Finding the right HVLP spray gun for your next project can seem like an overwhelming task when shopping online. The sheer number of brands, price points, and different products can leave you wishing there was a simpler way to choose.
There is a simpler way. We’ve assembled this list of reviews of the best HVLP Spray Guns for woodworking so that you can keep your time spent browsing to a minimum and get the tool you need to get to work.
We cover the highlights and the not-so-great parts of each model so that you can find the one that is right for you, and for your next project, in record time. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide to help you think through the buying process, which is especially useful if you’ve never owned an HVLP spray gun before.
|Fuji 2203G Semi-PRO 2 - Gravity HVLP Spray System|
(Best for the Money)
|DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit||5 lbs||4.5/5|
|Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max||11 lbs||4.2/5|
|Paasche Airbrush HG-08 HVLP Gravity Feed||1 lb||3.9/5|
If you’re looking for the best HVLP spray gun on the market today, you can’t go wrong with the Fuji 2203G Semi-PRO 2 – Gravity HVLP Spray System. This kit comes with everything you need to get going with high-volume/low-pressure painting, and it does it in a way that will leave people thinking that a pro completed your jobs for you. This model comes with adjustable pattern fan control to allow you the precision needed to paint small spaces, or the breadth to cover wide areas in just a few strokes. It also comes with multiple air cap sizes, so you can spray anything from stains to latex, and more.
This model also comes with a 25-foot hose, so you’ll be able to work on large pieces, or repaint your kitchen cabinets, without having to move the base around. And we really love that this model consistently creates great finishes. It’s easily the best model in that category. The only thing we don’t like about it is that it requires you to thin just about any kind of paint you put through it. Still, if you want a model that can get the job done every time, this is it.
The HomeRight C800971.A is the model you’ll want to get if you’re looking to obtain a great HVLP spray gun at a price that won’t break the bank. This model is well-known for its ability to spray paint without too much thinning. While some may still be required for some paints, many can be used straight from the can without extra thinning, and the thinning amounts will be less than that which is required for other spray guns. This model also weighs under 3 pounds, making it a lightweight and easy-to-maneuver tool. Plus, it’s extremely easy to clean, so you’ll never have to worry about dried paint.
You can get this set for about a quarter of what you’d pay for the top model on our list, which makes this one an incredible deal. In fact, it’s the best overall value for the money on our list, and the one we recommend if you’re looking for a great price and good performance. Unfortunately, some units that ship don’t work, and while you can always exchange them for a working model, it’s an unnecessary hassle. Still, if you’re looking for a steal, this is the model for you.
There are a lot of things to like about the DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit. It comes with a case, which puts it a step ahead of a lot of models on our list, and gives you an easy way of keeping track of the parts, including the smaller ones. This model also has a good reputation for creating smooth, even coats of paint. While some thinning is recommended, it’s not as sensitive to thick paints as some other models on our list. Since it’s easy to clean, you won’t have to worry about thicker paints gumming up the work. Plus, this model comes with a variety of cleaning tools, so you’ll be able to keep this model in tip-top shape for years to come.
However, this model suffers from substandard cups. They’re sensitive and sometimes leak for apparently no reason. That’s a frustrating and unnecessary problem. This model also comes with a poor air regulator that can cause a lot of problems unless you have the skills to replace it. Overall, this model works well when it works. But some units are poorly made and not worth the price, making this model a risky buy.
The Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max is an inexpensive model that will lure in many buyers with its low price. While you may want to invest in a cheap model if you’re only doing a project or two with your HVLP spray gun, there’s a chance that you’ll want to get something better and have a less frustrating experience. On the plus side, this model does come with a flow adjuster, so you have some control over how much paint comes out at once. This model also comes with a 20-foot hose, allowing you a lot of painting range without having to reposition the base.
However, this model suffers from serious overspray issues. While it does produce an even coat, it can be hard to restrict the paint spray to just the surfaces that you’re aiming at. In other words, you’ll often end up with paint in spots you didn’t intend. It also doesn’t have the best pressure among the models on our list. Overall, this model isn’t that great. The good news for people looking to save money is that there are choices that cost the same amount (or less) and provide a superior experience.
The Paasche Airbrush HG-08 HVLP Gravity Feed is another inexpensive model, but it lives up to the idea that “you get what you pay for.” This model does come with an adjustable spray pattern. Consequently, you can use it to work on many different kinds of projects that require different spray patterns. It also comes with a standard 1/4-inch air hookup, so it will be easy to attach this model to a preexisting air compressor and hose setup. Plus, it doesn’t cost a ton, so you won’t be out an arm and a leg if you buy this model.
However, the Paasche Airbrush has a number of serious flaws. First among these are the finicky controls. They sometimes come loose while the spray gun is in use, which leads to the settings changing on the fly. That makes for a miserable experience. You also have to do a full teardown to clean this model out after each use. Otherwise, it will get clogged. If you’re looking for a great, frustration-free experience, you’re going to have to spend a bit more on a different model.
The number one thing you should consider when shopping for an HVLP spray gun is the quality of coat that it puts down. The idea behind an HVLP spray gun is that you can get a coat similar to what you’d get with a roller, only faster and easier. So, if the spray gun you’re considering doesn’t live up to those expectations, it’s a good idea to skip that model.
Of course, manufacturers aren’t going to come out and say that their product doesn’t work as intended. The best way to get around this problem is to consult reviews of the model you’re considering, and if there are any complaints about the coat quality it produces, it’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere.
There are two factors that largely determine how easy an HVLP spray gun is to use. The first is how much paint thinning is required. Counterintuitively, semi-pro or pro models tend to require more thinning, but they also produce a higher-quality coat. Some semi-pro models, and many entry-level devices, don’t require as much thinning, or any thinning at all, which can make the job much easier.
However, most models need regular and rigorous cleaning to stay functional. Some models come with all the tools you’ll need to make this a quick task, and others don’t. This is an area where you can gain a lot of value, so if you’re considering two similar models at similar prices, it’s not a bad idea to go with the model with the better cleaning supplies.
Many people try to get a great deal by focusing on the cheapest options. Others only think you can get good value by investing in the most expensive models. The truth is that value has more to do with “you” than it does to do with the price tag.
If you get a model you don’t like using, you’ve gotten poor value, no matter the price. So, it’s a good idea to figure out which features you need to have a good experience, and then narrow your search to models with those features. They may not be the least expensive or the most expensive ones on the market, but they’re the ones most likely to leave you satisfied with your purchase.
The Fuji 2203G Semi-PRO 2 – Gravity HVLP Spray System is our favorite model due to its great adjustable pattern fan control, 25-foot hose, and consistently great finishes. In second place is the HomeRight C800971.A which is lightweight, easy to clean, and requires less paint thinning than other models. Since you can get it for a fourth of what our top model costs, it earns the title of best overall value for the money on our list. The DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit includes a case and is easy to clean, but its substandard cups and poor air regulator keep it out of the top two. The Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max is inexpensive and comes with a flow adjuster and 20-foot hose, but its serious overspray issues and low pressure drop it to fourth place. The Paasche Airbrush HG-08 HVLP Gravity Feed is cheap and makes use of a standard air hookup, but it comes with finicky controls and requires extensive, regular cleaning, making it a pain to use.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you better understand HVLP spray guns so that you can find the model that’s right for your next project.