New 2014 Product Launch: Graco Finish Pro II

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Air Assisted Airless, Sprayers with 10 Comments

2014 Graco Finish Pro II

Graco has released their 2014 lineup of fine finish sprayers, which includes improved 395 and 595 versions of the legendary Finish Pro air assisted sprayers. Topcoat began testing the 395 Finish Pro II several months prior to its release, and we were able to provide some practical input to influence the final incarnation.

Graco Finish Pro II

Todd in clear finish during test phase of 395 FPII

The new Finish Pro series includes some key new features that the previous generation lacked.

Most importantly, trigger activated compressors, and the inclusion of flat (AAF style) tip conversion kits. The hose sets are thinner diameter and lighter, and also now sheathed. Graco has also added more ergonomical full air control at the gun with a newly designed internal air valve.

When operating in air assisted mode, the air compressor only runs while the trigger on the gun is engaged. This saves trips back and forth to the pump to turn the compressor on and off in between rounds, and makes spraying a more peaceful experience. Improved air control on the G40 means you can crank the air at the pump, and dial it with precision at the gun.

What we Expect these Improvements to do:

  • reduce maintenance on compressor
  • prolong compressor life
  • produce cooler, drier air
  • improve user experience (quieter)
  • convenience: full control at the gun
Graco Finish Pro II

We ran the new system in paint grade production prefinishing.

All of this reduces the amount of foot traffic happening in the spray zone, which is better for the operator and the finished product.

Graco is now accepting orders and shipping these units.

We are told that prices are expected to be in the $2500 range for the 395 Finish Pro II and in the $3000-3500 range for the 595 version.

Click here to see the 2014 Graco Fine Finish Sprayer brochure. There is some cool visual footage in it from our pre-release testing.

Graco Finish Pro II

Paint grade cabinetry.

Please use the Comment section below to ask any questions about the new features.

We are happy to share our experience with the 395 Finish Pro II.

We have lots of video footage of the new system that we have not released yet, so stay tuned.

Graco Finish Pro II

Now comes with both reversible and flat style tip capability.

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About the Author: 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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  1. Nick says:

    Scott, I found an awesome deal on the FP II 395. I want it to spray things like Target EM6500…. BM Advance, etc… You get my drift. I want to spray these waterborne pigmented top coats and get glass smooth finish. Something that my Apollo 1050VR is incapable of. Do you have experience with spraying paint through this rig?

  2. marek says:

    Hi Scott,

    I have been looking at the New Graco Finish pro II 395 and will demo next week. From what I understand there was a problem with clogging on the previews version of G40 gun and this was from the review by Jack Paul.
    Do you know if this was resolved by Graco or not.
    thanks

    • Scott Burt says:

      Marek, several improvements in the FPII package (most notably, inclusion of a flat tip conversion kit and trigger activated air) have reduced the likelihood of clogging at the tip. It is a very reliable system.

      • marek says:

        Scott,
        Thank you for your replay. I just had a demo with Graco rep. We were using Pro Classic waterborne with FF 210 Tip. Clogged up immediately and distorted the pattern to crescent moon. Rep didn’t have 311 tip or flat tip conversion tip to try it out.
        I think with all these new paints with low voc and high viscosity you need a bigger tip opening like 311 or FF 312 at least.
        Or maybe a Flat Tip.
        What is your experience with all these new paints for mill work and cabinets spray work.
        Here is the list of paints:
        BM Advance
        BM Waterborne Impervo
        BM Regal Select
        SW Pro Classic Hybrid
        Thank you Kindly

  3. Phil says:

    Nice article Scott. It must be very convenient if there isn’t a separate line for air in the air assisted mode. Less to transport if your leaving the main shop. Plus flip a switch and your on to airless. Kinda boggles my mind that it can do both so well.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Phil, there are still two hoses, but they are lighter and have a better swivel design at the base of the gun, and the filter housing has been reduced in size. Still, a flip of a switch between airless and aaa, which is very convenient, and having the compressor trigger activated now makes for a quieter experience.

  4. I look forward to hearing more. We love our finishpro 395

    • Scott Burt says:

      Same here, Tommy. We were pretty surprised (nervous) when we learned that Graco was going to change the first generation 395 FP. It is tough to mess with legend. But, we have been really pleased. We definitely will be rolling out more footage and I am actually going to check with Todd and see if we can put together a short video to shakedown the specific hose/gun differences based on the questions you asked at PT.

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