The HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer is the perfect paint sprayer for small to medium house projects. The finish is smooth and high quality.
The HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer is the perfect paint sprayer for small to medium projects around the house. It doesn’t require an air compressor, just plug it in and it’s ready to use! I used mine to refinish a set of 6 dining room chairs. The finish is high quality and incredibly smooth.
I bought the chairs that I refinished a few years ago on Craigslist. It was only $80 for 6 chairs, but they were in rough shape. I picked the chairs because they have a farmhouse vibe, which complements our farmhouse dining table.
I just wasn’t digging the color of the wood on the seat, or the paint and nail polish stains all over them. So after two years, we finally got around to painting them.
Prepping the Chairs for Spraying
Before I could start painting the chairs we had to sand off all the shine and the stains to even things out and get the chairs ready for primer and paint.
I used the HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer for the actual painting. I used a water-based primer, applied in a thin, even coat. Then I followed that up with two coats of pure white paint. The color I used was Olympic Snow Storm. After I finished painting the chairs white I brought them inside (before sealing them!) to see how they looked in the dining room. I wanted to do something fun with color on the chairs, but couldn’t decide what color to use or how I wanted to add it. I snapped a few pictures and sat on the floor waiting for inspiration to strike.
With the white legs and apron of the table, the white chairs, and the fact we eventually want to paint the kitchen cabinets white, there was just too much white. I loved walking into the room and seeing the white tops of the chairs against the dark walnut stain of the tabletop, so I decided to leave those and paint the legs. To avoid overspray, I covered the tops and seats of the chairs with trash bags and painter’s tape. Then I painted the legs of the chairs a lovely Robin’s Egg Blue color. (I wish I remembered the paint name!)
The legs needed two coats of blue paint. Then I finished the chairs off with two coats of polyurethane to seal them. The color-blocked style of the chairs turned out so cool. I’m really in love with the end result!
HomeRight Finish Max Review
Now, what makes refinishing these chairs even more exciting, because I get excited about things like painting chairs, is that I got to paint these chairs with an awesome paint sprayer. I met some folks from HomeRight at Haven Conference back in July. A few weeks ago I got an email from them asking if I’d be interested in testing out their HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer. I said something along the lines of “heck yes!”
I was excited to test out the sprayer and even more excited by the thought of cutting the time it would take to refinish furniture in half. Now imagine my disappointment when that wasn’t the case the first time around, due to user error on my part. I used Kilz oil-based primer for the first coat and it was a HUGE mistake. Not only did I have to clean the machine with mineral spirits, but the primer still didn’t come out of the nooks and crannies and it took over an hour to clean. STRIKE ONE. I went off to the store and got some water-based primer and then tried again.
The second annoying thing that took forever was determining how much to thin out the paint. The directions on the can call for way less water than the instructions for the sprayer. I was worried that too much water would affect the paint finish, but too little water kept clogging the sprayer. Finally, I just followed the directions for the sprayer for the proper “viscosity” of the paint and it worked like a charm.
The true test was the finish after spraying the chairs. The coats went on smooth and with a great spray pattern, after I took the time to thin everything out according to the sprayer instructions. It took me about 30 minutes to spray all of 6 of the dining room chairs. No lie, 30 minutes.
Since the third time is the charm, my third time cleaning the sprayer went much smoother as well. I now have cleaning the HomeRight Finish Max down to about 30 minutes. So all in all, 1 hour for painting 6 chairs is pretty good timing. I couldn’t have done it that fast by hand, that’s for sure. And the chairs came out perfectly. It seriously looks like I bought them white, which is definitely not something I could have accomplished with a brush given all the details of these chairs.
My Overall Thoughts
So the verdict for me on the HomeRight Finish Max is: I love it, but we had a bad first date. Here’s my advice for buying this paint sprayer, or any sprayer for that matter:
- Do NOT use an oil-based primer or paint in it, it’s just not worth it and there are tons of great water-based options out there.
- Take the time to follow ALL of the instructions the first time, it will save you lots of time cursing and wanting to throw the sprayer across the garage.
- Thin the paint to the sprayer’s instructions. This will give you a more even spray and better quality finish.
- Don’t give up after the first 2 or 3 uses. It could take a few times to get your groove.
- Start buying random furniture to spray and drive your husband crazy.
I’m excited to use this paint sprayer more in the future! Furniture refinishing projects seem a whole lot less intimidating now that I’ve got the HomeRight Finish Max!
Have you used a paint sprayer before? What kind of sprayer do you have?
*I was not paid for this post. HomeRight sent me the HomeRight Finish Max to try out without compensation, aside from the free sprayer. All opinions expressed above are my own.*