The thing about paint sprayers for cabinets is not that they’re hard to find. It’s that if you find the wrong one, the amount of heartbreak they can introduce to your life is disproportionately high.
Buy one with the wrong nozzles, you’ll never get the right effect. Buy one that’s not of high enough quality, you might get leaks, drips, streaks, or even – in a world where your life is a Hollywood comedy – pain explosions, covering everything else in the room, including you, and leaving the cabinet stubbornly unpainted.
Even minor effect-failures – too thick, too thin, weirdly patchy paint application – can turn what should have been a paint-spraying breeze into an Edgar Allan Poe story, a real-life Tell-Tale Cabinet, reminding you of where things went so wrong every time you look at it…
So – you’d better get it right, then.
But how? How do you know which are the best paint sprayers for cabinets?
We’re glad you asked.
We have a lot of time on our hands and an almost absurd interest in paint sprayers for cabinets. That means that you don’t have to have either of those things. Come with us for a quick tour of the best paint sprayers for cabinets on the market.
In a hurry? Try our top pick.
OUR TOP PICK
The Rexbeti Ultimate-750 is a lot of paint sprayer for not a lot of money. It comes with a lot of very good things that prime you for cabinet spraying success.
First of all, it comes with 500 W of power, so it won’t wimp out on you halfway through your bigger cabinets. Finesse is fine, and useful, and something you’ll also need, but without sufficient power, you might as well be blowing paint onto your cabinets through a straw.
Secondly, it has a long cord. 6.6ft of cord in fact, so you’re not constantly reaching the end of your power-tether and having to stop and start. That’s useful not only because having to stop and start is a pain in the butt, but also because in paint spraying, smoothness, consistency, and completion are useful things, which show in the eventual finish.
Thirdly, it has an ample capacity. 100ml (between 3-4 fluid ounces) of paint can be held and sprayed at a time. That’s enough to cover a lot of cabinet before you have to refill, which takes a lot of stress out of the job.
And finally, let’s talk nozzles. You know you want to. The Ultimate-750 comes with four nozzles (1.5mm/2.0mm/2.5mm/3.0mm), giving you options on larger projects and smaller ones.
Never overspray when you don’t need to, but also, don’t try and paint the Sistine Chapel with a toothbrush. Pick the right nozzle for each job, and you’ll have every cabinet in the house painted, more for fun than because it needs it.
As well as the variety of nozzles, the Ultimate-750 comes with three selectable modes – horizontal, vertical, and circular. Choose the right mode for the job, and get the job done faster.
The Ultimate-750 also appeals because with just a little practice and once around the operating manual, you should be able to get good, even results with it, whatever the size or nature of your project.
Add the fact that it’s priced for sprayers on a budget and you’ve got yourself a cabinet paint sprayer that earns its place in your home, and at the top of our list.
- 500 W of power helps you spray with confidence
- A long cord means you don’t have to keep stopping mid-spray
- High-volume paint capacity helps you tackle bigger jobs without a qualm
- Four nozzles and three spraying modes help to make any job straightforward
- The quality of the sprayer can degrade with long-term use
We’ve seen what a paint sprayer on the budget end of the spectrum can do. What about something towards the higher end?
The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is the paint sprayer you’d buy in your paint-spraying greed-dreams. It’s a thing of beauty in both form and function.
It’s a heck of an outlay – between five and six times the price of an Ultimate-750, usually – so if you only have a handful of domestic cabinets to spray, you might struggle to make the case that it’s worth taking home.
But if you could make the case, you’d be in paint spraying heaven for a while.
You can spray paint unthinned and direct from the bucket with the Graco – no muss, no fuss, no hassle of watering down.
With a 25 feet hose, you can use the Graco in all sorts of scenarios where other machines would have to tap out. A pressure of 2800 PSI means it’s an effective paint sprayer for all sorts of domestic and small professional spray jobs. Suddenly decide your ceiling needs spraying? No problem with the X5.
You can use a variety of tips, up to a thickness of 0.015 inches with the Graco, and you have fully controllable pressure throughout.
Need to go delicate and small for a single section? Just turn your pressure down. Easy. Extra-specially easy, in fact, with the TrueAirless Softspray tip, which as the name suggests gives you a softer, more caressing coverage, rather than the full-on blast you’d use for larger areas.
Even the clean-up operation has been thought through in the X5 – you simply connect the machine to a garden hose and activate its Fast Flush function. Boom! Job done, ready for next time. Click to Check Price.
The thing about the Graco X5 is that yes, it’s probably over-equipped if you just have a handful of cabinets to spray. But the other thing about the Graco X5 is that once you’ve sprayed all your cabinets with it, you’ll begin to find other things that could benefit from a spraying.
It makes paint spraying enjoyable and fun, to a point where anything you can spray gets sprayed, and your pets get that nervous look in their eye every time you come home.
If you can justify the outlay, the X5 will give you hours of paint-spraying pleasure, and a whole new look to anything in your house that stands still long enough.
- You can spray directly from a paint bucket, meaning less mess and hassle, and more pleasure for you
- Fully controllable pressure and the TrueAirless Softspray tip give you absolute control of your spraying
- Easy clean-up through the Fast Flush function means you’re not going to spend hours cleaning down
- The price reflects its semi-professional functionality, so it could be hard to justify
While we’re heaping love and praise on Graco paint sprayers, let’s take a look at the TrueCoat 360.
Not quite as expensive as the X5, this is a handheld option for people who are not yet fully committed to the paint spraying lifestyle but are at least spray-curious enough to experiment with a tired-looking cabinet or six.
Being a Graco, the fact that it’s slightly down the pricing spectrum from the likes of the X5 is no reason to expect it to be of lower build quality. It’s just a different option for those less determined to spray every surface in town.
For the addicted DIY fan or semi-professional, go X5. If you’re someone who only does-it-themselves when things actually need doing, you’re going to be more comfortable with the TrueCoat 360.
The TrueCoat is a lightweight alternative to the hardcore sprayers, weighing in at just 4 pounds, and with a PSI of 1500, it’s in a very different league to its hardcore big brother. But 1500 PSI is still enough to get most indoor and outdoor spraying projects completed smoothly.
It comes with a variety of spray paint tips (2x .015 inch reversible spray tips, 4-inch narrow and 12-inch wide), and like the X5, you can use the TrueCoat 360 without diluting your paint.
You also get two 32-ounce recyclable and reusable FlexLiner paint bags with the TrueCoat, which speeds up any multi-color spraying you do.
One advantage of the X5 that doesn’t make its way down to the TrueCoat 360 though is that neat ability to use paint straight from the bucket.
Overall, the smaller, lighter handheld paint sprayer from Graco is likely to find a more natural place in many homes than the X5, because it does just what you need it to do, and doesn’t over-spec the job for the general DIYer.
- Being a handheld paint sprayer, it’s easier to maneuver than many
- You don’t need to think out your paint with this sprayer – simply apply as it is
- A range of tips give you access to spray jobs large, small and intricate
- Reusable FlexLiner paint bags mean you can do multi-color spraying jobs much faster than with some heavy-duty sprayers
- Given the differential in size and capacity, the price is not much lower than the X5
- No ability to take paint straight from the bucket
If you want a cabinet paint sprayer that’s handy for a range of other things too, the Wagner Spraytech FLEXiO 5000 might well be the perfect paint sprayer for you.
With the FLEXiO, the turbine that gives you your spraying power sits on the ground – which means even if you have issues with muscle strength, you can spray with the FLEXiO. The sprayer itself comes with two nozzles – one for large surface areas and one for finer detailed work.
While some of the other sprayers on our list have been airless, the FLEXiO is powered by air pressure. That means it can deliver fingertip control of its pressure.
It comes with an X-Boost power dial on its handle which lets you easily adjust the level of air pressure. You can also turn the material flow control to increase or decrease your paint flow.
More suited to beginners than semi-professionals, the FLEXiO, like some of our other sprayers, allows you to spray paint unthinned, for less hassle and faster spraying jobs.
With a new nozzle design that allows you to clean up in 5 minutes, it’s not an over-industrial sprayer, but helps you do the jobs you want.
It also gives newcomers to paint spraying confidence in their spraying by delivering smooth results, with none of the hassle or drama you might expect.
- The turbine stays on the floor to maximize the ease of this sprayer’s use
- It comes with 2 nozzles, so you can tackle both large surface areas and fine work without drama
- Delivers a smooth finish, which boosts the new sprayer’s confidence
- It comes with a 1.5 qt. paint cup, which can be small if you have a larger spraying project to complete, and lead you to have to stop and refill
In life, there are complexity-duty paint sprayers that demand attention, respect, and a certain solemnity.
Then there’s the Neu Master Electric HVLP Spray Gun – the surfer dude of paint sprayers.
Lightweight, hassle-free, easy to learn, easy to use, nothing gets the Neu Master down or gets in its way.
How come? It’s entirely cordless and battery-powered, so it’s free as a bird, if that bird spat paint evenly over your cabinets and was able to get into nooks, crannies, crevices, and crenelations without the slightest qualm in the world.
Now – is it your go-to paint sprayer for humungo-jobs and the eternal crockery cabinet of the gods? Well, no – no battery-operated unit is going to have the same capacity or lifespan as a plug-in, almost by definition. But what you lose on the scope of the jobs it can do, you gain in its portability and ease of use.
This might be a slight over-simplification, but if you can mist flowers with a spray bottle, you can probably get spraying with the Neu Master in about 5 minutes.
It’s intuitive, friendly, pick-up-and-spray technology designed for the impulsive sprayer with a yen to suddenly change their domestic world.
With three different nozzles, you’re not exactly lacking for options here, and you gain a lot of freedom by being able to use those nozzles cordless with the Neu Master.
- Being cordless, you can use the Neu master with much greater flexibility and freedom
- The Neu Master is extremely easy to get the hang of, and get really smooth results
- It comes with three nozzles, so you’re not sacrificing technique for portability
- Being battery-powered, it’s not ideal for larger spraying jobs
Best Paint Sprayer for Cabinets Buying Guide
When buying a paint sprayer for your cabinets, keep a few key points in mind.
What kind of sprayer are you?
If you only have a few kitchen cabinets to spray, and you’re not likely to need to re-spray them any time soon, you’d be ill-advised to go for a larger, more expensive machine.
If, on the other hand, you’re a professional, semi-professional, or amateur with professional leanings, you might well get enough use out of a larger, more powerful sprayer.
Be honest with yourself about the amount of spraying you’re going to need to do in any given year – and about the outlay that amount of spraying justifies. That honesty will help guide you to the right sprayer for you.
Do you have large cabinets to spray? Do you have many large cabinets to spray? Seriously, size matters in this equation, because it feeds into questions about other characteristics of your ideal paint sprayer.
What size does your paint reservoir need to be? Do you need to thin your paint down or can you spray it straight from the bucket? Do you need mains power or can you get by with an electric, battery-operated model?
All of this depends on the size and the extent of the spraying jobs you’re likely to have.
Ultimately, the ‘back end’ of your paint sprayer is only half the story.
If you want a sprayer that can give you both widespread coverage and the finesse to do an even job over the complicated parts of your cabinets, you’re going to need a range of nozzles that can give you both those effects.
Make sure the sprayer you choose has the nozzles you need, or it’s not worth the money you’re paying.
Can cabinet paint sprayers be used for other projects too?
Almost without exception, yes. After all, there’s nothing about them that limits their use to cabinets.
Be careful, though – some smaller sprayers are unable to take on bigger jobs, and even some bigger machines won’t have the PSI output to take on particularly taxing jobs.
Why don’t all cabinet paint sprayers take a feed directly from a paint bucket?
Many reasons, depending on the sprayer. Some are cordless, and so need to carry their paint with them.
Others work better in direct proximity with their own paint reservoir. It’s worth remembering that many modern paint sprayers can use paint unthinned, saving you a step in the process.
Are air pressure sprayers or airless sprayers better?
‘Better’ depends on your experience.
Overall, we’d go airless at least 60% of the time, because you have fewer elements to deal with in that instance.