Wagner 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer


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Wagner's paint sprayer with HVLP technology gives you maximum control with 3 spray patterns and a variable-control trigger with patterns from 1 to 10in. Sprayers help you get the job done quick, whether you're just painting the kitchen or an outside wall. Nozzles Included (qty.): 1, Case Included: No ....read more

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  1. Perfect for what it is intended for!
    Rating:5 out of 5 stars
    I did a LOT of reading before purchasing this item. I was very surprised by the negative reviews given to ALL of the paint sprayers–any brand, any model! Faced with the possibly of spending a hundred dollars to rent an manufacturing sprayer to paint two doors, I chose that buying a small one would work–as long as it DID work.

    I painted both doors and I had NO problems at all. This small paint sprayer performed perfectly for these relatively small jobs. Painting the exterior of an entire house with this small sprayer is too ambitious–and not what this sprayer was really intended for. Here are a few things I did based on other reviewers comments”

    I followed the information–all of them.

    I bought a very cheap paint strainer and strained the paint before putting it in the sprayer. Remember, ANY debris can clog it–why take a chance when it costs only a buck to get a paint strainer?

    I practiced a bit on a piece of wood just to get used to it and to be sure the flow rate was ok. The rate is modifiable and you want to get that right before doing anything on your real project.

    I propped the doors up to nearly vertical. Someone wrote that this sprayer worked best when not held at an angle. So I didn’t lay them across two saw horses as I might have before reading that. I propped them up against an eight foot ladder.

    I did four LIGHT coats. Yes, four LIGHT coats. They dried very quickly. By the time I was done with a coat on both doors, I was able to return to the first door for the next coat. Light coats are the key to qualified results. They paint went on evenly and it never dripped or curtained.

    I did use the larger of the two paint containers and I will say that got a small heavy. I’m a pretty strong woman but if you aren’t that strong, this is something to reckon about. I just didn’t want to have to refill it. But, if I had it to do over again, I might have used the smaller one.

    This sprayer really wasn’t that noisy. I did own one about fifteen years ago which made a real clattering racket. This one sounds like a smooth running vacuum cleaner. Its not silent but certainly not that terrible.

    Cleanup was simple. I did it as soon as I was finished and again, I FOLLOWED THE Directions. My paint sprayer looks groundbreaking new.

    This is a fantastic paint sprayer for small to medium household jobs. If you follow the directions I reckon you’ll be pleased with the results!

  2. Nate B. says:

    I’m pleased with it
    Rating:4 out of 5 stars
    I bought this sprayer to do some interior doors and a book case. I was a bit skeptical because the reviews are pretty mixed, but I figured I would give it a shot. I also wanted to use latex primer and paint, which this sprayer doesn’t claim to work with.

    I found when spraying that I needed to water down the paint/primer to the point where it drained from the viscosity cup in about 35-40 seconds (the small black cup on a stick that comes with the sprayer). This was about 25% water. I suspect it would work with the paint a small thicker, but I didn’t try thicker mixes.

    When really spraying, I found that a few spits would occur when you first pulled the trigger and the air turbine spun up. Once this initial small spit, the spray quality seemed fine. I had the flow setting on about 75%. Due to this initial spit, I just started up the sprayer off to the side of the item I was spraying (I reckon it says to do this in the manual, but I don’t remember). When spraying, the trigger can be held down just a small so the turbine stays on but the paint doesn’t spray. It takes a minute to get the feel for it, so have a huge piece of something you don’t care about (I used cardboard). When stopping to refill the tank, I took the turbine off and then unscrewed the tank. I tossed the sprayer nozzle section (nozzle, trigger, tube, and lid) into a bucket of water to keep the latex from drying while I was preparing more paint. When I reassembled it, I just sprayed it for 10 seconds to blow out any water and get new paint flowing.

    The spray was roughly the same as a can of spray paint. The flow was a small lower than your typical spray can, but I didn’t have it turned up all the way.

    I tried all three spray patterns ( horizontal, vertical, and round). No surprises there.

    Clean up was less painful than many have made it out to be. I was using latex paint, so I could use plain water to clean up. I can see how it would be a real pain to clean if you were using oil paint or anything else that needed some sort of chemical solvent.

    For the latex cleanup, I just took the turbine off and then took all apart and tossed it in a bucket of water. I left it there for 20 minutes while I did something else. After this time, most of the paint came off with a small sloshing around. I used a pipe cleaner to get into the tube and the nozzle. Total it probably took about 15 minutes or so to clean, mend, and spray water though it for a minute or so.

    Overall I am pleased with it, and it seems to work ok with latex so long as you thin it down enough (I haven’t tried any of the other thinners like Flotrol, just water). This wouldn’t be excellent for large projects like painting a house, but seems to be just fine for smaller stuff.

  3. C. Eades says:

    Works very well for the money
    Rating:4 out of 5 stars
    There will always be people who just can’t paint or something. This is quieter than any other hand held sprayer that I know of. I’ve used it for a fence and achieved fantastic results. I’ve sprayed varnish with near qualified results. I’ve sprayed latex. Come on people, any type of sprayer in this size package is not going to spray viscous paint because it cannot generate enough energy to pick up the media. How thick do you reckon the paint in a spray can is? If you want to spray latex spend the extra hundred and fifty and get a airless sprayer. Then you’ll know about mess and clean up.

    This is a piece of cake. It will not make you a excellent painter or save you from runs or splatter if you don’t have proper technique which is clearly discussed in the information.

    Pros: Lightweight, two pots, very fine spray, silent, simple clean up. Low-priced.

    Cons: No matter how light, doing a fence with this, you’ll wish you had some device to hold it up at the end of the day. No more fussy than any other sprayer and a lot less fussy than some.

    End: If you want a qualified paint job, it’s all in the prep. Question any painter, that’s why they keep getting hired to fix the jobs that got started without prep. If you can’t invest the time to learn how to use this tool, and to learn how to thin paint, save yourself stress and hire it done. If you want a pragmatic tool that will last a long time and produce excellent results, consider this tool.

  4. E. Richards says:

    Don’t get it. It doesn’t atomize
    Rating:1 out of 5 stars
    I got this at Home Depot to replace the Wagner “Project” one I also got there. They are both AWEFUL. They don’t atomize – even with thinner. They just splatter.

    It’s junk

  5. Darren P. Jones says:

    Ambiguous product to say the least.
    Rating:1 out of 5 stars
    Bought this product from a local hardware store and was informed that it is for “indoor painting and staining” and in the lessons manual it restates this information. I bought one of them and had to keep the spray nozzle about 2 inches from the surface with a base paint just to get an even spray. Anything further then 2 inches and it was spattering all over the place. This is NOT a heavy duty sprayer.

    I returned the product and informed the workers (of a huge chain that I will not name) that the spray was really weak and was not the theater even close to the standard promoted by the product. I finished up getting a substitution and having a go one more time.

    This time I-

    Made sure the paint was 75-80 deg. as per the clerk

    Stirred the paint painstakingly

    Tried many different spray patterns and nozzle adjustments

    Reset the unit many times as if it were new

    Nothing worked. I will be bringing this product back to the store asap. BTW It was on clearance for $32. Not surprised. Do not buy this product if you plot on doing anything past staining a small coffee table or wooden figurines. I’m sure it would be a fantastic tool for a wood carver that made small toys. Past that I would stay away.

  6. Works well, if you do your homework.
    Rating:5 out of 5 stars
    I did a honest amount of web research before using the Control Spray Double Duty.. after reading the other reviews I’m glad I did. With the proper prep work and techniques this spray gun has worked quite well for us.

    Yes, the paint needs to be very thin.. not quite ‘water thin’ as one reviewer stated, but beyond doubt thin. On average plot on 4 parts paint to one part water (or whatever thinner you’re using).. at least for average latex paint using the CS Double Duty model. I be with you with the original (and less powerful) Control Spray it’s closer to 2:1. A viscosity tester comes with the painter.. a small funnel type cup that you dip into the paint, and then time how long it takes for the paint to flow out the bottom. There’s a chart in the directions that will tell you what the time should be for various types of paints (oils, varnish, stains).. but mine at least didn’t include times for latex paints. Approx 65-70 seconds worked well for us.

    We strained the paint each and every time we filled the paint cup. Debris, dust, hair.. tiny specks of who knows what floating in the air can land in your paint and clog the gun and stop or weaken the flow. We did have to conduct Conduct experiment a few minutes with distance and speed to get the right coverage, but there was no spitting or clogging at any time, and the spray was fine and even. There was very small overspray.

    Cleanup is simple, but must be done each time you stop spraying. The gun does heat a bit, and the paint is so thin it will ‘bake’ onto the innards if you let it sit.. so if you need to wait 20 or 30 minutes (or longer) for a coat to dry before you place down your next one, you’ll have to clean the gun in the meantime. Luckily, it’s simple and quick.. there are really very few parts to clean.. and takes less than 5 minutes once you’ve done it a time or two. For latex, lukewarm water and soap was all that was needed.

    Be prepared to take some time.. we found that numerous thin coats, with strokes that overlapped about 60% worked best.. at least for our project. We just finished painting our kitchen cabinets.. an dreadful and thorough process, made greatly simpler once we bought the Control Spray Double Duty. It took some experimentation but we achieved gorgeous, mirror-smooth finishes on all our cabinets and drawers. Again, this took time and effort.. but was beyond doubt worth it. We plot on using the CS Double Duty to do a set of louver doors next, and to stain our back deck this summer.

  7. FurnaceFire says:

    Rating:1 out of 5 stars
    Because it won’t work on ANY type of paint straight from the can, your first thirty minutes will be spent making your groundbreaking new paint…sprayable.

    Oil-based? Whew! The amount of solvent will make the house stink for a week!

    Latex? Same deal. After thinning this down to near water…and working for nearly three hours…I am just now getting the end I wanted … ON SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN 30-40 MINUTES!

    Even moderate results would be worth a “spray on” end… but this cost me the entire day and $75 bucks!

    Don’t follow my lead (I already bought it) follow my review… don’t expect huge sprayer results from a half-baked hand held that hasn’t the “oomf” to take any paint straight from the can…

  8. stephanie chubbuck says:

    don’t waste your money-buy something else for more money and have it work
    Rating:1 out of 5 stars
    This product is poorly designed and its routine is not square.

    It is labeled on the box for use with oil base paints and stains. The manual also indicates it for latex paint. It may work for stains but fails absolutely for paint use.

    -The material being sprayed needs to be the consistency of PLAIN WATER in order for the gun to accept it and produce anything close to an square spray pattern without spitting constantly.

    (If you adding enough solvent to your paint to get this consistency it means you need at least 6 coats to get excellent coverage, takes lots of drying time in between, and also means you have to absolutely clean the unit after each coat. A huge waste of time and solvent. ent.

    The model I just bought is also slightly different from the manual directions it came with and the plastic foam gasket on inside of the paint cup is not removable for cleaning. (how stupid!!) This means you cannot properly and absolutely clean it and it will contaminate the next color when the next material is loaded. -This makes it virtually disposable and a waste of time of money even for casual home user.

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