Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus

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graco magnum project painter plus

The Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus Paint Sprayer is perfect if you have a lot of small projects around the house.  

Unfortunately, airless paint sprayers tend  to come in two extremes.

You either get a cordless model that struggles to get the job done or a commercial model that has too much power for your needs.

That is why this Graco Paint Sprayer could be the right compromise for your spraying needs.

What you'll love about the Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus

With this Graco model, you receive a paint sprayer that is fully adjustable. You stay in control of the flow of the paint as you work to create specific results.

At the same time, the stainless-steel piston pump is strong enough to let you spray paint that hasn’t been thinned at a high enough pressure for consistent results.

The Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus managed to win us over thanks to the results that it was able to provide with a wide variety of mediums.

Here is an overview of our experiences with this tool and what we found that it could do.

ProsCons
Great from your small DIY Projects Better with water based paints
Fully Adjustable Lacquers and enamels will lead to clogging
Very little overspray Unit weighs 15lbs

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Tips for Using Your Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus

This tool will take the paint directly from the can for you so that you can get started painting immediately.

It works with both 1 gallon and 5 gallon cans thanks to a paint supply hose that is flexible instead of rigid like other models with a similar design.

Weighing 15 pounds, you can also take this unit just about anywhere and achieve professional results.

Need a longer hose?  Step up with this 1/4 inch airless hose.  At 50 Feet, no project is too big.

Tips for using Your New Graco Paint Sprayer
• Graco recommends that users use 50 gallons of paint or less per year with this equipment to maximize the sprayer’s lifespan
• The design includes a flexible suction tube, allowing users to spray directly from 1-gallon or 5-gallon containers
• Extra storage components are available on the paint sprayer for extra tips, the power cord, and the spray gun itself
• An adapter is present on the front of the sprayer, so the unit can be connected to a garden hose for easy cleaning
• The RAC IV SwitchTip gives users the option of reversing the tip, should it become clogged, to prevent downtime from happening

Best Material to Use in Your Graco Magnum

The Graco Project Painter Plus is a bit picky when it comes to the materials that you can spray with consistency. 

Latex paint works the best. It did an adequate job with some stains, but it had to be a stain with a thicker viscosity. It did a great job spraying acrylic paint.

Overall, we did find that water-based paints tend to do better with this sprayer than oil-based paints.

You can use mineral spirits to thin the oil-based paint to the right consistency if you want for results that are about equal. 

What it doesn't do well is spray lacquers or enamels. It will clog if you use materials that have textures in them.

As long as your project requires the thicker viscosity items mentioned above, we found the results to be smooth and consistent.

Our Experience with the Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus

When we first started using the Graco Project Painter Plus for the first time, we found that there was very little natural overspray. 

Assuming you have still conditions, the pattern of paint flow is very predictable. The overspray is minimal, but environmental conditions can affect the little bit that does exist.

Make sure you watch the wind while working outside.  

Once you discover the best range for your paint, the spraying process is incredibly forgiving. 

The one issue we do see with this particular sprayer is that the pump is not currently repairable, so if it breaks down, you're purchasing a new machine unless you're still under warranty.

Get yourself a 10 inch extension pole for those weird places and save your back.

We also appreciated the easy-to-access adjustable pressure controls that are on this Graco unit.

Everything you need is placed on a dial that is easy to turn, even while working.  The symbols for each setting are placed in such a way that you can easily see them so you don't have to guess at what you're doing.

Tips

The tip that comes with this Graco model is a general-purpose one, so there aren’t the same levels of precision that you would have with something like a 211.

If your plan is to paint some trim, furniture, or cabinetry with this sprayer, then invest into a tip with a smaller width.

For beginners, this model is easy to learn.  You just stick the hose in your paint and start painting.

We would recommend straining the paint first to prevent unpleasant surprises from occurring.

The barrel arrangement for the nozzle is another benefit. With the reversible technology, you can quickly clear clogs with minimal downtime and fewer overall stoppages.

Clean up is a Breeze

The Graco Project Painter Plus includes a PowerFlush adaptor with purchase.

This allows you to hook up a garden hose to this machine to help clean it out. In just a couple minutes, assuming your water supply has consistent pressure, you'll be able to clean up the machine with ease.

Just don't clean up out by your lawn because the thinner paint will still coat your grass or put paint on your patio or porch. Clean up in a protected area.

When storing your Graco for an extended period, use their Pump Armor to protect your airless sprayer and keep it in top performing condition.  Bonus: it's approved to use in all airless pumps.

Conclusion

If you are a DIY expert, starting a painting business, or you just love to paint, the Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus Paint Sprayer is going to become your best friend.  

With solid instructions and an effective design, we were pleasantly surprised by what the Graco Project Painter Plus was able to achieve.

We have no hesitation in recommending this sprayer to you today.  Give it some care and it will take care of you.

Graco Project Plus not for you?  Why don't you check out our Best Airless Paint Sprayer Reviews to pick out your sprayer for your next DIY project.


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