I finally decided to toss the HomeRight Super Finish Max into my cart and order it. I have seen this paint sprayer on YouTube too many times to not want to give it a try. After using this HVLP paint sprayer on some furniture I think it’s a great time to conduct an in-depth review and explain how to use it.
- 1 How To Use The HomeRight Super Finish Max in 5 Steps
- 1.1 Step 1: Proper Setup
- 1.2 Step 2: Add Paint
- 1.3 Step 3: Test Spray and Adjust Spray Settings
- 1.4 Step 4: Begin Spraying Project
- 1.5 Step 5: HomeRight Cleaning Routine
- 2 My Thoughts on the HomeRight Super Finish Max?
- 3 Related FAQs
What’s Included In The Box?
- 3 Brass Spray Tips (1.5mm Blue, 4mm Red, 2mm Green)
- 2 Air Caps (Yellow: Wide Spray, Black: Fine Spray)
- Cleaning Brush
- 450 Watt Paint Sprayer
- Small Wrench
- Paint Container
- Container Cap
What Can You Paint With The HomeRight Super Finish Max?
You can paint a variety of projects with the HomeRight Super Finish Max including furniture, cabinets, walls, decks, fences, and pretty much anything that could use a fresh coat of paint. I do not recommend you spray an automobile with the Homeright HVLP spray gun.
How To Use The HomeRight Super Finish Max in 5 Steps
Step 1: Proper Setup
The first thing you need to do when using this paint sprayer is to properly set it up. What exactly does this mean? Well, you need to choose the correct spray pieces based on the project you are painting. This comes down to choosing your spray tips, which are the 3 small colored brass tips included, and between the yellow and black air caps.
Choosing the Correct Spray Tip
When trying to decide which spray tip to use I like to follow the chart below which can be found in the manual included in the box. For furniture, I have been using the green spray tip.
Choosing the Correct Air Cap
This spray gun comes with 2 air cap pieces that go on the front of the gun, one yellow and one black, both are not used the same time though. The yellow air cap is designed to shoot a wide spray, which is best for walls, fences, and decks. The black air cap is designed to shoot a fine spray, meaning it atomizes the paint more creating a much smoother “factor-like” finish. The black air cap is best used when spraying furniture and cabinets.
Step 2: Add Paint
Now we have the gun prepared for spraying your project we can add our paint to the container, but there’s a certain way we must do this for better spraying results. Straining your paint before adding it into your paint container is highly recommended. If not, you risk paint gunk jamming inside your sprayer causing serious spraying issues. This is a must when using paint that has already been open and it likely had dried paint around the edges, we don’t want that in our sprayer.
Thinning Paint for the HomeRight Super Finish Max
The easiest method to follow when it comes to thinning paint for any spray gun is to read the label on the paint product you are using. However, when I use the Super Finish Max I thin my water-based paints with 10% water and have had great results. I also thin water-based polyurethane no more than 10% for spraying.
After thinning make sure to stir the water into the paint for at least 1 minute for even spray results. Also, when attaching your paint container onto the spray gun make sure your suction tube is also attached in the proper direction based on your spraying needs, facing forward when spraying down towards the ground, and spun backward if spraying up. This is based on where the paint flows due to gravity in your container, the tube needs to suck up the paint!
Step 3: Test Spray and Adjust Spray Settings
After having your gun fully prepared for spraying it is time to start test spraying and adjusting your settings. I NEVER spray my projects before test spraying and getting the correct settings, you don’t want to mess anything up. I like to tape cardboard or a drop cloth to the wall so I can test spray.
Since I am typically spraying furniture with my paint sprayer I am looking for an ultra-smooth finish. There are 2 settings we can adjust for different spray results which is the spray flow dial and our spray pattern.
The Flow Dial
In the photo above you can see the flow dial which has a + and a – symbol that represents more and less paint flowing out of the gun when spraying. When all the way down little to no paint comes out, and all the way up too much paint will come out. I like to spin the dial testing different levels to get a thin coverage, enough paint to cover the surface but not too much so it drips.
Other things to practice when spraying with the gun is proper spraying habits, this means spraying at the correct distance away from your project and also in a straight even pattern. Spray between 10-12 inches from your project for best results and keep your gun at the same distance the entire way. If you bend your wrist away when you start and finish you actually aren’t getting even coverage, this could be noticeable when spraying certain projects or products.
The spray pattern is the shape the spray exits the gun, there are 3 patterns, vertical, horizontal, and cone. I do not like using cone because it can be too much paint causing paint drips down the project. I use vertical and horizontal based on the direction spray I need. Really the best way to understand this is to learn it through operation, but I know you may not own it yet so I will explain.
You can spin the airflow cap on the tip of the gun where the paint exits the gun. Look at the photo above for an easy visual understanding. It’s basically opposite to how you set up the gun, if your air cap is set vertical your spray is horizontal, if your air cap is set horizontal your spray is vertical, and at 45 degrees is a cone spray. I also explain this in my YouTube video below with spray examples.
Step 4: Begin Spraying Project
Once you test spray and get comfortable with the results it is time to start spraying your project. It makes me laugh at how long it takes to get to this step and how long this step takes. Since I spray furniture I can have a coat of paint on a piece of furniture in a minute or so, yet it took me 15 minutes to prep the paint sprayer. But if you are painting a fence or something large it can still take some time, but compared to a brush you are cruising.
Step 5: HomeRight Cleaning Routine
- pour leftover paint back into original can
- remove suction tube and place into the dirty paint container
- bring to sink and fully clean paint container and suction tube
- fill the container with water and attach the tube and container back to the sprayer
- flush the gun by spraying the water through it
- disassemble the spray gun and scrub the parts with the brush using warm water
Watch the cleaning routine in my YouTube video too.
The Importance of Cleaning After Each Use
Cleaning the HomeRight spray gun after each use, and maybe between coats, is one of the most important steps if you want to have success with this paint sprayer. If you leave paint inside the gun to dry and clump up you will likely have serious spraying issues. Your gun will skip when spraying, spray unevenly, and spray large clumps ruining the finish. Make sure to rinse, scrub, and repeat until every little piece of paint exits the gun.
My Thoughts on the HomeRight Super Finish Max?
Overall I can give this gun 4.5/5 stars, I am super impressed with the spraying capabilities and the super smooth finish it can provide me with my furniture projects. It is easy to piece together and set up, spraying the gun is super simple and it makes this HVLP spray gun an option for anyone, beginner or expert, it doesn’t matter.
My biggest issue is the cleaning process, it’s not that it’s super difficult but it’s more time-consuming than some other HVLP spray guns I have used. I like how some sprayers, like my Wagner Flexio 590, you can fully remove the spray nozzle making cleaning a joke. You can place every part that has paint on or in it in the water, and you don’t need to spray water through to clean it. Although it is recommended to spray water you don’t have to, which is a plus for me during winters when I can’t clean outside and because I do not have a drain in my garage. If I can keep everything in my sink without needing to power it up it’s quite nice honestly.
However, HomeRight did come up with a pretty clever cleaning idea and that is their Rapid Cleaning tool. This product hooks up to a threaded faucet and then into your spray gun’s suction tube location flushing water through the paint route. This would eliminate the spray cleaning steps, but you do need a sink with a properly threaded faucet or a threaded hose.
Do I Recommend It?
I 100% recommend the HomeRight Super Finish Max for anyone looking to paint a project. It can save you so much time, if you are a DIY type of person like myself just having this in the tool basket is a good idea. If you keep it clean you can have it for years and years. If you plan to use it often having an extra paint container with the lid is a good idea so you can be more efficient in between coats, and I would get the rapid clean tool for an easier cleaning experience.
Where to Buy It?
I ordered mine on Amazon, and if you are interested in this HVLP paint sprayer you can buy the HomeRight Super Finish Max on Amazon too. But full disclosure that the link is an affiliate link and I would make a small commission from the purchase.
My Video Using the HomeRight Super Finish Max
Does it spray evenly and consistently?
If properly cleaned the HomeRight Super Finish Max sprays very evenly and consistently. The flow option makes it easy to adjust and find which setting sprays your paint best. Furthermore, thinning products correctly will improve for more even and consistent spray outcomes.
How quickly does it go through paint?
The Super Finish Max goes through paint based on a few factors. The main factor is the flow dial, if you spin the dial-up you increase paint flow meaning more product is spraying at a time, this increases how fast the gun will go through paint. The container holds 39-ounces, which is a large container for a paint sprayer. There isn’t necessarily a mathematical formula to calculate exactly how much time you have spraying, but you can cover a lot of material before running empty on one full container. I have never run out of paint in my spray gun.
Is it hard to assemble/disassemble the sprayer?
Once you put the sprayer together a couple of times it is so easy to understand. There are only a handful of pieces, it’s not like a puzzle, trust me. To break it down, you install your spray tip first which is 2 pieces, one small and one larger and you tighten them with the included wrench. Once you thread them on there is a spring cap, then your air cap, then you have a threaded cap that keeps those pieces on tight. That’s it for the top pieces, next you have the suction tube and the container, you plug in the tube and spin the container on. That is how simple assembly is.