Wagner Flexio paint sprayer is an affordable paint sprayer that can save you countless hours if you can get the hang of it. It is not complicated or hard to use but if you have no experience using a paint sprayer there is a little bit of a learning curve.
Not only do paint sprayers paint faster but getting into all the little nooks or groves of a cabinet, trim, furniture, doors, spindles, railing, or pretty much any paint project is much easier with a paint sprayer.
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Projects the Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer Works Well For
This paint sprayer works great for small to medium projects. Some projects that work well with the paint sprayer are:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Kitchen island
- Outdoor furniture
- Indoor furniture
- Trim – Preferably paint the trim before it is on the walls else taping everything off is time-consuming.
For anything more than one room or a small portion of exterior painting and I would recommend a better quality paint sprayer. You could do large projects with this paint sprayer but there are a few drawbacks that would make the large projects frustrating.
Pros of the Wagner Flexio
- It will work with thick latex paint – I have never thinned a paint yet while using this sprayer
- Handles indoor and outdoor projects well
- Easy to take apart and put together
- Easy to transport
- Can get a great even finish
- Time saver
- Can buy replacement parts
- Gets into places that are awkward for a brush or roller
- It is pretty quiet
Cons of the Wagner Flexio paint sprayer
For how much I like this paint sprayer for certain projects there are some pretty significant cons to it too.
- There is a bit of a learning curve
- It can clog up with thick paint
- The end of the nozzle can accumulate paint and needs wiped off often
- Filled with paint it gets heavy and can be pretty tiring
- There will be overspray – when using inside cover everything, especially if painting a higher surface. Everything will be covered with a fine speckling of paint when you are finished else… Including hair… Make sure to have at least a mask and goggles.
- When using outside make sure there aren’t close-by objects that are in danger of paint speckles.
- When using for longer periods of time my sprayer gets warm. This seems to cause the paint to clog it up faster. This is one reason I only use it for smaller jobs.
- The cord is short and can limit movement
- It needs to be refilled pretty often – also annoying if doing a large project.
Tips for using the Wagner flexio paint sprayer
If you are having problems or can’t seem to get the hang of the paint sprayer here are a few tips that helped me.
- Have a cloth or something to wipe the nozzle of the gun off with often. I find if I wipe the tip off frequently it stops paint from accumulating and I get more of an even spray
- Strain the paint. You can get special paint strainers or simply use some cheesecloth. This will get out debris and clumps that would clog up the sprayer
- Make sure to point the inner tube in the right direction. If you are painting a ceiling make sure to point the innertube back where the paint will pool. If painting something where the gun is pointed forward point the inner tube forward.
- Use a mask, goggles, and if painting a ceiling you will want to cover your hair.
- Have the sprayer in motion before pulling the trigger. Don’t ever stop moving with it else there will be random thick spots that run and drip.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust the settings. Crank up the airflow with thick paints. I usually max out the airflow for thick paints and adjust the paint flow until I get to the coverage I want. I use some cardboard and practice until I get what I want.
- If you can’t find settings that work, you may need to thin the paint.
- There is an O right that needs to be lubed up. After each cleaning put petroleum jelly on the O ring to keep everything working in good condition.
- There is an air filter on the side that needs to be replaced occasionally. Don’t forget to check this before starting a project.
Cleaning the Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer
Some find it hard to clean but it rarely takes me more than 10-15 mins. When working on a small project it takes me longer to clean the sprayer than to paint which is annoying but painting with a brush and roller would still be longer.
I could be destroying my sprayer but I am not patient. I clean it by dumping any unused paint back in the can then rinsing out the paint cup. I then fill the paint cup with soapy water and run it through the gun.
Run one or two containers full of soapy water through the sprayer and one of just water. This is how I have cleaned the sprayer after several projects and it continues to run.
I have only used an oil-based primer with the sprayer once. Even with mineral spirits, I had a hard time cleaning the sprayer so now I avoid oil-based products with this sprayer. This sprayer can do the oil-based paints easily I just hate the clean-up of it. I plan to invest in a different sprayer for some of my future projects.
Take the sprayer apart and put the parts in soapy water. There is an O ring that I always make sure to pop out and clean. Make sure to put lube on it before putting back together. My sprayer came with some petroleum jelly to use for this. Don’t forget this step! It helps your sprayer be air-tight and work better.
Wagner Flexio paint sprayer versions
There are 3 different types of Wagner Flexio Paint sprayers. They function pretty similar but that a few differences.
Handheld – This includes the Flexio 590. These are easy to move around with. The unit and all accessories are small and easy to travel with and store. The drawback is these tend to be a little heavier and can get tiring for longer projects.
Stationery – Most of the weight for these units is on the ground not in your hand. This makes it easier for longer jobs and not tiring out as quickly. There is a little more to store and haul around with these units. But if you are worried about the weight of the unit this could be a good choice.
Direct feed – These units pull paint directly from the bucket for larger jobs. If you are considering a large job and looking for a direct feed paint sprayer I would avoid these cheaper products. Expect to pay more than a few hundred dollars for a good quality paint sprayer.
I have the Wagner Flexio 590 paint sprayer. I like this one best because of all the adjustable settings. Airflow, paint flow, and spray settings are all adjustable on the Flexio 590. I avoid the sprayers with only high and low airflow settings.
Wagner Flexio paint sprayer is a valuable time-saving tool for most DIYers. It can be frustrating at first to get the hang of it. But once you do it will knock out paint projects quickly.
Small projects can have a professional finish if done right.
I would not recommend it for large projects. I feel like it is meant for small to medium DIY projects and works great for just that. It could be used for larger projects but with how heavy it is, the short cord, tendency to clog up, and constant refills I don’t think this sprayer is worth it.
For a project like cabinets or rails with lots of angles and groves, nothing beats a paint sprayer. For painting plain walls it may not be worth it to get out the paint sprayer. You can always try this technique for painting faster without taping.
To see all of the Wagner Flexio options check out their website here.
If you have ever tried this paint sprayer or thought about getting one for projects let me know in the comments.