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Best Paint Sprayers for Ceilings 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated: August 14, 2020

painting the ceilingInterior house painting is an essential part of home maintenance and renovation, yet people rarely give it a second thought. That is until they are forced to give their own ceilings and walls a much-needed freshening-up.

Ceilings are a challenge for professional painters and Do-it-Yourselfers (DIY) alike. Manual brush painting is too time-consuming and potentially dangerous if you don’t like climbing ladders. Therefore, the logical option is to opt for a quality paint sprayer that lets you safely perform the task like an expert.

Choosing the right paint sprayer is not as easy as you think, given the number of options available. It’s literally a jungle of out there. There’s so much sales fuss, features, specifications etc. to choose from, that it becomes hard to make the right decision. That’s why we’ve reviewed over 50 paint sprayers. We then hand-picked our 5 favorite sprayers for painting ceilings for you to see below.

Hopefully reading these reviews, and our popular buying guide will help you find the right sprayer for your needs.

Our 5 Favorite Models Compared (updated in 2020)

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Graco Magnum 257025 Graco Magnum 257025
  • Easy storage
  • 2800 psi maximum pressure rating
  • Supports most water and oil-based products
  • Second place
    Wagner 518080 Wagner 518080
  • Easy clean-up
  • Stationary base
  • Low overspray rate
  • Best Value
    Third place
    REXBETI REX006 REXBETI REX006
  • Inexpensive
  • Quality finish
  • Good coverage
  • Astro 4008 Astro 4008
  • Very low cost
  • Sturdy construction
  • Low risk for beginners
  • Graco TrueCoat 360 Graco TrueCoat 360
  • Relatively light
  • Simple operation
  • Handheld configuration
  • 5 Best Paint Sprayers for Ceilings – Reviews:

    1. Graco Magnum 257025 Paint Sprayer – Best Overall

    Graco Magnum 257025

    Graco is a powerhouse American brand in professional fluid handling systems, and its Magnum Project Painter Plus Airless Paint Sprayer (“Magnum 257025”) comes through as a top choice for homeowners and DIYers.

    As the jewel of its DIY Series, the Magnum 257025 gives you the confidence to handle both interior and exterior paint jobs. It is particularly well-suited for ceilings, thanks to its stainless-steel pressure pump and adjustable pressure control for variable-speed spraying of thinned and unthinned paints. Its ability to connect to both one and five-gallon containers via a flexible suction tube and 25-foot hose give you maximum flexibility for use in either large or small projects.

    Hassle-free maintenance (and extended life) is assured with its Power Flush Adapter that can be connected to a garden hose for fast and easy cleaning. Faithful use of soap and water along with its Pump ArmorTM product should give you several years of quality service.

    Pros
    • Stand configuration eliminates need to carry sprayer while painting.
    • 2800 psi maximum pressure rating for power spraying.
    • Compact for easy storage (13.8” L x 12.1” W x 13.8” H).
    • Supports most water and oil-based products up to a .015″ spray tip.
    Cons
    • Airless spraying introduces overspray risk.
    • Thinning, straining recommended for latex-based, other paints.

    2. Wagner 0518080 Paint Gun

    Wagner 518080

    The Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer (“Wagner 0518080”) is a worthy contender for top spot in our survey. It offers variable air pressure control and pattern adjustment (horizontal, vertical, wide narrow) options for maximum coverage flexibility.

    With this Wagner model, you – not the manufacturer – can adjust the paint flow to better suit your covering speed and ceiling size. That’s what HVLP – high volume, low pressure – technology is all about.

    Of the 4 other paint sprayers we’ve reviewed, the Wagner 0518080 was the Graco Magnum’s closest competitor. It did not take the #1 spot because of issues with latex paint use and its better fit with fine-spraying applications versus ceiling projects.

    Pros
    • Stationary base with easy to use controls.
    • Only need to handle hose and nozzle during operation.
    • Low overspray rate thanks to stainless steel cup, 1 ½ quart plastic cup.
    • Easy clean-up, especially with water-based and latex paints.
    Cons
    • Low pressure sprayer compared to most competitors.
    • Best suited for fine-spraying projects, smaller areas.

    3. REXBETI REX006 Paint Sprayer – Best Value

    REXBETI REX006

    With big-time features and a surprisingly good price, the RexBeTi REX006 model offered stiff competition to the top two finishers. Enough to earn our ‘Best for the Money’ tag.

    Why does this orange wonder shine? It has built-in HVLP technology with low overspray and 3 spray patterns. Reasonably powerful (400w) and sturdy, it is less intimidating for DIYers and beginners to use. While the 800 ml (27 oz.) cup capacity is a little low, chances are that time is less of a factor if you are considering REX006 to paint a ceiling.

    Despite a lot of positive attributes, the RexBeTi REX006 lacks the power and capacity to match the elite in this category. However, if you have a few friends who can help out with the ceiling, buying a second or even third sprayer for their use may be a financially viable option.

    Pros
    • Inexpensive enough to own multiple sprayers simultaneously.
    • Good coverage, quality finish when following instructions.
    Cons
    • Container capacity, flow rate not suited for heavy residential use.
    • Lack of visible, frontline support (RexBeTi Direct via Amazon?).

    4. Astro 4008 Spray Gun

    Astro 4008

    Astro Pneumatics Spray Gun with Cup (“Astro 4008”) may be the plainest looking (and cheapest) sprayer in our list, which is fine if it does the job.

    Construction is simple with two major parts (air valve, gun with red-handled 1.8mm nozzle). It offers wide pattern spraying, as well as a metallic one-quart dripless cup.

    The Astro 4008’s shortcomings start with its size. At two pounds and with a small footprint, it is dwarfed by its competitors. Also, you’ll need a 3 hp compressor that provides an operating pressure of 50-60 psi. That’s quite low for even modest ceiling jobs and a reason why faint spray patterns are a common complaint.

    Our conclusion is that while it may be useful for other jobs, the Astro 4008 is just not meant for ceilings.

    Pros
    • Very low cost and risk for beginners and DIYers.
    • Sturdy construction.
    Cons
    • Lack of customer and operational support.
    • Moisture build-up after limited use.
    • Must have compressor for actual use.
    • Not recommended with latex paint.

    5. Graco TrueCoat 360 Paint Spray Gun

    Graco 16Y385 (TrueCoat 360)

    At the start of this paint sprayer review, we rated the Graco Magnum 257025 tops in our list. So, you may be wondering why another product from the same company rates so poorly. Unfortunately, that’s the fate of Graco’s entry-level airless sprayer – the TrueCoat 360.

    What’s the problem? To begin with, the 32-ounce cup capacity means that you will require several refills to properly paint an average ceiling. You are limited to single-speed operation and, at 1,500 psi, TrueCoat 360 has barely half the spraying pressure of its Magnum cousin.

    Even for a once-in-a-lifetime ceiling paint project, do you want to risk using such a limited model? The TrueCoat has earned a reputation for heavy spray volume – bad news when you only have one speed.

    The good news is that, for a small increase in your ceiling sprayer budget – say, by forgoing one family steakhouse dinner – you can forgo the TrueCoat 360 and purchase the Graco Magnum 257025 instead.

    Pros
    • Relatively light, handheld configuration.
    • Simple operation caters to beginners with 1 to 2-gallon jobs.
    Cons
    • Limited to spray tips/sizes included with purchase.
    • Difficult to control spray volume when holding flexible paint bags.
    • Messy; high risk of spillage.
    • Time required for clean-up effort is excessive for unit size.

    Buyer’s Guide

    Using a paint sprayer for ceilings is more than simply setting the trigger at an upwards 60o angle and firing away. You should have adequate knowledge of sprayer specifications and be able to optimize its features.

    Your decision-making process begins here and ideally ends with a successful purchase.  Apart from the specific models discussed here, you the reader should gain valuable hints about what to look for.

    There are three major types of sprayers to consider:

    1. Airless Sprayers

    Increasingly popular, airless sprayers pump out paint (droplets) at high pressure and are most adept at evenly coating large surfaces. As such they are tailor-made for handling ceilings and other interior walls. They can be used with thicker paints as well.  Expect to pay a premium for the best models.

    2. Compressed Air Sprayers

    Compressed air sprayers are the classical house painting solution – air compressor, hose, paint gun and you’re ready to go! They use compressed air to spray onto surfaces for a smooth, satisfying result. They can be used for ceiling jobs but tend to be messy and are prone to overspray. You may have to spend more on paint, but the upside is that they are inexpensive when compared to HVLP or airless sprayers.

    3. High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Sprayers

    As the name implies, HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) sprayers carry paint droplets on a steady but large volume of air. The process is slower than with airless sprayers, but the idea is that more droplets hit the surface to make the results last. These sprayers waste less paint, but the trade-off is that they are more expensive as well. By and large well-suited for ceilings, provided you do not use thick paint options.

    Regardless of your purchase choice, always be safety conscious – spray in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves, a mask, and protective clothing. Airless sprayers, in particular, operate under extremely high pressure, therefore look for models that include a stand and avoid handheld options. As a final tiebreaker, consider price differentials and frontline customer support.

    Conclusion

    So let’s conclude. Our all-time favorite model for ceilings is the “Graco Magnum 257025“. However, if that sprayer exceeds your budget, you will also get a decent sprayer for the money with the “RexBeTi REX006“.

    It was a pleasure writing this article, and we hope that it will help you in your search.

    Feel free to leave feedback or questions below, and we’ll try to get back to them as soon as possible.