Graco Magnum Paint Sprayer

Last updated date: March 27, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.9

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Overall Take

The Graco Magnum delivers high pressure, nearly a third of a gallon per minute. It's also easy to clean, with a power flush feature that allows you to reattach it to a garden hose. A set of wheels on the cart and a maximum hose length of 100 feet make it an especially portable model. In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Graco Graco Magnum Paint Sprayer placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Paint Sprayer for a detailed review of all the top paint sprayers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
524 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Adjustable pressure gives good control of spray.
- BestReviews
Thanks to a 5/8 HP motor, this paint sprayer can put out lots of pressure, in fact up to 3000PSI through an adjustable knob and a 50-foot hose.
- Tool Nerds
January 29, 2019 | Full review
A wheeled cart has been included for easier mobility around the painting area. The cart can be easily folded to facilitate compact storage and transportation.
- The Tool Spy
The Graco Magnum 262805 X7 is one of the best carted sprayers. Its wheels are heavy duty and can survive a variety of outdoor, uneven surfaces when you need to paint around the yard or worksite.
- The Spruce
December 21, 2018 | Full review
Instead of filling paint containers and then refilling them again during a project, the Graco Magnum X7 Airless paint sprayer offers a flexible suction tube. This allows you to use both a 1 or 5-gallon paint container with the sprayer.
- Paint Sprayer Judge
The spray, whose tip size is a maximum of 0.01 can be used for spraying up to 0.31 gallons per minute from 1-gallon paint or 5-gallon paint buckets.
- Sprayer Boss
November 4, 2017 | Full review
Easy to clean the tip with reverse function feature, also use flash adopter to clean pipe after paint job has finished.
- Airless paint Sprayer Pro
The power piston that comes with the product gives a smooth function with an easy action allowed by the pump.
- Go Paint Sprayer
The Graco X7 airless paint sprayer comes with a durable, stainless-steel piston pump provides a strong and constant spray of paint over a uniform area, resulting in easy use and an excellent result that is second to none.
- Paint Sprayer Guide
What experts didn't like
Puts out a lot of overspray, making interior painting difficult.
- BestReviews
A common issue that is often brought up is overspray, but that can be remedied with careful masking.
- Tool Nerds
January 29, 2019 | Full review
This model can produce some overspray. This might be difficult for some beginners to deal with.
- Paint Sprayer Judge
Thicker materials can clog the tip of the sprayer.
- Sprayer Boss
November 4, 2017 | Full review
Hose could be more longer, might problem for beginners
- Airless paint Sprayer Pro
After bouts of using thick paint materials, the gun has a tendency to get jammed.
- Go Paint Sprayer
Struggles with particularly thick paints
- Paint Sprayer Guide

From The Manufacturer

DIY homeowners and handymen get cost-efficient, high-speed performance with the Magnum X7. These sprayers are ideal for painting all interior projects, decks, siding, fences and small houses. Choose the X7 when you paint on a quarterly basis. Equipped with long-lasting, stainless-steel piston pumps, these sprayers let you spray more projects each year. Spray a wide variety of coating from stains to heavy latex with ease.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Graco Magnum Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Wagner Spraytech Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
4. HomeRight Finish Max C800766 Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
6. HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 Airless Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Titan ControlMax Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Campbell Hausfeld General Spray Can Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Wagner FLEXiO 890 Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Neiko Paint Sprayer
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Paint Sprayers

Anyone who has spent an afternoon or longer applying layer after layer of paint to a room knows the value of a paint sprayer, even if they’ve never used one before. Why brush when you can spray a nice, even coat with a wave of your hand? Why indeed — but take a little of that time you’re going to save on the job and do your research. Not every sprayer is ideal for every job.

Essentially, there are three different types of paint sprayers. The classic version is an air sprayer, which typically uses an air compressor to push paint out through a nozzle. While easy to use and inexpensive, it’s a tradeoff in terms of performance. As you might expect, the high pressure behind the paint results in less accuracy and more paint used. Special nozzles can mitigate this somewhat, but in general, these sprayers are fine for large indoor areas and less so for detail work.

A more versatile option is the HVLP, or “high volume, low pressure” sprayer. While they use air to push paint out through a nozzle at a gentler rate, they also typically employ a turbine of some kind and a special tip to atomize the paint as it comes out. This results in smaller particles of paint that spatter less. That means more accuracy and no air compressor to attach. With the ability to handle most any interior project and even some exterior jobs, the HVLP sprayer is becoming a more popular mid-range choice.

For big exteriors, you’ll find most professionals using some form of airless sprayer. Electric or gas powered, these sprayers typically use a hydraulic pump to draw paint out through the nozzle at high pressure in an even coat. Most airless sprayers, like the Graco Magnum series, siphon the paint directly out of the bucket. With their high horsepower, they can handle most any type of paint without having to thin it first. They also work on basically any surface, including interiors (even ceilings), exterior walls, fences, decks — you name it.

Clearly, the kind of surface that needs painting determines the type of sprayer you’ll want. From there, keep in mind that you’ll generally need some kind of attachments or even paint thinner, depending on the device. The pattern that paint comes out in will be either in a round shape or horizontal/vertical lines, depending on which way you twist the nozzle. Special tips can change the spray type to suit your need.

Finally, make sure you test your sprayer with a bit of water before you get to work. It’s helpful to know what kind of pressure you’re dealing with so you can adjust the flow and avoid messes before they start.

Review Melt Fun Fact

The invention of the first paint sprayer is generally credited to Joseph Binks, a worker with Marshall’s Field in Chicago. Way back in 1887, Binks was tasked with whitewashing the multiple floors of a store basement. His time-saving solution was to attach a hand pump to a pressurized container of paint. It wasn’t until after the turn of the century that Thomas DeVilbiss would adapt a medical atomizer device, outfitting it with a compressor to create the first air sprayer.

The current world record for a spray-painted mural was created by a team of artists for the Cacau Show chocolate company in Sau Paulo. The outer wall of their headquarters was turned into a massive chocolate bar spanning more than 61,662 square feet.

The Paint Sprayer Buying Guide

  • For indoor jobs, you’re typically going to be fine with a compressed air or HVLP sprayer. Use a compressed air sprayer for large walls and HVLP for detail work and a more even coat. For bigger outdoor surfaces, an airless sprayer can be a huge time-saver. They’re also good for lacquers or varnish, though cleanup of the sprayer can be tougher afterward.
  • In general, thicker paints may not work well with air and HVLP sprayers, while airless sprayers can usually handle the thicker stuff. Check product specs before you buy, or ask the hardware store employee for tips.
  • When it comes to nozzles, most models come with an assortment. Make sure you match the tip to the job. A sprayer with a lot of horsepower is great for pushing out a faster, thicker coat, but bear in mind you’ll need a bigger tip to accommodate all that pressure. For detail work, a horizontal or vertical spray tip is typically your best bet, while round patterns can put out wider coverage for a larger area. Reversible tips can also help manage paint clogging. Just unscrew the nozzle, turn it around and blow the clog out the other end.
  • Ask any veteran painter, and they’ll tell you cleanup is a big factor. It’s great saving all that time with a sprayer until you spend hours cleaning an inferior model afterward. Look for a sprayer that you can disassemble into component parts, such as the Wagner Spraytech. Preferably, those parts will be made of easy-washing materials, like brass or stainless steel. When cleaning, you can soak most lines in water and use a solvent, such as flushing fluid, for the filters and tips.
  • Whether your job is indoor or outdoor, you’ll want to factor in sprayer capacity — especially for air sprayers, which can burn through plenty of paint in a short time. Most air or HVLP sprayers can hold 20-40 ounces at a time.
  • Portability can also be a big concern, especially for outdoor work. While air or HVLP sprayers have a self-contained supply of paint, airless sprayers typically draw from the paint can itself. That also means you’re limited to where you can carry it. Check the hose and power cord length on your airless sprayer, both of which can typically be upgraded if you need a longer one.
  • As with any paint job, you’ll want to tape and cover carpets and other extraneous surfaces. That goes double with paint sprayers, even the relatively accurate HVLP variety. Again, you’ll want to test your sprayer ahead of time with a bit of water to get a feel for the pressure and spread.
  • Speaking of spread, protect yourself along with those covered surfaces. Atomized paint can be toxic to breathe in, so wear eye protection and a filter mask before getting to work.