I used my new Graco GX-19 airless sprayer to spray cabinets recently and I wanted to share my experience using it for the first time. Prior to buying this sprayer, I used my Graco 495 Ultra Max airless for all of my spray projects, including priming and painting cabinets.
The Graco 495 is an awesome sprayer that handles literally any painting project, big or small, but I really wanted a second sprayer to use exclusively for spraying paint on cabinets.
The GX-19 is part of Graco's FinishPro series, designed for fine finishing projects, with this sprayer being the smallest and cheapest airless option in the lineup. So far, I really like this sprayer and have no regrets buying it.
I sprayed an entire set of cabinet doors, frames and drawers, using this sprayer. I'll share my experience using it for the first time and some of the features.
I sprayed Emerald urethane enamel through this sprayer without any tailing on the spray fan, even when spraying the enamel at lower pressure settings without thinning. Paint atomizes as good as my big sprayer.
The Paint Finish
I sprayed the cabinet doors using the brand new RAC-X guard and FFLP (fine finish, low pressure) spray tip that came with the sprayer. The pressure dial itself includes a RAC-X range of PSI settings for spraying at lower pressure with the provided fine finish tip.
The GX-19 sprays enamel really nice for a small airless, producing a solid spray pattern, even when I dialed the pressure down to 1,000 PSI. This is an airless sprayer, not an HVLP, but with the right size FFLP tip and PSI setting, combined with a good leveling paint, this sprayer produces a soft and even finish with less over-spray at lower pressure.
My old sprayer doesn't have a pressure gauge and having one now is really useful. The gauge is a little small to read, but it comes in handy when working with different products, knowing exactly what pressure you're spraying at and which one works best.
The maximum pressure is 3,000 PSI, but 1,000 to 2,000 PSI is all you need. This is not the sprayer to use for large projects where you need constant high pressure. This sprayer is perfect for cabinet painting, small projects, spraying polyurethane, or stain.
Gallons Per Minute
The speed of material flow is more important for big projects, but not so much for small projects. The maximum flow rate for the GX-19 is .38 gallons per minute. After spraying over twenty cabinet doors of various sizes, including large drawer fronts, I didn't experience any problems with the pump losing pressure, or material loss at the gun.
This sprayer is small and fits perfectly inside my truck. If I buy another one of these, both would fit in the backseat without any problems. While the weight of 28 pounds isn't super light to carry, it's lighter than my Graco 495. One of the reasons I went with this model is the compact size.
Hopper vs Siphon
After using this sprayer, I prefer the hopper design over my other sprayer with the siphon tube that sucks paint directly from the container. The problem with siphoning paint from underneath is the mess on the floor if you're not careful. The siphon tube drips everywhere, before and after cleaning. Using a Ziploc bag and a rubber band is a must.
With the hopper, I really like pouring the paint in and closing the lid to keep the paint fresh, instead of having to tape plastic over the top of the paint can. The hopper holds 1 1/2 gallons. I was able to spray more than half of the cabinet doors before having to pour more paint into the hopper.
Faster Cleanup and Setup
The shorter spray hose (25 ft.) and small size of the GX-19, combined with the hopper, makes the setup and cleanup a lot faster than my oversized Graco 495 with the 50 ft. hose. Priming the pump and cycling paint through the spray hose is fast and easy. With the short hose, paint arrives at the spray gun quickly.
For cleanup, you pour paint from the hopper back into the can and pour in water to cycle it through the hose and pump until it comes out clear. The cleanup is far less time consuming than my big sprayer with more parts and filters to deal with. The strainer in the bottom of the hopper and the spray gun filter are the only parts to clean.
Another reason I went with the FinishPro series is the ProXChange piston pump design that allows you to easily replace the pump on the spot without tools, or having to do a major disassembly. You literally pull a level mechanism and the pump comes out for easy replacement.
I do know that the pumps in these Graco contractor sprayers are built to last. I've owned my Ultra Max sprayer for ten years and everything performs the same as the day I bought it. The pump in my new sprayer performed really well at various pressure settings without delay, or loss of pressure.
Based on my positive experience using this sprayer to paint cabinets, I can say that the Graco GX-19 FinishPro is definitely a good choice for spraying cabinets, spindles, doors, and trim. I sprayed thick water-based enamel through a 210 FFLP tip without any issues, even at a low pressure.
The GX-19 lays out a nice finish, with the ability to spray at lower pressure to minimize over-spray. This sprayer will be used mostly for my cabinet and trim painting projects, but it will be very useful for other projects too.
This is not the sprayer to use for spraying multiple walls and ceilings. Large projects call for a bigger sprayer and pump, with faster material flow, that can accommodate larger tip sizes.
I haven't experimented yet with spraying anything thicker than the water-based enamel I use, but this sprayer is definitely capable of spraying paint and primer that isn't too thick. For spraying stain and polyurethane, this sprayer is perfect.
The shorter 25 foot hose and hopper makes it possible to pour in even only a quart of paint, or less, for small projects. I can set up and clean up this sprayer in far less time than my other sprayer.
Question: How do you get the remaining paint from a 25’ hose?
Answer: The paint is removed from the spray line by pouring clean water into the hopper and cycling it through the gun until the water runs clear and the hopper's empty. First, you have to cycle out the remaining paint from the hopper until it's just below the drain, then pour your water in. Wipe the inside of the hopper down with a rag after you pour water in too so paint residue's flushed out. When the water's gone from the hopper, fill it up again with clean water and give it one final flush through the line. Wash off the little drain screen in the bottom of the hopper too and the spray gun filter. The cleanup with this sprayer is fast with the shorter 25-foot hose. My other two sprayers with the 50-foot hose have more parts and take longer to clean.
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