Welcome to my spray tan equipment review series!

A section of my blog where I review what spray tan equipment I currently use or have used in the past in my spray tan business. I give you my professional opinion as a working spray tan artist in a high volume shop. The features I like or don’t like.

I hope that these reviews 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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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!!

How To Start A Spray Tan Business

If you are just starting your spray tan business and are not sure what spray tan equipment you need or what features you are shopping for, no worries, I have you covered.

Start here on my How to choose the best spray tan equipment page where I walk you through EXACTLY what features you should be looking for in your new 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 check out my spray tan equipment reviews:

Review of the MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Spray Tan Kit

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MaxiMist SprayMate Pro:

This is one of the first HVLP spray tan machines that I purchased when the spray tan industry went from an airbrush style of the application to the faster and cleaner HVLP compressors.

It was life-changing!

Once I got the hang of my new HVLP spray tan equipment, 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 spray tans and a cleaner spray tan room? SOLD!

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

MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Overview:

The MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Spray Tanning System is a great entry-level machine—perfect for new spray tan business owners or mobile spray tan artists. 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 SprayMate Pro Style:

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

MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Durability:

The MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Spray Tanning System is quite strong and well-manufactured. It is a bit loud. I used this spray tanning machine for years when I was just starting my spray tan business and, although 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 business and upgraded to the MaxiMist Evolution Pro for my spray tanning studio as it is rated for a higher volume of work.

Check out my review on this spray tan system here.

MaxiMist SprayMate HVLP Pro Spray Tan Gun Features:

I have had the MaxiMist HVLP Pro Spray Gun for years and it just keeps on spraying!  It’s my little workhorse.

The Pro-Gun that comes with the kit has a much smoother spray pattern than many of the basic model spray guns that are on the market. The Pro-Gun makes it easy to spray on a sunless tan and contouring and detail work a snap. It also has less overspray than the basic spray gun options that are available with some of the spray tan equipment kits.

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 whereas the newer model connects at the bottom.  I prefer the hose connection on the back of the gun assembly but it is becoming increasingly hard to find that setup.  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.

MaxiMist SprayMate Pro Warranty:

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 gotten my money’s worth out of this little HVLP spray tan machine.

I have also recommended this spray tan machine to my goddaughter for spraying herself and her friends while she attended Ohio State University and her machine is still going strong 10 years later.

MaxiMist SprayMate Pro 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 onboard 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.

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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