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HomeRight - Start spray finishing for under $100

The CommandMax HVLP Sprayer is lightweight and can handle multiple finishes.

$90 (As of 6/2/2011)

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Editor's Review: Spray-Gun Choices

by Peter Gedrys

review date: June 2, 2011

I was taught not to judge a book by its cover, but I broke that rule when the CommandMax HVLP sprayer arrived. This small, lightweight unit didn’t look very promising. But after using it for a couple of weeks with a variety of finishes, I was pleasantly surprised by its performance.

I first sprayed a waterborne finish and then shellac. The waterborne finish required a little thinning, but the shellac (SealCoat) needed none at all. Both materials laid down very nicely.

The aircap has positive stops when rotated from horizontal to vertical to conical patterns, a feature common on more expensive sprayers. Although the fan pattern is small, only about 3 in. to 4 in., I was able to spray a small table and chair. Overspray was easy to reduce by adjusting the fluid control.

Make no mistake: This is not the tool to spray dining-room tables with. However, for smaller projects you’ll be impressed with its balance, performance, and versatility. Plus, you can’t beat the price.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer HomeRight
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-264-5442
Temperature N/A
Air Pressure N/A
Air Output N/A
Transfer Efficiancy N/A
Atomization N/A
Overspray N/A

I have limited experience with sprayers but i thought this compact sprayer did the job for a great price. i didnt want to spend a lot of money but i wanted something that could handle small projects less than 4 feet long. Stuff i can spray on my back deck. Overspray was minimal. thinning was easy for latex paints using the viscosity cup. Cleaning took 10 minutes. Overall time was much less than brushing and without the unsightly brush strokes, drips or pooling of paint. I highly recommend but wouldn't paint a wall with it. Cons: can only tilt about 45 degrees. plastic construction. nozzle tended to clog with latex paint but easy to clean.

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