No longer does painting have to be an onerous chore. Gone are the days when painting a room or a fence or another project involve countless hours spent with a brush or a roller (or a spray can, depending on the nature of the project), at least for those of us who value expedience, or sanity, over penuriousness.
Sure one of the newer airless sprayers might cost a little bit. Though not so much really if you select one of the more affordable homeowner aimed models. But if what you value is saving time, there is nothing to compare to one. With the aid of the power painter you can accomplish tasks that might have at one time taken days in only a matter of hours.
How long would it take a person with a paint brush to apply 5 gallons of paint to a fence, for example? A long time to be sure. With an airless sprayer that has a pickup that can be place directly into a 5 gallon pail of paint, those gallons can be out of the bucket and onto the fence in an hour or less, depending on the size of the unit and the size of the tip in the gun. And that is no exaggeration.
A moderately skilled tradesman using a unit like this can prime an average 1000 square foot house, walls and ceiling, in about 6 hours. That includes spraying and back rolling the walls. If you are thinking of having it done, price the paint and the sprayer before you outsource it. You are likely to find that with less than a days labor you can save money and be the proud owner of an electric paint spray gun.
The electric sprayer is one of those tools that the average tradesman or homeowner might not find a use for very often, but when a project pops up that would benefit from one, finds that owning one is of great benefit.
If owning one does not seem to be in the cards, it is possible to rent a sprayer on an hourly or daily basis. But if you should decide to go that route, be aware that clean up on the unit itself and especially the hose can be quite a challenge, and not one you might necessarily feel up to right after a day of hard painting that you are not physically and mentally used to.
Electric paint sprayers come in a wide variety of price points. From small units that hold a quart of paint in a handheld container for well under a hundred dollars to high powered units that can pump directly from 1- or 5-gallon containers and cost upwards of a thousand dollars. As with any tool purchase, try to rationally assess your needs and where you fall on the price-quality-size-speed spectrum an then pick a tool one price point above what you think you need. You are much less likely to make a purchase you regret and end up with a tool that more than meets your needs for years to come.