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Whether you want to paint your own DIY projects or you just want to do some touch ups on old cabinets, a paint sprayer is the easiest way to ensure that you’ll get an even coat of paint every time. The Flexio 990 is a new take on an old favorite, but the reviews don’t seem to reflect the same love that the 590 and 890 have received.
Wagner 0529029 FLEXiO 990 Sprayer
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Best Features of the Flexio 990
The Wagner Flexio 990 combines some of the best features of the Flexio 590—namely the direct-attach paint container—and the Flexio 890. It works with all types of paint including unthinned house paint and even stain, using an innovative new pump system to guarantee an even coating of paint.
Like the previous Flexio models it also comes with two different nozzles, one for large projects and one for touch-ups. The Flexio 990 is supposed to work with even more types of paint including latex paint of all kinds. It’s also got an extended hose which gives you a reach of up to two stories, making it great for house painting.
The X Boost Turbine is an updated version of the turbine from previous models as well, maximizing power and minimizing overspray. Like the Flexio 890, the Flexio 990 also features easy-to-use controls that allow you to adjust the pattern.
If you haven’t worked with a paint sprayer system before you may be put off by the fact that the Wagner Flexio 990 doesn’t come with much in the way of instructional content but you can easily find many free resources online to help you learn paint sprayer techniques.
What Is This Wagner Model Good For Painting?
The Flexio 990 is geared toward many of the same projects as the Flexio 890. It is capable of spraying large fences, decks, interior rooms and exterior parts of the house including a shed.
You can use interior and exterior latex, lacquers, stains, sealers and urethanes with this sprayer.
Keep in mind that unlike the other sprayers, this isn’t geared toward your smallest projects.
You won’t want to take on detail work or cabinetry with this model. In fact, trying to paint trim with this sprayer could turn into quite a mess.
While the manufacturer states that this can be used on smaller painting tasks, that hasn’t been what the majority of customers have felt. This unit does come with two nozzles sizes so you have some flexibility over the amount of spray that is produced.
Comparison Guide: FLEXiO 990 vs Other Sprayers
Most people that look at the Wagner brand decide on either the Flexio 590 or the 890. There are a lot of similarities between these and the 990, but the Flexio 990 is your more expensive option.
The Wagner Flexio 590 and 890 are both designed to use indoors and outdoors. The Flexio 990 is better used outdoors unless you are painting an empty room. Normally, Wagner models are also designed to be durable and long-lasting, but many people don’t feel that to be the case with the 990.
The setup and cleanup of all three machines seem simple and straightforward. You will also have access to Wagner’s superior customer support. This is helpful if you find a defective part or simply have a question.
The biggest difference you will see between the three models is what they are used for. For painting large surface areas, the Wagner 990 and the Wagner 890 will be the best options. They offer more power and can hold more material. If you are more concerned about a sprayer that is ultra-portable, then the Flexio 590 is your best choice.
No matter which you choose, it would be important to note that both the Wagner Flexio 590 and 890 come with impeccable customer reviews. The Flexio 990, on the other hand, seemed to fall short. There are many complaints about the quality of spray and inconsistency. I am not sure that is worth paying more for.
For a comparison of some other handheld paint sprayers on the market that customers love, you’ll want to look at the Graco and HomeRight brand.
The Graco 17A466 TrueCoat 360 DS Paint Sprayer is a lower price than the Wagner 990. It appears to be more portable and lightweight; making it capable to take anywhere. The Flexio 990 isn’t as portable and will be bulkier when traveling with the unit. The TrueCoat doesn’t offer two nozzles sizes to choose from, but it does have two varying speeds. The Graco also comes with a reversible tip that helps to reduce clogs.
When comparing to the HomeRight C800766 Finish Max you will see a huge price cut from the Flexio 990. Keep in mind that this model isn’t geared toward a contractor, but more for the occasional project and it tends to work best on small tasks. In addition, this model comes with a small 27-ounce container.
The Wagner 990 can pull directly from a 1 or 5-gallon paint container meaning there is no more reloading of materials. If you are only in need of a quality household sprayer for occasional projects, it makes sense to save the money and go with a lower priced option.
Set-Up & Clean-Up
Setup of your Flexio 990 is a lot easier than the other Flexio models. Start by ensuring that the system is sitting on the level and clean ground. Then, lift the suction tube holder and position the material container next to the pump.
You will then slide the suction tube holder down until it reaches the bottom of the materials container. If you want to spray from a ladder, you will need to use the included belt clip that comes with the unit.
Cleanup of this unit will be more in-depth than with the 590 or 890. You will be responsible for cleaning the paint hose first by flushing all the materials from it. Then, you can move onto the nozzle. If you desire, you could use the cleaning solution of water or mineral spirits in a container that the unit can pull from directly. It is recommended that you flush the sprayer a total of three times.
After that is complete, you’ll need to remove the regulator and clean that completely. You won’t want to forget that the filters and air valve tube should also be cleaned after every use.
What Do Customers Have To Say About The Flexio 990?
Most people wanted to love the Flexio 990 because of its ability to work with many types of paint, but a good portion hasn't been thrilled.
Some customers have found that it can jam up if you’re using unthinned latex paint, while others found it jammed up for no reason at all.
Most customers would have done better to stick with the Flexio 590 and Flexio 890 instead. Aside from the easy setup and ability to spray directly from the container, it isn’t worth the extra money considering the poor quality.
The Bottom Line
If you’re going to be focused primarily on small projects and touch-ups you’ll probably be satisfied with the Flexio 590 or 890. Even when working on a larger scale project, the 890 should be sufficient.
If you want to spend the extra cash on a Flexio 990 and hope that you are one of the people it sprays well for, you could certainly give it a try. It is still an incredible value and is much more affordable than some other commercial sprayers.