My sole experience with spray painting consisted of using ball-bearing rattle cans. I confess that there was some trepidation in diving into a full-blown stationary sprayer.
The Studio Pro is, at first, a little intimidating. Big turbine air box, thick black air hose, two different sprayers; each with multiple controls for air power, material feed and various spray patterns.
However, after reading through the owner's manual and familiarizing myself with the various features, it became a lot less unnerving and it all started to make sense. Wagner provides a 'Quick Start' pamphlet but I would recommend that you take the time to read through the full owner's manual. It goes into more detail and the troubleshooting guide is helpful in sorting out the different settings with regards to how the paint is being applied. (English, French and Spanish) Also, provided is an indoor masking instruction sheet and a large, heavy, paper sheet to practice spraying with the different settings.
There is a learning curve and there will be some experimentation involved with getting the right setup for each type of paint. For me, thinning the paint was necessary using latex paints and primers. With latex, try to get an eggnog or buttermilk consistency. I’d also recommend the use of disposable paint strainers.
My particular use for the Wagner was to repaint my front deck railings. In the past, it would take me all of 3 afternoons with a paintbrush to cover all of those 2 x 2's.
Once I sorted out the paint thickness, the air power setting and the material feed setting; it took me about ½ an hour to spray a coat onto the railings and around the base of the deck.
I found myself carrying around the turbine box for most of the job. When painting something this large, the black air hose comes in a little short. I suppose that for a typical bedroom project it would be fine.
Cleanup was uneventful. The owner’s manual gives complete details. There is a small parts brush included. Also included are a replacement nozzle and a small sample of petroleum jelly to lubricate the o-rings on the sprayers.
An arduous project that I dreaded was truly made extremely easy using the Studio Pro. I will stop short of saying that it was fun though because I still had to do all the cleaning, scraping and other prep work before starting to paint… so there’s that.
My only complaint is that the sprayers should be of the gravity-feed type. (with the paint jar on top) The siphon-type sprayers used with the Wagner are prone to leaving leftover paint in the jar and it seems that siphon-type sprayers are going the way of the Dodo. I took off 1 point for that.
Easy Instructions, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use
sprayers should be gravity-feed type