Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 255
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tydguy Practice Make Perfect
I bought this sprayer to spray a few hundred feet of trim and about 10 doors for a renovation and I was dreading the hours of brushing and rolling it was going to take, so I bought this sprayer. Seemed simple enough. Add paint, pull trigger. My first few boards were heavily splattered and I honestly started to regret my purchase, but I stuck to it. I read the instructions more thoroughly and watched some videos, and got it tuned to get a nice, fine mist. Once I learned how to tune the spray, I could paint 200 ft of baseboard in under 10 minutes. I ended up using the detail nozzle with the baseboards and the latex trim paint was mixed with about 10% paint conditioner. Key points:
- If you've never sprayed before, get a can of cheap paint and some cardboard/osb/drywall and practice what different adjustments and paint mixtures do.
- Use a paint conditioner with latex paints. I thinned to between 5-10% (even if the paint said Do Not Thin). This gave a finer mist and allow me to use the detail nozzle. Also gives the paint more time to 'lay down', giving a nice finish.
- Take time to set up and cleanup properly. Overspray goes everywhere. Cleanup was tedious (took me about 20-30 minutes), but wasn't hard and definitely worth the time saved.
- Manage expectations. This isn't going to give a perfect, glass finish like a car, but when tuned right, should give better results than a roller or brush.
May 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fluteb1 Great product
Just did my entire basement ceiling and walls. First used commercial primer and drywall sealer as was doing job on bare drywall/mud and worked fairly well. Had to clean nozzle every couple of pail fills, but became like clockwork and relatively easy. Product is not Popcorn finish, it is a relatively good finish. No different then a roller. Just did another coat with latex/primer mix with colour and sprayed perfectly. Much better than the initial thicker primer. I did not thin any paints and product worked well. I cleaned throughly after each use. Have used twice now and am very pleased. I tried a comparable product from Homeright and returned it. After rolling for a couple hours I decided to trial this one and am definitely happy I did. Saved me a ton of time. Good product. Only reason I didn't give a 5 is because I had to clean the nozzle often when using the thicker primer, but all in all very pleased. Be aware you will use a lot of paint, but am not sure how much more than a roller.
March 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JJDIYReno Not worth your time or money
If you like a popcorn finish on your walls/projects, than this is the product for you.
I created an account just to leave feedback (warning) for this product. I did a lot of research and read several reviews prior to purchasing this paint sprayer. One reason we chose this particular model was because someone had complained about a spotty finish with the less expensive models using latex paint. A representative replied saying the detail sprayer would be more effective for the job producing a finer finish.
We wanted to save time by spray painting (latex) about a dozen interior doors.
To my surprise after reading the forums, the detail sprayer is not designed for latex paint. We tried thinning it and using the sprayer, that did not work.
We tried every single setting and combination of setting on the regular sprayer, that did not work. We read the instructions and followed them to the letter.
Overall, unless you like a popcorn finish on your doors and trim, it seems as though a commercial sprayer is the only way to go. This product was not designed for that purpose and the results are terrible. Perhaps it would be suitable for stains, but definitely not anything thicker such as paint. The finish is even too rough to paint walls with. It is NOT a roller finish as described on the package and information. I wish I could post pictures for you to view.
I hope Home Depot will accept a return after use as this product not only doesn't work, but it ruined 2 of our door slabs we purchased due to such a terrible finish. On top of that, we found it actually faster to manually paint the doors than use the sprayer.
November 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wayne22 this Wagner is a Winner!
Bought the Flexio 590 this summer after my wife asked if there was 'a better way' to paint the railing on our deck. Once back from HD I quickly got rolling with the Flexio and had a fairly large deck painted in 45 minutes including re-painting the railing (at her request). Over the next few weeks I painted my shed, 100 feet of fence (both sides), a wood shed and next summer will be a number of other projects. I am also a lot less hesitant to think about re-painting in a few years as part of regular maintenence.
This product and the improvements Wagner has made over the years were critical to my happiness. Gone is the major overspray, the loud clacky, buzzing and the required alchemy of watering down the paint. I plugged it in, used latex stain straight from the paint can and the machine was no louder than a hair dryer! In all the painting I had no noticeable clog-ups, splatters or other problems. Only challenge is that when completely loaded with paint the unit might be a bit heavy for some smaller framed people (my wife would say I am 'larger framed' - 6'6" - 250lbs) to use one handed - I even found it a bit more comfortable later in the fence project to use both hands.
Clean-up was pretty straight ahead. The directions (yes I read the directions - lets just keep that between us) guided me the first time to a successful and relatively quick clean-up with subsequent clean-ups going even quicker. This would answer the question about did it work as well each time - yes it did.
In terms of cost, I figure that if you figure out the clean up time and general mess from brushes and rollers (completely eliminated by the Flexio) I will need to use this a few more times to make it totally cost worthy from that perspective. I also think that the paint that is either left in the rollers, spilled as you work along difficult fence lines or not able to quite get out of the roller pan cancels out the overspray. Therefore, I would consider the Flexio a reasonable outlay of cash.
Overall, its a great machine that has benefitted from the technological improvments over its predecessors. It made several projects this summer much more enjoyable and I look forward to using it next summer.
September 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Daniel Great Sprayer
Had to repaint exterior of house with wood siding and trim. After reading fairly simple instruction used Behr premium latex primer/paint without thinning with great success. Makes fast work of large areas. Instead of taping again went with roller for trim but pre-painted trim on initial sprayer run so less 'missed' spots on trim paintwork. Cleaning easy as well - DID have problem on 2nd day of painting as no paint sprayed out. Thought I didn't clean well or reassemble correctly and spent hours trying to fix. Turns out there is a tiny hole on the suction tube that goes to the paint canister that must be well cleaned or it prevents spray. Didn't really catch it on initial cleaning so latex paint clogged hole. Once found and cleaned everything back to total spraying awesomeness. So easy and light had the kids help on some sections!
June 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dcmikez easy to use, clean, and it's quiet!
This is the best Wagner spray gun I've used since they started making them. It's a great improvement over their old models.
The first thing I have to mention is how quiet it is compared to their old guns. I didn't needed to wear ear plugs to do a paint job, and that alone makes me want to use this more.
Wagner's been making spray guns for a long time and they have it down well. The Flexio 590 is light enough that you don't get tired if you have a larger job to do. It comes with two paint canisters, one for small jobs, and one for larger jobs, though I wish it had an even larger paint canister, which would add to the weight, but would allow you to spray longer.
I used this to spray some kitchen cabinet doors for my brother in-law and, after a few practice sprays to get the feel for it, it worked like a charm. The gun gave a great finish and we were set up and finished so much faster than we could have been with brush and roller, and I didn't need to lug a compressor around with me.
There's not much overspray, but you still need to tape up the corners and use plastic for anything near what you're spraying.
The kit comes with two canisters, each with their own nozzle, one for larger areas and a smaller one for detail work. The nozzles are adjustable for a wide or tight spray pattern depending on what you're spraying. Be careful how close you hold the gun to your target, as if you're too close the paint will not look right, and if you're too far away you won't get the right coverage and will have to go over it again.
What I like most about the Flexio 590 over other Wagners I've used, and what will likely make me willing to use this more is that this gun is easy to clean and reassemble. Cleaning is the most important part for a spray gun because if you don't do a good job it'll gunk up and won't work well or at all. Cleaning this gun is a piece of cake.
January 12, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MzCali Awesome but...............
After researching paint sprayers for a year, I finally took the plunged and purchaed the Flexio 590. The bigger sprayer that comes in this set, basically splurted and threw up paint. I attempted to use the sprayer twice, hoping it was just user error but to no avail, it didn't work. After using the basic hand roller for my paint jobs, I decided to see if the smaller sprayer would work and to my surpise it did. I love it! I'm basically repainting every room in our house. It has saved me so much time, less of a mess, and a smoother finish.
While the product is still under warranty and I purchased an additional warranty, I haven't taken the larger of the two back to the store.
September 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DB28 Excellent!! I highly recommend.
I've only had this for a few days but it's been long enough to get to know the product pretty well. I used it to repaint some nursery furniture and it came out beautifully. The paint went on evenly and coated it well. I painted a glider chair in about 5 minutes. With a brush it would have taken me an hour +, and it would have been a lot messier (and ugly).
The only things to be aware of are that it can get a little heavy after awhile and you need to allow a good 20-30 minutes for cleanup. CLEANUP IS ESSENTIAL! They provide great directions on how to properly clean the machine and it's worth following them. If it get's clogged you'll get frustrated. Ultimately it's easy to clean but it is time consuming.
November 12, 2013