Welcome to the first post in my Spray Tan Tool Kit Series! A new section of my blog where I talk about what spray tan equipment I use or have used and what I like or don’t like about it.  My hope is that these articles will help you in your search for the best spray tan equipment for your business, giving you a system that you can work off of for all future shopping. And because shopping for new toys is FUN!

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spray tan equipment review on maximist spraymate pro

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Hi, I’m Kathryn owner at SunSpray by Kathryn and if we haven’t met before and you would like to get to know me a little bit and check out who I am and what I do…..(Answer: Lots of spray tans!!!!) Then head over to my about page so we can get to know each other better.

Already know all about me and are ready to dive in, then skip down to get into the details!!

If you are new to the spray tanning industry and are not sure what you need or what exactly you are shopping for, no worries, I have you covered. START HERE: On my equipment page where I walk you through exactly what features you should be looking for in your spray tan equipment.  This will get you up to speed on how the basics work and then you will have the confidence to make an educated choice. Then head back over here to read my review on the MaxiMist SprayMate Pro and you can see exactly what I am talking about.

MaxiMist SprayMate Pro:

This is one of the first HVLP style spray tan machines that I purchased when the spray tan industry went from purely an airbrush style of application to the faster and cleaner HVLP compressors.  It really was life changing.  Once I got the hang of the new spray tan system I was able to spray on a tan in 10 minutes vs the 30-40 minutes that my little airbrush tanning system could put out.  Faster tans and a cleaner spray tan room? SOLD!

NOTE: This is NOT the MaxiMist Lite Plus which has a different spray tan gun


The MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Spray Tanning System is a great entry level machine—perfect for the beginner or mobile spray tan artist. It is extremely easy to set up and comes with the Pro Series Spray Gun. Just connect the hose to the HVLP compressor and the spray gun to the hose and within minutes you are assembled for your first spray tan. The Pro Series Spray Gun, which I am a fan of, is already set up with the proper tip and needle assembly allowing you to get spraying immediately.


MaxiMist follows traditional spray tan machine design, this entry level unit is compact and lightweight. The aluminum Pro Series Spray Gun is professional looking, easy to clean and provides minimal overspray.


The MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Spray Tanning System is quite strong and well-manufactured. It is a bit loud. I have used this spray tanning machine for years when I was building my business and, despite the fact that I was using it daily, it provided me with thousands of flawless spray tans. Once my first MaxiMist SprayMate Pro compressor finally gave up and quit—yes these things happen, I purchased another one for my mobile spray tan services and upgraded to the MaxiMist Evolution Pro as it is rated for a higher volume of work.  Check out my review on this spray tan system here.

Spray Gun Features:

I have had this gun for years and it just keeps on spraying!  I call it my little workhorse. I feel that the Pro Gun has a much smoother spray pattern than many of the basic model guns that are on the market. The Pro Gun makes spraying on a tan easy and contouring and detail work a snap. The Pro Gun also has less overspray than the basic gun options.  In my opinion this is HUGE!  Less mess for me to clean up daily. The spray cup fills easily and the directional spray pattern is equally easy to change to suit your spray preferences. The older model of this Pro Spray Gun had the hose connection on the back of the gun where as the newer model connects at the bottom.  I actually prefer the hose connection on the back of the gun assembly but it is becoming increasingly hard to find that set up.  You do have to adjust your spraying style slightly during downward strokes on the lower legs and feet.  If you are a new spray tan artist then this won’t be an issue for you…maybe you just can’t teach an old spray tan artist new tricks. The spray speed on the Pro Gun is adjustable allowing you to set your spray tan solution flow to the speed that suits your style and level of skill. For entry level spray tan artists, a slower spray speed is preferable until you get your spraying routine down, making it a great spray tanning machine for beginners and pros.


The MaxiMist SprayMate Pro comes with a 1 year turbine warranty.


My spray tan equipment is the most important part of my business, which is the reason why even though this spray tan machine is a little higher priced for entry level equipment I would not compromise on the quality to save a few bucks. Having used MaxiMist SprayMate Pro for some time in my spray tan business, I have defiantly gotten my money’s worth out of this little HVLP spray tan machine. I have also recommended this spray tan machine to my god daughter for spraying herself and her friends while she attended Ohio State University and her machine is still going strong.

Features and Specifications

  • Classic black finish
  • Compact design
  • Pro Spray Gun
  • 300 Watt Turbine
  • DB 75
  • 11.5 ft Hose
  • 1 year warranty on turbine
  • Rated for light salon or mobile use 10 tans a day

Kathryn’s Final Thoughts on the MaxiMist SprayMate Pro:

  • General Spraying Excellent
  • Detail Work Excellent
  • Overspray Low
  • Noise Level High
  • Reliability Excellent

Please keep in mind that I am NOT a spray tan equipment distributor nor am I trying to sell you on any brand. This is how I evaluate each piece of equipment before I purchase it and bring it on board into my busy sunless tanning business.  Equipment, solution and retail products that are listed come with my personal opinion as a spray tan business owner: the good, the bad and the ugly.  You must evaluate what is going to work best for your business.

As a small business owner I can’t stock all the amazing products that are available in the world of sunless tanning but I can give you my professional opinion.  Shopping through my links is greatly appreciated and helps me continue to spread my message of skin safety!

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Spray Tan Business Pros:

Do you have a mobile spray tanning business, home based spray tan business, or are you looking to start one? Then check out my tools of the trade area of this website for help in setting up your own airbrush spray tanning business.

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