Paint sprayers might seem like overkill if you have small hobbies or crafts that you like to work on. Why use a paint sprayer for a Pinewood Derby car when you could spend a few minutes just painting it yourself, right? The Wagner Studio Plus HVLP Stationary Sprayer might be expensive for just one job, but it lightens the workload you have on many jobs.
This stationary sprayer is a great option for those who have consistent hobbies or crafts that require painting. The control finish nozzle creates a semi-smooth finish that can give you the rustic look you want. Or, if you prefer, the detailed finishing nozzle creates the smooth finish that you need.
You’re given a 15-foot air hose to move around your shop or garage without running into stuff. When combined with the power cord length, you’ve got about 25 feet of usable working space (the manufacturer says you get 30 feet, though stretched to the limit is not practical).
It is also incredibly lightweight. Without paint, the equipment weighs just 1.4 pounds, or about 10% the weight of similar models.
Is this paint sprayer going to work for painting furniture? Sure. Could it work for cabinets? If you’re patient enough with the equipment. Latex paint does work well with the Wagner Studio Plus HVLP Stationary Sprayer, but you do need to thin the paint according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions.
Wagner suggests that you can thin latex paint by 10% to 20% to achieve the finish that you want. We found that for some latex paint options, you may need to thin it by up to 40%. That means you’ve got to pay close attention to your spray to avoid clogging issues.
Going beyond that level of usefulness is difficult. Painting a bedroom wall, for example, would not be feasible with this equipment. You wouldn’t want to take it outside to paint a fence. Painting the exterior of a home? Forget about it.
This is a hobbyist sprayer only.
Finding the right spacing for spray isn’t easy with this equipment. Your variability controls are in the different nozzles instead of pressure regulation. If you get the viscosity of the paint a little wrong, you’re going to get clogging or splatter. You must pay close attention and get the precise details of your paint mixtures correct to take advantage of the benefits of this sprayer.
Cleaning isn’t difficult with this sprayer. It isn’t super easy either. You’ll need to clean out the cup, the sprayer, and the hose by hand because of the design. We would recommend against using oil-based paints because of this.
If you’re looking for a paint sprayer that can get the basics right and you know your paints, then the Wagner Studio Plus HVLP Stationary Sprayer is going to do a good job for you. For beginners, there may be a steep learning curve for some that could make using this sprayer a difficult propostion.
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