I have been getting a ton of emails lately regarding the gun that I use. I try to answer a lot of the emails that I get, but I am bombarded with so many it is difficult to respond to each one individually. I try to answer the most commonly asked questions on my blog so the information is available for everyone to find. Hopefully many of you will find this bit of information useful.

I have been painting furniture for nearly ten years now. I have gone through a couple of different machines through the years, some I would recommend and some I would not. I won’t mention the ones I didn’t like here. Everyone has their own personal preferences and what may not have worked for me might work great for someone else.

One of the machines I used was the Graco True Coat. I really liked this gun, but the motor is only good for about 50 gallons of paint, so I burned through a few machines rather quickly and decided I needed something that would last a lot longer. If you are just going to do a few projects around the house I would recommend this gun. If you plan on going into the business of painting you will want to invest in some different equipment, which I’ll talk about a little latter in this post.

In my opinion there are pros and cons with the Graco True Coat:

PROS- The best thing about this gun is that it requires no thinning, ever. All types of paint can be poured directly from the can right into this gun and all will get a perfect spray, everytime. One thing I really like about this machine is the easy clean up. Switching from one paint color to the next is a breeze, which is also a great feature. It has a nice wide spray pattern that quickly covers large surfaces, which is great for big pieces of furniture. The wide spray pattern makes it very easy to get a perfect smooth finish on a large flat piece of furniture, such as a dining table, in seconds.

CONS-One thing that I don’t like about it is the fact that it only sprays when held up right, so in order to paint the top of a table or dresser you have to lay the furniture on it’s side or back. The other negative thing about it is that it uses a ton of paint. It gets great coverage and looks beautiful, but goes through more paint than necessary. Because the paint goes on so heavy it makes for long dry times. The large spray pattern, which can be great in many instances, creates a ton of over spray and waist when painting small items like dining chairs.

The gun that I currently use is a Husky Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun. I purchased this one at Home Depot for $49.98. This gun requires an air compressor, which can be a big purchase. An air compressor can easily cost you hundreds of dollars and is a pretty large piece of equipment to store. Well worth it if you are serious about getting into painting and plan on doing so long term.

There are also some pros and cons for the Husky HVLP spray gun:

PROS- This gun will spray side ways, up side down and, of course, right side up. This is great when painting things with spindles or curves because it allows you to get at it from many different angles. Because this gun has a gravity feed you can paint up until the very last drop of paint in the gun, which is not wasteful at all. Because it uses air the material being sprayed is reduced into a super fine spray. Layers of paint go on thin and smooth reducing dry times greatly. With this gun there is very little over spray and I use a fraction of the amount of paint I did with the Graco. Clean up with this gun is also incredibly easy, as is changing out to a new color. Adjustments can be made on the gun to change the spray pattern from small and round, great for small details, to thin and wide, which is great for larger pieces and big flat surfaces. This gun gets a really smooth gorgeous finish.

CONS- I have found that some paints need to be thinned in order to spray properly. Because each paint is different there is no specific ratio of water to paint (I use water based paints). When I first bought the gun each time I used a new paint I would add water a little at a time, do a test on a scrap piece of wood, and continue to add water until I achieved the desired spray pattern and consistency. It took a bit of patience, but now that I’ve been using this gun for years I can tell just by looking at the paint if it will need to be thinned or not.


6 Responses to Husky HVLP spray gun

  1. Suzanne says:

    Great, great tips! I have been thinking of investing in a good spray gun and this is very helpful. I think the investment in the air compressor is worth it if it means using less paint. Also being able to move it around easily is key for me. Thanks so much, Deana! Also, thanks for adding my name to that impressive “Bookmarks” list – wow!

  2. Deana says:

    Thanks Suzanne! I love your work, you have great style!

  3. Gray Chandler says:

    Hi Deana, great site and tips… but what type of compressor do you use for your spray gun? Is it a silent type? If not, how do you get around it being so noisy?

  4. Deana says:

    Hi Gray, It is very noisy, but it is a huge tank, so it only kicks on once or twice all day and only for a short period. I have the compressor installed outside of the garage and a long hose that stretches in to my paint booth. I don’t even notice the noise.

  5. Victoria Crook says:

    Thanks for this recommendation, and for all your great video tutorials. I’m also wondering, what type of paint respirator did you use while pregnant? I won’t be spraying but doing a bit by hand with low voc paint.

  6. Deana says:

    Hi Victoria, I purchased it at Sherwin Williams. I don’t have the packaging anymore, so I don’t remember the brand or name of it. It has two cartridges that can be change out and small filters that can be changed too, hope that helps.