How To Use Wagner Paint Sprayer

Today I will teach you the method to use Wagner paint sprayers easily and you will handle these Wagner sprayers like a professional and can get desired results out of it.

To help you get the most out of your paint sprayer, use the information below on how to use Wagner paint sprayers to learn and achieve the best results from work.

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Wagner sprayers are among the best equipment a painter can use to speed up the painting process. They help everyone, from professional painters to DIY enthusiasts finish jobs faster than ever before.

Mastering the basic steps of using these products helps to maximize their efficiency.

Beginners must follow each step in this guide. This guide is solely based on my own experience which I have gained through the course of years and tried and tested methods.

In this guide, we will look at the different steps required to get you up and running fast, including setting up your Wagner paint sprayer and putting it to work.

How To Use Wagner Paint Sprayer

Wear protective gear

First and foremost priority and step every painter should follow is to protect themselves from paint fumes and paint marks on the skin which will later can cause irritation.

So better save yourself with these tips which I have written below for my painter fellows. Its very hard to remove spray paint from shoes and clothes.

You should wear glasses so when you are spray painting roofs or higher surface then paint doesn’t go in your eyes which can be very dangerous.

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Then you must wear latex made gloves which will save your hands from paint which can irritate or can be harmful to your skin. Buy fresh gloves for each and every project you do for yourself or for you clients.

Next you must have face mask with you which will save you from paint going through your throat in body which can cause serious damage to your internal organs.

So better not to miss buying a face mask which is a life saving thing in painting project.

Types of Wagner Paint Sprayers

When people ask me about Wagner sprayers, the first piece of advice I give them is that regardless of which model they’re eyeing, it’s crucial to think about what kind of project they’ll be working on.

You wouldn’t use a sledgehammer to paint the walls in your house and you shouldn’t use a tiny compact.

Wagner sprayer if you’re working on an interior or exterior paint job that requires lots of coverage because the project will easily overwhelm the power limitations of such a small machine. Also if you want to know about types of paint in market then we have blog post on it too.

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The best place to start when thinking about your next sprayer purchase is by determining what type is best that fits your project needs: turbine-powered or airless?

Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer

The first type which I have listed down for you is Turbine driven which I have personally tried and tested for my own projects and also for my client’s projects.

I have analyzed its results and my friends also tested and analyzed and got good and satisfactory results after completing their projects.

Wagner has two ranges of sprayers, one called the FLEXiO line which demonstrates how much quicker a Wagner sprayer can be than a brush and another called the Control Series for applying stains and completing small tasks such as trim.

For some, the turbine spray gun may be an enigma. For these individuals, bear with us for a moment and we will enlighten you about all that it is capable of achieving as it pertains to projects which require high-volume low pressure (HVLP) paint systems.

Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer is a huge money saver for large-scale painters who use Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer. Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer saves a lot of time for large-scale painters.

Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer is a great time saver as it can spray paint in large areas fast and even. Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer is used by professional painters all over the world.

Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer saves a lot of time and therefore lot of money. Wagner’s Turbine-Driven Paint Sprayer is a time saver and a money saver for large scale painters.

Wagner’s Airless Sprayer

Now let’s discuss 2nd type of Wagner paint sprayers which is Airless type which I have also used and analyzed the results personally and was quite satisfied by the results.

One company that Wagner seems to be constantly competing with is Devilbiss. As we mentioned before, Wagner devices are convenient, reliable and they’re easy to maneuver around and work with.

For instance, the Control Pro 150 airless sprayer will have your paint job completed within minutes of startup; there’s no need to wait for paint to dry either.

The high temperature setting has a flow rate of 40 gallons per hour and can handle just about any size job you can think of.

Airless sprayers are machines that are used for coating, mostly for exterior painting. They operate at high pressures of 1300 to 3500 PSI.

If you learn the complete way to use airless paint sprayers then they helps a lot in large projects because of their High pressure due to PSI levels.

The motor can either be an internal motor or a turbine that pushes the coat through the machine and out the fluid nozzle where it’s turned into a mist of extremely fine droplets.

There are two lines of airless sprayers from Wagner: Wagner HEA Machines and their Airless Series.

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High efficiency airless (HEA) paint sprayers deliver high-pressure power with significantly less overspray than conventional handheld sprayers. Wagner’s Control Pro 190 takes the intimidation out of large-scale projects yet is easy to use for people of all experience levels.

Prime Wagner paint sprayer

First, you must prime your Wagner Control pro 170 or other paint sprayers the same way that you did when you first purchased it. It is vital to take care of this step so you can get the best sprays out of your unit possible and make sure there are no leaks from being deprived of necessary fluids in the paint passages during work.

What you need to follow this Tutorial of use of Wagner Paint sprayer

  • Water source
  • Mallet
  • Power source
  • Protective gear
  • Wagner paint sprayer
  • Paint container
  • Cardboard for testing sprayer
  • Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Respiratory mask or face mask
  • Drop cloths
  • Painters tape or newspaper
  • Ladder
  • Power cable if its electric sprayer
  • Paint.
  • Stir stick
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Measuring jug

Do a Suction check on paint sprayer

Wagner Spraytech has a fairly simple and easy to perform suction test. You need to set your sprayer to a smooth and steady pattern and look at the fluid coming out of your spray tip. The fluid should be smooth and have a consistent flow.

If it seems to be sputtering or spitting, then you may have a problem with your suction. If you have a large and strong air compressor, you may have to clean out your filters and make sure that your air supply is ample and steady.

If your unit arrives and is attached to the uptake hose or is kept with the uptake hose attached, you will have to remove it.  You can do this by locating and pressing on the red pusher stem 3-4 times, and then rotating the PRIME/SPRAY dial so that prime gets selected. Now you are ready to put your finger over the inlet, turn on the unit, and begin. 

If there isn’t a suction coming when using your vacuum manually, move on to step 2. However, if your vacuum has a good suction when mopping on its own, then you’re ready to tackle your home’s messes!

Tap the outlet valve

Wagner paint sprayer is a great product for painting various. The product can easily reach all corners of your wall or ceiling, thanks to its high-pressure output. In order to prevent the paint sprayer from becoming clogged, you have to ensure that the outlet valve is always tapped.

Connect the hose pipe to the sprayer and have someone help you turn on the water and put it on a gentle flow. Gently tap each connection with the mallet, then press prime on the sprayer. Do another donut test! Once suction appears, congratulations! Your sprayer is ready to go.

Free the Valve with water

To get started with the pump sprayer, first be sure that any type of runoff is turned off and remove the container. Invert the unit and fill it with approximately two ounces of water.

When it’s full, attach a hose to the intake valve and push down on the red plunger three times to begin pumping up pressure.

Once this is done, you’re ready to begin spraying by flipping on the pump handle. Watch as water gets sucked up through the intake valve and spat back out into your yard through a spray nozzle.

Method to thin paint for wagner paint sprayer

Thinning coatings for the best performance is a bit of an art. For thinning water based paints, you might need to thin your finish if you’re using sprayers like the FLEXiO 690 with airless technology.

But if you’re working with drain-cleaner type latex paint, dilution isn’t usually required since it’s supplied thinned right out of the can. Thinned paint also helps to dry faster on the desired surface which is quite good factor.

If you’re going with an HVLP Wagner spray gun like the FLEXiO 690, you might have to thin your latex paint on occasion but otherwise, you can basically pour most coatings into it without any prep work involved.

If you’re using a thick coating such as stain or primer, for example, then there may be no need to thin it out at all and you can just pour it straight into your unit and get to spraying.

The Control Pro 170 also comes with loads of impressive bells and whistles such as its airless technology which allows users to spray heavier mediums with ease even without making any adjustments.

Wagner has a specific instruction for each model of sprayer. It will be written in the instruction booklet as well as in the manual. You will also find it in their website in the knowledge base section.

There are specific instructions given for general purpose paints like latex, alkyd, polyurethane etc. You need to follow the instructions and thin the paint to the recommended consistency.

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One of the models has this method: First mark the measuring cup that is included in the Wagner paint sprayer kit. It should measure out 1 Quart. Fill the container to 1 Quart and then like you would with water, pour that 1 quart into your paint can.

Now add exactly 20 drops of Isopropyl Alcohol. Then pour the paint into the paint container that is included in the Wagner Paint Sprayer kit.

Check the viscosity for wagner sprayer

Now that you’ve mixed up your colors, the next step is to determine if they are the correct consistency. First, make sure that the container is clasped tightly and shake it for a full minute to ensure no clumps remain.

Then, set it on a table, open it carefully and give it another ten shakes. Their is Different viscosity for spray painting furniture, wooden surface, metal etc.

Now hold your paint stick just above the surface of the paint with one hand and move it around in steady figure-8s with the other: each time you pull the stick out of the mixture, pinch your arm so that any excess drips off into your lap; this way you can see how it’s coming together.

Make sure to keep shaking during this step as well. If the fluid motion continues to run smoothly off of your paint stick then there was no need for thinning – but if it bogs down or sticks in beaded clumps at all, then you’ll want to go on down to step two: diluting by mixing in an additional 10% water into now-dry paint. Repeat as necessary until you get exactly as much consistency as you need out of your paint.

Another method to check Viscosity:

Wagner has a paint viscosity chart on their website, saying which viscosity of paint would be suitable for Wagner paint sprayers.

Here is a tip though: I would always go a little thinner than recommended. Must not be too thin, but a little less than ideal. This is because paint viscosity is affected by temperature and weather, plus room temperature and weather conditions vary. So paint might be slightly more viscous than recommended.

When you are ready to use it (after properly mixing and diluting), check the viscosity first before opening the can. In the paint mix/spray tank, if the viscosity is too thick (i.e. doesn’t come out or very slow flow out of the nozzle), you may have to keep the paint in the tank for a few minutes to let the air out of the can or the paint may bubble out – very messy.

However, if in the paint mix/spray tank, the viscosity is too thin, the paint won’t spray properly or may run out of the spray gun.

Dilute the coat for wagner spray gun

Pour the paint which you need for project in bucket. Then check the manufacturers recommendations of paint for thinning agent and ratio we have to keep for painting. Recommendations can be found at paint bucket or tin or you can simply google it and you can find it on their website.

Measure the amount which should be correct of diluted agent. Water for water-based coatings and preferably mineral spirits for oil based in your jug.

Add the thinning medium to paint little by little at a time and is possible to add thinner. Be careful as you can accidentally add more than required thinner so try to be vigilant in doing this job. Then stir the thinner agent in a calm state with motion of clockwise and anticlockwise zero or motion

Check the viscosity and if thinner is required then pour some more and stir properly to make the best solution for the project. Perfect consistency will make sure that your paint is ready to be poured in spray gun cup.

Method to use Wagner Paint Sprayer

Now we will learn the complete method to operate our Wagner sprayers for our projects in order to achieve the best finish. There is no doubt that using HVLP or an airless paint sprayer to apply primer will save you time and money. The good thing is, the process of priming with each kind of sprayer is more or less the same.

Tools which you need to use Wagner sprayer

  • Wagner paint sprayer.
  • Coating
  • Flattened cardboard box for testing spray gun
  • Coveralls, goggles, face mask or protective gear
  • Drop cloths for cleaning and protecting surface
  • Masking tape for protection of surface from paint
  • Plastic sheeting or newspaper
  • Step ladder (if a large project)


If you want expert looking finish for your project and less mess at the end then you should prepare your project before you begin. You should have all the tools which I have listed above (especially newbies must have all the tools so don’t miss any tool) then you should move the furniture from the room to save them from paint.

You can lay down newspaper if you don’t have drop clothes and cover windows and doors with plastic sheeting or newspaper with masking tape or painters’ tape. Also cover light switches and fixtures too because it’s a headache to clean those if paint drops on them.

Read instructions manual and get to know how everything which you need to use Wagner paint sprayer. Also make sure you have protective gear on and make sure that nothing area of your skin interacts with paint drops.

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It is suggested to paint in a well-ventilated area to avoid the paint fumes which can cause harm to your internal organs. In order to do this open up all the windows and doors but make sure no sand or dust comes during painting process because it will lead to bad finish which you obviously don’t want after completing.

Start spraying with Wagner spray gun

Follow manufacturers instructions and prepare the spray gun and if your unit has paint cup then pour coating to it. Use ladder for larger projects such as painting home, roofs or ceiling like surfaces.

Ensure the spray volume is ideal to paint on surface so better check it from pressure control and practice the sprayer on some old cardboard box to check if the spray is even.

Also check the sprayer with both spraying angles which are vertical and horizontal. In a nut shell check every feature of the Wagner paint sprayer to save yourself from mess which you can create during project.

If you want to spray side to side then select vertical pattern because it will give you best finish with this setting then choose horizontal angle for spraying if you want to paint in vertical orientation. In this way you will achieve the best and satisfactory results.

When spraying on the surface keep the sprayer at distance of 8 to 12 inches away. And ensure that spray gun is at full stroke. Spray in a to and fro motion and pass at least 50 percent and try to keep the strokes long with even operating speed.

Don’t stop on same spot because it will cause overspray and thickness of paint which is another headache to solve if you are an amateur. Also, don’t stop halfway it will cause unsightly paint pools. Apply thin coats on the surface to achieve the best results. Clean the sprayer after usage to save it from damage and clogging issue.

Method to clean Wagner paint sprayer

The Wagner sprayer is a very handy tool and can be used in any task, from cleaning the house to washing your car. It is a vital tool for that DIY person, but it can be quite a pain to clean.

If you don’t clean your sprayer often you will find that it will clog up and become almost unusable. In order to clean a Wagner sprayer to a high standard here are the methods:

There are different ways of cleaning a Wagner sprayer. The first thing to do is to remove the plastic elbow from the front of the sprayer. This is where the fluid comes out of the sprayer. Take a stiff wire brush and scrub the interior of the elbow with it.

This will remove any dirt or grime that has built up in the elbow. Next, take the sprayer to the sink and spray compressed air into the body of the sprayer.

This will blow any dirt that may have built up in the body of the sprayer. The last thing you want to do is to put the sprayer back together, without first cleaning the fluid nozzle and tip.

Take a wire brush and scrub the fluid nozzle, then take water and a rag, and scrub the tip. You want to make sure you remove any grease or grime that may have built up.

Summary on How To Use Wagner Paint Sprayer

Now you can apply latex and oil-based paints evenly to your home’s walls, fences, and other surfaces with the Wagner sprayer.

Its lightweight design and easy-to-use operation make it the ideal paint sprayer for both interior and exterior jobs. Make sure you regularly service your sprayer with the lubricant and cleaning products listed above.

This is it for today my painter fellows! Soon I will come up with some new exciting guide for you peeps which will help you in painting projects.

As you can see, there is a lot of information in this guide on how to use a Wagner paint sprayer.

Hopefully, you have learned some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Wagner paint sprayer. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions regarding Wagner paint sprayers and they will be answered at first place with top priority.

FAQ’s of how to use Wagner paint sprayer

No you don’t really have the thin the paint. There are 2 ways to set the Wagner sprayer. One is the airless sprayer (wagner flexio 590). You can use it to thin out the paint, but you don’t really have to. The other one is the HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayer. You can thin out the paint if you want, but it’s not really necessary. If you set the Wagner sprayer for the thinned paint, then it will spray way too wet. The sprayer is supposed to spray with a certain consistency, so you have to use the Wagner paint. It’s not good to thin out the paint unless you are painting over an existing coat of paint.

Yes. Wagner states that you can add water in paint in wagner paint sprayer. It is not advised to use the paint sprayer for paint with over 50% water content (such as latex paint), because the pump may freeze. It is better to use the pump for water-based paint only.

It is simple to get a smooth finish with Wagner sprayer. You will have to mix the paint according to the viscosity of Wagner sprayer. If it is high, then you will have to use very little amount of thinner with water. If it is low viscosity, then you will have to use thinner. You will have to set the Wagner sprayer according to the surface. The nozzle adjustment will depend on the viscosity of paint. The lower the viscosity, the lower you have to adjust the nozzles. You will have to spread the color at least 3 inches away from the surface. You will have to walk smoothly to get a smooth finish.

Nozzles can be clogged by paint dried in the tip, or by the build-up of hardened paint. A quick fix is to spray a little solvent into the tip to break up the dried paint or spray a light mist of solvent over the surface of the paint to soften it. You can also clear the nozzle with a thin wire. Another thing to check is if the pressure control valve located at the bottom of the sprayer is on. If not, the valve might have been knocked off its seat. This will give you a spitting pattern when the trigger is pulled back. Make sure to have the pressure control valve set to the correct setting for the paint you are using. You can read your paint can for the recommended pressure setting. If changing nozzles doesn’t fix the problem, call Wagner technical support. Wagner offers 24/7 service with a one-year warranty on all parts and labor.

As you already know, Wagner sprayers are durable and high-quality products, so it’s extremely rare for them to have any problems. That being said, it’s important to take good care of your sprayer so it continues to operate properly and last a long time. If you need to leave your sprayer for a long time, then leaving the paint inside might cause issues. The paint will start to harden and it may become difficult to spray uniformly. If you leave your Wagner sprayer too long without using it, the paint may have dried. You need to make sure that the air inlets are not clogged, and the nozzle is not blocked. If the nozzle is clogged, then the dry paint might settle into the nozzle. The paint will also harden in the sprayer when it’s left for a long time. This hardening of the paint can be prevented by leaving a small amount of water in it. Water acts as a lubricant, allowing the paint to come out of the nozzle smoothly. If your sprayer has been unused for a long time, the paint is most likely to be dried up. You should first flush the sprayer and then paint it with a small amount of water before you spray. If you still face problems after doing this, then it’s best to replace the nozzle.

The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your Wagner is actually spraying at a low pressure. If it is, then you will want to twist and then pull off the cap right above where the needle screws in. There are four different settings on the cap. The first one is the ‘o’ position. This will give you a very light spray. The second ‘o’ position is for medium light sprays, the third is for medium sprays and the fourth is for heavy sprays. Remember to spray lightly when you are testing, as a lot of paint can be used. The last thing you want to do is to over-spray.

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend you use primer in your Wagner paint sprayer. Primer is the first coat that paint goes on before the topcoat (or color) and it provides a few key functions: It allows the paint to stick to the surface, extending the life of the paint job, especially when the surface is smooth like wood, metal, or plastic. It fills in any scratches or gouges in the surface, just like you would fill in a nail hole in your wall, which helps prevent the topcoat from flaking off. Primer also gives a nice, smooth, level surface that helps the paint to flow evenly and look great. So to answer your question, yes you can use primer in your Wagner paint sprayer. The only time you wouldn’t use it is if you’re using a paint that is specifically designed to be used without primer.

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