Matt is a professional painter who owns and operates his own painting business, specializing in interior and exterior house painting.
Graco 495 Review
I bought the Graco 495 airless sprayer several years ago for my painting business. I wanted a sprayer powerful enough to handle my interior and exterior painting projects without worry. If you're a painter looking for versatility, this sprayer does it all. I have used it for hundreds of painting projects, and it still performs as good as the first time.
In terms of the cost, if you're a homeowner looking to buy an airless sprayer for only a couple small projects around the house, you're definitely better off renting a sprayer instead of buying this one (or buying a smaller unit from a home improvement store).
The 495 is a contractor-grade sprayer capable of producing a high output of paint on a regular basis. The pump feeds a little more than half a gallon of paint per minute to the spray gun, which is more than enough. If you have a painting business like me, using a professional sprayer is key to getting jobs done faster and easier. For projects like cabinet painting, window shutters, paneling, siding, or fence staining, this paint sprayer is a big time saver.
I'll explain some of the key features of the Graco 495 and what I like and dislike.
The Graco 495 paint sprayer produces a maximum of 3,300 PSI if you need it, but most of the time, I spray at a lower pressure setting than that. This sprayer is powerful and produces a lot of over-spray if you crank up the pressure, but that's to be expected with most airless sprayers, not only this one. If you spray paint inside an occupied home, you should always mask everything in the room first.
For new construction painting, spraying walls in an empty house, or spraying a fence in an open area, this sprayer is a production beast with the pressure cranked up, but always takes measures to control over-spray when spraying painting outdoors.
With the correct tip size and pressure, the paint output doesn't disappoint, even with the pressure turned up halfway. To get the perfect spray fan pattern, I turn the pressure all the way down and dial it back up until the spray fan is even and fully atomized.
Unlike the older model (which this review is based on), the newer model is equipped with a digital display for the pressure. I wish mine had it, but I've gotten through my projects fine without it too. The digital readout is a nice feature because you can set the pressure precisely for the material you're spraying instead of having to play with the pressure knob.
I use this sprayer for both big and small painting projects. The pressure can be turned down low enough for fine finish painting, or turned up high for production work.
I use both my Graco 495 and my little Graco GX19 FinishPro for cabinet painting projects and doors, using the green FFLP (fine finish, low pressure) tips by Graco. With a fine finish tip and the right pressure dialed in, I can achieve an awesome finish with this sprayer. An HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayer, like the Graco 9.5 Pro Comp HVLP (I own this unit too) produces an awesome finish with less over-spray than an airless sprayer, but most latex paints are too thick for HVLP sprayers unless you carefully thin them first. There are also more parts to clean, and you have to refill the paint too much.
The 495 airless sprayer is a versatile model that can be used for a variety of painting and staining projects. I have sprayed acrylic paint and stain, latex paint and solvent-based coatings with this unit. You can also use this sprayer for watery thin coatings like lacquer and polyurethane.
I own the hi-boy model on wheels, but there is also a lo-boy model without wheels if you want a smaller unit. I really like the vertical design of the siphon tube on the hi-boy because it's almost impossible for paint cans to get knocked over. The siphon tube is lowered directly into the paint can from above. But on the lo-boy, the siphon tube hangs from the side of the paint can, similar to the Titan 440 Impact, increasing the chances of it getting knocked over when the can's near empty.
The hi-boy is easier to move around but takes up more space. If you have a van, or truck with a cap, no problem. The handle collapses if needed. The weight of this model is 70 pounds and lighter than some of the other Graco models that are much heavier and more difficult to lift into a vehicle without someone helping. I have no problem loading and unloading this one.
The lo-boy (no wheels) is small enough to fit on the backseat of a vehicle, but it's a little heavy to carry around. The hi-boy on wheels is the best option for me. I like having the ability to wheel the sprayer to the work space instead of carrying it.
Is the Graco 495 Ultra Max II Worth It?
If you're a painter, or someone who will be spraying frequently, the Graco 495 is an awesome sprayer I highly recommend, but this sprayer is probably overkill for someone who only plans to use it on occasion.
You get what you pay for, and the pumps in Graco sprayers are built to last. I've had mine now for several years and I haven't had any issues other than expected maintenance like re-packing the fluid section and replacing the o-rings. I haven't had to replace the pump yet on mine after repeated use.
This sprayer also produces powerful paint output similar to the more expensive Graco models but is still versatile enough to be used for smaller projects too at lower pressure settings. The Graco contractor gun that comes with the sprayer is also very durable. I've dropped mine many times over the years, but it still sprays fine without any issues.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is the Graco Ultra Max II 495 suitable for roof painting with 30 meters of hose?
Answer: Yes, it should be fine.
Question: Would you recommend airless paint sprayers for painting shipping containers? If so, what type of paint would you suggest?
Answer: Yes, the Graco 495 is perfect for spraying shipping containers, especially if you plan to spray more than one. I personally wouldn't attempt to paint a shipping container without a sprayer. Spraying saves so much time. Before painting, power wash everything. Rust spots should be sanded smooth. You can use DTM (direct to metal) paint, but I'd probably use an industrial alkyd enamel for durability. Rust spots should be primed with a rust inhibiting primer. Sherwin Williams has a product called Industrial Enamel. I used it a lot many years ago to paint metal doors and handrails on commercial projects. That might be a good option to consider for spraying the shipping containers.
Question: can I use Graco Ultra Max II 495 for epoxy coating such as Jotamastic 80?
Answer: The Graco 495 can spray many different types of coatings. Check the specifications for the epoxy you're using to confirm it can be sprayed through an airless sprayer. The label on the can itself should also specify the spray tip size to use. A larger tip size is needed for epoxy because it's too thick to pass through a small tip.
Question: Will this spray block filler?
Answer: Yes, the Graco 495 has a larger pump capable of spraying block filler. The maximum airless spray tip size rated for this sprayer is .025. Most block filler can be sprayed with a tip size of .019 to .023, which is below the maximum spray tip spec for the 495.
© 2018 Matt G.
Matt G. (author) from United States on June 27, 2019:
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.
Alexander Okelo from Nairobi, Kenya on June 27, 2019:
Mark on April 19, 2019:
Thanks for the info as im thinking of purchasing one now .