We picked up our Finish Pro in September of 2010 specifically to use in the shop for cabinets, on both paint grade and clear finishes. For those who are researching it, in a very generalized nutshell, air assisted airless technology combines the fluid pressure capability of airless sprayers with the low pressure air atomization qualities of air technologies, such as hvlp.
So, in other words, you have the type of fluid pressure and flow control that you would have with an airless sprayer, which is the most common type of sprayer that most paint contractors use. There is significantly more flow capacity than with an hvlp, but still the fine spray pattern and pressure control. The 395 delivers air assisted functionality in a way that is easy to figure out how to use, facilitated greatly by a digital display for fluid pressure, and a guage for air. They adjust well and in a way that painters can quickly find that sweet spot where technique merges with coating characteristics.
The 395 is on a cart, completely self contained, no pressure pot or external compressor required. It makes a great cabinet grade machine, parked right in the shop, but it is not too cumbersome to load and take out to the jobsite for onsite applications. Lets face it, there are times when yes the hvlp is convenient, but you need to spray 38 door slabs and a set of cabinets.
I’ve never enjoyed taking an hvlp inside cabinet boxes. Too bulky. I also, at times, dont enjoy projector set parts and pieces for hvlp. The use and cleanup of the 395 will feel very familiar to airless users making the move into air assisted. The Finish Pro is equipped with a very sporty G40 gun. The only cumbersome aspect of using the 395 is that there is a dual hose attached to the gun (fluid and air hoses), so if you are working in a shop full of wet cabinet carcasses and parts/pieces, you do have to tend the hose to avoid any unfortunate incidents where hose meets finish. Here is a quick snippet of Todd from our review team taking the 395/G40 combo for a spin for the first time on a cabinet course set up in our shop. And this video shows the 395 in a production setting in air assisted mode.
All in all, I do recommend the Graco 395 air assisted airless as a serious fine finish machine for both shop and field. It is quiet and well behaved in all situations. I should add that I doubt we will ever use this machine as a straight up airless. You could certainly take it out into the field and spray drywall with it, but to me it would be a bit blasphemous to put barbaric miles on a machine that is capable of such fine finishes.
Anyone have any good 395 tales to share?
About the Author (Author Profile)Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you! Scott's Google Profile
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