If you’re a homeowner or any kind of DIYer, you’ll know that a paint roller will only get you so far in life. Large scale projects with massive square footage would never complete on time. That’s why you rarely see a professional contractor using them anymore: their time is just too valuable and timing is imperative.
Did you know, it takes a professional painter ten times longer to paint a room with a roller then it does with a high-quality portable paint machine. Finishing paint jobs in hours instead of weeks is possible only with a great paint machine on your side. That’s why we are so adamant about the – completion time is just as important to a professional painter as his craftsmanship!
And speaking of craftsmanship, you’ll never top the quality and performance that a paint sprayer could provide compared to a roller; whether it be furniture, walls, house siding, or stain finishes for that matter.
Photo By: Adam Hartman
For the DIYer, choosing the perfect portable paint machine can be super difficult. On one hand, you don’t want to cheapen out on a machine that is closer to a disposable solution. On the other, you may not have the budget or the “need” for something that a true professional might opt for. A portable paint machine is somewhat of a long-term investment though. A great one, with proper maintenance, will keep you spraying paint for years to come. You’ll always be able to pull it out when the project calls for it.
There are portable paint machines out there that are absolute beasts, perfect fit for the heavy-duty work that a contractor would need. But the average DIYer won’t get enough use out of these machines, and their hefty cost makes them unjustifiable overkill. Therefore, the ultimate portable paint machine strikes the right balance between capacity and cost.
Photo by: Senior Airman Lonnie WiramImage 2: https://www.181iw.ang.af.mil/Public-Affairs/Photos/igphoto/2001685684/
With that being said, my suggestion of a top contender for both DIYer and Professional grade sprayer is the Graco Magnum X5 airless paint sprayer (model 262800, with stand). It is the by far best of both worlds in terms of quality, performance, and durability. It combines the power of professional quality portable paint machines have with the affordability that DIYers will appreciate. With a ½ HP motor capable of putting out 3000 psi, the Graco Magnum X5 has more than enough grit for all your DIY projects.
Capable of handling up to 125 gallons of paint per year, this unit can handle the needs of any homeowner or DIYer without skipping a beat. The stainless steel piston pump lets you spray unthinned paint effortlessly. The convenient flexible suction tube lets you spray paint right out of 1 or 5-gallon paint bucket. The adjustable pressure knob lets you control pressure with precision, perfect for every job.
The unit comes equipped with a durable SG2 metal spray gun, and a RAC IV 515 SwitchTip paint nozzle. The RAC has an 0.015” orifice, with a 10-inch fan, perfect for broad surfaces using solid color stains, interior paints, primers, paint + primers, enamels, and exterior paints. Cleaning the RAC tip or clearing a clog is as easy as flipping it over.
The unit also comes with a 25 feet Duraflex paint hose, which can be extended up to 75 feet, letting you reach any area the job demands. It also includes Pump Armor fluid to protect the inner parts of the paint machine during long-term storage. The Graco Magnum X5 also packs a neat PowerFlush garden hose adapter, which makes it extremely easy to fully detail your unit after each use, ensuring a long service life.
The durable stand makes it a sturdy unit, and its relatively low weight, at 13 lb, makes it extremely portable. With proper maintenance, the Magnum X5 can be a faithful assistant for many years. Be mindful of following the maintenance and aftercare instructions, though. A professional paint machine is only as good as the maintenance you provide it with. Once the paint drys inside the machine, it’s as good as garbage!