In general there are suitable paint spraying systems for all areas of application, ranging from lacquers and varnishes, primers, dispersion paints, adhesives to roof coatings and fire protection, as well as fillers and bitumen.

There are large spraying devices to spray a lot of material in a short time, but also small models for the application of very small quantities of material.

In addition to airless, other spraying techniques such as HVLP (high volume low-pressure) or air-assisted (aircoat) are also an option.

For which jobs is the purchase of a paint spraying machine worthwhile?

Theoretically one can use a paint sprayer for almost every painting jobs. The question is whether it makes sense, particularly in terms of the purchase and operating costs.

In order to assess this question one should take into account various factors in order to determine the potential benefits: the factors include the areas to be painted, the frequency of use, the materials you want to spray, as well as the sort of projects.

What is the cost of purchasing an airless paint sprayer?

The use of airless paint sprayers is particularly worthwhile in large areas because the advantage of the higher working speed. For a long time, the rule of thumb used to be: use a paint sprayer starting from a 3-room apartment and to paint everything smaller than that roller and brush.

This rule is now only outdated, since there are now smaller and more compact airless units. In addition, there are new techniques such as the HEA system from Wagner or Graco’s FFLP technology, which are designed to help reduce the formation of overspray.

Low-cost DIY equipment and these new techniques help to quickly and economically work on smaller projects.

How often do you want to spray paint?

In principle, it can be said that the regular use increases the profitability and justifies the purchase of a paint sprayer.

However, there are now cheap entry-level models, which are also suitable for users who need a paint sprayer only a few times a year. For users who want to use an airless unit only very irregularly or for only one project, there is always the possibility to rent a paint spraying unit or to purchase a used spraying unit.

For which materials and projects?

As already mentioned, the use of airless devices is particularly worthwhile for large areas. Particularly economical is the use, for example, in shell constructions, underground garages or the application of compounds. Here, only a few preparatory work (such as masking) is necessary and you can quickly coat large areas.

But also the use of spray technology is worthwhile even for small projects, such as painting radiators, window frames, doors and stairs. Just as for projects in between,like paiting interior walls or facades. Another factor that plays an important role is the surface structure.

For example, in the case of rough or heavily textured surfaces such as coarse plaster or stucco, the use of airless devices guarantess fast and high-quality material application. But even with smaller projects such as the application of varnish on radiators with many twists and hard-to-reach places, spray painting offers many advantages.

Workload reduction

Increasingly, however, other factors also play a major role in the purchase of airless sprayers. The use of spraying equipment facilitates work and protects employees.

Who has already painted 8 hours of ceilings, knows what it is like: working long time with the arm over the head can be a strong physical strain.

The use of spraying equipment can make many work easier and help employees and their health. Especially when considering topics such as a higher age of retirement and lack of specialist skills in certain regions, this aspect is becoming increasingly important.

So when is it worth buying a paint spraying machine?

We have explored a number of factors such as area performance, frequency of use, materials and project types. Here an attempt to reach a balanced opinion:

Advantages resulting from the use of color spraying equipment

  • large surface area
  • higher working speed
  • structured and angled surfaces are easier to paint
  • reduction of workload for employees (less physical stress)

Disadvantages in the use of color sprayers

  • oversppray and increased effort during masking
  • costs for the purchase and the operation of a paint sprayer (consider the tax depreciation in the calculation)

Many beginners in the field of paint spraying are worried about the cleaning of a paint sprayer.

Therefore, this point is often referred to as a disadvantage. In practice, however, it can be seen that the cleaning can be done quickly and easily if you know how.

Finally, a video showing how quickly a room including ceiling and walls can be painted.

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