Are you looking for an easy and cost-effective way to give your furniture a makeover? Learning how to use a paint sprayer on furniture can be the perfect solution! Here at A Ray of Sunlight, we have been using and testing paint sprayers when painting furniture since 2016!

It’s our favorite way to paint furniture! Paint sprayers are versatile tools that allow you to quickly and easily apply a smooth, even coat of paint on virtually any surface.

spraying paint onto furniture with text overlay

In this post, we will provide all the information you need to know about using a paint sprayer on furniture including what tools you need, how to get started, reviews of popular paint sprayers, and much more!

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Painting furniture can be a time-consuming and difficult task, but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be! Paint sprayers are an excellent choice for giving your furniture a quick and easy makeover.

With just one tool, you can save time, and create a professional finish on your DIY furniture.

You can use a paint sprayer outdoors, or if you use waterbased paint you can use your paint sprayer indoors. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start at the beginning.

Is using a paint sprayer right for you? What other things do you need to do before using the sprayer? Let’s dive in!

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Before Using a Paint Sprayer

Before you actually use a paint sprayer on furniture, you’ll need to know if spraying is right for you. Find out the pros and cons and the difference between spraying paint and brush painting furniture in the blog post below.

You’ll also need the right tools such as protective gear like a respirator and safety glasses as well as drop cloths or cardboard sheets for covering nearby surfaces. It’s also important to determine which type of paint is best for the job.

photo of respirator used during spray painting

Finally, knowing how to prevent overspray when painting with a sprayer will help keep your project and workspace clean while creating your masterpiece.

Paint Sprayer for Furniture Reviews

Next, you’ll need to decide what paint sprayer is best for you and your projects. We reviewed some of the best HVLP, Wagner, and HomeRight paint sprayers for furniture as well as a few other brands to help you make a decision on what paint sprayer to buy.

Some paint sprayers are cheaper, but they aren’t as easy to use. And some are more expensive, but create the same type of finish in the end if you do it right.

Here are our paint sprayer for furniture reviews to help guide you!

How to Use a Paint Sprayer

Now comes the hard part for a lot of people. They buy the sprayer, and then it sits in the box. Seriously, I hear this over and over. Don’t let that happen to you!

Here are our guides on how to use each type of paint sprayer.

For the most part, we have broken this up between the brand of sprayers and each type, but then each sprayer has a how to guide for how to use the sprayer, how to thin paint for the sprayer, and how to clean the sprayer.

After you read through the guides that relate to your sprayer, get to work. Don’t let it overwhelm you and stop you in your tracks.

Bust that paint sprayer out of the box, put some water in the container, and start spraying it (outside preferably! haha) on some cement or a piece of cardboard or paper.

trying out paint sprayer with water onto cement

When spraying the water you can mess around with the controls on that sprayer. Change how much water is coming out, change the power and change the direction of the spray. Pay attention to how it sprays and what each setting does.

When you feel comfortable spraying the water, then you can add some paint to the sprayer. Make sure you test the paint on some cardboard or paper before you spray on your furniture so you can finetune things before doing the real thing.

Wagner FLEXiO Paint Sprayers

Here is how to use the Wagner FLEXiO paint sprayers. The Wagner FLEXiO 3000, Wagner FLEXiO 5000, Wagner FLEXiO 3500, Wagner FLEXiO 590, and the Wagner FLEXiO 595, all fall under this category.

They might vary a little bit here and there, but for the most part, they are the same type of sprayer.

Wagner Control Spray Double Duty

The Wagner Control Spray Double Duty sprayer isn’t technically for paint, (I don’t think), but I was able to use it successfully for a few years with chalk paint and mineral type paint.

spraying paint onto furniture using Wagner flexio

It would not work well for paints that can’t be thinned out a lot because you have to thin it to a certain viscosity for this sprayer to be able to spray it. It is a cheaper option though! Here are some great guides if you plan to use it!

Fuji Paint Sprayers

I upgraded to the Fuji Q4 paint sprayer after using the Wagner Double Duty sprayer, and it was a dream! There are enough settings to get it to do exactly what you need it to do, but not be overwhelming.

photo of the more expensive Fuji Q4 paint sprayer

It’s portable and can spray thick paints like the Wagner FLEXiO sprayers can. Here are some helpful guides for using Fuji paint sprayers.

HomeRight Paint Sprayers

The Homeright paint sprayers are another budget friendly option for painting furniture. There are a few different models, but the Super Finish Max is the best overall. Here are some guides to help you use the Homeright paint sprayers on furniture.

spraying paint onto furniture using Homeright paint sprayer

More Tips for Using a Paint Sprayer on Furniture

And then we have some very helpful misc. guides to help you use a paint sprayer on your furniture. The first one, how to spray polyurethane is so handy and makes topcoating painted furniture a breeze.

If there is anything you should get a paint sprayer for, it’s for spraying water based polyurethane.

Helpful Makeovers Using a Paint Sprayer

If you are looking for some more inspiration for what to do when painting furniture with a paint sprayer, here are some helpful step by step furniture makeovers where we used a paint sprayer to paint our furniture.

There are videos near the bottom of most of these to help you see how to use the paint sprayer and give you a better idea of what to expect. We use a paint sprayer on most of our furniture makeovers, so these are just some of the best for you to use as a guide.

I hope these posts give you inspiration and motivation to try using a paint sprayer on your own furniture to create a brush free finish that looks like a pro painted your furniture! Happy painting!

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