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Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer

Works with anything from lacquer to latex, with minimal overspray—features Earlex® HVLP technology.
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Designed with simplicity and versatility in mind, the Rockler Finishing Sprayer is the ideal solution for anyone wanting a smooth, professional-quality finish in very little time. It is capable of applying anything from lacquer finishes, varnishes and urethanes to unthinned latex paints. Thanks to Earlex® high-volume, low-pressure technology (HVLP), it does so with minimal overspray. The spray pattern is adjustable from 1'' to 12'' wide so you can tailor the output to your needs. The 13' flexible hose provides enough length so you can move around your project, while the 1 qt. paint cup provides plenty of capacity without excessive weight. 1.5mm and 2.5mm needles are included, along with complete instructions for operation and cleaning.

Sprays a wide variety of finishes, including:

  • Varnishes
  • Waterborne lacquer
  • Lacquers
  • Urethanes
  • Latex
  • Enamels
  • Stains
  • Water sealants
  • Wood treatments
(1) Rockler Finishing Sprayer
(1) Paint/Finish Cup
(1) 13' Air Hose
(1) 1.5mm Tip & Needle
(1) 2.5mm Tip & Needle
(1) Set of Operating Instructions
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 year
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Brand Rockler
Weight 8.0000
Tech Spec
  • Turbine: 700W; 2-stage
  • Hose Length: 13'
  • Cup Capacity: 1 quart
  • Included Tips/Needles: 1.5mm and 2.5mm
  • Spray Pattern Width: 1'' to 12''
  • Vendor Part Number: 529049
Cup Capacity 32 oz
Cord Length 13 ft
Style HVLP
3.9 / 5.0
116 Reviews
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works well
I've used it twice, once spraying water based poly and once spraying deck stain.
It worked great for both
September 22, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Used twice now for applying polyurethane, and so far so good. Definitely a HUGE bang for buck. It has been easy to use and easy to clean. It disassembles for cleaning easily, all the bits that need to be cleaned are easy to access, and putting it back together is foolproof. I had another cheap HVLP that I used before this one that was such a pain to re-assemble. The parts weren't keyed, so it was easy to put it together wrong. But this Rockler one, all the pieces are keyed so you would be hard pressed to re-assemble it incorrectly.

With some tweaking of my technique my last project came out perfect. Some people mentioned issues with orange peel; I had the same result on my first attempt (with GF water based poly). The problem was putting on coats too thick. I would put on coats thick enough that I could clearly see coat. That's definitely too much. Second time around I lowered the volume on the sprayer, and made the coats thin enough that it's barely noticeable that they're even going on. It's a smart idea to have good lighting so you can see the slight shine.

At that level of coat, with three layers, the final result was smooth with no orange peel.

I also recommend getting a second cup with a lid. I keep clean water on hand in the second cup and just swap the cups after doing a spray to quickly purge the gun.

So yeah, for polyurethane this is working great and worth every penny.
August 3, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
It's working above my expectations and easily adjusted for the viscosity of the polyurethane I have been working with. The finish lays on smooth and consistent with quicker drying time, a huge plus! I have already told a few woodworking friends about it.
August 2, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works very well
July 30, 2019
4 months ago
Awesome Sprayer and Easy To Use
After looking at all the good reviews I went ahead and ordered this finishing sprayer. My first project was to strip and refinish our kitchen cabinets. This sprayer worked so smoothly. and it is so lite that you can keep working for a long time easily. The clean up was easy. Beside coming apart and going back together quickly the plastic materials cleaned up easier than my previous metal unit. I would recommend this to anyone starting out or if you are a seasoned finisher.
July 26, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
good first sprayer
Bought to try on a large project I was doing. It worked extremely well although the instruction book is minimal at best
July 25, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really Impressed
I am able to spray non-thinned Behr Marquee exterior latex with no problem, which is a really thick paint, and the finish is great. Would recommend this sprayer.
July 16, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fantastic really like it. A lot better than the Wagner. Sprays a lot more material. Better finish. And very easy to clean. Still like my airless. But when sound a door or cabinet any thing with a couple pints of paint so much faster and clean up way faster
July 1, 2019
5 months ago
Affordable sprayer for applying ceramic glazes
For many years, I used an HVLP sprayer with a 1.0 mm needle and metal cans. Most ceramic glazes are very caustic and tend to "eat" those very expensive metal cans. In order to layer the glazes without wasting time cleaning a single can, I purchased an extra 3 cans which were about $80 each. In 2017 after the turbine finally died and most of the cans were badly pitted, I tried the Rockler finishing sprayer because it was so much more affordable. The needles that came with the system were way too large so I purchased the 1.0 mm needle. In order to switch glazes quickly, I purchased a few extra containers and a second spray gun. After using it a few times, I figured out the exact pressure to use on the trigger to get perfectly even coats of glaze which is very important when layering different colors. Even with all the extras I've purchased, this system is much cheaper and the glazes don't "eat" the plastic containers or the brass needles. As for woodworking . . . I prefer wood with distinctive grain finished with stain and Minwax wipe on polyurethane.
Porcelain serving bowl with (sprayed) layered glazes.
Porcelain serving bowl with (sprayed) layered glazes.
June 28, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Works great right out of box
June 22, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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This is my second one. Had the first one for several years and got fantastic service from it. Finally wore it out, replaced with like kind.
Dwight W on Oct 30, 2019
best deal for quality finish
Carrie B on Oct 12, 2019
This is my second one. Had the first one for several years and got fantastic service from it. Finally wore it out, replaced with like kind.
Dwight W on Oct 30, 2019
Price, Covers my needs to apply poly
John Glinn G on Oct 28, 2019
best deal for quality finish
Carrie B on Oct 12, 2019
Read reviews and watched videos , decided to buy.
Geraldine E on Oct 12, 2019
Friend recommended it for a large outdoor bench: using water-based polyurethane.
Lawrence S on Sep 22, 2019
Recommended for DIY projection screen painting
Mengste Thomas L on Sep 20, 2019
recommended by a friend
Dawn B on Sep 18, 2019
Previous customer reviews
Terry S on Aug 24, 2019
Heard very good things about this finish sprayer
kevin on Aug 3, 2019
Recommended by my sister, she loves hers.
Karen C on Jul 18, 2019
Looking for a moderate cost paint system to get started. Trusted other reviews and comments.
Ron N on Jul 16, 2019
Sprays lacquer
Mike S on Jul 10, 2019
Good price and reviews. Looking for a sprayer that I can paint cabinets with
Dan D on Jul 10, 2019
Online reviews were very good.
Aaron S on Jul 9, 2019
recommended by a friend
donovan r on Jul 4, 2019
diy shaker cabinet finishing
russell r on Jun 28, 2019
Sale price and I need a new one
gary s on Jun 26, 2019
I was tired of using a brush on all my stain and finishes. Based off the reviews this will take my finishing to a new level.
Brian G on Jun 23, 2019
Convenient easy to use
Dave B on Jun 23, 2019
I need one and this has good reviews
Steve C on Jun 19, 2019
had good reviews, need it
Lorin D on Jun 14, 2019
I like the idea of a portable finish sprayer verses using my air compressor in the garage. I will be able to take the sprayer to the job rather than bringing the job to my very cluttered garage.
David N on Jun 13, 2019
I am trying to apply a finish to my daughters dresser that I am building for her.
Herb K on Jun 13, 2019
Good reviews. Reasonable price.
Pat B on Jun 12, 2019
Lots of projects coming up this summer requiring a sprayer. Good reviews on this model, and taking advantage of sale price!
Chris C on Jun 8, 2019
Work with lacquer for finishing current project. High pressure sprayer doesn't do lacquer well at all.
Robert L on Jun 5, 2019
Fast AND efficient way of doing small projects.
Anna t on Jun 4, 2019
I should be getting free shipping
Ed M on Jun 4, 2019
Equipment with the ROCKLER name is second to none and I expect nothing less from this sprayer.
Patrick G on Jun 2, 2019
price and reputation
Michael H on Jun 2, 2019
I want to use fewer brushes while also achieving a smoother finish, and I hope this is more efficient as well!
MICHAEL L on May 31, 2019
Need a good HVLP sprayer for my wood shop.
Wayne on May 31, 2019
I have to paint some 60 feet of deck railing and hope this will same me some time.
Ken M on May 27, 2019
To paint furniture<br /><br />Highly recommended by your customer service rep on the phone<br /><br />Attractive price
Jahangard S on May 24, 2019
April Wilkerson / Rogue Engineer use your products and I trust their product positioning.
Jennifer M on May 24, 2019
I love this sprayer. Very easy to use and does a good job for the price.
Natasha C on May 23, 2019
Good reviews, looks practical.
Serita C on May 17, 2019
Positive reviews
Michael L Kern J on May 17, 2019
Looks like a good combo spray unit for my woodworking and auto repair projects.
william b on May 10, 2019
Price and Rockler brand
Gino on May 9, 2019
Was wanting to purchase a spray painter to paint my picket fence and this unit had good reviews.
Douglas H on May 7, 2019
I had the old style and loved it for 10 years, time for a new one!
Royce R on May 5, 2019
I purchased for finishing cabinet doors in my kitchen and woodworking projects.
Nelson S on May 5, 2019
It was on sale. I always have wanted one.
Clark K on May 4, 2019
price and reviews, wanting a good sprayer to use instead of a brush or roller.
Bobby on May 4, 2019
Ordered this because of the range of adjustment from 1in to 12in, less overspray
Angela O on May 4, 2019
Have been wanting to give HVLP a try...tired of using brushes, and high pressure spraying is finicky and creates too much overspray in my were generally very positive.
J D on Apr 26, 2019
I needed a new low pressure sprayer for cabinets nd other uses in my shop
Wayne Z on Apr 25, 2019
B R on Apr 25, 2019
Make finishing easier with out all the over spray. Has lots of good reviews and great price point.
james r on Apr 24, 2019
Price, Covers my needs to apply poly
John Glinn G on Oct 28, 2019
Read reviews and watched videos , decided to buy.
Geraldine E on Oct 12, 2019
will this spray epoxy paint?
Myron K on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It sure will, we sell a lot of these to tub refinishers. Clean the gun out quickly when you're done.
Which tip is best for spraying poleurathane?
John C on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The fine finish needle is the 1.5mm, it should give you better atomization, the 2.5 will also spray urethane, but a much thicker application too. As a cabinetmaker I use the 1.5 for my fine finishing, no matter what the material I am spraying.
Will it spray latex without thinning?
Jman56 on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will spray any liquid up to and including the viscosity of latex paints and epoxies.
Will it spray shellac?
James F on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Easy. Use the 1.5mm needle.
About ease of cleanup for the Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer?
Mike C on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Easy. Take it apart, wash the parts, put it together. Very simple process to follow. I think it takes less time than cleaning brushes and/or rollers. Hands still get wet unless you wear gloves.
Does enamle paint require thinning prior to spraying?
donmar on Nov 23, 2017
why would I need a 1.0 mm needle for the rockler finishing sprayer?
Ricogato on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The smaller opening gives an ultra-fine finish when spraying thin materials, such as lacquers, urethanes and varnishes.
Do you need a special lacquer with this sprayer? Most I've seen say for brushing only.
Ron a on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No I have sprayed normal lacquer. You might want to use a retarder with it though
Has anyone used the Earlex 5500 professional gun with this instead of the plastic one that comes with it?
Ted K on Oct 29, 2017
the hvlp I purchased just recently, does it have a viscosity rating for shooting paints, oil and latex?
Roger Y on Feb 6, 2018
I'm looking to spray my poplar doors and drawer fronts so I just recently purchased a Wagner 518080 HVLP sprayer to spray them. I have thinned the Zinsser primer (haven't gotten to paint yet) to what the manufacture recommends (10 oz water per gallon), but yet I cannot get this sprayer to spray right/smoot finish. My question is this, is this made by Wagner (read that it uses wagner filters) or Rockler? Can I use this with on poplar to get a smooth finish if I use the 1.5mm and Sherwin Williams Pro paint?

Thank you
ratcityrain on Aug 4, 2017
What is it's decibel rating, noise level?
Dan E on Apr 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure of the dB raiting but it wasn't too loud. I sprayed trim in a small bathroom and didn't wear ear protection. It reminds me of my Kenmore vacuum (probably a little louder).
Is there a constant flow of air through the spray tip or does the air flow start and stop with the pull of the trigger?
Greg T on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The air flow is constant
Do I need an air compressor, or is this all I require?
Peter G on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is self contained, so it is all you need
How can I prevent from orange peel ? I used latex paint and had a significant orange peel... too much paint? too close? I thinned the paint a bit, but I was wondering if thinned it too much ... I really don't know which one I should adjust. Thanks
TomMTL on Apr 21, 2018
can this sprayer spray water based stains and oil based stains?
JOHN L on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Water based, oil based and lacquer based too!
Where can I find a 2.5mm replacement needle?
Phillip W on Sep 13, 2017
How do i use it for ceilings?
stinker on May 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You sure can spray ceilings, just turn the pickup tube around so it points towards the back of the cup and start spraying.
Why does hose get hot during spraying??
John C on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The longer the motor runs, the more friction generated heat there is. It will top out at about 109F. It has no effect on the system or finishing.
Gravity feed seems to be more versatile than siphon guns. Will this system be available with a gravity feed gun or will it even work with a gravity fed paint gun?
Gary on Jul 28, 2017
Okay to lightly coat sprayer parts with petroleum jelly prior to spraying latex make clean-up easier? Any parts to avoid?
Jane S on Jul 20, 2017
Does this cup fit the Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer Item #: 56405?
AZCraig on May 19, 2017
Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer
Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer
Rockler HVLP Replacement Cup
Rockler HVLP Replacement Cup
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately the old replacement cups do no fit on the new unit. We are expecting to get replacement cups for the new sprayer in the fall.
I can always experiment, but if someone already knows, ask. What laytex paint brand and thinning ratio works to refinish furniture in 3-4 coats (first being a primer)?
MattD on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've had my sprayer for just a short time so I am still experimenting. But I use Behr and add a small amount of Flotrol. This sprayer does not require a whole lot of thinning for the paint. I painted MDF cabinet doors and did not prime and I got a really smooth finish (Behr paint w/primer).
Can I keep paint in the sprayer in between coats?
Steve D on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did. Only thing is I had to clean off the nozzle tip as the paint had dried on it. However, the paint in the bucket was fine. (Longest I left it was overnight. Can't say what would happen after that.)
I have never had a sprayer before, but I have seen where professional painter use them and overspray or air borne particles end up everywhere. I have a small shop (but I imagine no matter how big they all seem small from time to time) and I can't dedicate a space for spraying. Which leads to my question, how much overspray is there with this sprayer? Will I have to cover all my big tools? I can clear a space put down drop clothes, etc. but even with spray cans in my shop it seems that it gets air borne and goes everywhere.
Edward C on Jun 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A conventional air compressor set up gives you about 40% over spray, with HVLP it's below 10% and gets better as you get better with the sprayer. You should always have some ventilation and expect some overspray. Common sense stuff, like get your wife's car out of the room, cover tools and washing machine and the next project in progress that you don't want to paint white. Good luck with your projects.
I previously purchased the inexpensive Rockler HVLP-1000. It did not work with unthinned latex, and does not work very well even after significant thinning to get the required viscosity. The spray tended to splatter somewhat, which can be a nice texture, but hard to reproduce. Does the newer Finish Sprayer really work better with unthinned latex? Is there some reason this model will perform better? Should it possible to get a smooth finish, or will it likely be dimpled without thinning or using Floetrol?
George R on Jun 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a huge difference in power. The old version was getting about 1.5psi the new Rockler Finish Sprayer gives you 3.5psi which will spray un-thinned latex paint. Use the larger needle for spraying un-thinned latex on a wall with a slight roller like texture, to eliminate that texture thin about 5% with water. Use the small needle for "fine" finishing, even with latex, but thin it 10% with water and add Floetrol to help it level. If you're looking for a "mirror" finish, you won't find it with latex paint. Rockler has lots of finishing products that will give you a mirror finish while using this sprayer.
Do you recommend the extra dollars for the cleaning kit or easy enough to clean without?
David K on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I found that a small cleaning brush came with my unit. The unit is so easy to disassemble and clean that I do not plan to spend the money on the cleaning kit.
In the description it mentions that you do not have to thin latex paint. Yet when I read the on-line instruction booklet, it said latex had to be thinned. What's the correct answer?
Katie D on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have seen a demonstration where they sprayed Behr paint right out of the can so it can be done without thinning. I do however find that I get a better finish when I do thin out the material and put on several thinner coats. The instructions not say that it is require but it does say that it may result in faster spraying, a better finish and less material usage
Do it spray oil based gloss Rust-Oleum and 2k clear coat acrylic urethane??
Quentin N on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not sure, I only use it on poly and it works very well. Hope this helps.
What angle will the sprayer work at?
toolman on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The pickup tube in the paint canister can be positioned at any angle, front, back, sides, so it will pick up paint at basically any angle. The degree of angle will dictate how much paint you will be able to draw up which will determine how often you need to refill the paint canister. I painted both overhead and straight down on a floor, the sprayer worked fine and I was able to draw almost all of the paint from the paint canister. Extreme angles didn't seem to cause any sprayer malfunctions. You can also vary the spay pattern from vertical to horizontal to spot which helps if you have to angle the sprayer.
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