Graco Inc.

NXT Saving time, saving paint



Bhachu Industries is a tank manufacturer in Kenya. Prior to their purchase of an Xtreme™ Sprayer 70:1, they were using gravity feed guns to apply QD primers and enamel to the tanks after blasting. It took 3 employees 1 hour to apply one coat of QD enamel to the tanks. This was a big concern for the customer, because it sometimes takes 5 hours to paint one tank. With the spray painting causing the delay, the tank manufacturer was looking to invest in additional spray booths to increase production.

Apex Steel, the Protective Coatings Graco distributor in Kenya, is a steel supplier to the Kenyan market. Graco is very well positioned in their business because they are already supplying the industry with metal and they managed to penetrate the Kenyan market successfully with Graco products using their existing customer base.


Apex Steel recommended the Xtreme Sprayer 70:1 and Bhachu purchased the unit.


The customer purchased an X70DH3 Xtreme Sprayer 70:1 from Apex Steel and the results were outstanding. When using one XTR7 spray gun, the customer was able to achieve a 250 mm spray pattern that improved the spray time from 1 hour per coat to 10 minutes per tank. This is a significant result with a direct improvement in productivity. The customer is now able to increase the manufacturing of tanks without a big capital investment.
The added advantage is that the customer is using 35 per cent less paint to spray the same tank. This means that the NXT will be paid off with the paint savings in just 4 months.


Bhachu Industries

Industry Market Sector:
Truck tank manufacturers

Application of Dura Coat QD enamel according to TDS: Brush or spray

Material Specifications:
Paint used: Dura Coat QD Enamel
Material Manufacturer Name: Busco Paints

Typical Properties:

  • Paint: QD enamel
  • 30 per cent dilution with thinners
  • Pot Life: single component thus no pot life.

Graco Equipment:
Graco Xtreme Sprayer 70:1 NXT


  • X70DH3 Xtreme Sprayer 70:1
  • NXT 70
  • No hoppers
  • No heat
  • Hose Specs and Sizes
  • XTR7 gun with 519 tip

GRACO Distributor Details:
Protective Coating Equipment distributor selling NXT and spares:
Apex Steel
Funzi road, Industrial, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 25 558004