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Don't believe what you see on TV
on October 2, 2011
You are drawn to Amazon reviews because you were googling about the product after you saw the TV infomercial on PaintZoom, right? If that's the case give yourself a pat on the back! You are doing great research and you may just have saved yourself $120 and other troubles of testing and returning PaintZoom.
However you find this review, let me just start by saying that if this were such a great product as shown on TV paint professionals would be using it on their jobs everywhere. The reason they are not is that PaintZoom, like many other cheap paint sprayers, is not an airless paint sprayer. In general, paint sprayers come in two kinds; one uses a liquid pump to force the paint onto the surface and the other uses air to push the paint out with an air jet. The expensive and professional kind is the airless one. So what are the big downsides with the HVLP (air) paint sprayer like PaintZoom? First of all, because the sprayer is basically just an airpump with a paint bottle attached to it, it requires that the paint must be thin enough to be lifted by air jet and sprayed out evenly. This is a big deal! The viscosity requirement makes it time consuming to dilute the paint with water and constantly checking its viscosity with supplied viscosity cup. Because if the paint is too thick it won't spray evenly if its too thin it will be runny and wavy under the air jet. I have to tell you that ALL paints and primers have to be diluted tremendously to meet the viscosity requirement. That means that you will have to spray twice or three times to get the same thinkness of coating you would normally do with undiluted paint. Other downsides of such air based paint sprayer include dusty surroundings especially for indoor projects and massy cleanups.
Anyway, you get the picture--its not an effortless, quick solution to your weekend paint project like the TV infomercial would lead you to believe. Paintsprayer for easier weekend projects is a great idea. But I would suggest spending extra $80 to get a $200 airless sprayer.