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Industrial Coatings Airless Spray Tips Buying Guide

The right airless spray tip is an important tool decision dependent on the coating or paint you’ll be spraying.  We offer top selections of Graco and Tritech spray tips, in a variety of orifice sizes sure to fit your project specifications.

Should you have any questions, reach out to our dedicated customer service team who are happy to help.

Name Price Range PSI Range Best Scenarios Benefits Disadvantages
graco xhd rac spray tip painting contractor industrial GRACO XHD HEAVY DUTY RAC SPRAY TIP $94 7,250 psi rated
  • Use with industrial high solids and heavy duty coatings
  • Includes value-add technology to remove or change the tip without removing tip guard or housing
  • Includes one seal one-piece gasket and seal
  • Incorporates locking tab which ensures tip stays securely in guard
  • Pressure rated to suit correct atomization of industrial coatings
  • Inferior finish quality compared to Graco RAC V and X series airless spray tips
Tritech MAXX 7500 psi Airless Spray Tip TRITECH MAXX 7500 PSI AIRLESS SPRAY TIP $41 7,500 psi rated
  • Suits Airless Spray Units up to 7500 psi
  • Designed for heavy industrial coatings
  • High quality copy of older Graco technology
  • Low cost
  • Older technology
  • Inferior finish quality compared to Tritech T93R airless spray tips
Graco RAC X airless spray tip GRACO RAC X AIRLESS SPRAY TIP $53 4,050 psi rated
  • Direct replacement for RAC 5 and RAC V tips
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings
  • Reversible Tip to allow easy clearing of blockages
  • The newest generation of Graco RAC tips
  • Quality of finish
  • 50% longer fan life than previous generations of RAC tip
  • Pressure limited to 4050 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings
Graco RAC 5 Airless Spray Tip GRACO RAC 5 AIRLESS SPRAY TIP $51 4,050 psi rated
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings
  • Reversible Tip to allow easy clearing of blockages
  • Original Graco RAC Airless tip design
  • Good fan pattern life
  • High quality finish
  • Pressure limited to 4050 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings
Tritech T93R 4500 psi Airless Spray Tip TRITECH T93R 4500 PSI AIRLESS SPRAY TIP $30 4,500 psi rated
  • Suits Airless Spray Units up to 4500
    psi
  • High quality copy of older Graco technology
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings
  • Low cost
  • Older technology
  • Pressure limited to 4500 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings

  graco xhd rac spray tip painting contractor industrial Tritech MAXX 7500 psi Airless Spray Tip Graco RAC X airless spray tip Graco RAC 5 Airless Spray Tip Tritech T93R 4500 psi Airless Spray Tip
GRACO XHD HEAVY DUTY RAC SPRAY TIP TRITECH MAXX 7500 PSI AIRLESS SPRAY TIP GRACO RAC X AIRLESS SPRAY TIP GRACO RAC 5 AIRLESS SPRAY TIP TRITECH T93R 4500 PSI AIRLESS SPRAY TIP
Price Range $94 $41 $53 $51 $30
PSI Range 7,250 psi rated

7,500 psi rated

4,050 psi rated 4,050 psi rated 4,500 psi rated
Best Scenarios
  • Use with industrial high solids and heavy duty coatings
  • Suits Airless Spray Units up to 7500 psi
  • Designed for heavy industrial coatings
  • High quality copy of older Graco technology
  • Direct replacement for RAC 5 and RAC V tips
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings
  • Suits Airless Spray
    Units up to 4500
    psi
  • High quality copy of older Graco technology
  • Architectural and light industrial coatings

Benefits
  • Includes value-add technology to remove or change the tip without removing tip guard or housing
  • Includes one seal one-piece gasket and seal
  • Incorporates locking tab which ensures tip stays securely in guard
  • Pressure rated to suit correct atomization of industrial coatings
  • Low cost
  • Reversible Tip to allow easy clearing of blockages
  • The newest generation of Graco RAC tips
  • Quality of finish
  • 50% longer fan life than previous generations of RAC tip
  • Reversible Tip to allow easy clearing of blockages
  • Original Graco RAC Airless tip design
  • Good fan pattern life
  • High quality finish
  • Low cost
Disadvantages
  • Inferior finish quality compared to Graco RAC V and X series airless spray tips
  • Older technology
  • Inferior finish quality compared to Tritech T93R airless spray tips
  • Pressure limited to 4050 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings
  • Pressure limited to 4050 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings
  • Older technology
  • Pressure limited to 4500 psi, unable to spray heavy industrial coatings

Spray Tip Videos

Insert Airless Spray Tip Into Holder

Cleaning airless spray gun tips

Final set-up of airless spray tips before spraying

Installing airless spray tip half moon seal

Strip down of Graco XTR airless spray gun needle

Removing needle from Graco XTR airless spray gun

Replacement of seals in the barrel of a Graco XTR airless spray gun needle

Replacement of Graco XTR spray gun needle and seat

Reassembly of Graco XTR airless spray gun needle

Common issues with airless spray tips

The biggest problem with airless spray tips is that they wear out! When you combine high pressure, high flow and abrasive materials something has to give. In this instance as the orifice of the tip wears, the spray pattern changes, deteriorating in finish quality. It starts as a stripe with parallel sides and rounded ends, changes to oval, becoming shorter and wider. Finally it turns into a round shape. On average a worn tip will spray 25% more paint and require 20% more labor. Worn tips cost time and money…

  • A worn tip uses more paint
  • Produces uneven coverage and inconsistent mil build
  • Reduces production — requires more passes
  • Results in a poor quality finish

Generally, airless spray tips are problem free, provided that they are replaced before becoming too worn. Very little negative feedback is reported by contractors using them.

Important considerations when choosing the right airless spray tips

The most important consideration when choosing an airless tip is matching tip to paint specification. The paint manufacturer will make a recommendation for orifice size and usually fan size as well. Generally speaking architectural coatings can be applied with a 4050 psi rated tip and heavy industrial coatings applied with a 7500 psi tip.

Another important consideration is ensuring that 4050 psi rated tip isn’t used on a 7500 psi rated pump. Maximum pressure specification have a safety factor built in to protect the operator against an injection injury. While it may be tempting to use a 4050 psi rated tip on a 7500 psi rated pump for cost or finish reasons, there is a substantial injury risk in doing so.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the 3 digit number on the side of the tip mean? Mine says 517

    The three digits represent tip size (fan and orifice) and indicate the amount of paint that flows through the tip. The first digit is half of the fan width (#5 x 2 = 10 inch fan width). The last two digits are the size of the tip orifice in thousandths of an inch. Your actual flow rate will depend on your spraying pressure and the material you are using (high pressure equals more flow; heavier paints equals less flow).

  • I understand the RAC X range has some task specific tips. What are they?

    • RAC X Low Pressure – Allows spraying at lower pressure for less over-spray and longest tip life. Produces softer edges for perfect airless finish.
    • RAC X Fine Finish – Dual orifice for fine finish applications with thin materials.
    • RAC X Wide RAC – Produces a 24 in (610 mm) fan pattern to finish the job in half the time.
    • RAC X Linelazer – Creates a laser-sharp line with no fuzzy edges for line striping.

  • Are replacement seal kits available?

  • What sizes of airless tips are available?

    Graco RAC X series tips range from No.2 (4″) to No.18 (36″) fan and .007″ to .071″ orifice. Graco RAC XHD series tips range from .007″ to .049″ orifice and No.2 (4″) to No.20 (40″) fan. Keep in mind that, within these ranges, not every size and fan combination is available.

  • What sort of life can I expect to get out of my airless tip?

    It very difficult to give an exact life on an airless tip due to the vast variety of different coatings that could be flowing through it. What can be said about airless tip life is, that if the coating is known to have abrasive components in it, a RAC XHD will have a longer life than a RAC X.

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