I’m here to review a Wagner Paint Sprayer I was sent by the folks at Wagner Spray Tech a little while ago. I’m normally a paint roller guy and I even used a roller to paint my own house, but after using this Wagner power sprayer for just a few minutes I have to admit that I’m quite impressed.
The Wagner Power Paint Plus Sprayer
Wagner Power Painter Plus with EZ Tilt Features
Here are the official features from Wagner’s own website:
Seriously, this is one easy paint sprayer to use. You can quite literally remove the sprayer from the box and be ready to use it in about two minutes. You can adjust the sprayer for paint or stain and you can turn the front guard for horizontal or vertical spraying.
Here’s a full list of everything you get:.
As with any paint sprayer, it did tend to have a fair bit of over spray, but my my hands, clothing, glasses and even my shoes were completely 100 % paint dot-free at the end of my trial, which is pretty impressive. If I were staining a deck or painting my house again I would definitely use this paint sprayer after I had tape off anything I didn’t want painted or stained.
I only painted a door (and then a few pieces of scrap wood) with the Wagner Power Painter Plus and I probably ended up using the sprayer for a combined total of about 10 to 15 minutes. The sprayer comes assembled and ready to use right out of the box, so I didn’t spend much time familiarizing myself with the sprayer ahead of time.
Uses Lots of Paint– It does cover an area really quickly, but it uses a lot of paint in the process.
Small Paint Reservoir– Only being able to paint for about 4 minutes between reservoir cup changes could get a little tedious and messy. For any sort of larger job you definitely want to go with a hose attached directly to a paint can.
When you’re about to begin sputtering out paint is a bit annoying, no Low Paint Indicator– Along with the small cup not knowing exactly.
Reservoir Cup Button Seemed Flaky– I struggled a couple times to get the reservoir cup off (you can see that in the video demonstration) because it requires you to push a button in pretty far and then twist the cup. I’m not sure if it was just me or the mechanism itself, but it seemed to keep sticking. To be sure: having a paint reservoir that doesn’t come off easily is better than having one that falls off on its own!
Wagner Power Paint Plus Sprayer Final Thoughts.
If you keep these things in mind, and you’re willing to take some time to learn the subtleties of properly using an electric paint or stain sprayer then you’ll find that this Wagner Power Painter Plus is a handy tool that’s worth using again and again (as long as you clean it really well!).
Paint sprayers are great tools for larger paint jobs where you want to evenly put on a lot of paint on an uneven or large surface in a short amount of time. The converse is also true: paint sprayers are lousy for small jobs where you only have a few things to stain or paint.
All paint sprayers require a high degree of covering and taping of surfaces (more so than when you use a roller or brush) and all paint sprayers require some basic level of manual skill (again, more than with a roller or brush) and all paint sprayers require a fair amount clean up.
Name: Power Painter Plus with EZ Tilt
EZ Tilt Flexible suction tube– Spray at any angle
Tungsten carbide Optimus Dual Tip Technology for even coverage, less over spray and more control
1 quart cup twist lock cup
6.6 GPH (gallons per hour).
Spare atomizer valve.
Paint can lid with pour spout.
Adjustable spray guard for horizontal or vertical spraying.
Manual material selector.
Includes cleaning brushes.
What You Get In The Box.
Paint Sprayer Cleanup.
The Wagner Power Paint Plus is a good consumer-level paint sprayer that’s pretty affordable and does what it advertises. It’s easy to use, relatively easy to clean, and sprays paint quickly and evenly with just the push of a button.Â You can read the full set of specifications and see more videos at Wagner’s Official Product Page.
There are also several different levels of handheld sprayers offered by Wagner. They include a lot of extra accessories and niceties such as the remote paint can hose, a low cup level indicator, more electronic controls and a slightly larger paint cup.
Other than cleaning there is relatively little maintenance required for the Power Painter. You will want to replace the spray atomizer after 7– 10 gallons of paint have been sprayed through it and you may need to lubricate and eventually replace the piston and spring. You can get these parts from Wagner or from a home improvement store.
I think a key component that’s missing in a lot of the reviews of this paint sprayer (as well as others) is one of expectations versus reality.
I’m normally a paint roller guy and I even used a roller to paint my own house, but after using this Wagner power sprayer for just a few minutes I have to admit that I’m quite impressed. I got an occasional blip of paint at the beginning but it was smooth and even the whole time I was using the sprayer until I ran out of paint. That being said, the Wagner Power Paint Plus is designed to be held at different angles without sputtering (a common problem with some paint sprayers) and my limited testing showed that it did work pretty well at almost any reasonable incline level. As with any paint sprayer, it did tend to have a fair bit of over spray, but my my hands, clothing, glasses and even my shoes were completely 100 % paint dot-free at the end of my trial, which is pretty impressive. If I were staining a deck or painting my house again I would definitely use this paint sprayer after I had tape off anything I didn’t want painted or stained.
The reservoir doesn’t hold a lot of paint and the manual estimates it will only last 3 to 5 minutes. For larger jobs you’re ideally going to want to use a hose and attach it directly to a one gallon paint can.
Quick Start Guide.
Paint Can Attachment (for attaching an optional hose and for cleaner pouring).
Extra Atomizer Valve.
The Sprayer Gun.
1 Quart Paint Cup/Storage Tank.
Wagner Power Paint Plus Sprayer Unboxing Video.
Price– Good value, around the $100 mark. Usually a little cheaper online (See Wagner Power Sprayers At Amazon.com).
Ease of use– Easy to fill, just go and pull the trigger.
Convenient– No air compressor or hoses needed, you just need to plug it into an extension cord.
Good Coverage– Clean and very smooth coverage with a wide spray cone. Great for painting uneven surfaces (shingles, louvered doors, shutters).
If you wanted), Easy Setup– No need to thin paint or use special additives (though you could.
Paint At An Angle– I tested painting on a tilt on a piece of scrap wood later and it really did do a pretty good job at at a good 60 degree angle up and down, as long as you’re not low on paint.
Speed– Sprays out a lot of material very quickly, easily cuts painting time compared to a roller in half. Practically no need for a second coat.
Cons of the Wagner Power Painter Plus.
Overall, the cleaning of the sprayer parts was all pretty logical and definitely not excessive. The key is remembering which parts break down and to be absolutely sure you scrub out every dot of latex (or stain or oil).
Using the Wagner Power Paint Plus Sprayer.
Demonstration Video Review of the Wagner Power Paint Plus.
This is where I’m supposed to tell you clean up was a breeze and I had the whole unit packed up and put away in five minutes. That’s not entirely true. Just like any “power” paint tool such as the Wagner TurboRoll Power Paint Roller, the set up process is super easy, but the clean up process still involves a lot of parts and care.
After filling the reservoir tank you just press and hold the trigger for about 10 seconds while it pulls the paint up and builds up a suction flow. Once started the liquid sprays out fast and quickly, so be ready to move. This sprayer puts out a lot of paint at once so if you follow the general rule of painting paths with a 50 % overlap of the previous path of paint you probably won’t need more than one coat.
When you first open the box, let’s first talk about what you can expect to find. Like most power paint sprayers this one comes with copious instructions, warnings and helpful cardboard inserts. You’ll find a few miscellaneous cleaning tools and parts and then you’ll remove the sprayer itself which is already assembled and practically ready to use right out of the box.
Pros of the Wagner Power Painter Plus.
The entire sprayer seems to be built well from the metal valves and parts to the solid plastic housing and pieces. It’s an affordable consumer-level sprayer it definitely doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap. This is one solid sprayer that does a pretty good job of spraying paint evenly and smoothly with very little effort.
To spray properly you want to hold the sprayer even and move your entire arm back and forth (or up and down if you’re painting vertically) in parallel with the surface you’re paining. That being said, the Wagner Power Paint Plus is designed to be held at different angles without sputtering (a common problem with some paint sprayers) and my limited testing showed that it did work pretty well at almost any reasonable incline level.
If you’ve used a sprayer before you may be familiar with the concept of “thinning” paint to make sure it works well with the sprayer. I got an occasional blip of paint at the beginning but it was smooth and even the whole time I was using the sprayer until I ran out of paint.
The sprayer is not much louder or quieter than any other electric paint sprayer I’ve used. There is some slight vibration, but it was pretty easy to operate and move around, though people with weak arms or small hands might find that is fair bit of work holding and moving the sprayer around for a large paint job.
Repeat this after me: “Paint sprayers are not magical tools which automatically paint the surfaces I want to cover without spraying anything on the places I don’t want cover.” All sprayers have over spray, all sprayers make noise and all sprayers require a fair amount of prep work beforehand and clean up afterwards. All paint sprayers, from the $50 throw-away ones to the $900 professional models are designed for larger jobs where a lot of coverage is needed in a short amount of time.
I have yet to use a paint sprayer that didn’t take a fair amount of time to clean up after using. Depending upon how you count there are about 10 different small valves, hoses, springs and tiny pieces that have to be pulled out and scrubbed thoroughly so that no paint clogs and dries up the system for your next paint job.
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