Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus

Last updated date: March 19, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the Graco Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus placed 5th 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
8.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
942 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Powerful pump works straight out of the bucket or can.
- BestReviews
The paint gun included in this product’s package is the full metal SG2. Housed inside of it, there’s a filter to prevent solids from clogging the 515 RAC IV tip.
- Tool Nerds
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Air paint sprayers, like the Graco Magnum 257025, provide a consistent and highly adjustable stream of air to force the paint out.
- The Spruce
December 24, 2018 | Full review
This is easily one of the best fully adjustable pressure flow rate controlled sprayer. You can easily change the spray based on the size of project at hand.
- Architecture Lab
September 28, 2015 | Full review
The piston pump is manufactured from stainless steel so it is hardy and durable and should last the lifetime of the system. It also means the system can withstand spraying unthinned materials at higher pressures. It has a maximum psi of 2800
- Paint Sprayer Judge
July 1, 2018 | Full review
The sprayer set is readily assembled and ready to use. There is no fumbling around in trying to assemble it
- Spray That Paint
The flexible suction tube offers great amount of adjusted control which allows desired amount of paint to be oozed out
- Go Paint Sprayer
One of the other biggest perks this sprayer offers is that it only weighs in at 15 pounds. This makes it lightweight enough to take anywhere.
- Sprayer Talk
What experts didn't like
Parts and construction make it difficult to repair if it breaks.
- BestReviews
Our main point of contention with the Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus is the build quality. There are quite a few plastic parts that feel like they could be sturdier.
- Tool Nerds
January 29, 2019 | Full review
A shortfall is perhaps the add-ons in the box supplied. You may need to buy aftermarket accessories.
- Architecture Lab
September 28, 2015 | Full review
While the build of the system is solid enough, it wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of using it 24/7. Some contractors have suggested using the system as a back-up if you’re in a in a jam. My major bugbear about the system is that the pump is not repairable.
- Paint Sprayer Judge
July 1, 2018 | Full review
Some replacement parts are not available, making the product irreparable
- Spray That Paint
The Graco Magnum 257025 Project Painter Plus Paint Sprayer may sometimes be found difficult for the new beginners to use
- Go Paint Sprayer
Not meant for larger jobs or consistent usage
- Sprayer Talk

From The Manufacturer

Whether you’re a hobbyist, fixer-upper, or absolute beginner, Graco’s DIY Series sprayers deliver amazing results. You’ll complete your project in half the time it would take using brushes and rollers. This sprayer has the capacity to handle most of your indoor and outdoor home improvement projects like ceilings, sheds, decks or fences. Includes SG2 Metal Spray Gun, RAC IV 515 SwitchTip, 25 ft. Duraflex Paint Hose, Pump Armor Storage Fluid, PowerFlush Adapter, Quick Start-Up Guide and Operation Manual.

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.