Here are a few tips on airless paint sprayer tips. There is more to airless sprayer tips than you may think. Tips control the spray fan size as well as the amount of paint that comes out. They also do not last forever, but will last longer if you take care of them, than if you don't.
Ensuring the correct tip size is used with your paint / material will help you get the best finish. Not only will the quality improve, but you will keep the majority of paint on the surface, and reduce overspray and runs.
|Varnishes (before low VOC)*||.009||-||.011||thin materials|
|Lacquers, clear coats*||.009||-||.011|
|Stains - transparent||.011||-||.013|
|Water sealers (thin, clear)||.011||-||.013|
|Lacquers, water borne*||012||-||014||medium|
|Acrylics 100%, latex int.||013||-||015|
|Varnishes (low VOC)*||013||-||015|
|Stains - solid||.013||-||.015|
|Enamels - oil-base||.013||-||.015|
|Latex paint - interior||.013||-||.017|
|Latex paint - exterior||.015||-||.019|
|Primers - latex||.015||-||.017|
|Primers - oil||.017||-||.019|
That depends on the tip guard you have or if you are wanting a new type of tip you may need a new guard to accommodate it. Graco RAC X airless spray tips, LTX (blue), FFT (green), WR (blue) only fit the Graco RAC X guard (blue). Graco RAC IV, RAC 5 (black) and LL5 (yellow) fit the Graco orange tip guards
|Guard Type||Tip Types|
|RAC X|| RAC X (LTX)|
Fine Finish (FFLP)
|RAC V||RAC V (5), RAC IV|
|RAC IV||RAC IV, RAC V|
|HD||Heavy Duty (HD)|
Gun filters should always be used when available. Gun filters help strain the paint one more time before reaching the airless paint sprayer tip. Not choosing the proper filter can cause small bits of debris to flow through the gun and tip, causing not only tip clogs but also damage as well.
The best way to choose the correct gun filter is to look at the orifice of the tip you are using: