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New Spray Gun Line Has Material-specific Caps

Minneapolis, MN—Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG) launched a new line of air assist and airless spray guns. The PerformAA™ line of manual and automatic applicators employs material-specific air caps and other features seldom found in air assist guns commonly used in wood, metal and general industrial finishing.

Graco PerformAA manual and automatic air assist spray guns deliver performance above all with material-specific air caps and other unique features.

Air caps geometrically designed for general finishing, wood lacquer, low viscosity, high viscosity, quick drying, top coat, and waterborne applications fit both manual and automatic PerformAA models.

“To produce consistent atomization and a clean pattern when spraying certain materials, it’s important to have air caps designed for them,” says Wendy Hartley, global product manager for manual finishing equipment in Graco’s Industrial Products Division. “One air cap does not fit all.”

Lowest Manual AA Gun Weight on the Market

At one pound (460 grams), PerformAA 15, 50 and Airless are the lightest manual AA spray guns available. Other operator-friendly features include:

  • Ultra-light trigger pull to reduce fatigue and muscle stress
  • Ergonomic handle and finger rest to fit comfortably in any sized hand
  • Cartridge-style components that minimize maintenance downtime
  • Only Automatic Spray Gun with Air Cap Orientation

PerformAA Auto is the only automatic air-assisted spray gun on the market with features that help operators and maintenance technicians set and quickly repeat exact air cap orientation. This is especially important in flat-line finishing automation.

“We observed people out in the field using protractors and levels to try to get air caps back to their original angle,” says Bill Heuer, global product manager for automatic finishing equipment in Graco’s Industrial Products Division. “To assist in this, we created the Graco Gauge and added angle marks into the fluid housing on all PerformAA Auto guns.”

The Graco Gauge air cap alignment tool, plus the angle indicators, help save time and labor whenever air caps are cleaned or guns are serviced. For more information about the new PerformAA air assist spray gun line, visit

Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids and coatings in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures, and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense, and spray fluid and powder materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction, and maintenance industries. Its sister company, Gema, makes powder coating systems, and is listed in the IWF Product Finder under Finishing Spray Equipment.


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