Sprayers

Paint Sprayer Reviews and articles from in the field use by Scott Burt and the Topcoat Review Team.

Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Written by on February 4, 2017 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 2 Comments
Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for 7 years now. The biggest complaints about them historically were the […]

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Graco GX 19 Compact Fine Finish Sprayer

Written by on October 22, 2016 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 8 Comments

Graco GX 19: A New Fine Finish Spraying Technology One of the fun aspects about being product and tool testers is that we get to see and figure out what manufacturers are trying to accomplish with new product launches. We have tested and reviewed a few new tools this year that were introduced to fill […]

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Graco 395 Finish Pro II

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Air Assisted Airless, Sprayers with 21 Comments

Graco 395 Finish Pro II In 2014, Graco released an improved line 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 […]

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An Easy Airless Spraying Rig

Written by on July 7, 2013 in Airless, Sprayers with 12 Comments

Every Painter needs a good “Rock Rig” While high volume pumps are still all the rage in airless spraying, the middle weight .5 gpm class of skid style pumps will always have a place in the painter arsenal. In fact, .5-ers, whether blue or red in color, may well be the most commonly hauled out […]

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Cordless and Cool: A Simple History of Graco Cordless Handheld Sprayers

Cordless and Cool: A Simple History of Graco Cordless Handheld Sprayers

ProShot Cordless Family Tree Todd and Scott have been testing, reviewing and downright using/abusing Graco handheld sprayers since their inception in 2010, when the original, first generation ProShot came out. What has been interesting to us about this family of handheld sprayers is that they challenge the user to modify his or her spray technique, […]

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Accelerating Small Tasks

Written by on July 28, 2012 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 13 Comments

It’s not the elephants that will kill you, it’s the mosquitoes. This old adage holds particularly true for paint contractors. It is the smallest, most tedious tasks that bog down production. And often the small projects show the most profit evaporation. Finding the areas that are hurting the most and correcting them is key. But sometimes, […]

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News: Kremlin and Apollo Join Forces

News: Kremlin and Apollo Join Forces

Kremlin Rexson and Apollo Sprayers have formed a relationship: Kremlin (Exel) is perhaps most famous in the paint industry and residential finishing sector for their classic 10.14 pump and the gold Xcite Airmix gun. Their recently launched EOS pump, which we are in the process of testing for future review, is expected by some in […]

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Titan 440 Multi Finish: Impact Player?

Written by on March 10, 2012 in Air Assisted Airless, Sprayers with 15 Comments

Life With Less Overspray: Titan 440 Multi Finish In recent years, tool manufacturers have made it easier for painting contractors to get our hands on more sophisticated equipment that make it possible for us to use one tool to complete many typical tasks. More specifically, the leaders in different paint tool categories have established very […]

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Psychology of HVLP

Written by on January 28, 2012 in Cutting Room Floor, HVLP, Sprayers with 26 Comments
Psychology of HVLP

  We have been running the Graco 9.5, our first HVLP, pretty hard in the shop and field for years. We also run HVLP systems by Apollo, Titan, Earlex and Turbinaire. The 9.5 is the one we mobilize the most for miscellaneous cabinetry on projects requiring oil primer and oil based enamel paint. It is […]

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Apollo hvlp 1050vr: Function and Form

Written by on January 27, 2012 in HVLP, Sprayers with 41 Comments

Editors Note: Apollo Review in APC ’12 In our ongoing quest to make sure that the paint industry fully understands that there is much more to spraying than straight up airless blasting in the 3-4000 psi range, Topcoat Review has pushed further into HVLP spray technologies by initiating testing on Apollo hvlp equipment. We have […]

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