I have had two Wagner sprayers and the last is still stored somewhere under
my work bench! Terrible results! Bought the Rockler $99.00 hvlp rig (also
one for my son-in-law) and have had great results with it (for it's intended
purpose). Recently painted all the exterior trim using thinned latex on my
house and couldn't be more pleased.
> I was considering a $99 Wagner handheld job.
You remind me of the guy who walked around hitting himself in the head
with a hammer.
When asked why, he answered, "Because it feels so good when I stop."
Rent (or buy refurbished/used) the real sprayer. I've got a Wagner 9150
(full size - uses 1 or 5 gal cans) and always seem to have a use for it.
It'll pull about anything out of a can, too, including some really gummed
up stain I had lying around. It's just a bit of a pain to clean (but
necessary unless you want to rebuild every time you use it).
Michael White "To protect people from the effects of folly is to
fill the world with fools." -Herbert Spencer
Do a DAGS
This topic has been discussed several times on the rec. I am sure you can
find plenty of information/opinions on the Wagner sprayer. As for me my
advice is to save your money. The Wagner will not handle unthinned latex.
"Yes, I have one", he said, sputtering. :)
Older model, bought new, but ran almost $100 then. I think their design is
still spring and piston, though.
Paint must be thinned to use, using their (provided) viscosity funnel. With
good latexes, this can approach 50/50, probably destroying the characteristics
of the paint. Adjustment was tweaky, at that.
The piston assembly heats up with use to the point where if you pause for a few
seconds or spray extended amounts, the paint hardens on the nozzle, clogging the
hole. Disassemble and clean frequently (every 10 minutes?). Last time I used
it, I sprayed, the paint on, then went back and brushed the whole thing to get
it even. Since it was so diluted, I then had to put brush on two more coats.
When I finally got an I got an air compressor, I bought the cheapie Campbell
Hausfield sprayer (about $30) at WalMart, and it's a joy to use for everything
I've tried to put through it, thick or thin, house paint to furniture finishes.
Since they're light duty models, you can't torque them around, but I'd buy
another air compessor model before I'd open the Wagner box that's still
somewhere in the shop.
Newer Wagner models may work better, but I'm not willing to find out. Air is
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