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Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360DS Review

Editor Rating: 4.0/5

Great Product

Graco 17A466 Paint Sprayer

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: January 13, 2017

Last modified: January 13, 2017

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Paint sprayers are a must-have for every DIY devotee. People often have a common misconception about these products when it comes to the price. Because they used to have a pretty hefty price a few years ago, a lot of people simply gave up on them. However, times have changed, and many quality sprayers have a very affordable price nowadays. Also, it seems like people think that it’s a complicated piece of hardware to operate. Those days are gone as well; the modern paint sprayers work on a very simple principle, and you don’t need any experience whatsoever.

One of the major benefits of these products is saving money and time. You don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars every year for a renovation; instead, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your garage. Although it’s a great thing that there are many choices now, it’s also a burden because it can be a tough choice. We are here to help you with that choice by providing useful information about the features, advantages, flaws, and capabilities of these units. If you’re interested in other products from this category, read our other reviews.

Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360DS – The Basics


This unit has a Dual Speed control system which offers two speeds. It allows precise control and less overspray. It also has a new technology called the FlexiLiner paint bag system. This system allows you to spray in any direction, regardless of the unit position. In simpler words, you can paint with this product even upside down without hiccups.

The Graco 17A466 offers two spraying patterns – narrow and wide. The narrow pattern is usually used for painting slender areas like fences, joists, and so on. On the other hand, the wider pattern is best for large surfaces like doors, chairs, closets, and so on. The high-pressure piston pump allows this sprayer to work with denser materials such as latex and acrylic. Graco manufactures their products by using quality materials. Also, it’s very easy to use it; no prior experience is needed.

The Features


The FlexiLiner bag system


A lot of modern sprayers have sturdy supply cups. However, this one has a plastic cup which is replaceable and disposable. One of many advantages of this technology is that you don’t have to wash the supply cup after every project. You can simply use a new one since they’re cheap and accessible. These cups work on a simple principle. All you need to do is fill the reservoir, squeeze the air out, and close the cap. This unit doesn’t have a suction pipe in the container, so it works well regardless of the position.

The air pressure control


This device comes with two air pressure speeds – low and high. These options allow you to control the intensity of the air coming through the nozzle. For example, low speed is usually used with thinner materials. The thicker the material is, the more speed you’ll need. Therefore, if you’re spraying latex or acrylic, make sure to change the air pressure to “high” before commencing the project. For more information about the required pressure for different materials, refer to the user manual.

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The spray patterns


This device lets you choose from two different patterns, depending on the surface you’re processing. You can change between patterns by simply rotating the nozzle for 180 degrees. However, turn the unit off before changing patterns!

Cleaning and maintenance


It’s relatively simple to keep the Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360DS paint sprayer in good condition. The biggest burden of cleaning a paint sprayer is the container. However, because of the FlexiLiner technology, you don’t have to wash the supply cups every time you finish the project, you can simply throw them away and use a new one.

To clean the case, you’ll need (warm) clean water, and a rag. Make sure to unplug the unit before cleaning it, because it contains sensitive electric parts. Squeeze the water out of the rag and gently rub the casing. The nozzle is detachable, and it’s safe to submerge it in warm water. However, make sure it’s completely dry before you put it back on.

Storing this product isn’t an issue because it’s compact and fairly small. Store it away from bad weather and wet places.

The ease of use


It is a relatively straightforward unit. Anyone can use it and get a hold of it within minutes. However, although it seems easy, it’s advised you read the manual and get a better insight into the techniques and tricks for operating this device. Because it offers an exceptional paint job, even contractors find it handy for smaller tasks.

Because of its ease of use, it serves as a great gift for DIY enthusiasts. Also, it’s a great addition to anyone’s garage shelf because of its affordability.

Who Can Use This Spray Painter?


Because it’s versatile and simple, a lot of people find it useful and helpful, regardless of their overall experience with paint sprayers.

Even some of the professionals praise the performance and the features of this product. So, there are no limits or restrictions when it comes to age or previous experience.

Graco-17A466

Pros:

N

Easy to use

N

Patented FlexLiner bag technology (doesn’t have a tube in the container)

N

High quality and durability (it’s made of hard plastic and some metal parts as well)

N

Can use thicker materials such as latex and acrylic (only on “high” air pressure settings)

N

Offers exceptional finishing touches and an overall professional paint job

N

Affordable

Cons:

N

Short power cord (can be solved with an extension cord)

N

Small capacity container (requires frequent refills)

N

Can’t paint large projects due to low reservoir capacity

N

Leaves paint mist behind and can be messy (make sure to cover the surroundings with protective foil)

What We Didn’t Like


The power cord is short. This seems to be a common problem with a lot of sprayers, although that doesn’t minimize the issue. Even though it’s easily solvable with an extension cord, it’s not a permanent solution, especially if you have a heavier extension cord because it will keep plugging out due to the cable weight.

It leaves a mist behind, and it tends to be messy. However, you can solve this issue by covering the surroundings with a protective foil. Also, remember to wear safety gloves, especially if you’re dealing with latex and acrylic paint.

It may have air pressure issues when using denser materials despite the manufacturer’s guarantee for pressure consistency. Don’t let this discourage you, though; it’s not a common issue, but it’s worth mentioning.

The FAQ

Can I use dense materials with the Graco 17A466?

Yes, you can. This product can operate with latex, acrylic, and stain. Don’t forget to change the air pressure intensity to “high” before using thick materials.

Is it a complicated unit?

No, it isn’t. Anyone can use this product regardless of the previous experience. However, you should read the manual first.

Is this device noisy?

It depends on your level of tolerance. It isn’t much noisier than other sprayers available on the market. However, it’s easily solvable with ear plugs.

Is it good for big projects?

No, it isn’t designed for large projects. However, it does an exceptional job with small to mid-sized projects.

Does it need a lot of maintenance?

No it doesn’t. It’s easy to clean it, and you don’t need aggressive detergent. All you need is warm water and a rag.

What do The Users Say?


Most of the people who used the Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360DS have a positive opinion about it. Because it’s affordable and simple, many people had a chance to finish up the projects they started a long time ago without much hassle.

It has good ratings on Amazon which is more than enough proof of quality and usefulness. One thing that makes Graco company great is their customer support. They are well-known for having an incredible customer support with operators who are more than happy to help you with your issues 24/7.

Conclusion


If you have any unfinished projects or you’re planning to commence one, this product might come in handy. In fact, it’s probably among the top five choices for a good DIY paint sprayer. Although it has a couple of minor flaws, it’s worth buying it because it will save you a lot of money and time. Paint rollers and brushes are a thing of the past; handheld paint sprayers are here to take their place.

If you liked this review, make sure to leave a comment. Also, if you believe we’ve missed anything, feel free to send us your opinion; we would love to hear it. If you own this unit, leave your impressions, opinions, and overall satisfaction with this product in the comment section below. Make sure to check out our other reviews; you might find a better suiting sprayer for yourself.

Conclusion


If you have any unfinished projects or you’re planning to commence one, this product might come in handy. In fact, it’s probably among the top five choices for a good DIY paint sprayer. Although it has a couple of minor flaws, it’s worth buying it because it will save you a lot of money and time. Paint rollers and brushes are a thing of the past; handheld paint sprayers are here to take their place.

If you liked this review, make sure to leave a comment. Also, if you believe we’ve missed anything, feel free to send us your opinion; we would love to hear it. If you own this unit, leave your impressions, opinions, and overall satisfaction with this product in the comment section below. Make sure to check out our other reviews; you might find a better suiting sprayer for yourself.

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