Airless Spray Pumps

Airless Spray Pumps vs Conventional Spray Equipment

Whether you work in the construction or automotive industry, are a professional decorator or take on house-flipping projects, when it comes to painting, the quickest and most efficient method by far is paint spraying. 

As suggested in the name, paint spraying involves using a specific tool to spray a consistent mist of paint onto your chosen surface.  

Aside from saving you time and energy, using a spray method will provide a consistent, uniform finish even in those tricky to reach nooks and crannies. 

There are two main methods of paint spraying: conventional spraying and airless spraying. However, as with everything, both come with their own pros and cons. 

To help you make an informed decision about the best system for your project, we’ve compiled this easy-to-follow guide.

Airless Spray Pumps

There’s a wide variety of airless spray pumps on the market to suit your needs. From air driven models, to electric and petrol driven pumps. 

Simply put, airless pumps compress material under high hydraulic pressure, transforming the material, often paint, into a spray once forced through the paint valve. 

Airless sprayers can be used on a variety of interior and exterior surfaces, including walls, ceilings, brickwork, radiators and doors. Thanks to the thick coatings created and the fast-painting speed, these are the most common method when it comes to industrial structures and construction. 

Due to the high pressure generated, wearing the correct PPE whilst using an airless spray pump is a must to avoid injury.

Conventional Spray Equipment

Conventional spraying is often the most popular option, possibly due to the versatility of the equipment. 

Though slightly slower than airless spraying, one of the largest benefits of conventional spray equipment is the control over the output of material thanks to the variety of spray tip assemblies and air cap configurations available.

Powered by compressed air, conventional spray equipment produces a fine, uniformed spray, leaving a beautiful finish which is especially valuable when it comes to spraying small or complex surfaces. 

Unlike airless spray pumps, some paints may need to be thinned before being sprayed when using conventional spray equipment, so it’s worth doing a bit of research before investing. 

Making your decision

Now you’ve got a bit more insight into the methods of paint spraying, it’s time to weigh up your options, noting the pros and cons of both types of spray equipment. 

Ultimately, the spray pump best suited to your project depends on the size of the area to be sprayed and the finish required. You can be sure to save yourself time and energy, whilst also avoiding those unsightly paint brush lines, whether you choose an airless spray pump or go down the conventional route.

So, if you’re considering paint spraying for your project, get in touch with the UK’s leading supplier of surface finishing equipment, Surface Finishing Equipment Group (SFEG), by giving them a call on 0161 480 8087 or emailing The expert team will be happy to discuss your requirements and explore your options with you.

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