Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer 9.5 Review

  • Product Reviewed: Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer 9.5.  It is the same as the other models but has three fluid tips.
  • Cost: Price is currently $1,359.00.
  • Overall Rating: (4.5 of 5.0) Expensive but very well designed.  It has a powerful turbine, puts down a substantial coat of paint and is easy to transport.
  • Link to JN Equipment:  FinishPro HVLP 9.5

The Features

FinishPro HVLP with breakthrough TurboForce technology introduces the newest line to Graco’s finish Pro product family of fine finish sprayers. TurboForce is the next generation turbine technology that delivers the most optimized air pressure and air flow combination. Contractors will experience up to 30% more performance than any comparable product on the market. The more TurboForce, the faster the application with less material preparation.  Comes complete with Flip-top lid access to retrieve extra needles and nozzles without removing EDGE Gun from cup holder.

Graco FinishPro HVLP 9.5 Gun

Graco FinishPro HVLP 9.5 Gun

HVLP EDGE Gun – ALL MODELS (7.0, 9.0 and 9.5)

  • 1-qt (1-L) material cup
  • 30 ft (9 m) Super-Flex air hose

FinishPro HVLP 7.0 includes:

  • #3 Quick Release Fluid Set

FinishPro HVLP 9.0 includes:

  • #3 & #4 Quick Release Fluid Set
  • Air Ball Valve

FinishPro HVLP 9.5 includes (MODEL TESTED):

  • #2, #3 & #4 Quick Release Fluid Set
  • Air Ball Valve
  • 4 ft [1.2 m] Whip Hose
  • Artisan Air Valve Kit

My Thoughts

At First Glance.  The packaging is very clean and I love how easily you can store the fluid sets in the top portion of the case.  The power cord, the gun and all the other supplies fit neatly inside the case.  The air hose and four foot whip attach to the side with a Velcro strap.  The design is ultra convenient.

The Turbine.  This is definitely the best part of the painting system.  This turbine is somewhat loud as compared to other HVLP turbine systems but the noise is offset by the superior performance of this sprayer.

The Gun.  The overall design of the gun is great.  It took me a while to get use to the bottom mount pressure feed after using a top mount gravity or pressure feed cut.   I found that the bottom mount cups can get in the way of your projects and I inadvertently nicked a cabinet door.  I would have preferred all metal parts on the gun.  The air cap and handle are made with plastic that seemed insubstantial.

Artisan Air Valve Kit.  Mechanically, the air valve limits the amount of air provided to the gun on a gradual basis from wide open to closed.  In practice, I had a hard time finding a practical use for it.  After several attempts to use it I decided to remove it from the gun and re-install the aluminum plug.

No Fan Adjustment.  The inability to adjust the fan is one of my biggest gripes.  I am a regular user of the fan adjustment on an HVLP gun because of the variety of projects I spray.  It is helpful to have the option of adjusting the fan to accommodate the size of your project.  I find that I use less paint when I can narrow the fan.  When  I called Graco and asked why they had not included a fan adjustment on this gun and paint series they answered, “this system is intended to be a down and dirty contractor painting system and we didn’t want to complicate it.”  Although I appreciate their response, the product is a significant investment and I would have liked the option.

Paint Consumption.  The paint consumption per project application is higher than my Fuji and Devilbiss systems and I tended to get a lot of over spray.  This partially has to do with the lack of a fan adjustment to control the spray width.

The Price.   The price is very high for this type of painting system.  This is the primary reason the product got a less than perfect review.