I’ve been holding out on buying a spray gun for painting because it always felt like an overwhelming purchase. Where would I keep all the required stuff – air compressors, tubes, funnels, including the gun and who knows what else? And why would I spend hundreds of dollars on the gun alone when I can just brush on paint or buy a can of aerosol spray paint? Then I was faced with painting a sea of doors in our new house and I thought I’d look into it a little more. Turns out I was way over-thinking it!
The highest rated spray gun on Amazon is this little guy called the Critter Spray Gun. It looked simple enough to operate and it cost less than $50. A total steal. So I bought it and now I love it.
The great thing about the Critter is you need an air compressor to spray at only 90 PSI, so you don’t have to invest in a crazy heavy-duty and huge compressor. I have this one and I like it a lot. It’s bigger than I need to operate the critter gun, but I needed it for nailing in the floors and trim too so I went with something more on the heavy-duty side. You could buy one of those tiny portable compressors though and it would work great!
But the BEST part about the Critter spray gun is that it uses 16 oz Mason jars to hold the paint. This makes clean up a breeze compared to most of the spray guns out there but also makes it really easy to prep a big spray job. Rather than filling the same jar over and over again, I filled six jars with paint (diluted a little with distilled water like the guy at Benjamin Moore suggested I do) and could just quickly change out the jars when needed.
I’m nominating the Critter for my best purchase of the year! Definitely a life-changing addition to my tool box.
In case you’re considering one for yourself, here’s the line up you’ll probably want:
1/4″ coupler set
(which attaches the hose to the gun and to the air compressor)
Air compressor that pushes at least 90 PSI (I have this big one
but you could get away with using a smaller, more portable one
Extra Mason jars
(these are SO worth having and using!)
Extra cork gaskets
(apparently they fall apart over multiple uses)
PS If you decide to use the Benjamin Moore Advance paint that I love for spraying furniture and doors, you’ll probably want to dilute the paint with about five ounces of distilled water for every gallon of paint. It’s not much more liquid, but it really helps.