What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time


This post is sponsored and contains affiliate links. However, the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. If you are considering purchasing a paint sprayer for your next DIY, here is what I learned…

Last spring I attended SNAP! conference and I had the incredible opportunity to try out a Wagner Paint Sprayer. Friends… I have to tell you that I was IMMEDIATELY hooked! It was super easy to use and Wagner had so many fun craft ideas created with it, the sprayer quickly made it’s way to the top of my wishlist.

For those that are not familiar, Wagner has three paint sprayers in their Studio Series to best meet your DIY needs. The Studio Home Decor Paint Sprayer is perfect for crafting, the Studio Plus Paint Sprayer for smaller DIY’s and cabinets, while the Studio Pro Paint Sprayer is ideal for all of the above plus walls.

Although I was very interested in the smallest model, I knew that we would be building our bookcases this summer. Wagner recommended the Studio Plus Paint Sprayer for this project.

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

But once I received my paint sprayer, I began to be plagued with doubts… would I be able to figure this thing out without the supervision of the Wagner team? Would the sprayer be as easy to use as I had experienced at SNAP!? What about clean-up? I didn’t have to deal with that at the conference… would I ruin the sprayer or become frustrated when it was time to pack it up?

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

Easy to Use Straight from the Box

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

My doubts quickly disappeared as I got started. Follow the quick start guide included with the sprayer and you will seriously be painting within minutes of opening the box.

Paint Application is Fast

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

If I was a dedicated blogger I would’ve sprayed one bookcase and used a roller on the other to tell you how much faster the sprayer is. But let’s face it… I’m not that dedicated. And once I started spraying, there was no way I wanted to go back to rolling. Not having to stop and reload my paint brush or roller made this project zip along.

Paint Sprayers are Fun

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

Even if the sprayer takes the same amount of time as a brush or roller (which I truly don’t believe that it does) using the sprayer was FUN. And when faced with two hours of doing something fun or two hours of doing something boring, I’ll choose fun every time.

Drips Were at a Minimum

My favorite thing about working with a sprayer is that there are minimal drips. It never fails when I paint, I inevitably overload the brush and end up dripping… especially when I start getting tired. On numerous occasions the drip has ended up drying before I notice it and even with sanding, the surface is slightly uneven. Grrr!

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

However, with a paint sprayer, even when I got a little heavy handed, the paint could easily level out providing a nice even surface.

Paint Sprayers are Cleaner

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

Yes… this is a sprayer so you are going to get some overspray. However, I wore a lot less paint and didn’t drip any on the surrounding area.

Clean-up is Easy

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

My husband commented that the machine looked like it would be a pain to clean after painting. However, I found that my Wagner sprayer wasn’t any harder to clean then a paint tray and brushes or rollers. Simply rinse out the paint container, refill with water, and spray to clean the nozzle. Wipe everything down and you are ready to store until your next project.

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

I’m obviously a huge fan of this sprayer and I was glad to have it on hand for this latest DIY. However, I’m even more excited to get to use it on craft projects too. It’s definitely a game changer.

What I Learned about Using a Paint Sprayer for the First Time

Have you used a paint sprayer before? What are you using with your latest project that is making a major improvement? What’s next on your DIY wishlist? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.