I have been reading this digest for awhile. Now I have something to
Anyone have experience with a Wagner paint sprayer or similar? If so,
how do you like it? Will it spray something besides vertical walls,
etc? Is there a better one for small jobs?
I know this isn't what is usually considered woodworking but I know
woodworkers do a lot of things and many of you have a lot of varied
And if you don't like the sprayer, try their bottom-line power roller. We
borrowed a pretty new one a couple of years ago and after one wall went back
to hand rolling. Spent too much time chasing leaks. Cleanup was also worth
a wall or two worth of time.
Wagner makes several prayers including handheld airless which are junk.
Larger airless sprayers that are ok to good and handheld hvlp whichare good
and larger hvlp systems that work well. Which ones are you interested in?
I have used their handheld hvlp with great success as well as their larger
airless systems. The handheld airless guns are mostly junk.
If you are into small projects, investigate compressor driven airbrushes,
Aztec and Plasshe (sp.?) are names in the field. Standard sized compressor
driven spray guns are also a possibility, Lots of options, relatively easy
On Sun, 31 Dec 2006 18:06:51 -0800, Richard wrote:
Depends on what you want to spray. For clear finishes Rockler has their
economy HVLP on sale for 80 bucks (of course it goes on sale a week after
I pay a hundred for one at Woodcraft). Works quite nicely. It's reputed
to have trouble with latex--I haven't tried it with that--but with lacquer
it's OK--any problems I've had were mine and not the gun's--it took me a
while to get it adjusted.
Note to lurkers, that 80 bucks is for the entire unit including the
turbine, not just a gun that needs a compressor. Last time this was
discussed I saw some confusion on that point. At that price it's a real
bargain for the occasional user.
I've got a Wagner sprayer. I use it exactly once a year, for the same job:
spraying 2 quarts of anti-fouling paint onto the bottom of my boat. Been
using it for about 10 years now. I've got the flexible extension nozzle,
which is great for getting all the odd angles (i.e. I bend it up about 60
degrees to get underneath).
As somebody else mentioned, yes, cleaning it up takes longer than doing the
I"ve seen a lot of naysayers about Wagner. I read those reviews after I
bought mine. I had bought it to do some interior painting of what was
effectively an empty house, or almost new construction.
After some screwing around with the settings, I painted about 5 rooms
with it, walls and ceilings. It was a bit of a PITA to clean, but it was
very fast and put down an even coat of paint. I wouldn't bother with it
for smaller jobs or jobs where there was a lot of furniture in the room.
If I had to do it all over again, I'd do the same thing. It put the
paint down in about 1/10 of the time it would have to roll. The quality
of the coat was better than any rolling I've ever done.
Is it a piece of quality machinery that will last a lifetime? Not on
your life. After I was finished the inside, I tackled the exterior and
the main spring in the piston broke. Parts are unavailable in Canada,
and I finished that job with a roller.
But I had no complaints with it for the inside stuff. It was worth what
I paid for it and then I considered it gone.
I have one of those Wagner Paint Crew sprayers - used it in late 2004 to
paint my whole house inside and out with it....worked fantastic.
Here's a link so you can what I'm talking about:
That's a lot cheaper than when I bought mine 2 yrs ago too....
I was considering a $99 Wagner handheld job. I am getting a new
storage shed and buying something like this is about as cheap as
renting a real sprayer. (They claim it will pull unthinned latex out
of a can- is that believable?) Maybe I should just roll it on the
old fashioned way. This shed will have an outside paneling that has
grooves running down it every 6" or so and I thought spraying would get
primer and paint into the grooves better than a roller. Lazy Richard!
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