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Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus Review

Editor Rating: 4.0/5

Great Product

Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus Paint Sprayer 

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: January 13, 2017

Last modified: January 13, 2017

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Bigger painting projects around the house can be a daunting task if you can’t hire someone to do them. If you are facing this situation and want to upgrade from rollers to something more efficient, then an airless sprayer could be the tool for you.

For those who have a limited budget, but still want the advantages of such a unit, there’s the Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus. This is an affordable entry level model made by a well-known brand. It can help you speed up DIY jobs around the house and save you valuable time. This machine isn’t the be-all, end-all, but working with it certainly has its benefits. For a more detailed look at what this unit offers, read on and find out in our review.

Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus – The Basics


If we take a look at this model’s specifications, we might find them lacking, but we have to remember the old saying “The right tools for the right job.”

First off, the recommended annual usage is 50 gallons. If you take an average house and factor in material consumption, you can use this airless sprayer to paint your house and do a few smaller jobs as well. For the regular DIYer, this will be more than enough.

As far as output goes, this model doesn’t have the best rating, but it’s a respectable 0.24 gallons per minute. The coating material gets pushed through a 25-foot house with the use of a 3/8 horsepower motor. This length of hose might not be ideal for everyone, but you can buy and use a max 50-foot hose instead.

The top pressure that this unit puts out through the included SG2 gun is 2800 PSI. This ensures a good pattern size and decent finish quality. Furthermore, you get a 515 RAC IV tip and a guard for it. The limit of this unit is a 0.015″ tip, which is good enough for a variety of tasks. This sprayer can work with thin to medium paints and coatings, from stains to acrylic and latex materials.

Finally, setting everything up can be a challenge for first timers, but an instructional DVD can save the day if the manual isn’t helping. You will also see a quick-start guide tied to the machine itself for experienced users. Now that we have covered the basics let’s take a look at the Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus features.

The Features


Lightweight & Compact Design


At just 10 lbs, you’ll have no trouble carrying around this airless sprayer, even holding it in your hand while you work. Once you are ready to store it, you won’t have trouble finding a spot for this compact machine.

Stainless Steel Piston Pump


Due to Graco’s dedication to quality, even this entry-level unit has a stainless steel piston pump. This way they’ve ensured a longer lifetime while letting users work with unthinned coatings.

SG2 Gun


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.

Adjustable Pressure


Like other Graco models, this one has an adjustable knob which helps you get the finish you desire. This control also has a few settings with easy to recognize symbols like cleaning, roller, hi and low pressure.

Flexible Intake Hose & Pail Hook


Once you’re ready to start spray painting, you can put the flexible suction tube into a 1 or 5-gallon container. The integrated pail hook lets you take both the unit and the material can with you all in one go.

Power Flush Adapter & RAC Tip


A staple of most Graco models, this adapter helps you hook it up to a garden hose and speed up cleaning. Flushing out residue is much easier when you can run water through this airless painter. When it comes to clogs, the Reverse-A-Clean tip can be quickly reversed and any blockage blown out in an instant.

Who Can Use This Spray Painter?


Graco is clear when it comes to what this model is best suited for. Anyone who likes to be a handy man around this house can find this machine useful. Without buying extra tips, you will only be able to spray with a pattern width of 10-12 inches. If you don’t want to buy aftermarket parts, then this isn’t going to be the best option for painting small areas that need lots of precision.

The price-tag of Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus determines its quality. That’s why we don’t recommend that you buy if you need to work with it daily. There’s just not enough power or performance in this model for a professional. However, if you need a small and inexpensive backup, you could do worse. With irregular and light use, this unit can last a few years, but under a heavy and constant workload, you will be left disappointed.

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Pros:

N

Affordable

N

Lightweight

N

Works with different paints

N

Best for larger surfaces

N

Good finish

Cons:

N

Build quality could be better

N

Not ideal for smaller areas

N

Overspray

What We Didn’t Like


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. This doesn’t mean that this unit is guaranteed to suffer from related issues, but the materials of choice aren’t exactly reassuring.

In contrast, the thing that surprised us the most is the metal gun that comes with this airless sprayer. Despite feeling sturdy, it developed a small leak during our testing. Luckily, all we had to do was to tighten all the parts a bit to solve the problem.

Another important thing that we noticed is the mist that this spray painter produces. If you don’t adjust the pressure correctly, you will see particles flying everywhere. For beginners and experienced users alike, we recommend doing test runs to avoid ugly mistakes. Finally, if you’re not going to cover at least a few hundred feet, you’ll find cleaning this thing takes a lot more time and effort than to paint

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The FAQ

What kind of over-spray does this thing create outside?

Overspray can cause problems with this model, particularly if used outside. Avoid windy days, use masking and do test runs.

I need to spray some 6" baseboard, can I use the tip included?

The 515 tip has a pattern width of 10-12 inches, you should buy a 2xx or 3xx tip.

I want to paint my house with this, will it work?

If you take it slow and mask everything it should be okay. Before choosing your paint, you can contact Graco to make sure it will work with this model. Some materials need to be thinned to work.

Is this the best airless sprayer for the money?

It depends on what you want to use it for. Find out what kind of projects you want to do and what materials you’ll be using. It might be what you’re after.

What do The Users Say?


Looking through online reviews, we picked up a few things that match our general impressions from testing. For instance, there are quite a few people who didn’t like how much time it takes to wash this unit. Bear in mind thought that it’s best to use this sprayer for bigger jobs.

Another issue that some people mention is clogging with the use of thicker paints. Diluting with water can be an option, but its best to find out beforehand if a particular material can work with the Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus. The majority of users report that they had no problems using this airless sprayer and are happy they bought it.

Conclusion


The Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus is not a top of the line model. But, it doesn’t promise top of the line performance either. This is an entry level spraying unit that can be a big help around the house. You are best off using it for light DIY work that would take too long with traditional methods – a roller and brush. Heavy, everyday usage is not recommended. Otherwise, this Graco can last you more than a few years and pay for itself many times over.

The 515 paint tip that comes with this model is ideal for covering bigger areas like garages and sheds. You can also paint interiors like walls and ceilings. For more detailed work, you could either buy aftermarket tips or consider purchasing a sprayer that has the specifications you need.

If you’re tired of messing around with rollers and brushes, then this might be the solution for you. The Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus was tailor made for beginners and household remodels. With this machine, no job around the house will be too big.

Conclusion


The Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus is not a top of the line model. But, it doesn’t promise top of the line performance either. This is an entry level spraying unit that can be a big help around the house. You are best off using it for light DIY work that would take too long with traditional methods – a roller and brush. Heavy, everyday usage is not recommended. Otherwise, this Graco can last you more than a few years and pay for itself many times over.

The 515 paint tip that comes with this model is ideal for covering bigger areas like garages and sheds. You can also paint interiors like walls and ceilings. For more detailed work, you could either buy aftermarket tips or consider purchasing a sprayer that has the specifications you need.

If you’re tired of messing around with rollers and brushes, then this might be the solution for you. The Graco 257025 Project Painter Plus was tailor made for beginners and household remodels. With this machine, no job around the house will be too big.

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