5 Best Paint Sprayers for Furniture and Cabinets

By MWB-Team •  Updated: 04/21/23 • 

There are different ways of applying paint to wood furniture and cabinets. The most popular way is painting by brushing over the wood’s surface. However, spraying paint is a better option if you’re tired of brush marks and roller fibers. It not only leaves a smooth finish but also saves a lot of time. If you want to spray paint your cabinets and wood furniture, in this article I review the best paint spray guns for wood furniture and cabinets.

Our Top Paint Sprayers for Furniture and Cabinets

Best Overall Paint Sprayer

Graco Magnum 262800 X5

Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Airless Sprayer
$330.00

If you're looking for a reliable paint sprayer to work on your furniture, cabinets, and other medium-sized wood projects, the Graco Magnum X5 is your best pick. This is a good entry-level airless sprayer that will give you the results of a higher-end paint sprayer.

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The sprayer is well-built and looks durable despite its lighter weight. It is built completely with metals, which speaks more about its durability. The setup will take you much longer, but you’ll be done very quickly once you get to the actual spraying. Overall, the X5 produces very good results with minimal effort.

The only disadvantage of this sprayer is the long setup and clean-up. However, this is to be expected with almost all spray guns. Before you start using this paint sprayer, make sure to take your time and learn different aspects of the machine, settings, tips, and pressure needs. It will take a little of your time and is well worth it.

Best HVLP Paint Sprayer for Cabinets

Wagner Spraytech 0518050

Wagner Spraytech 0518050 Sprayer

This is a light paint sprayer that works very well with smaller projects like painting furniture, doors, or cabinets. It is easier to use, and I would recommend this even to beginners looking to start spray painting.

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The Wagner Spraytech 0518050 is well-built and light enough. However, once full, it can get heavy, and you’ll feel it after some time using it. The sprayer is really easy to use, and its coverage is good. It is also easier to disassemble and clean after using it. You will take less than five minutes to clean and rinse everything.

I found the sprayer good for stains and polyurethane products. For paint, make sure you thin it enough to have a smooth and consistent application without problems like the orange peel effect. Also, work your way through your technique and figure out the three spray patterns of this sprayer to get better results.

Best Cordless Airless Paint Sprayer

Graco Ultra Cordless Airless

Graco Cordless Airless Paint Sprayer
$639.99

This is a good sprayer if you're looking for a cordless sprayer that works with different finishes, including polyurethane. It's powerful and works well with thicker finishes without thinning. Overall, this is a good sprayer to have in hand.

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The Graco Ultra Cordless Airless is one of the best cordless paint sprayers out there. As a DIY’er, it is easier to use with very few hiccups trying to use it. The sprayer comes with two dewalt batteries, which go a long way before you have to recharge them.

The only problem I had with the sprayer was its paint capacity. It holds a small amount of paint; even for medium-sized projects, you’ll have to refill the paint cup several times. Although a larger paint reserve would be good, it would also make it heavier. The built-in screen can also block if you don’t filter out the paint before use.

Professional Paint Sprayer Pick

Fuji Spray 3005-T70 Q5

Fuji Spray 3005 Q5 HVLP Spray System
$1,679.00

If you're a professional looking for a reliable paint sprayer, this is it. It is powerful, versatile, and can work with different finishes efficiently. It is also efficient in atomizing thicker wood finishes, like paint.

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The Fuji sprayer is hands down one of the best sprayer systems I’ve used. It is well made and overall looks very good. The price is not comparable to other paint sprayers on this list, but the Fuji Q5 is worth every cent. It works for even thicker finishes, and its operation is quieter and more pleasant.

If you’re comfortable using an HVLP sprayer, this will be plug-and-play. However, for beginners, there will be a small learning curve to get to use this sprayer comfortably. Once you get it right, you can move on to create the best finishes worth of high-end cabinetry and furniture.

Best Budget Paint Sprayer

HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer HVLP

HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer
$58.81

If you're looking for an inexpensive sprayer to paint your kitchen cabinets and furniture, the homeRight Finish Max is a good pick. It works great for spraying different finishes and has great reviews online.

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The HomeRight paint sprayer is a good sprayer for the money. It works just as advertised, spraying smoothly and evenly without clogging. The sprayer is almost entirely built with plastics except for the brass spray tip. Although it feels cheaper, it surprisingly holds up even after repeated use and is very light.

One of the cons of this sprayer is the extension cord, which is relatively short but something an extension can fix. I’d also advise anyone using this to thin the paint to the right viscosity to avoid clogging it up. Cleaning up is also a little chore, although it takes little time.

Types of Spray Guns

You’ll find different types of spray guns that can spray poly. These are conventional, turbine HVLP, compressor HVLP, Airless, and Air-assisted airless spray guns.

Conventional spray guns have been around for a while. These use a high-pressure gun powered by compressed air. The liquid finish is supplied via three different configurations: gravity feed, siphon feed, and remote pressure feed. However, with time, convection spray guns have been replaced by HVLP spray guns.

Turbine HVLP uses a turbine to supply a high air volume, unlike compressed air. Using a turbine reduces the pressure, creating a softer spray with bounceback and waste than conventional spray guns. Wind turbines with more fans or stages can supply a higher air volume at high pressure.

Fuji Spray 3005-T70 Q5

Fuji Spray 3005-T70 Q5

Compressor HVLP uses compressed air, which is converted in the gun’s body to a high volume and low pressure. Like turbine HVLP, compressor HVLP produces a softer spray with little bounceback and wastage. Compared to compressor spray guns, compressor HVLP will deliver about two-thirds of the liquid finish, while conventional spray guns will provide only about one-third.

Wagner Spraytech 0518050 Used for Deck Painting

Wagner Spraytech 0518050 Used for Deck Painting

Airless spray guns use a pump to push liquid finishes through a small nozzle. A large volume of finish can be sprayed with airless spray guns, so they are primarily used to spray paint. The atomization is also not finer than other spray guns, which can cause pronounced orange peel.

Air-assisted airless spray guns use both compressed air and medium-pressure pump. These are much more expensive than other spray guns and are primarily used in larger shops and factories for speed production with no quality loss.

The Different Spray Gun Configurations

There are four main spray gun configurations you’ll find in the market. These are siphon feed, gravity feed, remote pressure feed, and pressurized siphon-feed.

Siphon-feed, or suction-feed cup guns, use a cup attached underneath the gun. As compressed air passes out of the air cup, it creates low pressure. This draws the paint or liquid finish from the cup and out through the nozzle, where it undergoes atomization. Siphon-feed spray guns are used mostly with conventional spray guns.

Siphon-feed Spray Gun

Siphon-feed Spray Gun

Gravity-feed spray guns, like siphon-feed, have a cup, but for gravity-feed spray guns, the cup is mounted on top of the gun. Gravity causes the liquid to finish to flow down through the nozzle, where it gets atomized. These spray guns are slowly becoming popular because they have better balance and are much more efficient. They are popular in use for both conventional and compressor HVLP.

Gravity-feed Spray Gun

Gravity-feed Spray Gun

Remote pressure-feed spray guns are good if you’re spraying a lot. The liquid finish enters via a hose through the fluid inlet, which is attached to a separate pressurized pot. This configuration is popular with conventional, compressor HVLP, and turbine HVLP.

Remote Pressure-Feed Spray Gun

Remote Pressure-Feed Spray Gun

Pressurized siphon-feed is for turbine and compressor HVLP types of spray guns. Because both the turbine and HVLP do not generate a lot of pressure to suck the liquid finish from the cup, the cup is pressurized. This is done by diverting the air generated by turbines or compressors to the cup via a tube from the gun. This type of configuration is only for compressor HVLP and turbine HVLP types of spray guns.

Pressurized Siphon-Feed Spray Gun

Pressurized Siphon-Feed Spray Gun

Spray Paint vs. Brush Paint

Should you paint or brush paint is one of the common questions people ask. Brushing paint is very common and the most used method of applying paint to wooden surfaces. However, brushing is a slow process, and it will be a tedious job if you want to cover a large area. If you’re not careful, you’ll also get brush marks when applying paint.

Spraying paint is a waster method of applying paint. You can cover a large area in a few minutes using a spray gun. This is great for large surfaces and if you’re pressed on time. Spraying also results in a smoother finish compared to brushing or rolling paint. However, when you spray paint, you’ll use as much as 2-3 times more paint because of bounceback and waste paint. Long preparation and cleanup is also a problem with spray painting.

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