Graco FinishPro HVLP 9.5

Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer Review

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.

11 thoughts on “Graco FinishPro HVLP Sprayer Review”

  1. Hey, can you give me a bit more explanation of the difference between the 7, 9 and 9.5? Its a bit confusing. Thanks!!

    Graeme

    1. Hey Graeme!

      Great question and the short answer is the big important pieces like the turbine an the gun are all the same in all three models. Unless you want the three fluid tips, the 7.0 machine will have the same turbine and the same gun. There are a few extra things that are NOT must haves. Check out the detail in the middle section of the review.

      Hope that helps!

      Chris

  2. Hi Chris,

    I recently bought a graco hvlp 9.5.
    Is it possible to fit a devilbiss gravity feed gun on this turbine?
    or is this something you don’t want to do?

    tnx

    Gert

    1. Hey Gert!

      Well, here is the bad news, NO, you cannot use Devilbill guns with a turbine system. They are ALL intended to be used with compressed air systems only. BUT, a little good news is that you can find other guns to use and my favorite gun to use with the Graco HVLP Turbine is the Fuji Gravity Feed HVLP Gun. LOVE the gun mostly because I can adjust the spray pattern when on the Graco gun, I cannot. Something to consider Gert, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Chris

  3. Which is better Fuji 2904-T70 Mini-Mite 4
    Or graco 9.5 ?
    I want to spray latex and have it look like lacquer without thinning. Also want to spray lacquer. I had earlex 2 stage and was traumatized from its poor performance when I needed performance on several jobs.
    I want to spray cabinets to have a factory finish.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Gary,

      In full disclosure I do not have hands on experience with the Fuji Mini-Mite 4 and any latex spraying I do is done with an airless system. But I will say, Graco 9.5 turbine is a beast and that would be my recommendation. It is expensive but it is worth the money. The system does come with three fluid sets and the largest one (#4 fluid set or 1.8mm) should be big enough to spray thinned latex.

      As far as lacquer goes, Pre-Cat or Cab Acrylic, the Graco 9.5 turbine is absolutely the best. My only gripe about the gun that comes with the Graco 9.5 system is that there is no fan control. So, on smaller pieces, you end up with a lot of overspray and it seems you go through paint faster than when I spray with my Fuji gun on similar sized projects.

      You will definitely get that factory finish you’re looking for with this setup.

      Chris

  4. Hey Chris,

    I have a 9.0 and have used it for a variety of things, one of them is kitchen cabinet painting. I’ve sprayed alkyd enamels, professional waterborne precat lacquers, and oil based lacquer paints too(Valspar wood product line). I just painted a kitchen with a conversion varnish my friends ordered from the cabinet factory they ordered from. First time working with a conversion product. I felt like a little of the smooth, glass like finish was missing like normal when applied the product. I used #4 tip as well. Is it possible I didn’t thin it enough for correct flow? Should I have used a #3 tip? Also used the Graco procomp pack for the first time. Gives you a pressure pot to separate the cup from gun and spray in any direction, handy for tight spaces. I mention this because you can increase the pressure on the pot. Could too much pressure have been the reason? I haven’t been able to pin it down, but thought you might be able to add your expertise. I know it’s a random question but like to know for the future.

    1. Hey Jordan! Thanks for the question! Sounds like the distilled question is you used a conversion varnish for the first time, used a 1.5mm #4 tip and are wondering what caused the lack of a smooth glass like finish. Personally I never use anything bigger than a #3 or 1.2mm tip for all my spraying. I never spray high or medium viscosity finishes like latex, etc. My suggestion is to use a finer tip (#3 or even experiment with #2) to see if you cannot atomize the finish a bit better. I’m sure you do this already but always test spray anytime you’re working with a finish you’re not familiar with.

      In full disclosure, I have never sprayed a conversion product like the one you used but this is the process I’d use.

      Thanks again and good luck!

      Chris

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