Best Paint Sprayers For Small Projects

Whether you are a keen DIY enthusiast or are just creatively minded and enjoying embarking on small scale painting projects such as restoring and renewing second hand furniture or cabinets, you will be looking for the best way of achieving a professional finish and getting the work done in a shorter space of time.

A small paint sprayer could be the ideal solution, giving you excellent user control over the finish that you achieve while saving you time and ensuring a more professional look without any tell-tale brush marks! While there are many paint sprayers on the market today, many of them are too heavy duty or too large to use on a small scale project and this will result in less control over the spray pattern and more mess to clean up after work is complete.

The best paint sprayer for small projects is a handheld model which can produce a fine, narrow spray pattern and which is also light and comfortable to use for reduced user fatigue. If you are looking for the best paint sprayer for small projects, we have compiled a selection of the top five units for sale so that you can make an informed choice.


Wagner 0529010 Flexio 590 Indoor/Outdoor Hand-held Sprayer Kit

This well-designed and high quality hand held paint sprayer from the Wagner brand is ideal for use on small projects both outdoors and indoors. With its X-Boost turbine, it offers unrivalled power as well as adjustable control, low overspray and full coverage for a more professional finish.

This product comes with two different nozzles which meet the needs of all kinds of projects – the iSpray nozzle being ideal for spraying large surfaces with unthinned paint while the detailed finish nozzle being perfect for finish finishing.

As it is quiet to operate and 20% lighter than a standard airless sprayer, this model is also very comfortable for the user to operate for extended periods. There are also three different pattern positions to choose from – round, vertical and horizontal, so that you can choose the right one to match your individual project.

Thanks to the X-Boost power dial, the user can alter the air pressure for a more precise control of the chosen coating while the iSpray technology gives 60% more airflow for a smoother coverage. Thanks to the Lock-n-Go split gun design, it is easy to change nozzles to switch between colors and coatings.


  • Quiet operation and lightweight design
  • Lock-n-Go design for rapid changes of nozzles and materials
  • X-Boost power dial for better user control



  • Heavier than some of its rivals
  • Cleaning can be complicated



Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360DS Paint Sprayer

This paint sprayer from Graco is perfect for homeowners who enjoy a spot of DIY, and is intuitive enough to be used by complete beginners to paint spraying.

Ideal for all kinds of small scale projects around the home and garden, this product can be used when painting trims, doors, decks or small sheds and thanks to its FlexLiner paint bag, you can spray conveniently in all directions, including upside down.

Suitable for use with a broad spectrum of coatings from heavy latex to stains, this sprayer features a dual speed adjustment for even better user control which is essential when working on small paint jobs. The Flexliner paint bags replace the traditional paint cup and has the added bonus of being reusable or recyclable once work is complete.

This model also features a Reverse-A-Clean spray tip which is able to clear the tip plugs in no time with just a single twist as well as a stainless steel piston pump which is robust and long lasting and which allows the user to spray unthinned paint at high pressure. As a handy extra feature, the handle features a storage space for an extra tip for added user convenience.


  • Reverse-A-Clean spray tip for speedy clearing of the tip plugs
  • Flexliner paint bag which is reusable
  • Can spray in all directions, even upside down



  • Time consuming to clean after use
  • Requires refilling quite regularly



HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer

This fine finish paint sprayer from HomeRight’s is a self-contained unit and therefore requires no air compressors, pumps or hoses for the user’s convenience. Perfect for use on small scale DIY projects, this sprayer is ideal for up-cycling furniture, refinishing items and tackling craft projects.

This sprayer is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors and thanks to its controlled air stream, it blows an ultra-fine mist of the coating onto the surface for a professional looking finish.

The spray pattern can be adjusted from 1″ up to 6″ in width by simply adjusting the trigger control to achieve the perfect size for your individual requirements and as it is really quick and easy to set up and use, as well as being simple to clean when work is complete, this is an extremely convenient and user friendly unit.

Thanks to its HVLP technology, it means that there is reduced overspray when compared to an airless sprayer unit and its nozzle is made from robust and durable brass for a longer lifespan. This product comes complete with a cleaning brush and viscosity cup for excellent value for money.


  • Adjustable spray pattern from 1 to 6″ in width
  • Controlled air stream for a fine mist of coating
  • HVLP technology for reduced overspray



  • No filter to keep particles out of the paint
  • Quite noisy to use



Astro 4008 Spray Gun with Cup, Red Handle, 1.8mm Nozzle

If you are looking for an affordable and convenient all-purpose paint sprayer, this product from Astro is an ideal choice. Easy to clean when work is complete, this model is perfect for use on all kinds of small scale projects including body painting, wood working and cabinet spraying.

Its two piece construction comprises a gun with an exclusive air valve design and a one quart capacity dripless cup. The fan pattern can be controlled by the user and is fully adjustable to suit the needs of your individual project.

With a nozzle size of 1.8 mm, this is the perfect sprayer to minimize on waste while increasing productivity and can be used for rapid application of glue, heavy coatings and primers. As it only weighs 3 lbs it is also lightweight and comfortable for the user to operate for extended periods without causing excessive fatigue. It is also protected by a one year manufacturer’s warranty for complete peace of mind for the purchaser.


  • Dripless 1 quart paint cup
  • Weighing just 3 lbs, this is a lightweight unit
  • Adjustable fan pattern to suit the needs of each project



  • Tricky to adjust the air control knob
  • Can only be used on small projects



SPRAYIT SP-352 Gravity Feed Spray Gun with Aluminum Swivel Cup

This gravity feed spray gun is ideal for use for all kinds of small scale projects including wood working, marine, industrial and automotive applications. Its one piece body is made from lightweight aluminum for better user comfort and control and reduced user fatigue even during extended periods of use.

Its swivel cup allows for the gun to be rotated in order to achieve an even spray even in hard to reach locations while the nozzle and fluid needle are made from stainless steel to be resistant to corrosion and longer lasting. Both the fan pattern and air controls can be adjusted to reduce waste and improve precision of application.


  • Lightweight aluminum body for better user comfort and control
  • Can be used in hard to reach locations
  • Fluid needle and nozzle are made from corrosion resistant stainless steel



  • Paint cup swivels and may tip over easily
  • Lid on paint reservoir comes off easily


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