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Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 Review

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Editor Rating: 4.1/5

Outstanding

Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 Paint Sprayer

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: January 13, 2017

Last modified: August 7, 2017 @ 2:39 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Paint sprayers were an expensive commodity only a decade ago, and many people simply didn’t have the chance to purchase one. However, the tables have turned, and these devices became accessible, affordable, and almost mandatory in any DIY enthusiast’s garage. The advantages of these units are vast. For example, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on professionals. Instead, you can simply do it yourself! You may say “I’m not a professional!”, but that doesn’t matter because modern paint sprayers are easy to use.

There are a lot of different sprayers available on the market nowadays. A massive market means you’ll have difficulties finding the right one for yourself. That’s why we’re here! We offer a deeper insight into some of the specifications, advantages, downsides, and other elements. If you want to research more, go ahead and read our other reviews.

Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 – The Basics


This unit features an innovative FlexLiner paint bag system. It’s a novelty on the market, and many people find it unusual because it’s different than the conventional reservoirs for paint sprayers. This particular device works best with smaller-sized projects such as garage doors, furniture, and windows. Although the manufacturer stated that this product could support denser paints, it doesn’t work well with thicker materials than latex.

One of the best features of this unit is that it can spray a full 360 degrees circle in any direction without leaks or glitches during work. This advantage is possible mainly because of the FlexLiner bag system. The durable piston pump sprays the material well without any thinning required. One thing that might pose a problem is the container capacity. It is somewhat small and requires frequent refills.

The Features


The air pressure control


The air pressure control knob is located on the upper part of the casing. It lets you determine the intensity of the air flow. For example, if you’re spraying thin materials, the optimal intensity is around 40%, whereas if you’re spraying denser materials, the unit requires more power. The knob has an integrated scale (1-10) which makes it easier to select the right level.

The FlexLiner paint bag system


This patented technology is what makes this unit different from others. While other paint sprayers have containers made of solid materials, this one comes with reusable and disposable cups. The principle is pretty simple. Instead of tubes and pipes, this unit uses a vacuum system.

This innovative method helps prevent hiccups, shortage of the material during work, and so on. The great thing about this technology is the fact that you don’t have to wash the container after every use since it’s disposable.

The spray patterns


The Graco16Y385 includes 4-inch and 12-inch spray patterns. This feature is great regarding the versatility. Users can choose between narrow and wide patterns, depending on the surface and angle you’re spraying. The tip of the nozzle is reversible therefore you won’t have issues with clogging.

Even if the cap gets clogged, rotate it for 180 degrees, pull the trigger to blow the clog out, and put the nozzle in its previous position. The variety of spray patterns helps you tackle even the tightest corners and remote areas.

Cleaning and maintenance


The cleaning of this product is simple. You don’t need aggressive detergents or any other heavy solutions. All you need is clean water, a rag, and a sponge. As far as the cleaning of the container goes, that’s arbitrary. You can wash the cup after every use, or simply swap it with a new one. It’s important to remember that these cups are not expensive. As you can see, they look like an ordinary plastic cup. However, you won’t jeopardize the overall performance of this product by using the same cup every time.

The casing should be cleaned with caution. The reason is simple – it contains sensitive electronic parts which tend to malfunction if they come in contact with water. Remember to unplug the device from the outlet socket before cleaning it! For detailed instructions, refer to the user manual.

The ease of use


The Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 is very easy to use, and you don’t need prior experience with sprayers. The user manual is straightforward, and it contains graphic instructions to make it easier for you to understand the features of the device.

There is a section with painting techniques in the user manual with pictures included. Make sure you read that part and learn how to operate this unit properly. It may sound easy, but improper use will do more harm than good.

Also, make sure to check the supported materials. The use of wrong materials will quickly break the unit

Who Can Use This Sprayer?


Anyone can use this unit, regardless of the experience. However, as far as the project size goes, it’s best to stick with the small-sized projects. This product isn’t designed for large projects mainly because of the container’s capacity and lack of power in the motor.

It is also a perfect gift for DIY enthusiasts because you don’t have to think about whether they know how to operate it or not.

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Pros:

N

Easy to use

N

Patented FlexLiner bag technology

N

Durability and quality of production

N

Works well with denser materials

N

Offers a professional paint job

N

Compact and easily storable

N

Affordable

Cons:

N

Short power cord

N

Can get jammed without prior notice

N

Small capacity of the container

N

Can be considered noisy

What We Didn’t Like


The general problem with handheld paint sprayers is the short power cord. Since it’s easily solvable with an extension cord, people don’t think it’s a crucial issue. However, it can be a serious nuisance, especially if it keeps unplugging due to the weight of the power cord. There is a so-called “cable knot technique” which helps with this problem. It’s a simple technique, all you have to do is tie a knot using the power cord as one side, and the extension cord as the other.

The container capacity is the main thing we don’t like about this product. Although the manufacturer has clearly stated that it’s not suitable for big projects, it doesn’t change the fact that it has a somewhat small reservoir. Frequent refills tend to get annoying after a while, especially if you’re using only one cup.

Some users reported that it tends to get jammed without any warnings. Even though this isn’t a frequent problem, it’s still worth mentioning. If your unit gets stuck, refer to the user manual, there are some repairing techniques in it.
One more thing that people immediately notice is the level of noise it produces. This sprayer isn’t a particularly silent one; it tends to be quite noisy. However, it’s easily solvable with ear plugs.

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The FAQ

Can I use dense materials with Graco 16Y385?

Yes, you can. However, it’s not advised to use materials thicker than latex paint. Also, don’t forget to increase the air pressure output.

Is it hard to operate this unit?

Not at all. It’s suitable both for professionals and amateurs. It works on a simple principle which is not hard to master.

Is this device noisy?

Yes, it’s considered as noisy. However, a pair of ear plugs will solve your problem.

Can I paint the whole house with it?

No, you can’t. This paint sprayer is designed for small-sized projects due to the lack of capacity and turbine power.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

No, it doesn’t. One of the best things about this unit is the replaceable cup which doesn’t have to be washed.

What do The Users Say?


People love this sprayer. Even though it has a couple of downsides, it still serves its use. The sole proof of its quality is the excellent rating on Amazon. It has a solid 4-star rating which means it’s a product worth buying.

The thing that separates Graco from other manufacturers is the customer support. They have one of the best customer supports in the business, and they’re ready to help you 24/7.

Conclusion


If you’re planning to expand your garage inventory with a quality paint sprayer, this one falls into the category. Although it’s small and it doesn’t have a lot of container capacity, it will never leave you hanging in the middle of the project. As far as you follow the user manual, this unit should last for years. It offers a great paint job for an affordable price, if that’s what you’re looking for, feel free to buy it, you won’t have any regrets.

Tell us what you think about this product. We would love to hear your impressions and general opinion. If you believe we’ve missed anything, or you want to add something, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. You’ll not only help us with your insights but every other potential buyer as well.

Conclusion


If you’re planning to expand your garage inventory with a quality paint sprayer, this one falls into the category. Although it’s small and it doesn’t have a lot of container capacity, it will never leave you hanging in the middle of the project. As far as you follow the user manual, this unit should last for years. It offers a great paint job for an affordable price, if that’s what you’re looking for, feel free to buy it, you won’t have any regrets.

Tell us what you think about this product. We would love to hear your impressions and general opinion. If you believe we’ve missed anything, or you want to add something, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. You’ll not only help us with your insights but every other potential buyer as well.

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