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Wagner Power Painter

Posted: 2/20/2011 6:03 PM

Wagner Power Painter 


Anyone have one?   I need to complete painting my deck (the backside of railings, posts, etc), and I am wondering if a WPP would make the project considerably easier.  Comments on mess, model to purchase, etc?
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Posted: 2/20/2011 6:59 PM

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I had one about 10 years ago and used it to paint some doors and trim. Once it got going it did a good job. Seems like I bought an attachment that hooked to the bucket of paint and that was a lot more convenient than filling the little reservoir. Pain in the ass to clean.

Last edited 2/20/2011 7:01 PM by deaconbones

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Posted: 2/20/2011 7:13 PM

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Agree with bones. They are such a pain in the ass to clean. So much, that I dont even use mine anymore. So much easier to roll on or brush it.
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Posted: 2/20/2011 8:29 PM

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I'd just hire somebody.
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Posted: 2/20/2011 8:33 PM

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I tried two models and returned both to Lowe's within two weeks. The atomizer simply did not produce a fine spray.
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Posted: 2/20/2011 8:54 PM

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No direct experience with WPP, but my brother used one on a picket fence once.  He mentioned that he used more paint than he expected, which was probably due to paint going through the gaps. He had stripes on his grass.  He seemed pretty satisfied with the decreased effort, but I wasn't particularly impressed.  If I used one, it would be on a solid surface instead of something with gaps.  I rolled and brushed my deck.

If this is the first coat of paint on the deck, I'd consider using a brush on the horizontal surfaces.  You don't want paint just laying on the surface - you're going to have to physically push the paint down in there.  Also, I'd consider pigmented stains instead of paint on a deck.
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Posted: 2/20/2011 9:47 PM

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May as well embarrass myself here. I have one and used it to stain my deck a few years back. The stain went on great though Awaken's note about waste is definitely true. However, about thirty minutes in I almost threw up. Five more minutes and I practically passed out. I didn't wear a mask or goggles and though I didn't sense that any of the stain was getting on me apparently the fine particle mist was doing just that -- into my nose, my mouth and, most pathetically, my eyes. 

It took me a good four hours to get my sh*t together. My wife essentially carried me to the shower and then onto the bed. My point -- wear a mask and goggles (closed bottom) when using a WPP. Sniffing paint/stain high -- not my kind of buzz.
awaken wrote: No direct experience with WPP, but my brother used one on a picket fence once.  He mentioned that he used more paint than he expected, which was probably due to paint going through the gaps. He had stripes on his grass.  He seemed pretty satisfied with the decreased effort, but I wasn't particularly impressed.  If I used one, it would be on a solid surface instead of something with gaps.  I rolled and brushed my deck.

If this is the first coat of paint on the deck, I'd consider using a brush on the horizontal surfaces.  You don't want paint just laying on the surface - you're going to have to physically push the paint down in there.  Also, I'd consider pigmented stains instead of paint on a deck.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:11 AM

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Thanks for the info.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 8:31 AM

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I used one
It uses a lot of paint
Is a pain to clean
Sprays random blobs of paint that you have to stop and touch up.
I would not use one again
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Posted: 2/21/2011 9:16 AM

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Yeah, my experience with those things is that they are not worth it. They suck down paint and are a huge pain in the ass to clean. And you have to go over the surface a few times anyway to make sure there are no uncovered specs, so I don't think it saves much time. It is cheaper and easier to just paint by hand. If you don't have the time, you can probably hire an illegal to hand-paint it for less than the cost of the sprayer and the extra paint.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 9:51 AM

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The one that I had wouldn't create a fine spray of paint, though it worked OK with primer. The thicker paint resulted in a small, blotchy spray area and I ended up having to re-do the job with a brush and roller.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 10:04 AM

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When I was 14 my dad bought a sprayer and a **** ton of paint and paid me like $150 or $200 to paint our house over the summer. I don't think we even bothered to clean it once the project was done. Needless to say that thing was like a gift from the heavens painting an entire house.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 10:37 AM

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Agree with earlier posts--it's a POS.

Paint must be very thin for it to work, and even then it doesn't work well as it leaves lots of blobs and splotches as others have noted.  I wouldn't bother with it.

If you do have a lot of area to paint, consider renting a professional model sprayer with an air compressor.
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Posted: 2/21/2011 9:02 PM

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I don't disagree with what has been said, but you indicate that you will be painting a deck. I think the Wagoner will work great for that. You wont notice the splotches or blobs that are occasionally thrown about. I have a cabin with rough siding all over and the sprayer is a godsend for that work. A brush is awful and I am usually throwing stain at the house anyway so it is thin and goes on fairly well. I did find that there are different atomizers than the one(s) supplied with the unit originally and they make it work much better with regular paint too.
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