Wagner ProCoat Airless Sprayer: Reviewed & Rated For You

The Wagner Pro Coat Airless Sprayer is a commercial grade spray gun but in reality it is best suited to homeowners and not professional painters.

This spray gun has many features but is not suited to the rigors of commercial painting. It will however work extremely well on medium sized tasks.

Wagner 0515034 Pro Coat Airless Sprayer Reviewed

Wagner 9155 3000 PSI Airless Twin Stroke Piston Pump Paint Sprayer

Best Features

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    Pressure control for less overspray
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    Fast disconnect suction set 
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    Sprays all kinds of paints

My Overall Rating


Features Of The Wagner Procoat 

There is nothing amateurish about this paint sprayer. The name says it all. The Wagner Procoat Airless paint sprayer range is a contractor-grade system that guarantees professional-grade finishes on all your jobs. Not only will you look professional, your job will look professional too.

Wagner’s entire Procoat range is contractor-grade, so it’s built to last. The 9155 model, Wagner’s most popular in the range, comes with a 5/8 horsepower motor with a 0.29 gallons per minute (GPM) flow rate and can crank out 3000 psi. It has plenty of oomph so you’ll get the job done faster.

It can accommodate spray tips of up to 0.017, which guarantees a fine, even finish. Thanks to the Versatip reversible tip you can spray narrow and larger widths with the same tip. The metal spray gun is also contractor-grade so it can withstand heavy use. The gun is fitted with a swivel mechanism and comes with an inline paint filter.

The 25-foot spray hose is long enough for you to paint first-floor exteriors. It has an abrasion-resistant polyurethane cover and a seamless thermoplastic inner tube so it can endure a lot of wear and tear.

The sturdy upright cart can accommodate 5-gallon paint drums. It has a telescopic handle so you can move it around, just like a suitcase. And the clean-up? Well, that’s never my favourite part of a painting job.  But the 9155 comes with a garden-hose attachment, which does away with some of the hassle.

The system retails for around $400.

Pros

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    Suitable for interior/exterior walls
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    Smooth finish
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    25' hose
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    Clear Instructions

Cons

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    Limited spraying tips

How Does The Procoat Compare With Other Wagner Models?

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Comparing the Procoat airless with an HVLP is like comparing apples and oranges. Each has its place. I looked at the 9155 airless and Wagner’s Flexio HVLP paint sprayer. I’d suggest reserving the HVLP for the smaller jobs that require a bit of finesse. That said, this HVLP packs a punch.

The Flexio HVLP incorporates Wagner’s iSpray technology, which means you can spray horizontally or vertically, wide or narrow.

It has a detail finish nozzle for jobs that need a little finetuning. And it comes with two nozzles and cups for project versatility.

Of course, being an HVLP, it’s quieter and lighter than conventional airless sprayers.

I’m not a fan of the suction-cup. And the Flexio cup gets a big thumbs down. It’s difficult to screw on and, when full, it makes the gun unwieldy and heavy.  Of, course you needn’t fill the 1.5-quart cup to the top, but then you end up having to stop and start to refill. I’d rather use it for smaller jobs that don’t require a lot of paint. It retails for around $120.

If you want to go airless but can’t afford the Procoat, Wagner’s Power Painter Max Airless retails for about $120. It features a multidirectional suction tube, which means you could lie on your back if you wanted to, and it would still work. Because of its two-speed control, you have more control over the finished product.

But there’s that cup problem again. Luckily, you have an option of ditching the cup and feeding a hose directly into the paint drum. Of course, that would limit your mobility. You’d have to decide whether the trade-off is worth it. The Power Painter is meant for the home-owner whose honey-do list is growing a little too long.


How Does The Procoat Compare With Other Airless Models?

So, when comparing apples to apples, how does the Wagner fare? In terms of specs, there’s not much difference between the Wagner ProCoat and the Graco Magnum X7. Both operate off a 5/8 horsepower motor, and achieve similar flow rate of 3.1 GPM for the Graco and 2.9 for the Wagner with a maximum psi of 3000. They both can take a tip of up to 0.017. There’s also only a couple of dollars between them in terms of price.

Graco’s sprayer comes with a mega-long hose (100 foot), compared to Wagner’s 25-footer. Though why you’d want such a long hose on what is being touted as a handyman’s machine, I wouldn’t know. I’d end up tripping over the darned thing.

I’m comparing the Wagner with the Titan XT330 Airless Sprayer instead of the Titan Control Max HEA because it’s more of an even match. It is a bit pricier than the other two, closer to $500 than to $400. The entire unit weighs in at more than 50 lb compared to Wagner’s 40 odd. Of the three the Graco stands the tallest at 37 inches compared to 29.5 in the other two cases, but is the lightest at only 30 lb.

The XT330’s motor is more powerful at 3/4 hp and has a flow of .33 GPM. It has a maximum tip size of .019. It comes with a 50-foot hose. In brief, they’re like the three bears in that fairy tale: The Titan is for your mega-projects, the Wagner for your large projects and the Graco for your sizeable but smaller projects.


What Is This Wagner Sprayer Suited To Painting?

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The Wagner Procoat has been developed for contractors who are starting out and perhaps don’t have the capital for a truly professional model.  

It’s also geared towards long-time DIYers who are looking for something more serious to add to their collection. But if I were a paint-sprayer newbie I would start out with something a little less sophisticated because this machine packs a punch.

I reckon it’s good for residential and light commercial jobs, ranging from home exteriors to children’s playground equipment and everything in between. I’ve seen it in action on gates, walls, pre-cast fencing, wooden decks, picket fences even a farmer’s barn. It sprays lacquers, enamels, and latex paint and primer. And it can be used on a variety of surfaces: wood, stucco, plaster and even metal.


Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ll get the bad news over with first, although there’s not much of it. Whatever disadvantages there are apply to most airless systems. Even if a manufacturer promises there will be no overspray, there will be overspray. There is ALWAYS overspray. You can’t get away from it. And because of the overspray, you must prepare your project thoroughly before hand.

The clean-up is always a hassle with an airless, although Wagner has supplied a garden-hose attachment to make life easier.

Together the set-up and clean-up probably take longer than the painting itself. And this paint sprayer is fast, thanks to the powerful two-stroke5/8 horsepower motor. It’s relatively quiet so you won’t disturb the neighbors.

It’s user-friendly; even the priming is simple. Contractor-grade, its construction is sturdy and long lasting. Because of the upright stand, which features an extendable handle, the Procoat is exceptionally mobile so you can maneuver it around construction sites easily.

It is easy to set up – it’s almost ready to use straight out of the box. If you’re into accessorising, the Wagner can also be used with attachments such as rollers and extension rods.

Some users have complained about the tip not working. Happily, that can be easily replaced. On that note, while the specs say it can accommodate a maximum tip size of 0.017, it comes with a 515 tip. I think the hose at 25 feet is long enough, but it can be easily extended.

All in all, it’s quality machine, especially at the price.


Price Guide

The Wagner 9155 3000 PSI Airless Twin Stroke Piston Pump Paint Sprayer is regurlarly discounted on Amazon and can be as low as $242 plus almost $17 shipping fee. This is compared with the RRP of around $390. So you save $142 which is almost 37%.

Wagner Reviews & Feedback

The Pro Coat has garnered a over 20 rating on Amazon and has averaged just over 4 out of 5 stars. Here are some examples of online reviews.

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 This is amazing! I love it! I've been working on repainting my interior of my house for 2 years, and once I received this? The job went quickly! I highly recommend it if you have large painting jobs!” - nanc

Worked as advertised. Follow simple instructions. Do not leave out a step.”- Amazon Customer

What If It Breaks Down?

According to its website, Wagner does offer a three-year warranty – subject to certain conditions – for any of its home decorating units. This does not cover commercial use though. The warranty can be extended to four years if you register online. The Warranty does not cover those parts that are subject to wear and tear, such as valves, seals, nozzles and hose.

However, most of the parts are readily available. Pump repair kits are available as are replacement valves and inline filters and tips. There are tons of YouTube videos are available to guide you in your repairs. If something goes wrong, my first port of call would be Wagner themselves, either through their website or consumer hotline.

Tips And Tricks For Using This Sprayer

  • Read the manual.
  • Don’t forget to prime the unit before spraying paint. Place the suction hose in a bucket of water and the priming hose in an empty bucket. Turn the knob on the unit to prime, until water starts running into the empty bucket. Then prime with paint.
  • Always test your sprayer on an extra piece of cardboard to set your pressure correctly. The type of fluid you’re putting through the unit will affect the pressure.
  • Wear protection: respirator, goggles, and gloves.
  • Keep out the way of the spray. The fluid is shot out at pressure, and you may injure yourself.​​​​
  • Always start out with unthinned fluid, then thin according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the tip becomes clogged, you can quickly reverse the tip to unclog it
  • Mask off everything you don’t want to spray. And I mean EVERYTHING, including plants if you’re spraying outdoors.
  • This goes without saying. But wait for a still day before spraying outdoors, otherwise you’ll get paint over everything.

Conclusion​​​​

Wagner is better known for its HVLP range of spray systems. This Airless model provides quality at an affordable price and should be considered by home owners who solely will be using a sprayer for home use. You can awlays trust Wagner to take care of their customers with quality products.


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