Looking for the perfect paint sprayer for your home decorating project? We review the top models available right now.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in any home, but often the most neglected when it comes to aesthetics
But with a fresh lick of paint, you can transform those old cabinets and modernize your kitchen in no time.
In today's article, we've got sprayers for kitchen cabinets covered.
We've put together a list of the very best models and review each carefully and with special consideration to your needs.
If you're looking for the top paint sprayer for kitchen cabinets then we've got your back!
Start with the comparison table before moving onto the comprehensive reviews that follow.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top Models Compared
- 2 The Top Models Reviewed
- 3 A guide to painting kitchen cabinets
- 4 What materials do I need?
- 5 Preparation: Wood Prepping
- 6 How to paint kitchen cabinets
- 7 Why get a paint sprayer anyway?
- 8 Airless or HVLP for cabinets – Which one is best?
- 9 HVLP vs airless paint sprayers
- 10 Six tips to get you started
The Top Models Compared
Start by comparing the top paint sprayers for cabinets in the comparison table below.
These are the models we recommend over all others. They each stand out in their own right and we've categorized them as:
- Our Top Pick - the model we'd choose over all others. The perfect blend of performance and value for money
- The Luxury Choice - the one to choose if cost is no obstacle.
- The Budget Choice - for those running a tight ship.
- The Best Airless Sprayer for Cabinets - the top sprayer using ultra-modern airless technology.
Our Top Pick
HomeRight Super Finish
Earlex Spray Station
Hiltex Pneumatic Spray Gun
Best Airless Gun
Wagner Flexio 590
The Top Models Reviewed
Take a look at our recommended sprayers in more detail.
If you're looking for the best HVLP sprayer for kitchen cabinets, then look no further than our first review...
HomeRight Super Finish - OUR TOP PICK
The Super Finish sprayer by Homeright is designed to allow you to transform your painting projects into works of art.
From furniture, cabinets to whatever you need to paint, this sprayer is the ideal tool to update, recycle, or repurpose your kitchen cabinets.
It can spray chalk type paint, milk paint, latex, enamel, stains, varnish and just about any kind of paint you want to spray. This you to customize your projects for striking results.
It can also spray in three different patterns: horizontal, vertical, and circular. It holds 27 ounces of paint and the unit only weighs 2.8 pounds.
The dimensions of the sprayer itself are 5 x 9 x 12.5 inches. The nozzle is brass, 2.0 mm, and the trigger can be adjusted from 1” up to 6” wide. The body is made of lightweight plastic.
Once you have added your paint to the cup and given a securing twist, you are ready to start – there is no need for compressors or any extra equipment.
The Finish Max is a self-contained spraying machine that is really easy to use. The hardest part will be finding that perfect color. The nozzle has three adjustments so you can spray paint exactly where you want it and how you want it.
Just twist the nozzle and it clicks into position for spraying vertically while another twist and click for spraying horizontally. The flow control lets you tell the sprayer how much paint to use and how fast you want to paint.
You will be able to get a smooth factory-like paint application without the ugly brush or roller marks.
This device is easy to clean and sprays a professional looking finish. The product's ease of use makes it a great choice for non-professional painters. And most importantly, it requires less thinning compared to other hand-held paint sprayers on the market.
Bottom Line: In our opinion, the best paint sprayer for cabinets on the market. It's ideal for small to medium projects and can be used indoors as well as out. The perfect blend of performance, functionality, and value for money.
Wagner FLEXiO 590 - Best Airless Paint Sprayer for Cabinets
This airless sprayer features tpatented iSpray technology and an EZ Boost Turbine that gives you the power to paint anywhere.
This is a complete sprayer kit that gives you the power and flexibility to tackle any painting project both indoors and outdoors.
The Wagner FLEXiO 590 Sprayer allows you to paint longer and with more precision. With the power box being situated on the ground you can paint for longer and with more precision as there is less weight to carry. This allows more flexible handling for intricate spraying. Also, the power box doubles as its own storage system for easy transport and organization.
You can also adjust the flow rate and spray pattern to match the level of the project you are working on.
The EZ Boost Turbine provides the power for full coverage with adjustable control and low overspray. One of the big benefits of these airless sprayers is the lack of overspray when compared to HVLP models.
Trim, furniture and broad interior surfaces can now be sprayed instead of using a traditional roller, saving you time for other projects.
Bottom Line: The FLEXiO allows you to paint interior walls and fine finishing projects very quickly and with a high level of control, unlike most other sprayers in the same category.
It’s versatile enough to handle all of your painting jobs and when you are done, it’s easy to put away with its self-contained storage design.
As far as airless models go, this is one of the best paint sprayers for cabinets around.
Earlex HV5500 Spray Station - Luxury Choice
The Earlex HV5500 Spray Station is a high quality and compact spray paint station that’s worth the investment if you're looking for something that works a bit faster.
The sprayer is all stainless steel, very well made and operates really smoothly.
It doesn’t leak all over the place like some cheaper models might and the inside of the cup is Teflon coated which makes cleanup really easy.
You will like the cam lock which is so much easier to attach to the cup when you don’t have to thread it unlike a lot of other sprayers.
It has a good selection of spraying tips for everything from the finest stains to the thickest paints.
You can adjust the spray pattern to one of three settings from a 1-inch detail to a 12-inch wide fan and the turbine inside provides a consistent pressure for a nice even coat with very low overspray.
The gun is professional quality but can be used by non-professional painters too.
The needle is 2.0 mm stainless steel tip and has a 5.5-foot power cord. The 3 spray selection is a 'push n click', which makes it very easy to use. The unit uses 650 watts of power and works at 2.2 PSI. It is ideal for home projects including furniture, walls, and cabinets.
It includes a 1-quart container, spray gun cleaning kit, a long handle, and a viscosity cup.
One of the reasons there are many positive reviews on this model is that there are a lot of instructional materials out there such as videos and user guides and articles to help the beginner to get started.
In addition, the Earlex HV500 Spray Station can be used indoors and outdoors. The sprayer is really compact and it doesn’t weigh very much. The turbine base acts as a storage unit, keeping everything together so that you can carry it wherever you want.
The hose is 13 feet long so you can get around just about any big project and the base also makes a handy holder for your cup between all the coats.
No need for pressure regulators and inline air filters because it’s all right here in this unit – you just plug it, fill it up and spray. This is why it's one of the best spray guns for kitchen cabinets.
What we like:
- It can produce a nice quality paint
- Work indoors with trim or molding and minimal overspray
- More portable than air compressors
- Comes with a test cup that works well
What we dislike:
- The turbine can be noisy when working with latex
Bottom Line: This is a high quality, powerful HVLP paint sprayer. It'll set you back a bit more in terms of pricing but you'll be impressed with the build quality and reliability.
If money isn't an issue and you're prepared to spend, then this is the best paint sprayer for kitchen cabinets.
Hiltex Pneumatic Air Texture Spray Gun - Budget Choice
The Hiltex Pneumatic Texture is a sturdy and good quality paint sprayer that gets the job done. It's also fantastically well priced and represents a great alternative to the more expensive models.
It's durable and will last you for several jobs as long as you clean it between uses. It is easy to clean and can be used to paint walls and ceilings of a 1,200 sq ft. house.
As a textured gun, it allows you to apply finishes to your ceilings and walls without you having to put in a lot of effort or time, unlike other guns in this category.
However, painting ceilings with this textured gun might be a little tricky because of the absence of an adjustable hopper. However, it is great for small projects.
The sprayer comes with a 5 liter (1.3 gallons) capacity gravity feed hopper, which is not only strong but also durable. It also has a handle that makes it easy to fill with paint.
And because of its simple design, you don't need complex techniques or a long learning curve to use it.
It doesn't have a stand for filling the hopper with ease and lacks an instruction manual, but this is something you can easily workaround with a bit of ingenuity.
And if you can't, you can still get the necessary instructions online.
As for the construction, the air regulating component is made from solid brass while the handle is made from metal.
This makes both durable and last longer. And since they are also replaceable, you won't be buying new models regularly.
The nozzles come in three distinct sizes including 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm, which makes it easy to spray materials of different viscosity.
The Hiltex 31229 Pneumatic Air Texture Spray Gun has a locking control on the trigger that helps you spray uniform coating and an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to hold the machine while painting.
If you are looking to use it for popcorn ceiling or orange peel effect or knockdown, it will definitely hold up well. People have reported that it works well with the Behr Premium Plus Premium Plus Texture Paint too.
You can also use it for acrylic finishing to the exterior of houses but if you decide to do this, you should use the 8mm nozzle with 20 PSI for the best result.
Although, if you intend using it for popcorn ceiling, you may have to adjust the pressure and try the smaller nozzle so as to get the right texture.
And if you have a big tank (like 20 gallons) air compressor, you can use it to keep the pressure consistent throughout your painting project.
Once you are able to create this consistency, you won't have a hard time getting a good mix before spraying.
Since this gun is measured in CFM air consumption (Cubic Feet per Minute), the more you have, the better the control you have over the gun.
If you can get an air compressor that can produce a CFM of 4 or higher, you'll get a better result.
The reason is that the gun needs a lot of air to spray the material and some users have reported they used a pancake compressor without any problem.
Considering the price of this sprayer, it's safe to say that it is a great entry level gun for home painting projects.
It is worthy to note that you'll need an air compressor to use with this gun. And if you have a compressor but a small one, you could try spraying in short bursts so that the spray gun can be properly controlled.
Another thing you should know is that the hopper is very small and you may have to fill it up quite often.
It also doesn't have an off/on-air control lever, although you can control the air with the trigger on the button of the handle while spraying.
Bottom Line: If you are a keen DIYer looking for a gun to re-texture your kitchen, bathroom, walls, ceiling, this textured spray gun could well be the ideal choice.
This is really well priced when compared to the competition and if you're working on a tight budget this could be the best sprayer for cabinets.
Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360
The Graco TrueCoat sprayer is a versatile piece of equipment that has two speeds.
On high it can be used for large jobs to make them go quickly and on low speed for smaller jobs.
The paint does not have to be thinned to use with the Graco sprayer because it has a stainless steel piston pump.
This sprayer also has VacuValve technology so that it can be used in any direction, including upside down. This allows for it to be used on any type of project.
This device also has a reversible spray tip that gives an easy way to continue spraying if it becomes clogged while in use.
The Graco TrueCoat sprayer is airless and electric and can be used indoors and outdoors making it one of the best airless paint sprayers for cabinets.
It comes with 4 reusable FlexLiner paint bags instead of material cups. If they are not reused, they can be recycled. If for any reason they are damaged or overused, more can be purchased. The total weight of the unit is 4.6 pounds.
It also has an 18-inch cord and comes with two sizes of sprayer tips, 4” and 12”.
The dimensions are 5.2 x 12.5 x9.8 inches. Furthermore, the Graco 17A466 can spray water based paints more uniformly and faster when compared to rollers. It also uses a FlexLiner Bag instead of traditional cups for more transparency.
This makes it a great paint sprayer for cabinets.
This sprayer applies paint and stains up to ten times faster than brushes and rollers.
Of course, you won’t have to thin the paint, thanks to the proven piston pump technology that easily applies thick materials and leave a smooth professional finish with just one coat.
The Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360 DS Sprayer also features a dual speed setting, giving you optimum spraying control and for even more control, select a 4 inch or 12-inch spray tip to match.
Whether you plan to paint indoors or outdoors, this paint sprayer will provide a professional finish faster and easier than most other handheld sprayers on the market.
What we like:
- Gives an even finish
- Will work excellently with paint/primer in one
- It can spray thick paint like latex
- Very quick operation
- The tip can be reversed for easy quick cleanup
- Choose from two-speed settings according to your project
- Made in the USA with quality materials
What we dislike:
- It has a small reservoir and non-variable speed
- Might create a mess if not cleaned properly
- Becomes hot/warm while in operation
Bottom Line: The Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360 DS Sprayer is no ordinary paint sprayer. This sprayer applies paint and stains up to ten times faster than brushes and rollers. Of course, you won’t have to thin the paint, thanks to the proven piston pump technology that easily applies thick materials and leaves a smooth professional finish with just one coat.
Astro 4008 Spray Gun
The Astro spray gun has two separate pieces that have an air valve design. It is only 2.5 pounds and has a 1-quart capacity.
The dimensions are 12 x7.2 x 4.2 inches. To use this sprayer, a compressor and male coupling are needed. Thin paint or the use of paint thinner are required for the best results.
This sprayer has an adjustable wide fan pattern that has a high level of atomization. This makes certain that the paint has a great finish.
There is an anti-spill air feed line to ensure that if the unit is knocked over it will make a minimal mess. The nozzle is 1.8 mm and it has a dripless cup with a red handle.
The product is easy to clean and use, making it ideal for DIY painters. It comes with a 1-year warranty.
Can be used for furniture, crafts, painting cars, and other applications. The instructions are tailored for beginners. It operates best at 50-60 PSI.
In addition to all these, the Astro 4008 Spray Gun also features a knob at the bottom for increasing or decrease air and paint which further enhances its performance.
What we like:
- Can be used for painting your fence and shed
- It will work with an air compressor
- Sturdy, durable and easy to adjust
- Can be used with acrylic and oil-based materials
- It’s inexpensive and performance is great
- High quality and can be used for multiple projects
What we dislike:
- May not work well with materials with high solvents
- Doesn’t give a good coverage with one coat
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a very powerful spray gun, you will like the Astro 4008. It is strong and well built, which makes it ideal for painting furniture, crafts, cars, and for many other applications.
Neiko 31215A HVLP
The Neiko Gravity Feed Spray Gun has a steel gun body with a rust-resistant stainless steel nozzle that is all one piece. The cap for the unit is solid brass so that it can withstand wear.
There are 3 knobs that help adjust pattern control, fluid control, and the air inlet valve for the right amount of paint use.
The nozzle is 1.7 mm, which is best for household projects like wall painting, cabinets, and doors and automotive projects. This sprayer also comes in 1.3, 1.5, and 2.0 mm nozzles.
The nozzles are color coded for ease of use. The capacity of the cup is a 600cc aluminum cup or 10.3 ounces.
The sprayer comes with a cleaning brush metal-airier gauge and a multi-size wrench for adjusting the unit to the best specifications.
The product is 2.8 pounds and 6 x 5 x 9 inches. For best use, use with thin paints or paint thinners. It also works best when used at 40 PSI. This can be used indoors and outdoors.
Moreover, the Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Spray Gun is easy to disassemble for cleaning and has minimal overspray. If you are looking for the best HVLP spray gun for cabinets, then the Neiko 31215A is a great option for you.
It's slightly different from the normal spray gun for cabinets as it has high volume and low pressure which ensures wider coverage.
What we like:
- Produces a consistent and even spray
- Good price point and reviews on it are generally positive
- Suitable for beginners
- The gun has a good weight which makes it solid and balance
- Can be used for spraying latex, urethane, primer and lacquer
- Features a regulator at the bottom
What we dislike:
- The nuts on the sprayer are overtightened
- The hose connection is not standard and replacement parts are scarce
Bottom Line: It is best for household jobs. So, if you are looking for a spray gun for home DIY projects like wall painting, cabinets or doors, you should check this out.
PowRyte Basic Mini HVLP
The PowRyte Basic mini sprayer is 11.4 ounces in weight and has a 4.2-ounce paint capacity. The unit is 6.7 x 3.1x 3 inches.
There are 3 control knobs to control the spraying: fluid control, pattern control, and an air adjustment valve.
Using these will also make certain that there is little waste. This sprayer filters the paint as it moves through the gun.
There is a suspension hook for storage and ease of use. The product is easy to clean and comes with a brush cleaning set, socket, multi-wrench, spanner, and cup filter.
It works best between 20-30 PSI. It has a stainless steel needle and external mix type. This sprayer can be used indoors and outdoors.
This spray gun is perfect for small jobs around the house including cabinets, doors, and walls. The HVLP ensures that there is little overspray. It comes with a 1-year warranty.
Finally, the sprayer comes with a high PSI compared to other models from Harbor Freight.
What we like:
- Easily adjustable and more economical than spray cans
- Lightweight and easy to control
- Suitable for small paint jobs
- The gun is very easy to clean and produces a quality paint job
- Able to produce a smooth coat and is easy to clean
What we dislike:
- The painting cup is very small
- Might not work well with heavy oil based paints
Bottom Line: This sprayer can be used indoors and outdoors. In fact, this spray gun is best for small jobs around the house including cabinets, doors, and walls.
A guide to painting kitchen cabinets
Before you begin using a paint sprayer, you need to do some prep work.
The amount of time, the effort required for each prep work defers but it is substantial when you are doing kitchen remodelling like this one.
In short, this is a list of those tasks you have to go through before painting:
- Before you start painting, make sure you remove all the hinges and hardware on your kitchen cabinets. This is very important because it will allow you to reach all the hidden parts of the furniture and give you a nice finish too.
- Moreover, you need to set up a work area either indoors or outdoors. This will essentially serve as the location to lay your cabinet doors and drawers. If you can get it done in your garage or basement, that will be better.
- Before you start with anything on your cabinets, you have to first unpack your kitchen by removing everything as well as those things in the cabinets too.
- Make sure you disassemble all the cabinets by removing the doors, hardware, hinges, and place them in a safe place. For better results, number the cabinets and items in each so you know where things in each one go.
- It is also important to tape all your cabinet areas over the areas you don’t want the paint to reach. Ensure you use a good tape that will not peel off after you start painting.
What materials do I need?
You may need certain materials which will be used for your prep work as well as protecting your skin from contacting the paint.
Learning how to paint cabinet doors with a sprayer shouldn't be difficult with the right tools, which is while it is recommended you get these materials before starting.
These supplies can include but not limited to:
- Painters tape
- Wood putty
- Drop Cloths
- Painting mask
- Sanding sponges
- Masking Tape
- Disposable gloves
- Grit sandpaper or Klean-Strip sander deglosser
This is a video overview of how to paint your kitchen cabinets with stunning results:
Before you paint your cabinets, it is important to make sure they're clean and repaired. Failing to do this can lead to a large number of problems.
Preparation: Wood Prepping
It's no good buying the best spray gun for cabinets if you don't get the preparation right.
Here's how to make sure you get a great looking coat of paint.
Step #1: Cleaning and Repairing
The first thing you will want to do is make sure you have a sawhorse. They can be made very easily. You will want to use two pairs of sawhorse brackets, one for each sawhorse. Both sawhorses will need to have four 2 x 4 legs.
You will next want to cut the necessary length, and the 2 x 4 part should be no longer than three feet long.
Now you will want to turn your attention to the bracket. Each leg must be placed into the bottom of the lower part of the jowl.
The 2 x 4 cross part should be placed between the ears. If you look at the forehead, you should see a swivel point. This allows the sawhorse to be folded and hung on the wall of your garage.
There should also be holes available to nail brackets into the 2 x 4 cross piece. It is best to use screws so that the legs can easily be replaced once you're finished.
If you have two 2 x 4s which are eight feet in length, this should give you a good area to work in. This will also allow you to set up multiple kitchen cabinets which you can work on simultaneously.
It is not necessary to buy expensive 2 x 4s. You can buy the cheapest ones available.
Step #2: Mark the Doors
The next thing you will want to do is mark the doors. This can be done using masking tape, and you will want to make sure you know what door fits with which opening.
Trying to figure out which doors go with the right opening can be a very frustrating experience. After you have done this, you will now want to take off the kitchen cupboard doors and hinges.
You will want to place them on the sawhorse workbench.
Then you can take off the rest of the hardware. This hardware needs to be cleaned with 0000 steel wool.
The inside of the kitchen cabinet doors will generally not need to be repainted since they don't receive the wear the exterior parts get.
Why this step is important...
While many people keep their kitchen cabinets clean, this alone isn't enough. Even if your kitchen is well ventilated, the cabinets will still gain residue over time.
Even if you cook the best foods, this still will not solve the problem. If you cook fried food which produces a lot of grease, you will find that your cabinets will gain a large amount of residue.
The grease will cause craters to appear in the finish, and they will not go away no matter how many times you clean them.
Instead of spraying it over