To Rent or Buy a Paint Sprayer? Here’s How To Decide

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To buy, or to rent. That is the question. If you have a do it yourself paint project on your hands, and you have wisely identified the need for a paint sprayer, the question then becomes whether it will be best to buy or rent one.

There are pros and cons to each option that will inform your decision. Today, we aim to look at those factors as we now dive into this guide. Read on to decide if should rent or buy your paint sprayer.

What You Get When You Buy

The biggest benefit of buying a spray gun is that you will have constant access to it anytime that you have a small painting task to handle.

While buying a paint sprayer is considerably more expensive than renting, that ceases to be the case if you often need to rent a sprayer.

In other words, renting a sprayer once is more affordable than buying it, but renting one seven times (or even for seven days) might not be.

It really just depends on the needs of your current project, and the needs of potential projects to come. For example, if you are only going to paint a wall or two, you should be just fine renting a sprayer.

On the other hand, if you need to paint the entire interior or even the entire exterior of your home, you may want to think about buying.

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Pros
  • You get to keep the tool forever
  • Will Save you money on long-term projects
Cons
  • Bigger sticker price than renting

What You Get When You Rent

There are situations where renting is just obviously better. We already touched on these scenarios. If you are sure you are only going to need the sprayer once, or if the project isn’t too big, you will probably want to rent. Otherwise, you might think about buying your sprayer.

One of the unexpected benefits of renting, however, is quality. When you opt for renting, you can affordably get a much higher-quality sprayer than you would probably ever buy.

High-end rentals are more expensive than lower-tier equipment, but the same way that you might splurge on a Mustang at the rental place on vacation, you can also get a good sprayer at an affordable price when you rent.

Top-tier sprayers can cost thousands when you buy them, but they rent for a very small fraction of that sum.

This won’t be helpful for the painter that has a lot of projects on their hands. However, if renting was already better for you, this factor might sweeten the pot a little bit.

Depending on where you live there may be several options for renting your paint sprayer. A good place would be Home Depot that offer rental programs where you can select from a variety of different products. These stores will have options with features to suit all types of buyers.

Some paint stores will also have rental options.

Pros
  • Costs less than buying sprayer
  • Gives you the opportunity to get great tools at reasonable rates
Cons
  • Loses value for long-term projects

Where to Rent a Paint Sprayer?

The Home Depot

The Home Depot. Credit: Mike Mozart, Flickr

Depending on where you live there may be several options for renting your paint sprayer. Home Depot and Lowes both offer rental programs where you can select from a variety of different products. These stores will have options with features to suit all types of buyers.

Some paint stores will also have rental options.

Cost of Renting

The cost of renting a paint sprayer will vary from store to store, and of course, from unit to unit. However, depending on what option you go with you can expect to pay anywhere from $40-120 a day.

The nice thing is that for this price, you can lease a high-end spray system, for a small fraction of what it would cost to purchase it.

Conclusion

There is no conclusive answer as to whether you should rent or buy. Each painter is going to have their own unique needs. Like we have said, it mostly comes down to how much you will be using the sprayer. Do-it-yourselfers that intend to paint a lot will probably get their money’s worth out of a sprayer.

On the other hand, people that only have a small project to contend with will probably be better off renting.

Hopefully, now that you have read this guide you won’t have any trouble deciding which category best suits you.

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