Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer Review – 9.5 ProContractor
With complete control from the Edge II Plus gun, the Graco FinishPro HVLP sprayer allows the user to apply finishes with near perfection.
Using an airless sprayer may be the best tool for painting a building (home or commercial), but it’s not the end-all-be-all. These machines are great for spraying a lot of paint really quick, but details, not so much. When it’s time for shooting cabinets, furniture, finished carpentry, or custom fabrication work, you want something with more detailed control. The new Graco FinishPro HVLP sprayer provides adjustability on more than just pressure and paint volume. We use the Graco FinishPro HVLP 9.5 ProContractor on a few projects to get a good feel for the features.
It’s one thing laying down paint with some orange peel texture, and another when you want that show car finish. Typical airless sprayers will never achieve this feat, even with the best painter (person). With the Graco FinishPro system, you have the tool/s to achieve near perfection in your finish. The FinishPro HVLP lineup is flexible, allowing you to control air volume, paint volume, fan pattern, and air pressure.
Typically, to get that slick finish, you reach for a standard cup gun or gravity-fed spray gun, such as a car painter would use. The problem here is that it requires a decent air compressor, along with some really good filtering. Compressors and filtering equipment can get expensive, really quick. In addition, if you have to paint some pieces onsite, then it’s really difficult, or impossible, to mobilize the compressor and filter setup. You definitely can’t paint with a cup gun using a contractor’s pancake compressor.
Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer 9.5 ProContractor Features
The FinishPro HVLP ProContractor series includes the SmartStart technology. Users have the choice to set it to SmartStart or flip the rocker switch to “On” which is always on. The SmartStart will pressurize the hose and gun, then shut off if the sprayer is not being used. This is a really efficient feature. At the same time, you should be careful. If the machine shuts off when idle, once you pull the trigger, it will splatter a little. This is not a big deal, but make sure you have the gun pointed away from your work until it pressurizes.
Graco Product Evolution
Edge II Plus Gun Technology
Graco not only upgraded their HVLP system with a turbine, but they also redesigned the guns and dubbed them Edge II. The Edge II has a redesigned air cap that increases the paint flow by up to four times. Also, the internal needles are easy to clean and change, without any tools. This is an easy 3-step process:
- Remove front air cap and nozzle
- Slide trigger lever to release the needle
- Pull the needle out
Air flowing to the gun can be controlled from the FinishPro base. By turning the dial clockwise, the air volume increases, and the LED indicator displays the level. Furthermore, the air at the gun can be controlled as well. The Edge II Plus gun allows the user to dial in the air flow desired for atomizing the airborne paint. Even more, the paint volume can also be controlled from the Graco HVLP spray gun.
Using the Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer with the Edge II Plus Spray Gun
Pro Tip: when shooting for a very slick and glossy finish, make sure the first coat is a tack coat. This will provide an excellent base for the additional coats to adhere to and layout nice and flat, mitigating sags and runs.
After the tack coat was applied, we waited about 10 minutes to hit it again with three more coats of satin black. One of our partnering companies asked us to shoot these light poles, with them spec-ing the paint, and they requested the poles to be painted without a primer base. We aim to please, so we did what they said. With the first tack coat, I had the “Air” control set to about 50% and the “Fluid Control” set to “5” (out of 8). On the subsequent coats, I changed the “Fluid” control to “Max” to really lay on the urethane paint. Amazingly enough, I was able to add three coats without getting any runs or sags.
You have a couple of choices here on how you break down the gun for cleaning. I’ll tell you our procedure, which produces less mess. We first unscrewed the barrel nut that connects the gun to the top of the cup. Once this is unscrewed, you should have the gun separate from the cup, after you disconnect the small silicone rubber air hose. Set the paint cup aside and just work on the gun at this point. Turn the gun upside down and fill the cavity with solvent, let it sit a minute, then pull the trigger. Gravity should be enough to push the solvent out and clean the residual paint in the gun. This may need to be repeated a couple times. Unscrew the air cap, and remove the tip and needle. Give these a quick solvent wipe down or soak them in solvent.
Next, make your way to the cup, remove the large black ring on the top to separate the top and bottom. This allows removal of the flex liner, discard the flex liner and any unused paint appropriately. The hard plastic cup should be clean, so just focus on the cap, including the mesh filter. Pull off the mesh filter to soak in solvent, then clean the cap with additional solvent.
One other note is the price. Purchasing the Graco FinishPro HVLP 9.5, such as we tested, will set you back ~$1,500. This is not your typical walking-around money, so it’s definitely a purchase that you want to make with a purpose. With that said, we can also see that shops can earn a return on their investment, providing better output and happier customers. In addition, the FinishPro allows for painting anywhere there’s power.
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FinishPro HVLP 9.5 ProContractor Specifications
TurboControl System with LED Display
- Adjust the TurboForce turbine speed to match the performance you require
- Reduces heat build-up
- Runs quieter
- Extends turbine system life
- 50% longer hoses
- Ultimate control with independent user controls for material volume, air flow, and spray fan size
- Exclusive Graco air cap design increases the fluid flow in every need by 4X
- Change out needles from the front of the gun with just a click
- 75% lighter trigger pull than the competition with EasyGlide
Dual Filtration System
- Premium automotive-grade filter provides industry-leading, high-performance filtration
- Outperforms foam and traditional paper filters used on most HVLP systems
Compact and Durable Body
- Rugged all steel enclosure protects the turbine on the job and during transport
- On-board gun and cup holder allows for easy transport and paint refills with fewer spills
- Separate utility toolbox built-in for needle storage