If you are looking for a HVLP paint sprayer, the ones made by Graco are well worth considering. Russell Gray founded Graco Inc, in the late 20s with his brother.
At the time, he was working as a parking lot attendant. He provided basic maintenance services including lubricating his customer’s cars using a manual grease gun.
The problem was that in cold weather the composition of the grease changed. It would become impossible to squeeze out of the manual grease guns they used.
One day, Gray realized that with enough sustained pressure the grease would move freely. He made himself a powered handheld grease gun.
The Graco airless spray gun was first introduced in 1957. It was the first of its kind, and was an immediate hit. The company has continued to develop this flagship product, as well as other types of paint guns and sprayers. Below is an overview of some of the best Graco airless paint sprayer products on the market.
We are starting our roundup with one of the firms more expensive models. This top end Graco HVLP spray gun is certainly feature rich.
It has a powerful compressor, which means that it lays down around 30% more paint than a typical HVLP spray gun does. If you are going to be doing a lot of spraying, or are a contractor, this is a great product.
This spraying system is surprisingly compact, and easy to transport. Everything is readily to hand. The fact that all the supplies and parts slot into the case ensures that you are never left scrabbling around in the van for nozzles etc.
The 30ft of hose means it is practical for most jobs. However, the fact that you cannot adjust the fan can cause problems. In some situations, you will notice a bit of overspray.
The Graco Magnum X5 has been available for several years now, and it is a very popular sprayer. It is lightweight, adaptable, and includes many features that make spraying much easier.
For example, the trademarked PushPrime system makes priming the sprayer simple, and means that your first spray run is as smooth as your last. The fact you can attach a garden hose to it to clean it is another invaluable feature. In addition, you can spray direct from most containers, which makes it quick and easy to set up.
If you are new to spraying this sprayer is a good starting point. It is super easy to use, but is also capable of the more advanced jobs you will want to tackle as you gain experience. It has an all-metal spray gun, so is built to last.
The Magnum is not a state of the art air sprayer, so had its foibles, but it has been around so long that it is easy to find hints and tips to get around most of them. If you are renovating a house, and are on a budget, this Graco sprayer is durable, and versatile enough to see you through the entire job.
The Graco Project Painter range is primarily designed for homeowners and DIYers. Because you can spray directly from one to 5-gallon containers, using the flexible 25ft hose, it is easy to setup.
A pail hook is incorporated into the spray head, which allows you to suspend the container under the sprayer and move freely as you paint. However, the fact it is mains powered means you have to be careful not to tangle it up in the lead.
It also features an all-metal SG2 spray gun, with a 515 RAC IV tip, which enables you to apply most materials. But, it cannot be used for lacquering or spraying textured materials. Fortunately, for most DIY users this limitation is not a big issue.
Graco TrueCoat plus II
It is very versatile. The Tilt-N-Spray suction tube means that you can use it to spray up and down, as well as side to side.
You can also buy an adapter that allows you to spray at an angle as, which turns it into one of the most versatile small paint sprayers on the market. It also features a pressure controller, which is especially useful when you need to spray thicker materials.
Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy Cart Airless Paint Sprayer
Like the Graco Finish Pro, this sprayer is suitable for serious DIYers or small contractors. Its features include PushPrime, Power Flush and full pressure control, which makes it super easy to use and maintain.
The above Graco HVLP sprayers are all widely available. However, given how good this company’s products are, and the fact that they offer excellent customer support, it is also worth considering buying one of their discontinued models. Among the best of these are the Graco HVLP 3800 and the HVLP 4900. The older Graco 7.5, 9.0 and 9.5 models are also worth considering, you just need to be careful not to mistakenly buy a reconditioned machine.
Upgrading your sprayer
One of the great things about Graco’s modern airless sprayers is that you can use accessories to make them suitable for larger jobs. By buying a new spray head, you can improve the spray rate and finish of your existing system.
For example, adding a Graco-Sharpe HVLP FX3000 spray gun gives you the chance to spray faster, and achieve a higher quality finish. It comes in a range of nozzle sizes from 1.0mm to 1.8mms.