DeVilbiss StartingLine 802342 Spray Gun Kit Review

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DeVilbiss Startingline is an entry-level spray gun that is great for different types of automobile painting jobs. It has all the basic elements that are required for spray painting automobiles and other automotive accessories.  

It comes along with a mini detail gun that helps you achieve an excellent finish. You can easily reach remote areas and spray on smaller surfaces without wasting too much product. The full-size spray gun ensures that you can paint larger surfaces in a smaller amount of time. The model also comes along with a regulator that helps you to adjust the flow air-pressure in the spraying guns. It is an entry-level spray gun that works well with light and heavy viscosity materials. However, this device has been designed to work on automobile surfaces only and is not suitable for painting larger surfaces in your house such as walls.

Here are the specifications of DeVilbiss StartingLine at a glance:

Power:Air Compressor
Weight:6.02 pounds
Dimensions:12 X 11 X 4.7 inches

This model is really easy to disassemble for thorough cleaning. It has a nice chrome finish and delivers consistent and smooth spraying patterns. It is also lightweight, in comparison with its competitors. Let us begin our DeVilbiss StartingLine review by going over its key features:

Key Features:

Two types of spray guns

The DeVilbiss StartingLine has two spray guns — a mini detail gun and a full-size spray gun. You can choose between the two depending on your requirements. The mini detail gun works very well for the remote areas, allowing you to experiment with various painting techniques. The full-size spray gun is suited for those areas where you want to cover larger surfaces in a short span of time, such as door panels.

Multiple painting tips 

The DeVilbiss StartingLine comes with three tips  — 1 .0 mm fluid tip, a 1.3 mm fluid tip, and a 1.8 mm tip. 1.0 mm tip works very well for touchups and 1.3 mm tip can be used for basecoats. 1.8 mm is best suited for primers and other heavy bodied materials. It is very important to ensure that you pick the appropriate tip as per the thickness of the paint you are spraying to avoid causing damage to the tip.


The regulator gives you more power over the paint flow. You can increase or decrease the pressure depending on what you have to paint. For example, if you are painting wider areas, you can increase the pressure whereas if you are painting smaller areas, you can reduce the pressure. The higher air pressure also helps you to atomize thicker paints such as acrylic paints.

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The DeVilbiss StartingLine is made out of metal, making it more durable compared to plastic spray paint guns. Metallic paint guns can be cleaned with mineral spirits and paint thinners get rid of buildup from the accessories

Easy to carry and store

The DeVilbiss StartingLine DeVilbiss HVLP Gravity Spray Gun Kit comes with a molded carry case. It makes it easy for you to keep all your paint gun tools and accessories in one place. The molded spaces make sure that every accessory has its own place so that you don’t misplace any. It is also easy to move around with this sprayer, thanks to the carry case.

Easy to clean

It is extremely important to clean the spray guns thoroughly after each use to keep the device in a good condition and avoid overspraying. This device is easy to disassemble so that you can clean the nooks and crannies with ease. Simply use warm soapy water and clean it thoroughly without creating a big mess.


Tips are very tight

When you receive a brand new device from the factory, you may find it difficult to take off the tips. You will need an external socket or a wrench to loosen the attached tip and replace it with another one.

Prone to leaks

The cups are not very robust. You may end up over-tightening the cups that may cause a lot of cracks.  This can result in leakage of paint when you are using the device.  

Needs a compressor

It is not an airless sprayer. You will need to hook it up with an air compressor, fill up the cups with paint and start spraying. It is recommended to get an air compressor that is a 6 or above at 90 PSI. The recommended PSI inlet air pressure for the spray painting gun is 30 PSI.

Customer Reviews of the DeVilbiss StartingLine

Users have reported that DeVilbiss StartingLine sprayer is an excellent device with several desirable features and offers complete value for money. It is an easy-to-use device and helps to achieve consistent spraying patterns.  Users have also reported that the regulator, spray fan, and the coverage adjustments work like a dream, making it very easy to tackle different automobile painting jobs. When compared to the more expensive high-end spray paint guns, this sprayer ranks more than average and offers similar features at a fraction of the cost.  

However, some users are not completely thrilled about the DeVilbiss 802342 StartingLine Spray Gun Kit due to the leaks and poor build of the spray paint guns. Some have also experienced clogging issues with the 1.8 mm tip. It is also very difficult to remove the tip that comes attached to the gun without the help of a wrench. Some users have also found it difficult to disassemble the sprayer for cleaning.

DeVilbiss StartingLine 802342 Spray Gun Kit


What is the key difference between DeVilbiss StartingLine and FinishLine spray paint guns?

The DeVilbiss StartingLine is an entry-level product that is best suited for a hobbyist or a beginner in the world of automotive spray painting. On the other hand, the DeVilbiss FinishLine is designed to be a production gun suited for more professional use.

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Is DeVilbiss StartingLine an airless sprayer?

It is not an airless sprayer. It is a conventional spray paint gun that needs to be connected to an air compressor for creating air pressure. There is no in-built turbine or an in-built source of air pressure. 

Is it possible to use latex-based paints with this paint sprayer?

Latex-based paints are not the ideal choice for this type of paint sprayer. They work better with airless sprayers.

Can I paint an entire car using this sprayer?

Yes, if you work with the right compressor, it is possible to paint an entire car using this sprayer. Make sure to clean the device thoroughly between each coat and primer. 

Can I use oil-based paints with this sprayer?

Yes, you can. However, make sure to select the right air pressure adjustment and also thin your paint to achieve a uniform finish. 

I am planning to use a sprayer for home improvement jobs. Is it possible to paint cabinets and trims using this sprayer?

This device is designed for painting automobiles. So it works best with paints specifically meant for automobiles. Typically, you would use latex paints or primers to paint the cabinets. Those paints are much thicker and not compatible with this kind of sprayer.

My sprayer has a tendency of spraying in a top or bottom-heavy pattern. Is there any way I can fix this?

Consider rotating the air cap 180 degrees and check if the spraying pattern changes. If you are experiencing an excessive heavy pattern, it is possible that you have a dirt or a damaged air cap or a  fluid tip.

I am finding it very difficult to replace the tips. Is there a hack to take off the tips easily?

Start with removing the needle first. Gently remove the cap and then proceed to remove the tip. Also, make sure that you are cleaning the spray guns thoroughly after each use. Otherwise, the paint residue will dry up and result in over-tightening of the tips. 

Is it possible to spray upside down using this sprayer?

No, you can spray at an angle of 45 degrees.


Summing up our DeVilbiss StartingLine review, the DeVilbiss StartingLine is perfect for paint spraying beginners who are looking for a high-quality yet reasonably priced tool. This device can help you achieve consistent results and is perfect for touch-ups and other small jobs. If you want to start automobile painting and restore your old car and convert it into a work of art, the DeVilbiss StartingLine is the appropriate tool to get started with. It is easy to use, clean, and store, making it perfect for hobbyists and beginners. It is also very compact and lightweight and includes various accessories that you need to begin to paint automobiles.

 However, it is not suited for heavy-duty professional use unless you are looking for an inexpensive sprayer that can take care of side jobs. You cannot use the sprayer for completing regular household painting jobs as it is not compatible with thicker paints such as latex, enamels, and chalk paint. You may also experience occasional leaking around the spray paint cups. The plastic gaskets around the painting cups are also quite fragile and prone to breaking.  You will also need to purchase a standalone compressor to use this sprayer.