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Wagner 518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer

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Wagner 518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer

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Price: $104.24

The Wagner 518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer was reviewed by individuals who first purchased this paint sprayer.

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I had purchased another Wagner sprayer to use refinishing my kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, I bought the wrong model. After doing some cabinet doors and not being satisfied, I called Wagner technical support.

I described what I was attempting to do and the lady told me that I needed the Max HLVP unit.

I used it yesterday for the two base coats and then this morning for the top coat of polyurethane. I couldn’t be happier with the results!

The unit is light and has plenty of power.
I was spraying heavy interior latex and then satin polyurethane.
It takes some playing to understand the best settings on power and flow. But, once you get those dialed in and are consistent in your spray angles and distance, the unit will give you professional results.

It is very easy to clean and comes with two cups for small and larger jobs.

I plan to use this to finish the balance of the kitchen cabinets and then on multiple other interior and exterior jobs.

 SUMMARY:
Great product for the money, but only for certain jobs! I would recommend it for any outside work, but would not recommend it for painting interior walls, as the effort required to minimize overspray and obtain the perfect dilution/spray velocity outweighs any gains in speed or ease of use.DETAILS — FIRST ATTEMPT::WALLS
This Wagner has the most hits of any sprayer on the internet, and you can find many video blogs reviewing the product. However, what is lacking of sprayers in general are first-hand accounts of actual end users (especially first-time users). This Wagner is my first paint sprayer. Last year I repainted the entire inside of my house; walls, trim, doors, shelves and all in preparation to move out and get a new house. All of that work was done with traditional rollers and brushes. When we purchased our new house I was desparate to find some way to speed up the process. I researched many sprayers and read many reviews. I found many positive reviews for sprayers in the $800+ range, but was unwilling to commit to that kind of purchase having never used a sprayer. With the Wagner in the $100 range I figured even if it was a bust it was worth the effort.

The first two times I used the sprayer was to paint the walls in the dining room and kitchen area, as these were the smallest wall surface areas in the house, and had flooring that was soon to be replaced, so messes were of little concern. The sprayer is very easy to use — simply dump paint in the hopper, twist-n-lock the spayer assembly together, turn on the power, and push the trigger.

Having not ever used a sprayer before, my wife and I spent a great deal of time blue-taping and laying down dropcloths. I taped all trim and I ran a layer of tape along the ceiling where it butted up against the walls, just in case. I had planned to “practice” with all those safety things in place, then decide which I could forego in all the rest of the rooms.

It turned out that even the blue tape and dropcloths were not enough to keep all of the overspray out. During the process I stopped to go to the hardware store and purchase a paint shield and some painters paper. I added the painters paper to the ceiling and ended up having painters paper, blue tape, and a paint shield in place while painting the upper edge of the wall. I was disappointed to *still* have a small bit of overspray in a few area of the ceiling. I also tried diluting the paint and adjusting the velocity of the air, but never seemed to achieve the right combination. The problem with diluting is the paint can says, “See sprayer for dilution instructions”, and the sprayer says, “See paint manufacturer for dilution instructions”. I learned that too much dilution will cause the paint sprayer to “spit” and the paint to run.

In the end I completely abandoned the sprayer for the walls and went back to the tried-and-true rollers. I am sure I could have achieve the results I wanted with the sprayer, but it would have taken such a long time as to negate any benefits from the sprayer — the main reason I bought the thing was to hasten the painting process!

DETAILS — FIRST ATTEMPT::DOORS
After rolling all the walls, I decided to give the sprayer a second chance on the doors. I removed several doors and placed them outside against a wall lined with dropcloth. Taking a tip from a painter, I nailed paint stirs to the top of the doors to keep them from butting directly against the wall. After lining them all up, I filled the sprayer and got to work. This time I skipped the dilution; I went full strength and simply turned up the velocity all the way to get the paint flowing as I did not care about overspray.

This worked flawlessly! I have never painted doors this fast. In fact, these were all panel doors which are notoriously hard to paint with a brush. I kid you not that I had half a dozen doors, front and back painted in less than 30 minutes easily. I had some minor dripping on the first door, but after acclimating to the paint viscosity, all other doors look great!

CONCLUSION
For the money this is well worth the investment for anything other than painting interior walls. In fact, if you are used to using sprayers you probably will have success even on interior walls (if you do, please tell me how!). I can imagine painting fences, chairs and other items outside would be even easier than doors as literally no prep (dropcloths, etc.) would be needed.

Conclusion Rating
106 of 171 purchasers of the Wagner 518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer have rated this paint sprayer five out of five stars
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