If you are a professional painter, you may have noticed that there are several types of paint sprayers. This may be confusing for some beginners to start with. So, in this article we are going to explain the difference between conventional spray guns and airless paint sprayers. Hopefully, through this article, you can decide which kind or paint sprayers will be suitable for you.
In terms of transfer efficiency, conventional and airless are pretty equal. Now, you may wonder, why we should bother to know the difference when it is just the same. The difference depends on what is most important for you, production or control and finish quality.
Conventional Air Spray
This is because in conventional air spray, you are still able to control painting process. On the other hand, it will be more difficult to control it in the airless spray. However, you can control over both your fluid pressure and atomization pressure with conventional spray gun, particularly using a pressure pot. By this, you can determine the amount of paint you want to supply and the degree of breakup or atomization you want to achieve. With conventional sprayer you will not be able to achieve the volume of paint being sprayed. But, this can be done with an airless sprayer. For example an airless sprayer ranges from 0.3 gallons a minute up to 2 gallons a minute. Fluid tip is a tool that controls the rate and leaves little room for adjustment of the amount of fluid supplied. On the other hand, a conventional gun usually has a side output of about 0.35 gallons a minute. Moreover, you can also control your fluid output by changing tip sizes and adjusting fluid pressure on your pressure pot.
Airless Paint Sprayer
On the other side, to control application speed in the airless spray, all you need are fluid tips and operator technique. In fact, controlling fluid and air atomization is the key to achieve finer finishes and better control of the paint. Furthermore, you will have greater production but you will find it a bit difficult to control, especially if you are an inexperienced painters.