5 Of The Best Paint Gun For Beginners [Chosen by a Professional Painter]

I know that choosing the best paint gun for beginners is a hard task. There are so many different models that will confuse you a lot. It will take you a lot of time to understand the differences between paint sprayer models [ HVLP vs LVLP or other models ].

Luckily for you, I’m a professional painter [ soon to be retired ], and I have made a list of the top 5 best paint guns for beginners. I highly recommend you to pick one of them if you never used a paint gun before or you have only a little experience with paint guns.

Choosing an “Easy to use” paint gun as your first one is important since you will learn how they work, how to hold them properly and a lot of other things that will help you get more experience with paint guns. And most importantly, you will complete your painting project easier and better.

Paint guns are also called paint sprayers and spray guns. So, if you see any of these words down below, we were talking about the same tool.

Why should you use paint guns instead of paint rollers?

I personally recommend you to use paint guns instead of paint rollers. But everyone has their own choices. Down below I will try to explain the pros and cons of a paint sprayer if you compare it to a paint roller.

Two biggest reasons why you should use a paint gun instead of a paint roller are: Speed and Finish Quality.


Best Paint Gun For Beginners


1. Super Finish Max

Best Features HomeRight C800971.A Super...

  • User-friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Three Different Spray Patterns

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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In my opinion, people who never used a paint gun before should never buy as their first paint gun, models that require a compressor in order to work. It’s difficult to measure how much pressure your paint sprayer needs. It brings you a lot of headaches, and if you use less or more pressure that it’s required you will not get the finish quality you wanted.

There are a lot of models that don’t need a compressor in order to work.  One of them is this great model that I use a lot of time, especially for home projects, called ” Super Finish Max ” that is produced by ” Home Right”. Great paint sprayer company by the way.

The “Homeright Super Finish Max” paint sprayer comes with a lightweight body, that is easy to handle for a few hours without fatigue. It also has a 39 fluid ounce container that helps you to complete a larger surface without having to stop to refill the paint.

It is a “home-owner” model. That means that it isn’t hard to use it even if you never used a paint gun before. Read the manual, practice a little and you will be ready to paint spray with it. I use it for different tasks, such as paint spraying my kitchen cabinets, my home doors, etc.  It can be used with different paints as well.

What makes this model different from other “HomeRight” models is that it requires less thinning, that means that you can paint spray everything with less thinning that makes it perfect to paint spray furniture, cabinets, etc.

But, you can use this paint gun for bigger projects that require thicker paints too. It has a powerful motor that comes with 450 watts of power that allows you to paint big & small surfaces.

It’s easy to clean and it also comes with three different spray patterns, that you can use for different projects [ Small or Big ].

If you are in a hurry here are the pros & cons of this paint gun model

Pros:

  • User-friendly – Easy to use even if you never used a paint sprayer before.
  • Lightweight Body – You can hold it for a few hours with fatigue.
  • Requires Less Thinning – Compared to other models this paint sprayer requires less thinning.
  • Three Different Spray Patterns [ Color-coded]
  • No compressor needed in order to run.

Cons:

  • Sometimes the paint from the spray patterns come off easy

#2 Best Paint Sprayers For Beginners


2. HomeRight Finish Max C800766

Best Features HomeRight Finish Max C800766,...

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Great Finish Quality

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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If you are looking for the perfect paint sprayer to upgrade from paint rollers then you just found it. The “Finish Max” is a game changer for home projects. It is similar to our other pick “Super Finish Max“. It is actually produced by the same company.

I mostly use it when I’m painting my client’s furniture [ I own a painting company], but it can be used for other projects as well, such as remodeling cabinets, painting your doors and a lot of other projects.

It’s an electric paint sprayer that doesn’t need a compressor in order to run. It’s also made for “homeowners” or for beginners [ people who never used a paint sprayer before], so if you never used a paint sprayer before I totally recommend you to start with this one. It’s easy to set up, doesn’t need any big logic, and after a few minutes of practicing on cardboard as I recommended on my blog posts, you will be ready to start your painting project.

It’s lightweight, it only weighs a couple of pounds, and it also has a great design that just fits in your hands. That makes it possible for you to work for a few hours without getting tired.

It is an HVLP paint sprayer which means that it uses low pressure to produce high volume. In other words, it will give you a smooth and professional finish without over-spraying the object. It also has the “Flow Control” feature that allows you to control the paint output, depending on the project you can choose to use more paint or less.

It produces a smooth and professional finish and it can be used for different materials. It has a powerful 400 watts of power motor that helps you to complete not only small & thin surfaces but also thanks to the powerful motor you can also use this paint sprayer for bigger projects and thick projects such as latex paint.

If you in a hurry here are the pros, cons of this paint gun model

Pros :

  • User-friendly – It’s easy to set up, it’s made for beginners. So, even if you never used a paint sprayer before you will be able to complete your painting project in the best way possible.
  • Lightweight – Weighs only a couple of pounds
  • HVLP Paint Sprayer – It doesn’t  over-spray an object
  • Powerful Motor – It has a 400 watts of power motor.
  • Flow Control Feature – You can control the paint output depending on the task.

Cons:

  • It’s a great upgrade from paint rollers, but still, it uses way more paint than a paint roller does.

 


#3 Best Spray Gun for Beginners


3. Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max 

Best Features Wagner Spraytech 0518080...

  • Two air filters
  • Powerful Motor
  • 20 ft hose

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The ” Wagner Spraytech 0518080 ” is a paint gun that is recommended by a lot of people and not only me. It also has a lot of good reviews on different sites, especially on Amazon.

It is an HVLP paint sprayer, that means it uses less pressure but it provides high volume. Since this is an HVLP paint sprayer that means that it will give you a smooth and professional finish, without over-spraying the object you are paint spraying.

It’s way faster than paint rollers and most of the paint sprayers. I use it to prime an object, paint an object. I also use it for different objects and surfaces, such as kitchen cabinets, woodworking projects, furniture projects, etc.

Except for thinner painting, you can use this paint sprayer for thick painting such as latex paint, thanks to the powerful two-stage turbine that this paint sprayer has.

This paint sprayer model is great for do-it-yourselfers and for people who never used a paint sprayer before. You will need just a few practices before starting to paint spray with it.

It includes two air filters that will protect the finish from dust and will give you even a better finish quality. It comes with three different spray patterns that can be used to spray in circular, horizontal and vertical.

It has a great design that comes together with a 20 ft hose, that will help you to move around the working space easily. This model requires pressure in order to work, but luckily it also comes with the pressure control feature that allows you to control the pressure really easy.

If you in a hurry here are the pros, cons of this paint gun model

Pros:

  • Uses the HVLP paint sprayer technology – Uses low pressure to provide high volume, it also prevents the object from over-spraying.
  • Powerful two-stage turbine
  • 20ft hose
  • Great for do-it-yourselfers and people who never used paint sprayer before.
  • Two air filters – These air filters will prevent the dust from marring the smooth finish
  • Provides professional and smooth finish
  • 3 Spray Patterns [Circular, horizontal, vertical ].

Cons :

  • Slowers than professional paint sprayers

4. REXBETI Ultimate-750 Paint Sprayer

Best Features REXBETI Ultimate-750 Paint...

  • Cheap
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Finish Quality

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

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Since you never used a paint sprayer before, I recommend you to start using an “Easy To Use” paint sprayer that is powerful at the same time, because once you get the needed experience with spray guns, you can use the same paint gun for small and big projects as well [ No need to buy another one once you get the experience] . A Paint Sprayer that meets these conditions is the ” REXBETI Ultimate-750 Paint Sprayer”.

This Paint Gun is user-friendly, it doesn’t take to much for you to learn how to start paint spraying with it. It also includes cleaning attachments that will also help you to clean the paint gun faster and better.

It has a lightweight body that is an extra plus feature that helps newbies [ people who never used a paint gun before ]  to understand how to properly hold a paint gun plus it helps you to hold the paint gun longer which means you will be able to paint spray a larger surface without having to stop.

Except for a lightweight body, it also has a 1000ml high-capacity container that will also help you to spray larger surfaces without having to stop [ to re-fill the paint ], Comes with a long power cord which is 6.6ft long,  therefore you can move freely in a large work area.

It has a superior finish, you can paint spray almost everything and you still will get a good finish quality. You can use it to paint spray your tables, your kitchen cabinets, etc. All these thanks to the superior finish and to the powerful motor that this model has.  The motor comes with 500W of power. Which is extremely powerful. So before using it, make sure to read our posts on how to use a paint sprayer, and paint sprayer safety tips.

This paint gun can be adjusted at three different patterns : [Horizontal, Circular, Vertical ]. It also comes with three different nozzle sizes [2.0mm/2.5mm/3.0mm], that can be used for different tasks. I use the 2.0mm and 2.5mm nozzle for thin paints, and I use the 3.0mm nozzle for biggers projects a.k.a for latex paint, milk type paints, etc.

 If you are in a hurry here are the pros & cons of this paint gun model.

Pros:

  • User-friendly [ Easy To use ]
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful Motor
  • 1000ml high-capacity container
  • Three Different Spray Patterns
  • Three Different Nozzles Sizes

Cons:

  • You have to ALWAYS clean it after each use so it doesn’t get clogged next time.

 


5. Wagner 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer

Best Features Wagner 0518050 Control Spray...

  • Cheap
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Two different Air Cups

My Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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I totally recommend beginners to go for HVLP paint sprayers instead of airless ones.  A good paint gun that uses HVLP air technology is the “Wagner 0518050“.

The feature that makes this paint sprayer unique from the others here is that it has two different air turbines. One turbine is made to be used for outside projects, such as painting your outdoor table, and the other turbine is for the inside projects such as painting your kitchen cabinets, etc, and the best thing is that you will get the same exact smooth & professional finish on both scenarios.  A great feature that not every paint sprayer has.

It comes together with three different spray patterns, that allow you to spray horizontal, round, and vertical. According to the company description, this paint gun model coverage per minute is 4.9 fl. oz.  I haven’t tested it yet to see what’s the maximum surface I can paint within a minute [ I’m a slow paint sprayer].

It comes together with two different paint cups. One for bigger projects that is 1 1/2 quart big, and one for small projects that is 1 quart.

It’s easy to use, no need to have any previous experience with paint sprayers in order to use this model. All you have to do is read the manual to see how to properly set it up. You can fully set it for 5 minutes or less, then do a few tests on cardboard as I suggested in my blog posts, and you are ready to use this in your painting projects.

Unfortunately, this paint sprayer is only for small to medium projects. It isn’t recommended to use this one for big projects. You can use it, but I’m not sure how it will handle it. I never used it for big projects, only small to medium.

It comes with a variable-control trigger that has patterns from 1 to 10in. And it’s easy to clean, you can fully clean it under 10 minutes.

If you in a hurry here are the pros, cons of this paint gun model

Pros

  • Easy to Use – You don’t need any previous experience with paint sprayers in order to use this one
  • Easy to Set Up – You can set it up for 5 minutes or less
  • Three different Spray Patterns – Horizontal, Vertical, Round.
  • Comes with two different paint cups –  1 1/2 quart big [ Big Projects], 1 quart [Small Projects]
  • 2 stage rated air turbine – Get the same smooth & professional finish whenever you are working inside or outside.

Cons :

  • It’s only for small to medium tasks. It isn’t recommended to use this for big painting projects.

How to choose the best paint gun for beginners?

If you have read our post slowly, you may notice that most of these paint sprayers [ and others ] have some similar features. So, if you don’t want to lose any more of your time trying to find the best paint gun for beginners, then I suggest you to just order our first pick on our list. There’s a reason why that model is on the top of the list, right?

But if you still are not sure which one to pick, then there are some questions that you can ask yourself to know which one exactly fulfills your needs.

If you still don't know which one to get then I highly recommend you to ask yourself these questions. Will you use your paint gun for small or big tasks? If you use the best paint gun for beginners for big tasks then you may "blow" the whole project. So, if you are only looking to get a paint gun to do a basic/small painting project with it, then you can pick any of our top 5 best paint sprayers for beginners list

What’s the task you need to complete?

An important question, probably the most important question. Are you gonna use the paint gun for small or big projects? If you need the paint sprayer for small painting projects such as painting your furniture or paint spraying your kitchen cabinets then you can totally buy any of our picks and you will get a smooth & professional finish with each of them.

If you need a paint gun for big painting projects such as painting your whole house or painting your car then you can pick any of the paint sprayers that uses a HVLP air technology [ Check the Pro’s of each paint sprayer to know if a paint sprayer is HVLP or not ] except for ” Wagner 0518050 ” that is listed number #5 on our list. That paint sprayer can’t handle to paint spray a whole house, you can use it only for small to medium painting projects. 

I highly recommend you to start slow. What do I mean with this?

Let me explain …

Start slow.  Start using paint sprayers for kitchen cabinets, then your furniture or some other small/medium painting project. You can still paint spray your whole house even if you never used a paint sprayer before if you follow a good guide on how to paint spray your house.  But it’s not recommended. You will do “Beginners mistakes” that will consume you a lot of time and energy. In most cases, you will end up calling a professional to fix the mess you made, which will cost you a lot more money.

So, before starting a big painting project, try to get used to working with a paint gun. You can read a lot of guides here on our website to learn how to use a paint sprayer and how to avoid a lot of mistakes, and you can also check a lot of youtube videos that will show you how to use a paint gun in a proper way.

Except for your home, you can also use paint sprayers for different tasks. You can learn on our website how to spray your car using a paint sprayer.

Why you should buy a paint sprayer?

Clearly, if you never used a paint gun before it will be hard for you to choose the best paint gun for beginners, but with we will try to help us as much as we can to make it easier for you to choose it.

Speed 

“Time is money”. You probably heard this phrase before, but it totally fits in this case. If you use a paint roller you will spend way too much time by doing a simple/small project, and you will spend even more than that if you try to complete a big painting project will paint rollers. But if you use a paint gun the same task can be done faster & better.

Actually, a paint sprayer is 7x to 10x [depending on the paint sprayer model ] than a paint roller. So if it takes you one week to complete a task with a paint roller, it will take you one day to complete the same task with a paint sprayer.

Finish Quality

Not only you will complete the painting project faster with a paint gun, but you will also get way better results with them. By “nature” you can get an even coating with a paint roller, and if you are a beginner you will leave a lot of brush marks on the surface you are painting.

Except for walls where paint roller are actually good and they may or may not be better than paint sprayer, in every other painting projects paint rollers don’t even come near to the quality that paint sprayers provide. Depending on the paint sprayer you will get a professional/semi-professional finish.  Especially if you use them to paint spray your furniture.

Less Mess

Paint rollers tend to make a huge mess. You have to cover everything. Even your floor if you are working inside. And it takes a lot of time to clean the place and brushes. In the other hand, paint sprayers make less mess, and you will be able to fully clean the place and the paint gun in less than 10 minutes.

But the biggest reason why people decide to buy a paint roller instead of paint guns is: You will spend less money on paint and brushes

Why you should NOT buy a paint sprayer?

All the reasons why you may decide to buy a paint roller instead of a paint sprayer are money related. Paint sprayers cost a lot more than paint rollers. A normal/basic paint sprayer costs from 30$ to 150$. And sometimes quality comes with a price [Not always]. And, paint sprayers consume a lot more paint than paint rollers.

But paint rollers are only cheap in short terms. you will be spending less money if you buy them, but you will not be satisfied with the finish quality they provide, so you will either end up buying a paint sprayer or hiring a professional to do the task. Which means in long term paint sprayers cost less than paint roller if you calculate how much you can save.

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