Having a paint sprayer when painting the outside of your stucco home can save a ton of time and can actually make the job look a lot better in the end because of how quickly it goes on and the manner in which it is applied. I wanted to find what I would consider to be some of the best paint sprayers for stucco siding and really geared this article more towards DIYers and homeowners as opposed to professionals.
I took into consideration the fact that stucco sucks up paint very quickly so I needed to look at machines that could pump out enough paint in a short amount of time to cover the wall, were reasonably priced and would last a while. After much research I came up with these four paint sprayers, let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!
A Small Paint Sprayer And Very Affordable:
The Graco Magnum 257025 is one of the most affordable sprayers out there and can't handle a ton of material but is suited for 50 gallons or less, annually (according to the manufacturer).
This sprayer was under $200 at the time and had a lot of features that would make it one of the more popular choices for avid DIY'ers. You can pump out of 1 or 5 gallon containers, it is easy to clean (hose hookup built in) an adjustment dial for pressure and included hoses and a tip.
Keep in mind that this is a smaller paint sprayer and it will not tackle a lot of material. This is a cost-effective and base model that will handle some of your most basic painting needs and there is nothing at all special about the unit. It is a great price and had spectacular reviews from many different retailers, in fact there were over 800 reviews in total and had a very respectable overall average as well.
Another Graco Paint Sprayer (Upgraded) Perfect For Stucco Walls:
The Graco X7 is a little bit larger than the previous model and can handle much more volume as well.
This has all of the unique features that a Graco sprayer would have like a hose hookup for cleanout, all the required parts included (hoses, nozzle, tip, etc) and is made to accommodate up to 125 gallons of paint per year, according to Graco. This is usually a pretty good amount for most people and would suit 90% of homeowner's needs.
The price was quite a bit more than the first model we looked at and it came in at a little more than $300 at the time but is worth the extra capacity and output, in my opinion. This is also a much taller model that will accomodate 5 gallon buckets much easier than a lowboy type of model would but it will pump out of 1 gallon containers too! All-in-all, not a bad price for a more "upgraded" unit.
The HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 Is Up Next:
The HomeRight 2800 was a good sprayer that seemed to have a more feature rich landscape that some of the more expensive sprayers had but for a lot less money.
This sprayer was around two hundred and fifty bucks at the time and had a decent amount of positive feedback from people (nearly 90) and a very impressive overall rating.
This came with a wide range of things, a 25 foot hose, which is a little shy of the standard 50' but not a deal-breaker, a 515 spray tip (reversible) and a pretty decent 2 year warranty.
The Titan XT250 Makes The Cut Too!
The Titan XT250 didn't have as much feedback as some of the other models but the rest of the sprayers they make have plenty and people seem to really like the quality and performance.
This is a more compact unit and can accommodate up to 50' of hose which suits most people's needs but it only comes with 25' of hose so you will have to buy an additional 25' if you want the full capacity.
It was a little more than some of the other models (around the $350 mark at the time) and that's why it was at the end of the list but still a worth competitor. A couple of people noted that cleaning the machine afterwards was a process but I am unsure if they were inexperienced with airless sprayers or if they were comparing it to some other model they have previously used.
How Do I Choose A Paint Sprayer?
What you really should be looking at are two different things and that is: price and quality of the internal components.
Price: Price is pretty self-explanatory and is a huge determining factor for most people but I would recommend going with a paint sprayer in the $200-$300 range, if you are a homeowner and just want a decent unit that will work well and will be pretty reliable if maintained properly.
Quality: The quality of the internal components really is just another way of saying how much volume can the paint sprayer handle on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Different paint sprayer are going to have different pumps, motors, hoses, etc. that directly correspond to how long they're going to last and how much volume they can pump through them before having to replace one or more of the internal components. This is directly related to price, of course and in general the less money you pay for a sprayer, the less paint it is going to be able to pump through it.
How Much Use Are You Going To Get Out Of It
The main difference between different paint sprayers really comes down to how often you're going to use it. If you are a painting contractor you are probably going to be spraying anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 gallons or more per year, so you would need a sprayer that could handle that amount of volume every single year. You will probably end up pain anywhere from $1000-$5000 for a decent paint sprayer that can handle that much material.
If you are a homeowner and only plan on pumping 20 to 100 gallons of paint per year, which is very uncommon and usually looks more like every 2 to 5 years then you will want a paint sprayer that is much less expensive than one that a contractor would be looking at and something that would not need to be as heavy duty as far as the pump and other components are concerned.
Is Your Stucco Smooth Or Rough?
The type of paint sprayer doesn't really matter when looking at whether you're stucco is a smooth or a rough type of finish, the only thing that really matters is that you will need to back-roll rougher textures using a roller, in addition to spraying the wall, in order to fill in all of the low spots that come with the rougher stucco texture.
It would be better to get a little bit better unit if you have a rougher texture because you will need to spray on the paint a little bit heavy in order to get enough material on the wall to cover all of the high and low points in the rough stucco. Since it will require a little bit more material than a smooth type of finish I would recommend going with a mid grade paint sprayer and maybe even look at a higher and one if you think you'll be using it more than just for your stucco siding.
What I Noticed About Pricing...
Most of the lower and paint sprayers ranged in price from about $100 all the way up to about $300 in price but are very efficient nowadays and not at all cheap, even though they are more affordable than some of the other units. They have awesome capabilities that will tackle most homeowners needs and can pump out enough volume to paint any stucco wall, for the most part.
Mid-range paint sprayers were around the $300 price range all the way up to $1000 and these had more pressure, which enabled you to connect longer hoses and they had a much higher volume of paint that they could spray annually, typically a little bit more than the average homeowner would need to spray in a year.
The higher and paint sprayers are basically heavy-duty industrial types of machines that will last many years and can pump out insane amounts of paint in a years time. These also have some of the largest total length of hose that can be connected, some models spec up to 300 feet or more of hose.
A Helpful Calculation For An Average House & Paint Quantity:
To make things a little bit easier you can actually measure the exterior surfaces of your house, including the stucco surfaces and any other surfaces that you may want to paint and buy a recommended paint sprayer according to how much square footage you need.
For this example let's use a typical house that has 3000 ft.² of paintable surface area and plug-in in average number of square footage that 1 gallon of paint will usually cover (excluding elastomeric type of coatings). We will assume that paint will yield 150 ft.² per gallon, on average even though stucco will usually suck up a lot more if it has never been painted but for the sake of this example we will just keep it at 150 ft.² per gallon.
That means you would need approximately 20 gallons of paint to paint 3000 ft.² of surface area. Keep in mind that these are conservative numbers and you may want to get a paint sprayer that has doubled this capacity just in case you take on an additional project or more surface area than you originally calculated.
Hose Length And Pressure Produced:
Most standard paint sprayers come with about 50 feet of hose, no matter what type of model you get. Something to keep in mind is that you usually some of the mid range and higher end models can actually use longer hoses (bought separately) because of the amount of pressure that they can deliver. These units are typically around the $400-$600 range for the mid grade type of sprayers and $1000-$5000 for the higher-end models.