Okay, so this past weekend we made some serious progress on a fun little project we’ve been working on in the garden. That project isn’t quite done yet so we will share that later on… but the painting on that project is nearly done and here is how it turned out.
We used the Tacklife Electrical Spray Gun for the painting of this entire greenhouse, this was the first time using this spray gun and brand all together. My more recent experience before this spray gun was the Airless Spray Guns, a smaller version than that of the commercial size, but very similar in application. There is a bit of a learning curve when using the airless systems, as they require priming and a drain bucket. The options of spray nozzels are near a hundred if not more. In summary the airless systems are serious and can be a little complex. Now, a long-long time ago we used a paint sprayer more like the Tacklife paint sprayer… Electrically driven, plug in and go format.. I don’t recall the brand but it was the same setup, electric driven (not the air compressor type), and I remember walking away from it as it seemed to struggle against the latex paints, even with “thinning” the paint out with Floetrol or Floetro-like products. The sprayers will work well for about an hour, and then it almost needs to be fully cleaned out because the the paint is just to thick for it… so let’s see how the Tacklife Electrical Sprayer holds up painting this little project.
When you pull it out of the box it comes with some cleaning tools, two other nozzle heads, and the body and handle that need to be locked together. The assembly is all of 30 seconds… you have to attach is the spray-handle to the upper body, rotate it 90 degrees and it’s locked in place. At this point, I took a brief look at the manual… I’ve learned the hard way with sprayers to double check what you think the order of operations… haha I mean look at this:
Anyway back to the review. We used latex paint with Fluetrol to keep the paint flow nice and smooth. We don’t have a generator so we had to extension cord from the back of the garage… three extension cords later we are thankful the Fire Marshall didn’t see our daisy chain setup… I was up an running in no time flat, and done with the entire thing in a few hours.
Painting this shed was a bit more difficult than a usual paint job since you are painting every face and corner of each stud. We were very thankful to have the spray gun to get into each little crevice, and painting the top of the trusses. At its heaviest, with a full tank of paint, you were still able to fully extend you arm in short burst to paint areas you need to stretch to reach.
Filling was easy, it has a drop down canister that you unscrew and fill. It also has a little top port you can add paint or inspect how much paint is left. Comparing it to the much more expensive Airless Systems, the spray itself isn’t quite as clean and smooth, but I felt it threw the paint much more efficiently. I thought a gallon of paint went much more further than with an Airless, there seem to always be a little bit of excessive waste. We went between the wide spray and narrow spray options, and found a lot better spray pattern with the wide spray setting. Cleaning was surprisingly easy as well. The entire spray gun was well labeled for disassembly for cleaning.
Pro: Ease of Use
Practically ready right out of the box
Not a lot of waste
Easy Clean up
Con: A full tank can be heavy
Not a neat spray
Plug-in cord is a little short so an extension chord is recommended
Over-spray (but any paint spray produces over-spray)
If you are looking for a paint sprayer for some DIY projects, I think this would be perfect. The spray that comes out isn’t as clean as the airless systems, but the learning curve/ease of use makes it a much preferred style paint sprayer for small and quick projects like this. You do need an access to an outlet so an extension cord will most likely be needed if you are painting outside. Like any paint sprayer this is over spray so keep in mind your surroundings, they will get little speckles of paint. The Tacklife Electric Spray Gun is primarily sold on Amazon and can be purchased here (link). I would recommend this for a small little projects, and the price point isn’t terrible for what you get.
Well I hope you all liked another tool review. We’ve had this Tacklife Electric Spray Gun for some time now, and haven’t had an opportunity to spray anything, we are so excited we could use it on this fun little garden project & do a quick review. Please let us know what you think, find me on Instagram and Facebook. Have a great rest of the week, and as always… Give Grace.