airless paint sprayer
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Pros: Will handle most paints without thinning and spray large areas efficiently; easier to maintain and less expensive than piston-pump sprayers (quality machines start at $250)

Cons: Overspray (known as low “transfer efficiency”)—sometimes less than half the paint ends up on the work; not good for interiors.

Best for: Decks, siding, or house painting.

Shown: Campbell Hausfeld airless paint sprayer; about $350;

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