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Which type of paint sprayer to use on furniture

Updated April 17, 2017

The same rule for microwave cooking applies to spray painting: it does the job faster, not necessarily better. If you don't use the right equipment or technique, the results can be an inedible meal or a paint-covered mess.

Pros and cons

Sprayers apply an even coat of paint without leaving brush marks or drips. They can also cover large areas faster than a brush. For small projects and detail, a brush offers more control. A spray can is also an option: it's cheaper, minimises cleanup and can be recycled when empty.

Types of sprayers

A variety of sprayers are available, depending on the paint thickness, price and other factors. Stick to those that use air to atomise the paint and leave the airless sprayers to the professionals.

Best for Furniture

For furniture, This Old House recommends (from least to most expensive): cup guns--for small painting jobs; air-compressor guns--produce a smooth finish but oversprays, so use a spray booth; and high-volume/low-pressure guns--little overspray and very smooth finish, for trim, cabinets, mouldings and doors.

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About the Author

Donna Eigen has written, produced and managed communication programs for global, government, university and nonprofit organizations since 1980. Eigen has taught graduate business communication and is a certified facilitator in work force diversity, leadership, team building and effective presentations. She has a Master of Arts in communication and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.