Graco Magnum X5 Review

Paint sprayers are time and energy savers – this is a well-known fact. Paint rollers and brushes can take hours to complete a job. A paint sprayer can finish that same task in a matter of minutes.

Amongst paint sprayers, the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is one of the best out there. It’s a multi-purpose airless paint sprayer built with DIYers in mind. It’s powerful and runs on a 2500 watt motor.

This is one in a series of paint sprayers called the Graco Project Series. These are sprayers of varying sizes that were made to be easy to use, clean, and maintain. The main feature of this series is the high-pressure piston pump. This can work with many paints to create an even and smooth finish. 

Compared to the other sprayers in this series, the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 has a smaller spray tip size. This same feature makes it good for delivering a pro-level finish on small furniture and the like.

This Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is an excellent addition to your arsenal if you’re a homeowner with a painting itch. In this article, we’re going to review the different features of the Graco Magnum 262800 X5. We’ll see how it stands against other sprayers in its category.

Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand

Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand

  • Lightweight design.
  • Easy to clean.
  • PSI 3000
  • Comes with a 25-feet long DuraFlex hose.
  • ½ HP motor.
  • Stainless steel piston pump.


The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is a good sprayer for jobs around the house. It’s perfect for small and medium-sized indoor and outdoor DIY projects. The machine is durable and built from tough materials. This is a strong and sturdy paint sprayer. 

This paint sprayer comes with a recommended usage of 125-gallons per year. This is an estimation and you can probably use it for longer, just maintain the machine properly. Still, this is the amount of paint you’ll need to paint several projects, including fences, deck, exterior wall, or your rooms.

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 includes many helpful accessories. You won’t need to use an external compressor. This paint sprayer is also user friendly and has amazing reviews from other customers. Let’s jump into the features of this sprayer.

Key Features

Can spray directly from a 1 – 5 gallon can of paint.

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 isn’t a handheld sprayer. The turbine will be on the ground next to your paint can. From the turbine, a flexible hose attaches to the paint-can and it will draw the paint out, through the turbine, into your sprayer. The paint will then spray at 0.27 gallons per minute.  

This is a great feature if you don’t want to spend time transferring paint from the can to a separate container on the gun. You won’t have to worry about carrying the paint-can or the motor around either. They’re both stationary and placed on the ground.

One thing to be wary about though is a flaw in the design mentioned by other users. The hook that carries the paint-can on the machine may be loose on some units.

Can work with different tip sizes.

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 can fit three different tip sizes. They are 0.011 in, 0.013 in, and a 0.015 in tip that comes attached to the machine. These tips are suitable for diluted paints and stains. 

The manufacturer says that certain low-viscosity paints don’t need mixing with water. Honestly, we don’t recommend this. It’s better to dilute your paints to use with this sprayer. For anything that’s considerably thicker – use a larger paint sprayer.

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is suitable for latex paints, stains, and acrylic paints. Don’t use it for solvent-based lacquers. This is not suitable for textures either. Don’t use the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 to spray paint elastomeric liquids either.

Reversible spraying tips.

These tips that the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 comes with are reversible. This is helpful in case your tip does clog up with paint. You won’t have to waste time. Instead of taking apart the sprayer to clean, just reverse the tip. Then continue spraying.

Some reviewers feel that despite this feature, time does go into sorting out tip clogging with the Graco Magnum 262800 X5. This makes us feel that it’s best to take preventive measures to avoid tip clogging. Don’t take this reversible tip feature for granted.

Stainless-steel pump.

This Project Painter series is famous for this pump. It’s designed to be durable and works at a pressure of 3000 PSI. Even though it’s powerful, it’s adjustable. You can control the speed of the paint sprayer by adjusting a knob at its side. 

There are a few other settings that give you precision and control. This includes a spray setting that ranges from low to high. Settings such as this make it easier to use an airless paint sprayer for indoor work and jobs that call for a nice and even finish.

PushPrime feature.

This setting is essentially a push-start button. It can be taxing to start a paint sprayer sometimes. With this feature, you can start the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 quickly and easily. It’s a reliable feature that simplifies your painting work.

PowerFlush cleaning mechanism.

This feature makes the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 a breeze to clean. Usually, you’d have to dismantle the whole paint sprayer. But with this sprayer, just connect it to a garden hose and flush out the paint out of the tubes with normal tap water. 

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Pros of the Graco Magnum 262800 X5.

Durable stainless-steel pump

We can’t stress enough how useful this pump is. You’ll notice that many sprayers come with pumps that aren’t durable. This one is, and it’s powerful to boot. 

Easy to clean

The Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is so easy to clean thanks to its PowerFlush feature. Instead of spending time taking apart and cleaning your sprayer, you can just flush everything out. This method ensures that the tool is properly cleaned. You can collect the paint-filled water expelled by the sprayer to use later. 


The adjustable settings, reversible tips, PushPrime feature, and other great features make this a user-friendly machine. Even if you’ve never used a paint sprayer in your life, you’ll be able to work with this one.

Easy on the pocket

Many industry-level paint sprayers are way more expensive than this unit. Those can cost thousands of dollars. This sprayer is affordable. You’ll also be saving money by doing your work instead of spending it on a contractor. 

Cons of the Graco Magnum 262800 X5

Clogging issues.

Many reviews – both from experts and customers – have complained about this sprayer’s tip getting clogged.

Due to its maximum spray tip size of 0.015 in and max PSI, the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 can’t break down thick liquids. Clogging is usually an issue with most mid-budget paint sprayers. Some high-budget sprayers have this issue, too. 

What does this mean for you? You must decide on which liquid you’ll be using. Then call Graco’s customer service representatives or your local hobby shop and ask them if that liquid is suitable with the sprayer. 

Another issue is that this paint sprayer is best suited for small-scale painting projects. You can’t use it for large-scale renovations or intensive usage. 

How to troubleshoot: No matter what liquid you’re using to paint, dilute it first. Don’t use this sprayer for large surface areas. Keep it to small-scale projects. Also, check if your hose has dirt clogged up inside it.


Another common complaint is of overspray. For those who haven’t used power tools before, this may be a setback at first. With enough practice with the settings, you should be able to find a sweet spot and avoid overspray.

How to troubleshoot: Ensure you cover everything in your surroundings properly. Don’t paint outside on windy days.

Makes a lot of noise

Some users have said that the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is a noisy machine. This noise is vibrations from the turbine. Since it’s a lightweight turbine, the pressure makes the motor move a little on the ground. 

This movement won’t be so pronounced that you won’t be able to handle your sprayer. Don’t worry about this affecting your work. A bit of noise is common for this type of grounded sprayer. If this is an issue for you, you could either purchase noise cancellation headphones or purchase a quieter model.

Who is the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 suitable for?

This paint sprayer is suitable for small-scale projects inside the house. It’s also good to paint small to medium-scale surface areas outdoors, such as fences and decks. This sprayer works best with stains and low-viscosity paints. 

We recommend this for DIYers, homeowners, hobby painters, those who paint small furniture, and those who like touching up around the house now and then.

We don’t recommend this to professional painters who have large-scale commercial projects. We don’t recommend this for thick liquids or textured paints.

Why we like this paint sprayer

We love that it’s made out of stainless steel. We love the push-start feature, the PowerFlush adapter, and the reversible tips. We also think Graco is a trustworthy brand in general with good customer care.

Another advantage is that it can connect to the paint-can directly. This helps us save time and effort on transferring paint. It also reduces arm fatigue, since there isn’t a paint canister to carry on the gun itself.

Graco Magnum X5 Troubleshooting 

There are inconsistent stripes on my paint job.

Check whether your pressure is set too low or if your spray tip has worn out. Either increase the pressure knob or change your spray tip. Maybe both.

The pump won’t prime.

Is your suction tube leaking? Is the primer clogged? In this case, unscrew the valve and clean out the dirt. Put it back as it was.


What is the Graco Magnum 262800 X5’s maximum hose length?

The machine comes with a 25-feet long flexible hose. But it’s max hose length is 75-feet. You can buy this separately as it doesn’t come with the Graco Magnum 262800 X5.

What can I use the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 to paint?

You can paint your walls, fence, doors and trim, cabinets, tables and chairs, and other small to medium-scale projects. This paint sprayer comes with settings that allow you to adjust for precision. 

You can also use the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 to stain your decks and fences. 

What other parts and accessories does the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 come with?

This machine comes with a spray tip, an inlet valve, stainer, outlet valve, 25-feet hose, pump kit, gun filter, and bleeder valve. 

Accessories that you can purchase along with this are filters, strainers, suction tube sets, batteries and chargers, storage fluid, extensions, and hoses.

How do I maintain the Graco Magnum 262800 X5?

It’s easy – just don’t be lazy when it comes to cleaning the sprayer. Keep it clean – tips included and store it safely. Don’t use it with the wrong liquids. Always keep your manual with you for help.

Should I buy the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 or the other Project Painters in this series?

The others in this series are suitable for handling thicker liquids over larger surface areas. Assess your requirements first and decide on which tip size best suits your needs. If you are looking for a professional paint sprayer, we recommend checking out the Graco Magnum X7.

Can you use the 0.017-inch tip on the Graco Magnum 262800 X5? Can you paint exterior latex paint with it?

The max tip size for this painter is 0.015 inches. This is calculated considering the flow rate of their standard tips. Make sure that the unit’s flow rate meets or exceeds the rated flow of the tip you’re buying. The X5’s is 0.27 GPM.

Check the datasheet for the paint you’ll be using. That way you’ll learn what the appropriate tip size is. The maximum recommended tip size for the sprayer must be the minimum required tip size for the liquid. 

Anything smaller will clog up and spoil your paintwork with a poor finish or ugly marks in the paint.