TrueCoat: Watered Down ProShot?

What’s the Difference Between the TrueCoat and ProShot lines?

From a practical standpoint, very little. Let’s make this as simple as we can, starting with the models within the lineage of each line.

TrueCoat

We have been running the TrueCoat line against the ProShot line lately.

The Graco ProShot lineup:

*All about the Graco ProShot Line

The Graco TrueCoat lineup:

*All about the Graco TrueCoat Line

TrueCoat

Todd setting up the TrueCoat Pro II in SW W&W latex primer for testing.

Practical Differences Between Graco ProShot and TrueCoat lines

First, you will notice that there are just two models that fall under the ProShot badge, and both are cordless.

  1. ProShot II – Critical Stats: 20v LI; 1000-2000 max variable psi; tip sizes .011-.017.
  2. ProShot Fine Finish – Critical Stats: 18v LI; 500-1500 max variable psi; tip sizes .008-.012; “hot” solvent compatible.

What distinguishes the ProShot models is that they are available in cordless models only, and they are only sold at Sherwin Williams paint stores. So, their exposure is pretty much limited to professional painters who go to Sherwin Williams stores, or homeowner/diy types who happen to wander into SW.

About the TrueCoat Line

While the Lineup shown above lists quite a roster, the last 3 on the list are the current generation of TrueCoats:

  1. TrueCoat Pro II Corded – Critical Stats: 15 ft. power cord; 1000-2000 max variable psi; tip sizes ;011-.017.
  2. TrueCoat Pro II Cordless – Critical Stats: 20v LI; 1000-2000 max variable psi; tip sizes .011-.017.
  3. TrueCoat Pro Fine Finish – Critical Stats: 18v LI; 500-1500 max variable psi; tip sizes .008-.012.

This line is available through Sherwin Williams paint stores, but is also available at other outlets, such as Home Depot and Lowes, as well as online suppliers. It appears to us as a distribution strategy by Graco, to make their handheld sprayer technologies available to a broader variety of consumer demographics, without compromising the positioning of the ProShot in Sherwin Williams stores.

Misperceptions

TrueCoat

How the TrueCoat Pro II laid down SW ProClassic.

It is our opinion that the TrueCoat is perceived as being a ‘watered down’ version of the ProShot. Our extensive testing, and detailed discussions with Graco engineers and corporate level folks, has concluded that this is entirely not the case.

The reasoning behind having the two lines seems to be a matter of distribution networks. ProShot badged cordless sprayers are only sold at Sherwin Williams. There are some slight differences in the tip styles, but the range of orifice sizes available is consistent across the lines. So, it appears that Graco rebadged very similar products for distribution through other sources to meet different consumer demographics.

We will be sharing more of our test footage of the “other” handheld line in coming weeks. This will include an instructional video series on how to complete small wood finishing projects using the TrueCoat Pro II and the Fine Finish version.

This video series will be ongoing and is being produced in collaboration with Prep to Finish Paint Industry Training and Graco.

If you are a ProShot or TrueCoat user, please leave a reply below to let us know about your experiences.

Scott Burt

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!

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  1. Al says:

    I am a Truecoat pro fine finish owner and couldn’t be happier with the unit. I spray mostly lacquers,latex, poly etc. Switching from the gravity hvlp to this airless is a small learning curve. The graco ff lays down a very even coat and you have to watch the speed more carefully. It seems pretty childproof to me to use and a thorough cleaning keeps it ready to go without issues.
    I own a pretty good hvlp system, but I reach for the cordless because it’s so very fast, consistent and less finicky with the changing weather here in Eastern Canada.
    Many of the issues I have read about are more than likely operator error. Be aware of your spray angles and tube position in the cup, choose the correct tip for your viscosity, and you are away to the races with very nice atomization at a decent speed.

  2. maureen says:

    does not work as well as I hoped

  3. jack says:

    Going to try this baby today

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