Airless sprayers are designed to be a painting system that is portable, but still efficient and fast. Unfortunately not every sprayer can meet the expectations we have for them. The Wagner Twin Stroke Airless Sprayer is definitely not one of those models. Equipped with a contractor grade spray gun that works well in virtually all residential situations and some light commercial needs, the reversible spray tip can help users crank out 1 gallon of painting work in just 3 minutes.
Why Choose the Wagner Twin Stroke Airless Sprayer?
It’s all about flexibility with this particular Wagner model. You can set it to paint wide surfaces quickly or you can set it to paint narrow surfaces with great detail. The sprayer supports up to a .017 tip, so you have plenty of versatility with what you can do. The standard tip users receive with purchase is a reversible 515/211 tip. A 35 foot hose supports your work, clogs are ridiculously easy to clear out, and the hose is even built with a thermoplastic inner tube so it can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
You’ll receive a cart with pail bracket, the spray hose and tip, a metal spray gun, and the filter in addition to the airless sprayer itself. The 5/8 HP motor can go up to 3000 PSI, although we found that to be a little too much except for some of the thicker paint.
A Weak Point in the Wagner Design?
We did discover during our trial that the spray assembly on the Wagner Twin Stroke Airless Sprayer does tend to be the weakest point in this unit’s design. If you’re not careful with the spring and filter assembly, it will cause you some problems as you’re trying to work. Getting the filter out of the spray handle can be somewhat challenging – don’t force it or you could damage the unit yourself and that would void the 1 year warranty.
This also means that cleaning up after painting, staining, or other applications can really be quite the chore. Of course you’re going to want to mask off everything, but there were times when spraying paint that we got a little more than expected even with the pressure settings reduced to prevent runs and splatter.
Our Overall Impression?
If you look at just the time spent painting, we discovered that you could reduce your work by at least 50% in using this airless sprayer. Some public reviews say they’ve shaved up to 75% of their painting time with this unit. On the flip side of that equation is the fact that your time masking off is going to increase by at least 25% because of the overspray.
You’ll get a net time savings no matter what, so that’s the good news. If you have a large project which needs to be completed, especially outdoors like a deck or a fence, then we definitely recommend this project. There can be some challenges indoors for some users, but we found this sprayer works well for cathedral ceilings and other challenging areas where brushes, rollers, or light duty sprayers aren’t able to reach.
Give the Wagner Twin Stroker Airless Sprayer a close look. It might just be able to meet your needs.
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