Product Reviews (21)
Gracco 2800 PSI Paint Sprayer
Strengths: Easy to use and paints great
Weakness: Clean up takes at least 30 minutes to do it right.
I bought this paint sprayer for a rental house that I am selling. I needed to paint the house inside and out. I estimated that I could buy this paint sprayer for the price of renting one for the time I needed. It is a great product and made my painting look like a professional did it. The spray tips are the same as the ones used on the high end models. When painting I always had a bucket of water next to the paint to put the spray tip in water to keep it clean when not using the machine or setting up the next area. Make sure you read the instructions and watch the video before using this product. If you don't you will ruin your machine.
By anonymous; - Aug 31, 2005
a great time saver
Strengths: small, easily accomodates 1 gallon or 5 gallon buckets, great coverage
Weakness: instructions are a little difficult to understand
I purchased the Graco Magnum dx sprayer. I love this sprayer. The last time I painted the exterior of a house, I took a week off of work and used a brush. It took me the entire week. I dreaded painting, given my past experience and I decided that I wasn't going to suffer like that again. I considered the Wagner Crew sprayer, but decided against it as one had to dump the paint into a hopper. I read one review on the Graco (favorable) and purchased it at HD. I chose to prime the house before paintin as well, which solidified my case to get an easier, faster way to get this done. I spent probably 2 hours taping up my bay window before painting, and it took me 10 minutes to do the painting around it. It took me about 2 1/2 hours to prime the entire house. I was amazed at how well it worked. The following weekend, I put on the topcoat, and it too, took less than 3 hours. You are able to leave the sprayer stored with the hoses stuck in the paint for up to a week before having to clean it, or as in my case, switching to another color. Using latex, I just hooked the suction to a garden hose and flushed the pump, then ran water through the hose and gun. I did purchase the swivel that attaches between the gun and the hose and I'm sure it made it easier to move around. I used 5 gal buckets of paint as well as 1 gal buckets. It fits over either with no special preparations. Do plan on wearing safety goggles or glasses. Do have a couple of waste buckets for priming and setup. Cleaning up is no picnic, but while I was cleaning I was thinking about the 3 hour job versus the 40 job...a no brainer. It comes with a 25 foot hose which was plenty. Be sure to tighten the conections with a couple of wrenches, like the instructions tell you. It came with a video, but my vcr ate the tape badly, so I just put the unit together with my instructions by my side, and did exactly as it said. This sprayer exceeded my expectations. When it is stored, they recommend pumping in a lubricant, which comes with it. I just took it down yesterday for storage back into its box.
By extexanwannbe - Oct 23, 2006
A Great Airless Sprayer
Strengths: The dx is easy to setup, and even easier to clean out. You can switch paints and stains in just minutes.
Weakness: No swivel on the hose/gun, but it is an available accessory.
I decided to try this sprayer after having several Wagner sprayers that were more trouble than they were worth. I was not disappointed with the Magnum dx. This is an awesome sprayer. I sprayed 10 gallons of semi-transparent stain on a fence and then applied two different latex exterior paints - almost 10 gallons - on the house. The ease of switching paints, and priming and then cleaning with the dx was just great. While a bit more money, I believe it is well worth it - you won't be disappointed with this airless sprayer.
By tommyw - Jun 29, 2006
Great Sprayer, First timers may want to practice on a less important area
Strengths: Performance! Quality of Tool! Ease of Operation! Simplistic, Minimal Parts, Replaceable parts, no plastic junk parts, accessory options
Weakness: Hard to move up / down stairs with 5 gallons of paint (but can get around this), Tweaking the pressure when necessary, a lot of checking the manual when first operating (just to be sure).
This is a great machine! I can't be happier with the $350 investment at homedepot!! We got this sprayer to tackle a house that I purchased as an investment. We spent 3 weeks preping the walls / ceilings before ever setting this up. Be sure to tape EVERYTHING that you don't want paint on (floors included) as a fine mist will settle from the air, even with the best ventilation. Also, respirators, latex gloves, long sleeves, goggles, and hood / hat are necessities.
The DX has really gotten the job done. We primed a 1050 sq ft home (blue / red ceiling included) using about 10 gallons of primer. Now we're on to the trim, and finally a top coat on the walls to make the room pop!
Anyway, make sure the pressure is not too high and be sure to KEEP THE CORRECT DISTANCE from the wall (12 inches) AND ANGLE at 90 deg to the surface being painted! This is very important to avoid runs and get a nice even coating. Be careful when doing trim!!!! Use THIN coats, and apply a few.... Seriously! You MUST be CAREFUL on the trim areas or spend hours touching up with a brush!!!
Most important - 12 inches away from wall @ 90 degree angle to surface!
Always overlap by 50% on passes
Don't flex your wrist, keep it straight!
If you follow those rules - you'll have a run free, professional painting project completed in hours! (after the prep, don't skimp there)
ALSO - CLEAN YOUR FLOOR BEFORE SPRAYING!!!! It is a powerful sprayer that will kick the dirt up into the air, only to reland ON your NICE NEWLY PAINTED SURFACES
DONT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TOP OF YOUR SILLS EITHER!
WIPE DOWN ALL SURFACES WITH TSP WATER
ok ok ok, I'm done yelling :D
Have fun!!! (Cause I am)
By slackadelic - Apr 1, 2008
Don't scrimp -- buy a real sprayer
This is basically a toy. If you want to spray anything heavier than primer, get a sprayer with more oomph. Just because the paint you may want to use says it can be sprayed with a .015 tip doesn't mean that this sprayer has enough power to produce a good pattern. Mine died of an apparent internal pump leak (won't hold max pressure -- keeps running) after spraying about 20-30 gallons over the past year. Put the $300 towards a real sprayer or you will be greatly disappointed with the results.
By LearnedMyLesson on Home Depot - Jul 21, 2008
After reading the reviews on the DX sprayer, I decided to give a try. After reading the manual and watching the video, I started to get an uneasy feeling. The primary thing I noticed is that there were way too many steps required to prime and cleanup. For the price, all I wanted was sprayer where I could just put the suction hose into the paint can and get on with it. Nevertheless, I persevered. Had to spray some louver closet doors, regular doors, radiator covers, etc. The second thing I noticed was that the labels on the unit, such as Prime, Clean, Spray, On/Off, etc. were too small to read easily. In any event, I managed to clear the storage fluid and prime the pump with paint (not sure why an airless sprayer needs to be primed with a separate tube). I also noticed that the suction hose (which goes into the paint bucket) was too short. Started to spray and everything went well for a while. Eventually, the sprayer needed to be primed again, as it stopped spraying. After following some of the many procedures for handling this situation as described in the manual, I couldn't get it working again. I then decided to stop, clean the sprayer and call it a night. Cleanup was much too messy and convoluted for me, but I did my best and packed it up for the night. The bottom line is that this sprayer works well when it is working, but a mess to deal with when it is not. The only way I would consider using this sprayer is if I could get Graco to come over when I finish a paint job, clean it, and fill it with storage fluid. It seems that the DX was OK when it came out (probably around 2001 according to the copyright date on the video), but should have come much further since then. If you are planning to use it for a very large project, it will save you time—even with a hour to cleanup, and some more time for periodic fits and restarts. However, to paint an apartment, a few doors, etc., you may be better off looking at a more modern and easier to use, and easier to cleanup model.
By HBrown on Home Depot - Nov 23, 2007
So far so good
Just an FYI, this pump comes with Pump Armor solution and a power roller attachment. I've enjoyed using this sprayer. I hate painting and this makes it exteremely easy. It takes me longer to tape a room up then it does to paint it. It's an easy unit to clean and small for storage.
By DevilDog2 on Home Depot - Sep 11, 2007
A few weeks ago I started priming and painting my house. I have never painted a house before, so I started with a brush, upgraded to a roller, and after a few days realized I needed something better. I first purchased the Wagner Pro, which worked decent for about a half hour. After that it started clogging and got really messy. I took it back that night, and the next day purchased the Magnum DX. What a difference. It was much more solid feeling, it was quiet unlike the Wagner, and did not hurt my hand. I got more done with this in 2 hours then I did in two days with other methods. Instructions were easy, and clean up was a snap. There was a small learning curve. At first paint spewed out because I didn't tighten everything enough, and my spray pattern was bad at first because I didn't have the pressure right, but all that was user error. After I figured everything out it was great. I read some reviews recommending the swivle, but I saw no need. Don't waste your time and money trying to save a little by going with a cheaper model, this is the best.
By zrockstar on Home Depot - Sep 11, 2007
Graco Paint Sprayer
Based on other positive reviews, I purchased the DX Sprayer the end of June 07 and have used it three times, spraying a total of 8 gallons of paint. It has worked flawlessly and clean up has been relatively quick. The paint intake should be a little longer to touch the bottom of the paint can but I put a one inch thick board under the gallon can to raise it. Other reviewers have talked about installing a flexible connection between the hose and spray gun but I am not sure it is required. I just sprayed the inside of my garage--walls and ceiling--and the spay gun moved very easy in all directions and my wrist wasn't sore after spaying four gallons of paint. All in all a very good sprayer and I am glad I spent a little more money and got the Graco model.
By railwood on Home Depot - Jul 5, 2007
Outstanding Product: Well worth the price.
If you are going to be doing a lot of painting this product will save you a lot of time. As many others mention in their reviews, definitely buy the swivel attachment. My wife and I bought a house that we are renovating. We are painting every last bit of it; inside and out. I figure that by purchasing this product I have saved $8000 to $10000 by painting it myself. I know how much things cost. I work as a purchasing manager for a home builder. I normally hate to paint, but this sprayer covers a lot of area in a little time. Make sure to due a little practicing and get a feel for the sprayer before you start and you'll be fine. I've painted all the walls, ceilings, & interior doors in my house. I've also repainted my kitchen cabinets using this sprayer. This weekend I will be painting the exterior of my house. Make sure not to run out of paint in your bucket and you'll save yourself time by not having to prime the sprayer when you go empty. Clean-up is fast and easy. I've never written a review on a product before, but I am so pleased with it that I felt I needed to.
By JHeff on Home Depot - Jun 26, 2007
I was a little hesitant in spending $250.00 on an airless paint sprayer, but after reading all of the other very positive reviews, I thought, "Why not and give it a try." All I need to say is if you have a large painting project, like painting your siding- buy it NOW- you won't be disappointed- it saved an unbelievable amount of time and energy. It was a lot less painful than hand brushing or rolling and the finish is very professional and even. (And make sure you spend a few extra bucks and buy a swivel attachement for the handle.) A+++
By Woodman14 on Home Depot - Apr 30, 2007
Saved a lot of time, so it was worth buying this product. Would recommend buying the extra hose swivel attachement (we actually bought two of them) so the hose doesn't get tangled up.
By nbwv on Home Depot - Nov 29, 2006
If you need a good reliable tool for spraying paint or stain, This is it. No more taking two and a half hours painting a room. Just start it up and a way you go. And clean up is a snap. Great portable sprayer. Would recommend to everyone.
By baggs on Home Depot - Nov 18, 2006
Easy does it
Graco spray products have been around a number of years, they do spray equipment right. For all intensive purposes this little marvel can handle a multitude of paint projects. From priming the inside or outside and finish coating them also, to painting a fence and the list goes on. This approximate 1/4 of a gallon of paint per minute, or, a gallon of paint applied in four minutes is a pretty fast paint sprayer. The enabling feature on this is it's double reciprocationg piston pump, what that means is that the pump takes in material not only on the upstroke, but also the down stroke. Their are several other features to this pump that distinguish it from others in this price range, believe me the others in this range I don't think you want. As I mentioned earler, not only are you able to prime and spray finish coat you have the ablity, as I did putting the polyurethane on my trim and moldings with this machine as the electronics allowthe pressure to be turned down and with the right tip you may spray fine finishes. Being extremely manuverable, light, having the power to apply most paints this incredibly priced sprayer at Home Depot may be one of the best kept secrets in the paint area. I believe that with proper cleaning and maintenance, which I found out is minimal, this piece of equipment will last me many years. It seems rare today when youy actually get what you pay for. I find that more true at Home Depot.
By blackdog55 on Home Depot - Oct 17, 2006
I first bought a paint gun by Wagner which was a complete waste of time and money, I then bought this, what a difference!! This sprayer is fantastic; it sprays very well, has a consistent spray, and is very easy to work with. I painted a whole ceiling (popcorn ceiling) of a large room in about 5 minutes what would have taken hours with a paint brush and roller. It is incredibly easy to clean, just hook it up to a hose pipe and you are done practically. Only 3 easy parts to clean on the gun sprayer its self. It will use a lot of paint, but you can paint an area so quickly it goes down quickly. Because of this it gives the illusion of using more than it should, but if you were to roller the same area it would use about the same, just takes longer for the paint to go down so you don?t' notice. Highly recommended, if this is in your budget don't hesitate to buy it you won't be disappointed.
By Texasade on Home Depot - Aug 21, 2006
This tool is great! Easy to set-up, runs perfectly, spray is exteremely precise, easy cleaning. I couldn't be happier. It saved my HOURS of hand painting and perfect results. Someonme said it only pulls 2/3 of the gallon, which is NOT true! It sucks-up at least 75% of the gallon. Just keep 1 can for drawing from & pour into it as you go.
By want2paint on Home Depot - Aug 12, 2006
WOW! What an excellent product
This is an excelent airless sprayer. I am a do it yourself person and I am resealing my log home. I started with a small sprayer but didn't like having to re-fill the quart bottle. I also was concerned about clean up. This sprayer is GREAT in both areas! I read the instructions and went to work. Within 5 minutes I was spraying like a pro! No dripping or spilling from the gun. Clean up was much easier then the other model I was using. I normally don't write something about a product, but felt I should here. Good Value! Great Product!! Highly recommed
By Spooner46 on Home Depot - Jul 28, 2006
An Awesome Sprayer
After having several Wagner sprayers I wanted a paint sprayer that would be easy to setup and easy to clean. I decided to purchase the Graco dx and it is even better then I imagined. I sprayed ten gallons of fence stain, followed by nearly ten gallons of two different exterior latex paints on the house. It was so easy to switch between the different products and when I was finished, the final cleanup was a breeze. You won't be disappointed with the Graco Magnum dx.
By on Home Depot - Jul 6, 2006
Easy to use and quiet.
I tried to use an inexpensive handheld sprayer to paint my garage. When I found it was not up to the task I exchanged it for the Magnum DX airless sprayer. So far I am quite pleased with it. It is quiet, and comes almost ready to paint. You just have to connect the hose to the sprayer and the gun, plug it in and go. You can be spraying in just a couple minutes. The only problem I have had is it leaves a significant amount of paint in the bottom of the bucket. You can pour the remainder into a smaller diameter container and use the majority of it. I assume this is a problem with all airless sprayers that spray right from the bucket or can, since they all appear to have the same type of suction attachment. Overall I am very satisfied and would recommend it to anyone with occasional paint-spraying needs.
By on Home Depot - Jun 21, 2006
Painting has never been this much fun!
Well, OK, so maybe fun is a bit of a stretch....but this sprayer has changed the way I paint! This is much easier to use than others I have tried in the past. The hose is long enough to easily reach the second story of my home. There is virtually no mess, and it really cleans up quite easily. This is an economically priced sprayer, a must have!
By on Home Depot - Jun 14, 2006
Magnum DX Airless Paint Sprayer by Graco
Super easy to set up. Smooth even product application for both oil and water based paint. When using regular 1 gallon paint can for supply, the suction hose with filter will only draw about 2/3 of the can before sucking air. Clean up after use of oil based paints is somewhat messy and time consuming but is offset by time saved in application.
By on Home Depot - May 21, 2006