When employees in the paint department at Home Depot and Lowe’s know you by name, you know you do a lot of DIY projects!

For years, if I decided a project was going to have a sprayed on finish, I always went to the ole standby – the spray can.  In my many trips to gather do-it-yourself supplies, I have walked by and pondered on the displays of fancy paint sprayers a thousand times.  Yep I walked by them and kept going.  I never thought I needed a paint sprayer, it just seemed like too much trouble.  I always thought to myself that it was so much faster to grab a can and go! It was a habit I was about to break for good, thanks to my Finish Max paint sprayer.  My go-to spray can days are over!  The model I am reviewing is the Finish Max Fine HVLP (high volume low pressure) Paint Sprayer.

Disclaimer: HomeRight graciously provided me with an awesome paint sprayer and spray shelter to review. All opinions about this sprayer are my own. Please see my full disclosure policies here.


An antique tallboy dresser, a thrift store find from a couple of months ago had been sitting in my garage waiting to be painted. I wanted to make sure the finish on it was nice and smooth with no brush or roller marks. I decided it must be sprayed!

Within two hours of opening my Finish Max and Spray Shelter, it was time to get started. Here’s how I did it!

First, I assembled the Spray Shelter.  The directions on the spray shelter were not real clear to me (I’ve never been one to read instructions) but once I sat the instructions down and looked at how it went together, I got it assembled pretty quick. Two people makes the job easier. I’m not great at watching for over spray so I was excited to paint in the shelter and not have to worry about it.  The Spray Shelter is quite large.  The dimensions are:  -Depth: 6 feet (72″) at bottom – 30″ at top, -Width: 9 feet (108″) at bottom,  -92″ at top and Height: 5.5 feet (66.5″).

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I used an old table cover on the ground and moved the dresser inside the Spray Shelter.  It really does catch the over spray and is large enough to use for most of my projects.  My husband was a professional painter for years and he is not a big fan of me getting over spray on things!

Spray Shelter

With everything ready, I began by adding my paint to the container.  If you are not using brand new paint, you will want to strain the paint first.

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Next I added the water to the latex paint.  Small amounts at first until you get almost a thick chocolate milk consistency.  I used about two cups of latex paint and one cup of water.

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Believe me when I say, the viscosity cup is your best friend. I’d never even heard of a viscosity cup until now!  Typically, paint has to be thinned out to run it through most sprayers. The instructions say that latex paint should run out the viscosity cup (included with sprayer) between 25-40 seconds.  Can you can see my iphone timer?

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Once your paint is just the right consistency, screw the container onto your sprayer and get down to business!  Just plug in the sprayer and pull the trigger. It’s that easy. The sprayer can be adjusted in a horizontal, vertical or cone pattern. I set it to horizontal to go side to side, then switched to vertical to go up and down (dresser legs and corner details). I didn’t really test it on anything, I just followed the instructions and went for it, but I highly recommend practicing first.  You will get the feel for it fairly quickly.  I found that changing the spray pattern from horizontal to vertical is very simple. I set it to spray a wide, six inch pattern because I had a lot of area to cover.

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The paint sprays into the tiniest details nicely.

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I made quick work of spraying the inside of these cubbies. Can you imagine doing this with a brush? I’ve done it and it never turns out pretty.

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Since the paint contains more water, as you can see on my drawers, it makes the dry time longer.  Sit back, have yourself a lemonade and take a little break!

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Look at the smooth, beautiful finish! Not a single brush mark!

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Clean up is easy. I unscrewed the cup and emptied the remaining paint and washed it out with warm soapy water. I used the cleaning kit and attached the clear tube to the sprayer and the other end to the hose. I sprayed water through it until it was clear (less than a minute). Next, I took apart the sprayer tip and cleaned any left over paint using soapy water.


befoe and after finish max b&a

Oh, the time and effort I could have saved by owning a Finish Max years ago!  I’m left thinking about all of the projects I have painted that could have had a professional finish and no brush strokes!

Look for a full post soon on this tall boy dresser makeover!

Spray on folks, spray on (not with spray paint, get yourself a Finish Max!)

Jeanne – The Practical Fanatic