Last Updated: 10.12.2020

Painting cars, vans, and bikes (as well as homes and fences) is a very precise business. It is the combination of artwork and commercial painting and where the finish is what counts. Even when painting one color it is important to be accurate and go in for detail, and that is where the tools of the trade come into play to complement the painter’s experience.

The 5 Best Automotive Paint Guns for Beginners:

  1. Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun – the best automotive paint gun for beginners
  2. Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun
  3. TCP Global Brand HVLP Spray Gun Set – 3 Sprayguns with Cups
  4. Iwata IWA5640 Spray Gun
  5. DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit
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NEIKO 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 1.7 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun, 1.4 mm
TCP Global Complete Professional 9 Piece HVLP Spray Gun Set with 2 Full Size Spray Guns, 1 Detail Spray Gun, Inline Filter & Air Regulator
Iwata IWA5640 LPH400-134LV Center Post Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun
DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit
NEIKO 31216A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 2.0 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
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NEIKO 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 1.7 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun, 1.4 mm
TCP Global Complete Professional 9 Piece HVLP Spray Gun Set with 2 Full Size Spray Guns, 1 Detail Spray Gun, Inline Filter & Air Regulator
Iwata IWA5640 LPH400-134LV Center Post Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun
DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit
NEIKO 31216A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 2.0 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
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Clear Plastic 600cc cup
3 Nozzles 1.4, 1.8, and 1.0mm
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Air Regulator with Gauge
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NEIKO 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 1.7 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
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TCP Global Complete Professional 9 Piece HVLP Spray Gun Set with 2 Full Size Spray Guns, 1 Detail Spray Gun, Inline Filter & Air Regulator
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Iwata IWA5640 LPH400-134LV Center Post Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun
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NEIKO 31216A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 2.0 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
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 “Atomization” this is the key word to remember, it’s not just about a steady hand and an eye for detail, it’s about the level of atomization your tool can reach, and atomization is what will give you that glass like finish.

There are a wide variety of automotive paint guns reviewed here, from the most basic, which are great starter tools, to the high-end tools for professionals, that should be used by a beginner as well. A beginner has to understand the difference in tools to be able to appreciate, learn and produce the best end results which is why we’ve compiled this list.

Top-Rated Auto Paint Guns for Beginners:

1. Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun – the best automotive paint gun for beginners

NEIKO 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 1.7 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
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NEIKO 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 1.7 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
  • [HEAVY DUTY]: One-piece all-steel gun body, rust-resistant stainless steel nozzle and solid brass cap for durability and longevity.
  • [HVLP]: Gravity-feed fluid delivery design works together with three adjustable valve knobs for precise paint application.
  • [SPECIFICATIONS]: Operation pressure 40 PSI; Working pressure 10 PSI; Average air consumption 4.5 CFM.
  • [MULTI-USE]: Color coded 1.7 mm nozzle size is perfect for clear coat and a variety of automotive and household painting projects.
  • [INCLUDES]: 600cc (20.3 fl. oz) aluminum cup with lid, metal air gauge/regulator, cleaning brush and a multi-size wrench for assembly/disassembly.

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This is the Neiko 31215A HVLP Gravity Feed one-piece all-steel Air Spray Gun

Pros

  • Price
  • Three adjustable valve knobs
  • Rust-resistant stainless-steel nozzle
  • Best entry level hvlp gun

Cons

  • None

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If it’s a combination of heavy-duty work and precision with nice atomization than this is the unit that will suit you. It has a rust-resistant stainless-steel nozzle with solid brass cap and comes with the classic gravity fluid feed design.

The three adjustable valve knobs give you the basic controls that a beginner needs to develop initial confidence and skills. It has a color-coded 1.7mm nozzle and comes with a 600cc (20.3 fl. oz) aluminum cup with lid, air regulator with gauge, a cleaning brush, and a tool wrench.

This model’s operating pressure is 40 PSI, and it’s working pressure is 10 PSI. The average air consumption for this model is around 4.5 CFM.

The price is basic, budget-friendly and well worth considering when taking your first steps into the world of auto-work painting.

2. Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun

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Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun, 1.4 mm
  • 1.4 mm HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Item Package Dimension: 7.5" L x 5.0" W x 5.0" H
  • Item Package Weight: 1.8 lb

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This is the Graco-Sharpe 288880 HVLP FX3000 1.4 mm HVLP Gravity Feed Automotive Paint Gun

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Clear Plastic 600cc cup
  • Great hlvp spray gun

Cons

  • None

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The FX3000 gun is a more expensive basic model and should be considered for beginner use due to its simplicity. This is a no-frills gun that comes with a clear plastic 600cc aluminum cup, making it easier to see the paint levels in the container. It also comes with tool specific wrench and cleaning brush

This model’s operating pressure is 40 PSI, and it’s working pressure is 29 PSI. The average air consumption for this model is around 4.5 CFM.

This is a more costly basic model, but is very simple to use and provides an excellent base to which to improve your overall spray controls.

3. TCP Global Brand HVLP Spray Gun Set – 3 Sprayguns with Cups

TCP Global Complete Professional 9 Piece HVLP Spray Gun Set with 2 Full Size Spray Guns, 1 Detail Spray Gun, Inline Filter & Air Regulator
  • Spray the Full Spectrum of Coatings Using this Quality 3 Gun Set of High Performance HVLP Spray Guns. You Get All the Premium Features and Benefits, without the Premium Price!
  • Spray Base-coats, Clear-coats, Single Stages, Primers and More. Guns Provide Fully Atomized Spray Patterns, So You Can Achieve Professional Finish Results.
  • The 1.4 mm Fluid Tip Gun is Ideal for Base-coats, Clear-coats and other Light to Medium Viscosity Materials.
  • The 1.8mm Fluid Tip Gun is excellent for Primers, Oil Base, Latex, and other Medium to Heavy Viscosity Coatings. Use the 1.0 mm Tip Detail Gun for Tight Areas and Touchup.
  • Full One Year Warranty

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The TCP 3-gun set is perfect for beginners as well as intermediate painters. It comes with three separate paint guns and three nozzle sizes, enabling you to control your spray and colors in a job without changing and cleaning your gun between each detail.

The nozzle sizes include a 1.4mm piece best suited for light to medium viscosity liquids, a 1.8mm piece for medium to heavy viscosity liquids and a 1.00mm piece for detail and touchups.

The two big paint guns come with its own 1L aluminum cup and lid, and the smaller automotive paint gun (1.0mm) comes with a 150cc Stainless Steel cup and lid. The set includes one Locking Air Pressure Regulator, an Inline Mini Moisture Filter and a cleaning kit, a spanner wrench, hex wrench, brush and 2 filters.

This model operates at pressures between 29 to 50PSI. Its air consumption is between 3.5 to 7.1CFM.

These paint guns are exceptionally budget friendly and for a beginner having three different nozzle diameters to try, test and play around with, is a great opportunity.

4. Iwata IWA5640 Spray Gun

Iwata IWA5640 LPH400-134LV Center Post Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun
  • High performance center post Gravity fed help spray Gun with low air consumption and superior atomization
  • Usage - base coat, clear coat, Waterborne base coat, woodwork, metal
  • Type - Lph400 lv Gravity fed spray Gun, 1. 3mm

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This is the Lamborghini of spray paint guns; it is an Iwata which makes it top of the model brands as well as expensive. It’s a great professional spray gun that in the hands of a beginner will give them the chance to experience high-quality painting. However, the price is something to consider, and this gun is usually found in a professional painter’s toolset.

Air consumption is 9.5CFM, Atomization is set at 16PSI, and fluid output is 110/mil.min. with a pattern width of 280mm.

This is a high-performance model; it provides quality atomization which is very good for a serious beginner seeking paint spray as a profession. Just remember, the price is about four to ten times as much as any other basic model.

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5. DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit

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DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit
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DeVilbiss 802343 Auto Painting/Priming Kit
  • Auto Painting/Priming System
  • Basecoat, Clearcoat and Topcoat Spray Gun
  • Sealing and Priming Spray Gun
  • This 2 Gun System is perfect for the Handyman, Craftsman, Hobbyist and the Do-It-Yourselfer!
  • It allows you to Spray the Full Spectrum of Coatings for any size Project Large or Small.

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This is a great set of two paint guns that works well with all fluids. One gun comes with a 1.3mm nozzle and an extra option to change to a 1.5mm nozzle. The second gun is a 1.8mm nozzle piece.

The 1.3mm nozzle paint gun comes with a 600cc metal cup and works best at 30 PSI, the inlet pressure is 10 PSI, and the air cap pressure is 13CFM. You can change the tip to a 1.5mm single stage piece suitable for light to medium viscosity liquids.

The 1.8mm nozzle spray gun comes with a 600cc metal cup and works best at 30 PSI, the inlet pressure is 10 PSI, and the air cap pressure is 13CFM.  This spray gun is suitable for medium to high viscosity fluids.

This set is priced conveniently for an easy budget and is highly recommended for beginner users.

6. Neiko 31216A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun

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NEIKO 31216A HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Paint Gun | 2.0 mm Nozzle Size | 600 cc | Air Gauge Regulator
  • [HEAVY DUTY]: One-piece all-steel gun body, rust-resistant stainless steel nozzle and solid brass cap for durability and longevity.
  • [HVLP]: Gravity-feed fluid delivery design works together with three adjustable valve knobs for precise paint application.
  • [SPECIFICATIONS]: Operation pressure 40 PSI; Working pressure 10 PSI; Average air consumption 4.5 CFM.
  • [MULTI-USE]: Color coded 2.0 mm nozzle size is perfect for clear coat and a variety of automotive and household painting projects.
  • [INCLUDES]: 600cc (20.3 fl. oz) aluminum cup with lid, metal air gauge/regulator, cleaning brush and a multi-size wrench for assembly/disassembly.

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The Neiko spray gun with 2.00mm gun nozzle is perfect for beginners in the automotive painting industry as well as to use around the house for large paint jobs. The 2.00mm nozzle is for large surface coverage and will enable any beginner to start off learning the basics with ease.

This model’s operating pressure is 40PSI, and the working pressure is 10PSI, the average air consumption rate is 4.5CFM. It comes with a stainless-steel nozzle tip and a 600cc aluminum cup with lid, as well as an air gauge with regulator and tool wrench and cleaning brush.

Its price is convenient, and this is what makes this gun highly attractive to any beginner or DIY spray painter.

7. Wagner 0529031 MotoCoat

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Wagner Spraytech 0529031 Black MotoCoat Complete Car & Truck Paint Sprayer, Automotive Paint Spray Gun, Body Repair Paint Spray Guns, Paint Sprayers for Automotive
  • AUTOMOTIVE CUSTOMIZING SPRAY GUN: Use the Moto Coat Complete Sprayer to apply low flashpoint coatings on your car exterior, truck bed, recreational vehicle, trailer and more
  • APPLIES PROTECTIVE AND DECORATIVE COATINGS: Applies everything from heavy truck bed coatings and undercoating to light materials such as rubberized peelable coating and auto finishing paints
  • TWO NOZZLES INCLUDED: The Detail Finish Nozzle applies a smooth, even coat on your automobile surface while the iSpray Nozzle can be used for a thicker, textured coat on truck beds and undercarriages
  • ADJUSTABLE SETTINGS CREATE IDEAL FINISH: Adjustability such as material volume flow, pattern direction and width allow for precise spraying on your vehicle
  • PORTABLE PAINT SPRAYER: The self-contained sprayer features a spark contained motor and 39 ft. hose, allowing you to safely and easily move around your project

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This is a great DIY gun and large surface painter but is a professional undercoat painting tool. It has a plastic body and nozzle, so it does not seek accuracy, it is a gun for large and fast surface coverage.

This model has a low overspray and provides you with simple adjustable controls. The iSpray Nozzle and cup attachment let you work continuously to complete a thick textured finish, and it comes with a 39’ hose.

The price of this unit is reasonable, and you have to consider that this is designed for a simple, fast large surface textured coating, and due to this fact, this gun is a great starter and learning gun for beginners.

8. Tekna 703567 Fluid Tip ProLite Spray Gun

Tekna 703567 1.2mm/1.3mm/1.4mm Fluid Tip Prolite Spray Gun with TE10 and TE20 Air Caps
  • Package Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Package Dimensions: 25.654 L x 19.05 W x 6.858 H (cm)
  • country of origin : Wales
  • Product type : AUTO ACCESSORY

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The TEKNA ProLite spray gun comes without cups and has a disposable cup adapter. This allows you to change materials fast and with ease. This model comes with TE10 and TE20 air caps and includes three tips, a 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 fluid tip.

This gun was designed to work in multiple climates; this means it can be used successfully in all seasons, such as minus degrees in winter to plus 80’s in the summer.

The Tekna is modular in design, so it comes with an assortment of parts that are interchangeable and affords the user a lot of flexibility and versatility.

This model is expensive, its modularity and special design make this a professionally priced piece and is great in the hands of a beginner living in a more extreme weather environment.
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9. DeVilbiss GFG670 Plus High-Efficiency Gravity Feed Spray Gun

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DeVilbiss (GFG670 Plus High Efficiency Gravity Feed Spray Gun
  • PLUS GUN (DEV-GFG670)
  • fit type: Universal
  • Package Dimensions: 16.8 " L x 15.9 " W x 5.4 " H
  • Package Weight: 2.75 pounds

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The DeVilbiss PLUS® High-Efficiency Gravity Feed Gun with cup comes with 3 tips, a 1.2mm, 1.3mm and a 1.4mm tip and a 900cc aluminum cup with lid. This model includes an air adjusting valve with gauge, a Fluid filter, and a gun hook.

This gun gives you super atomization, creating glass-like finishes while reducing overspray. This is a non-HVLP gun but has a higher air cap pressure than HVLP guns. It also produces a material transfer rate of 65%.

The price is in comparison to its quality; this is a professional gun, but well worth the investment for beginners that are seeking to hone up their gloss glass finishes.

10. Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun

Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun
  • Compressor-mounted spray gun kit; requires 3 cfm at 90 psi
  • Attaches to Mason jars filled with paints, stains, lacquers, and more
  • Comes with glass Mason jar and metal spray gun
  • Includes siphon gun, tube, 16-ounce Mason jar, jar gasket, and instructions
  • Fits standard 16-ounce Mason jar--easily adaptable to fit other jars

Review

The Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun was designed and developed for beginners. This is the one you want to buy and use anywhere, on your car, your home, and your fences. It’s a great tool that teaches you the basics of spray painting without all the bells, whistles and professional jargon.

This model sprays a 1/2- to 2-1/2-inch circular pattern, and the kit requires 3 CFM at 90 PSI compressed air source, preferably a ¾HP air compressor.

Let’s just state that this models price and performance are both great.

11. DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit

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DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit
  • Package Dimensions : 12.19 L X 30 W X 31.6 H (Cm)
  • Made In Taiwan
  • Product Type:Auto Accessory
  • Package Weight: 2.53 Kilograms

Review

This is a great two-gun system that works well with all fluids. One gun comes with a 1.0mm nozzle, the second gun has a 1.3mm nozzle, and the third gun has a 1.8mm nozzle piece.

The 1.0mm nozzle gun uses the 250cc metal cup and works best at 30 PSI, the inlet pressure is 10 PSI, and the air cap pressure is 13CFM.

The 1.3mm nozzle uses either the 250cc or the 600cc metal cup and works best at 30 PSI, the inlet pressure is 10 PSI, and the air cap pressure is 13CFM.

The 1.8mm nozzle gun uses the 600cc metal cup and works best at 30 PSI, the inlet pressure is 10 PSI, and the air cap pressure is 13CFM.  This gun is suitable for medium to high viscosity fluids.

This gun kit comes with an air regulator with gauge, a gun cleaning brush set with a wrench and a carry case.

This three-gun set has a nice price tag when you consider the brand and the quality you are paying for. Essentially, if you are a beginner seeking to work all surfaces and liquids, this is the gun set to get, since it will stay with you even when you become a professional with experience.

12. Graco-Sharpe 288878 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun

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Graco-Sharpe 288878 HVLP FX3000 Paint Spray Gun, 1.0 mm
  • 1.0 mm HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Includes FX3000 gun, 600cc aluminum cup, wrench and cleaning brush

Review

This is the FX3000 1.0 mm HVLP Spray Gravity Feed Paint Gun, like the 1.3mm model (mentioned above) the basic details are the same, only the nozzle is different.

This a more expensive basic model, and should be considered for beginner use due to its simplicity. This is a no-frills gun that comes with a clear plastic 600cc aluminum cup, making it easier to see the paint levels in the container. It also comes with tool specific wrench and cleaning brush

This model’s operating pressure is 40 PSI, and it’s working pressure is 29 PSI. The average air consumption for this model is around 4.5 CFM.

This model is budget friendly but on the heavier side of the friendliness. This is a 1.0mm model, so its tuned for finer artwork, something all beginners need to hone up after clearing their basic spray painting skills.

13. Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer

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Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint or Stain Sprayer, Complete Adjustability for Decks, Cabinets, Furniture and Woodworking, Extra Container included
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Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint or Stain Sprayer, Complete Adjustability for Decks, Cabinets, Furniture and Woodworking, Extra Container included
  • HVLP PAINT SPRAYER: The Control Spray Max paint sprayer uses high volume, low pressure technology to atomize materials into fine particles and provide a smooth finish on door trim, decks, furniture, more
  • SUPERIOR NOZZLE: The sprayer comes with a versatile nozzle that can be used to spray countless materials and projects. The no