Flexio 570 Sprayer
a huge surprise
1st let me qualify. former contractor who has used real sprayers
also I have had several of the older wagner $100 sprayers.
we are just getting to the painting phase of a 2200 sq ft addition on our home. I had fully intended on rolling but dragged the older wagner out just to see well it did its usual leak all over the place and got as much paint on the floor as it did the wall almost. the older ones are best used for small outdoor projects (fences).
After watching a friend who we are paying to help us take 4 hours to prime a very large closet (24 x 3) with a roller and cut in the larger room, my wife said this 570 had great reviews.. I begrudgingly bought it after stating several times "but its a wagner" as I point to the $300 and up graco's and say thats the right way to do it..
I was pleasantly surprised when I used it its much quieter than the old ones put on more paint and far less splatter than the old ones. it acts very much like a "graco" pro level sprayer. the same friend sprayed both the ceiling and all the walls of a 28 x 24 in like 3 hours.
for thoseof you who have used the older wagners you really have to give the new one a try..
very easy to clean I think, but we warned the nozzle seal is easy to lose and it wont function without it.
Wagner if you are paying attention, you send a 2nd nozzle you really should send a spare seal as well.
November 27, 2013
Why have I been using a brush and roller all these years? This sprayer is fantastic!!!!!!!! I was using an ultra thick polyurethane paint (Dutch Boy Maxbond) and this sprayer applied it perfectly. Clean up took less time than washing out a roller. I can't wait for summer so I can use it outside on the house. I will no longer dread painting.
November 8, 2013
It laughs at Latex out of the can but is nasty to clean externally
I love the sprayer with a few reservations. The Flexio filters will need fairly frequent replacement as they are not really suitable for cleaning. No vendors seem to sell them or any of the parts that might reasonably be expected to need replacement. "Cupped" "O" ring as second possible item. The sprayer hand unit/turbine is not easy to clean without much worry about water getting into filters and turbine. The finish on the external parts is such that they are not the easiest to clean. I'd suggest light cleaning of the unit with each fill of the cup or any time you stop for a little while (very little) to minimize total cleanup hassle when done for the day. Too bad about the cleanup hassles as the unit really does a fantastic job painting.
October 16, 2013
Poor Nozzle Design - Updated Review
I previously posted a review where I detailed cracked nozzles being an issue, even new ones (yellow in color) sent to me from the manufacturer. It turns out that a bad batch of nozzles (yellow in color) made it out the door to Home Depot that crack after a shot period of use. New ones (black in color) were sent to me that do not crack after a long period of use. As a result I have given the unit five stars as it has done a great job when used to paint the exterior of my home. In addition it is very easy to clean and easy to use with minimal over spray.
October 3, 2013
Not quite plug and play
Bought the 570 after my second Wagner Airless quit (8 years, mild use). Found an item which caused paint to pour out of the nozzle (like a kettle under pressure) and splattering during initial testing:
1) Nozzle Seal: Mine came installed backwards. Ensure that the nozzle seal is installed as shown - GROOVE OUT.
2) Do NOT tip the gun back more than 20 degrees (manual says 45 degrees). Do not release the trigger while the gun is tipped back. Bring it level first. Paint will flow back into the turbine and destroy the gun. This almost got me.
3) Disassemble COMPLETELY and clean thoroughly after use with warm water and Dawn (water based paints). There are many ports and channels around the spray tip which will become immediately clogged and permanently so.
A means of picking up material from external vessels would be wonderful. Bigger jobs are slowed by the capacity of the cup - about a quart and a half.
So far, I have used a heavy, unthinned Behr exterior primer/sealer. Used the high setting and set trigger flow rate at half. Results are good, and I will continue.
I would recommend this gun to folks who have some DYI experience and are not expecting a turn-key solution. This may be a frustrating choice for one who has little to no experience with paint guns. Best to go with rollers and brushes unless you are prepared for the learning curve.
October 1, 2013
Simple to use, quiet, easy to clean and delivers excellent results
What attracted us to the Wagner Flexio was the additional Detail Finish nozzle as we wanted to use the sprayer to custom finish some interior furniture with an antique/weathered effect and we weren't sure if the regular gun would produce a smooth enough finish. We have a 1hp airless paint sprayer however it would empty a quart of paint in a heartbeat, which is why we opted for the Wagner for this job. The instructions are very straight forward and worth a read as it pays to adjust the spray volume to avoid 'splatter'. We used regular interior eggshell enamel and thinned it out 10:1 or 10 percent so we could use it in the Detail Finish gun and it handled it without problems. The Wagner tech support was very helpful and recommended thinning the paint so we could use the Detail Finish gun. A couple of things are really helpful in this sprayer - firstly you can depress the trigger to run the fan without having the paint come out. This means it is easy to get the gun up to speed without needing to have the paint spraying before you reach the area you want to paint unlike an airless sprayer. As a result of this, there was very little overspray which otherwise wastes paint. I also liked it that the gun will stand up when you need to set it down due to the fact that the bottom of the handle and the spray pot are level with each other. Finally when it came to clean up, it was a breeze and much simpler than our airless sprayer. The gun is also very quiet and despite using the gun at several different angles while painting the table, it never failed to deliver paint at a constant level. While I didn't use it for an extended period, it certainly doesn't feel too heavy, even when about 3/4 full of paint. Despite leaving the paint in the Detail Finish gun overnight in the fridge so it wouldn't cure because we were still finishing the job off, the gun cleaned up to like new condition in about 5-10 mins due to the smooth plastic 'easy clean' finish. When looking at the attached pictures, bear in mind that the 'antique' look is intentional. My wife sanded down this pine table, then painted it with a matt black spray paint. We then smeared a layer of wood glue on the table surface and allow it to dry for 2-3 minutes before spraying on the interior eggshell enamel and then helped it dry with a hairdryer. In this case, the color is 'Mint Majesty' and as you can see, it creates an antique, weathered finish once dry. The final stage will be to seal it with a polyurethane varnish which the Wagner can also handle using the Detail Finish gun. Excellent product and our plan is now to try it out on an exterior door where we would have otherwise used the airless sprayer.
July 15, 2013
Excellent sprayer for household use!!
I just bought this yesterday and sprayed my cinderblock garage exterior with Dutch Boy Dura-Weather Maxbond exterior latex which is incredibly thick. Frankly, I was skeptical that this (or any other sprayer for that matter) would be able to handle that paint without thinning.
All I can say is "Wow"! The Flexio sprayed evenly and quickly, no drips, or spurts. It did clog about halfway through the job but that was because I put it down for about 30 min and the paint dried inside the nozzle. That took all of 5 minutes to clear and it was back in service!
The instruction booklet is very clear and concise and also has a chart to inform you of the proper settings depending on the type of material you are spraying.
I also found that it reduces the amount of time it takes to paint because there is no need to feather out brush and roller strokes. Clean-up is fast and easy too.
July 1, 2013
No need to be intimidated by this sprayer, Im a novice and love it.
Ive rolled and brushed paints and stains many times but never owned or used a sprayer.
Very few tools do, but this intimidated me and I was reluctant to use it.
I grabbed some scrap plywood and drywall and set up a test area for the sprayer and did some painting and some staining (it cleaned up easy between the two products).
After I figured out to ease into the trigger, partially depressing it before pulling it all the way, it produced a very even spray and surface with little to no over spray or mist.
I wont be reluctant to use it again and have plans to do so this fall when staining the new deck we just built.
Im going to bush or pad the floor but spray the balusters and rails, using a cardboard backer to control spray thru.
Welcome to my toolbox Wagner Sprayer, your gonna be my new Little Friend! LOL
June 27, 2013