I sprayed a deck and a block wall today with a Wagner Airless Paint
It was the mid-grade one (about $85 at the Borg--and I got a $25
rebate) with the 2200psi rating and I bought it so that I could finish
a job that my neighbor (a painter by trade) started, but couldn't
finish. He fell off a ladder at about 6 feet and broke his heel when
his wife showed up to ask him if he wanted to go to lunch. Just goes
to show you, huh?
Anyhow, I was shooting Sherwin Williams Woodscapes stain. At least,
that's what the bucket said. I didn't really notice any difference
between solid-body stain (my neighbor's words) and reg'lar ole latex
This joker worked almost flawlessly. I had a few drips, but I was
able to spray a 400sf deck in about 90 mins. Next to cutting-in each
board edge and rolling out the rest, this was a huge time-saver.
Also, unlike John's commercial-grade airless sprayer, I got little if
any overspray. With the two-speed feature, I could even do balusters,
finials, etc. without fear of getting paint on the neighbor's house or
the flora near the deck. Just remember to catch the drips with a
brush, but they only seem to happen when the cup runs out of paint, or
you've just filled it.
After the deck, I sprayed a cinder-block wall about 7x12 feet and it
took all of 20 minutes, and a good bit of that was moving buckets and
drop cloths. I also bought one of those three-foot paint shields (a
3x1-foot piece of aluminum with an adjustable 2-foot broom handle),
and that's all you need to cut-in around doors, outlets and concrete
slabs (that's what I cut-in around today). If I had used a roller, it
would have been a good hour, and I still would have had to cut-in.
The unit itself is kinda noisy and it gets heavy after about, uh, 30
seconds or so, but what do you want for eighty bucks? If you're doing
or planning to do any painting, esp. outside, I would highly recommend
it. I'll be trying it soon with WW finishes (it came with a fine tip
Hope this helps someone,
Nice review Phil.
And, you are only the second person that I have ever heard say a positive
comment about any Wagner product.
After the spayer has sat up for 1 month unused, can you provide us with
another review and your feelings about the sprayer? I have in a period of
about 7 years purchased 2 Wagner Power tools for painting and both worked
decently the first time used. Both failed miserably on the second outing.
AND both were cleaned immediatley after use until clear water was the only
liquid being dispensed.
It will be interesting to see if Wagner has improved its quality and life of
Like yourself, Leon, my neighbor, the painter, had not much positive
to say about Wagner. My dad, however, painted the exterior of his
house (which is about 3500sf) with a Wagner Wide Shot. I borrowed
said airless sprayer after it had sat up for an undeterminate amount
of time--he may have used it in the interim, but I borrowed it about 3
years after he finished painting his house. I used it to paint about
10 sheets of T-111, and his also worked admirably. I'll talk to my
dad, but I think the key is the little spring-loaded swirl-valve
dealy-bob just in front of the piston. According to the manual, that
little valve wears out after only 7-10 gallons of latex paint.
Fortunately, a replacement valve only costs a couple of dollars.
Also, lubrication is apparently very important to these little
sprayers. The owner's manual states that after you clean out the gun,
you should put some 3-in-1 oil into the mechanism and run it for a
couple of seconds to lubricate the entire, uh, thing.
Mainly, I guess I was impressed more by the "sprayer" part than the
"Wagner" part. I'm no painter, but in 6 hours of use, this thing paid
for itself (if I were a painting contractor).
I'll be sure and let you know about the long term test, though.
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