HVLP Turbine paint sprayers have become incredibly popular of late and this owing mainly to all the DIY enthusiasts and the weekend warriors out there who like to get their jobs done all by themselves. Painting your doors and furniture can be fun and many also regard this as a favorite pastime. However, painting with a brush or even rollers take time and the jet set age we are living in, time is never plentiful, to say the least!
This is the reason why paint sprayers have been able to find such favor with DIY-ers. With paint sprayers, you can get the job done way faster than other methods. That said, the difficulty arises when it comes to choosing a particular sprayer. Budget is a factor but we also need to consider the performance of particular models and with so many products out there in the market (and often with mixed reviews), it is never easy to zero in on a product which will match all your different requirements and criteria.
Keeping that in mind, we have in this article carefully selected/curated five turbine HVLP paint sprayers from different price ranges but which also cater to different needs and requirements. The purpose of this review list is to help you choose pretty much the best product at your selected budget and which will also be able to best meet your requirements.
1. Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max Paint Sprayer
This HVLP paint sprayer with adjustable air pressure and variable flow control packs a lot of features that amateur painters and DIY-ers will find useful. The sprayer is ideal for small to medium sized painting projects such as painting furniture, staining decks, painting windows and door trims, etc. and one can use a variety of painting and staining material with this sprayer including latex. However, there is a viscosity measure and thinning is advisable for materials which are too thick.
Top Wagner Paint Sprayer Q&A
Q. Can I use lacquer with it?
A. Yes, unlike many products in this category, you can actually use a flammable item such as lacquer with it without any risk of accident or injury.
Q. Do I need an air compressor for this?
A. No, this is a turbine driven unit. All you need is to plug the unit at an electric point.
Q. Can I attach a tip extension with this unit?
A. No, the unit does not support tip extension as it is not meant for painting ceilings, etc.
Our Thoughts on Wagner Control Max Paint Sprayer
2. Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2 HVLP Spray System
As the title makes clear, this is a semi-professional model which comes with a lot of high end features that you do not get (and cannot realistically expect!) in consumer grade models. Among other things, the model includes a sturdy metal turbine case with a gun holder; a 25-foot long hose equipped with an air control valve which prevents bounce back and minimizes overspray; a convertible M-Model spray gun which allows the gun to switch from a bottom feed to a gravity feed one; a dedicated fan control; a professional build stainless steel fluid passage and more.
Top Fuji Pro Paint Sprayer Q&A
Q. How much does the unit weigh?
A. 26.1 lbs.
Q. If I want to spray plasti-dip or latex, do I need to get additional set of caps?
A. You can use both with the 1.3 mm cap of the unit but you will need to thin the paints down. If you want to use plasti-dip or latex without dilution, it is best to use a 1.8 mm air cap set which, however, you will need to buy separately.
Q. Can I paint my interior walls with this unit?
A. Yes. However, it is recommended that you use a full professional grade airless/air-driven sprayer for large interior jobs. Otherwise, you run the risk of wearing out the hose as well as the turbine before time.
Our Thoughts on This HVLP Paint Sprayer
3. Fuji Mini-Mite 4 2804-T75G PLATINUM — Gravity HVLP Spray System
Suitable with a wide range of painting materials of low to high viscosity, this professional grade non-bleed HVLP paint sprayer packs a lot of quality features and will be highly appreciated by both professional painters as well as serious hobbyists. For a professional grade unit that produces minimal overspray, the model is also quite easy to transport—something that professional paint workers will especially value. The model comes with all the features included in the Fuji Semi-Pro unit reviewed above but what really sets it apart from the other model (hence the difference in price) is the powerful 4-stage turbine as well as the powerful motor that are included in this unit.
Top Fuji Mini Mite Paint Sprayer Q&A
Q. Does the model come with an air cap set? Or will I need to buy one separately?
A. It comes with the standard 1.33 mm air cap set which would be adequate for handling most jobs that you can perform with this unit. However, for some large scale projects, especially those which require use of high viscosity materials, you may need to purchase an additional set.
Q. How noisy it actually is?
A. Considering this is a pro model which is equipped to handle heavier jobs, the unit is somewhat noisy. That said, the noise is pretty much what you get with standard vacuum cleaners. If the noise proves bothersome to you, you can always use a set of good ear plugs.
Our Thoughts on Fuji Mini Paint Sprayer
4. Wagner MotoCoat 0529031 Complete Car & Truck Paint Sprayer
This model stands out for the very fact that it supports auto painting (which very few models in this price range will do). In fact, one often finds homeowners asking if a consumer or budget category paint sprayer will be fit for automotive painting and more often than not, the answer is a NO. So, this Wagner MotoCoat model will come as a welcome change for such consumers. At the same time, you can finish many small to medium sized furniture, cabinetry, decking, fencing, garage doors and other jobs with this model.
Top Wagner MotoCoat Paint Sprayer Q&A
Q. Can I use plasti dip with this sprayer?
A. Yes, the sprayer is compatible with plasti dip paint.
Q. Is it possible to use metal and pearl flake paint with this sprayer and still get a professional finish?
A. Yes, you can use flake paints with the sprayer. However, it is recommended that you carefully read the instructions given in the user manual on how to use these types of paint with this sprayer. Also, it is advisable that you first try it a little on a cardboard just so that you get the air pressure and flow control settings right when you will actually be using the paint on your car.
Our Thoughts on the Wagner Automotive Paint Sprayer
5. HomeRight Finish Max C800766
When it comes to a turbine sprayer which is highly affordable and is ideal for beginners looking to finish smaller size projects, the HomeRight FinishMax would rate right on top. It is ultra lightweight, comes with a decently powerful motor, a capacity container and is able to handle a variety of coating materials including milk paint, primers, enamel, chalk type paints, latex paints and more (though some of these may require different degrees of thinning).
Top HomeRight Paint Sprayer Q&A
Q. How am I to clean the needle (since I am not able to detach it)?
A. You don’t need to remove the needle itself. Just make sure that your cleaning agent runs through it when you are cleaning the unit.
Q. Does the product come with a viscosity cup?
A. yes, it does and the viscosity cup is very helpful for jobs where you need to thin down/dilute your painting agent.
Best Turbine Paint Sprayer: Our Pick
We have listed three products which fall in the consumer grade—the Finish Max and the two Wagner products. As for the Wagner car paint model, this, irrespective of the price, falls in a different category of itself. There aren’t many HVLP sprayers which are suitable for auto paint and certainly, very few in the price category the present model comes in (the model is currently priced at $165 at Amazon). So, since the product delivers good performance, we highly recommend it to anyone who wants to paint his car/truck all by himself.
As for the other two, it may help you to know that FinishMax happens to be the bestselling paint sprayer at Amazon. This is little surprise considering it delivers high quality performance at a mere $65! However, if you are not on a tight budget, you may as well go for the Wagner Control Spray model. This model is ideal for beginners who understandably are somewhat nervous since they have little experience of working with a spray gun. Since the model sprays paint in a very controlled manner and with little to no overspray, the beginners will enjoy the stress-free experience of working with it.
As for the Fuzi models, the Semi-Pro model is a premium quality product and will always be the better option if you can afford the relatively high price (around $425) of the product. Finally, the Fuzi Mini-Mite (at $799) is a model we would only recommend for professionals or for those who have plans to turn professional in the near future with their spray painting skills.