior Finish

Now we would like to shed some light on paints for interior finish and what to look for when choosing them. Today the market offers a huge variety of interior paints: matte, semi-gloss, and gloss. When choosing between paints, besides colours and aesthetics properties, you need to consider the practical side as well. For example, it's not necessarily to buy an expensive paint with 5,000 washings cycle life to cover walls in a nursery or a living-room. The more important thing to look at would be is whether this paint is hypo-allergenic or not. And vice versa, when planning to cover outdoor surfaces, the least you should worry about is hypo-allergenic properties of the paint.

The variety of paints for interior finish is truly vast. Here you'll find some descriptions on the most common:

  • Water-based paints are used all around the world. They are environmentally friendly since their main component is water, they dry out quickly and have no odors.
  • Acrylic paints boast a wide range of colours, they withstand wet cleaning and create an excellent matte effect.
  • Alkyd enamels in addition to their aesthetic effect, also protect walls against external influences (special protective film appears after drying).
  • Latex paints are extremely durable and are great for walls, ceilings, and other concrete surfaces. They are odorless and not harmful to our health.

Black & Decker HVLP Hand Held Paint Sprayer in the use

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Sitemate SM700 HVLP

Simplicity of Use

Now it's high time to present you PST SiteMate SM700! This is a pretty powerful tool that is able to work with most paints thanks to its huge 2.5mm nozzle. The sprayer consists of two parts: a gun and a box (separated from each other). And the great news is that its compressor has a capacity of 700 Watts which is enough to create an even paint layer when working with the thickest paints. Furthermore, the sprayer produces no paint fog, and after spraying the surface looks perfectly smooth. As for the tank, it's located directly below the gun and has a capacity of 1.2 liters, which is sufficient for painting about 6 sq.m. The transparent design lets you visually control the amount of remaining paint. With regard to the practicality, the nozzle has an adjustable pattern which allows painting vertical and horizontal surfaces as well as hard-to-get corners. The special shoulder strap facilitates transportation of a sprayer. It should be borne in mind that after each paint session, you need to wash the spray gun, otherwise it will break down. For a cleanup, it is sufficient to disconnect the gun and rinse it under the running water. PST SiteMate SM700 is so simple in use and maintenance that it can be used not only by professionals but beginners as well.

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Street Art - Graffiti

Graffiti is a way of self-expression. In this paragraph, we're going to tell you about Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra who turns forgotten dark places into colourful areas, thereby inspiring people living there. One of the most famous works of Eduardo is "Etnias" which was devoted to Olympic games in Rio 2016. It takes more than 30,000 square meters, covering the walls of abandoned warehouses. With a variety of bright colours, such a huge painting has revived a gloomy port area. Eduardo Cobra has portrayed five indigenous people of Europe, America, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia; these five symbols were chosen according to the number of the Olympic rings. Kobra has said, "I wanted to show that everyone is united, we are all connected". To create such a masterpiece, Kobra and his team used not only cans of spray paint but also paint sprayers. In total, the graffiti took 180 cans of acrylic paint and 2,800 cans of spray paint. 4 more people helped Eduardo and they worked for 45 days to finish "Etnias" in time for the Olimpic games.

Sitemate SM700 HVLP Electric Fence Spray Gun Paint Sprayer in the use

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Wagner W100

Little Helper

Wagner is one of the leading manufacturers of painting equipment. And now we propose you to have a closer look at their paint spray system W-550. Its functionality is just perfect for painting fences, doors, walls, or furniture. This sprayer can use acrylic and oil paints, antiseptic and protective compounds, different varnishes. And it doesn't matter which material you are going to use - paint layer will be thin and smooth. It's also possible to spray both in horizontal and vertical positions. What is notable, the sprayer is fitted with a flow regulator for different surfaces. The nice thing is that its turbine works silently and you even don't have to wear ear protection while spraying. Click and Paint system allows you to change the paint materials just in one motion. And note - with Wagner W-550 you will save up to 50% time compared to brushes or rollers. In a nutshell, this sprayer combines affordable price, high quality, convenience and portability. Sums it up!

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Paint Sprayer for Pastry? Why not?!

In addition to its main purpose, a paint sprayer can be also used in a very unusual way. Some enthusiastic pastry cookers came up with a decision of creating the "velvet chocolate effect" on cakes, pastries, and other confectioneries. Such coating gives a very beautiful matted effect allowing you to surprise your guests. And due to the fact that Wagner W-550 has all the certificates confirming the total safety of its materials, the sprayer can create such a pastry masterpiece. Why do cooks choose a paint sprayer to create such an effect? A paint sprayer is an affordable tool which is compatible with a great variety of colours. In order to make a "velvet effect", you have to mix the right proportion of cocoa butter and chocolate, typically this proportion is 50/50. Then you can optionally add dye liquid, stir all ingredients and apply the mixture on your pastry.

Wagner W100 Wood & Metal Electric Paint Sprayer in the use

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