What are the differences between HVLP and LVLP spray painters?

If you're in the market for a new paint sprayer, you wonder what the differences are between HVLP and LVLP. Both types of sprayers have their own benefits, so it can be tough to decide which one is right for you.


In this blog, we'll list the differences between HVLP and LVLP spray painters. So you can make an informed decision about which type of sprayer is best for your needs.


  1. HVLP

* High volume low pressure

* The measured pressure at the air cap must be between 0.1-10 PSI maximum. Or proving the application is at least 65% transfer efficiency.

* The painting is achieved by the volume of air, not by high air pressure. So it can create a softer spray to let more material sticker to the part.

* Suitable for: furniture, cabinets, and walls.

* Coating material: thinner materials (latex paint, lacquers, stains)

* Suitable users: regular DIYers and beginners



* Less overspray

* Reduce material waste

* Efficient paint transfer

* Great for beginners

*Only sprays thinned latex

* Need a large compressor

* Not as great with thinner materials

  1. LVLP

* Low volume low pressure.

* Smaller holes create more air pressure at the air cap to create better atomization.

* Have large air passage like the HVLP guns but the air caps have slightly smaller holes.

* Not limited to 10 PSI at the air cap.

* Coating material: Clearcoats, thin stains, lacquers, varnish

* Suitable for: Base coats, Enamel, Clear coats

* Suitable users: experienced DIYers and professional users.




* Less overspray

* Can use a small compressor

* Great with thinner materials

*Smaller painting fan width

* Not good with thicker materials


  1. Difference between HVLP and LVLP

* The air cap pressure is 10 PSI for HVLP. Provide a better transfer efficiency than HVLP. HVLP needs more CFM.

* Fad width: HVLP is wider than LVLP.

* Air volume: LVLP (5-18 CFM) is less than HVLP (10-30 CFM)

* Air pressure: LVLP (10-30 PSI) is lower than HVLP (40-60 PSI)

* Transfer efficiency: HVLP is better than LVLP.

 HVLP (High volume low pressure)LVLP (Low volume low pressure.)
Transfer efficiencybetterGood
Painting Fan widthAdjustableSmaller fan width
Size of air compressorBiggerSmaller
Air pressure40-60 PSI10-30 PSI
Air volume10-30 CFM5-18 CFM
Suitable forRegular DIYers and beginnersExperiencedDIYers and professional users.


HVLP and LVLP spray guns are of excellent quality. And they're very useful for different applications. Therefore, what you pick between them will depend on the specific tasks you'll use it to finish.


For DIYers and beginners, look for something easy to use and doesn't take a lot of effort to operate, HVLP is a good buy.


But if you are a professional that prefers something that paints relatively faster. And also offers more paint transfer efficiency, the LVLP will be more suitable.


So, which one should you go for? The answer to that question depends on the specific tasks you'll use it to finish. You can always refer to our website for more information on each spray gun and find the perfect one for your job. We hope this article was helpful in guiding you to make a decision about what spray gun is best for you.

More air spray paint guns and air accessories(air regulator and air filter)


*Lematec air filters.

*Lematec air pressure regulator and valve.

*Lematec air paint spray guns