Airless Paint Sprayer

   / Airless Paint Sprayer #11  
My experience with the Wagner sprayers is all second hand. I have clients that have bought them with the results being all over the place. I've seen very nice results on some cabinets that I would have expected from a pro using a high quality spray gun, to a total mess that I was asked to bid on fixing. I have two spray guns that both use air. A small one for oil, and bigger one for 5 gallon buckets of latex. I've thought about the battery powered Graco sprayers that are similar to cordless tools.

Graco Cordless Handheld Airless Paint Sprayer Piston - Power Paint Sprayers - Amazon.com

Looking at the reviews just now, maybe it's not such a good idea
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #12  
It's been 30 years since I used a Wagner power painter with latex paint and floetrol to paint a mobile home. I went all the way around it twice in one day with the primary white color, then all the way around it twice the next day with the blue trim. The results were great, but the vibration and noise of using that Wagner left a lot to be desired. I much preferred my air powered paint gun when I had a compressor available. But I'm sure the newer Wagners are a bit different from the one I had 30 years ago.:laughing:
 
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Certainly a lot of good input to think about. I've got an old siphon/pressure gun I haven't used in years, but I did use it for latex once with so-so results. However, that was before I knew what Flo-trol was. When I get a chance, I think I will give it a try with some left over paint and scrap wood and see how it goes.

Thanks to all.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #14  
Certainly a lot of good input to think about. I've got an old siphon/pressure gun I haven't used in years, but I did use it for latex once with so-so results. However, that was before I knew what Flo-trol was. When I get a chance, I think I will give it a try with some left over paint and scrap wood and see how it goes.

Thanks to all.
I built the house here and bought the big Wagner stationary unit for priming the drywall. My son figured it out and made quick work of it. Probably 3 days worth (the house size kinda got away from me) so it did have to get cleaned a few times. That is a PITA. I built the cabinets and used the smaller hand held Wagner for the paint (primer was BullsEye and would be impossible to do I think). Didn't take long to figure out how to work it but staging was critical to avoid that clean-up process. As for testing, scraps and old paint might work but your new paint may go on different. I "tested" on a few cabinets that wouldn't show (kept a brush handy) until I got the pressure to where I wanted it. Key to any of them I think is REALLY light coats. They'll dry quickly and then just hit them again.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #15  
Some years ago I bought a $120 Harbor Freight cheapie airless. It painted all the doors in the house, a couple of popcorn ceilings that had never been painted, and the exterior of the house and barn. It was a little tricky to maintain, but once I figured out to fill the pump with air tool oil between paint jobs it ran for about 5 years. The internal valves had a tendency to stick during storage, but I could free them up with an air compressor and after that they worked fine. It's still sitting around, but I haven't used it for years so don't know if it can be salvaged or not.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #16  
I have the Flexio 590. I got it to paint a number of smallish metal structures scattered over an acre or so with Sherwin Williams safety orange acrylic latex. Powered it with a small generator. It did a good job for me and I'd use it if I were going to paint a number of doors, outside. I'm thinking about using it to repaint some extruded metal patio furniture in the near future.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #17  
that's kinda like the 1 I have.. Mine just states wagner paint ready sprayer..I sprayed my house with it..Mine will spray latex paint without thinning.
Wally world $99.00 I believe
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #18  
I have had 2 Wagners. Both did the job brilliantly! The second one I used for spraying whitewash and it handled that good too. I made the stupid mistake of lending it to someone and that is the last I saw it work. :( They promised they would clean it thoroughly, they didn't.:( They didn't offer to replace it either. I figure when I have a need for another one, I will go buy one and it will not leave the property without my hand on it.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #19  
I have an old Craftsman, I think it is just a rebadged Wagner. it is about 30 years old, I have painted hundreds of things with it including 2 whole houses. It works, it is a pain to clean up. It can be finicky to get set up right, but once you do, it will paint.
 
   / Airless Paint Sprayer #20  
I had a Wagnor "Pro-Gold" that I bought new at HD around 98'. Somewhat similar to a Graco in design, the motor was horizontally mounted on a wheeled frame high enough to pump out of a 5 gallion bucket.

The first time I used it was on plain old flat interior core doors and it was a disaster even with the correct tip. To much paint coming out and I had to wipe down the door and start over. I had the doors standing vertically and they did come out great once I learned to move faster.

Next I started on a room. I had to foresite to tape and cover everything that I did not want to paint. I had stripped the carpet so I did some testing on the plywood subfloor then had at it. Moving very fast, I blew through that room and more and through a five gallon bucket in about five minutes. I did some barns with it too.

Like mentioned though, cleaning was not much fun. Even with pump oil, I had problems with it.

I would not buy one, rent one first. Also as mentioned, use Flotrol. Also, for doors I would use acylic paint. Even brushed on you will get a smoother finish.
 
 
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