Wagner is one of the most highly respected brands in the paint sprayer industry with many customers hailing it as the next best thing to expensive professional-level sprayers.
One of the things that set them apart from other companies in the same industry is their exclusive Lock N’ Go system, which allows you to mix and match parts from their various paint sprayer systems for different styles of project. The iSpray Front End Kit is an excellent upgrade to many older Wagner paint sprayer systems.
The iSpray Front End Kit features an attached paint container and an iSpray nozzle which is compatible with any type of unthinned house paint. The most recent advances in this technology mean that you can even use unthinned latex paint with your iSpray nozzle now, although most people find it easier to clean the product afterward if they dilute latex paint slightly.
There are also four easily switched pattern options: narrow, wide, vertical, and horizontal. This makes it excellent for a variety of projects, although this kit doesn’t come with an extra-thin nozzle like many of the full system packages.
Last but not least, the Wagner iSpray Front End Kit can be easily removed from the rest of the paint sprayer system for cleaning. You will find it much easier to clean than many comparable paint sprayer kits.
If you already have a full paint sprayer system and you need a more flexible tip or something that will work with a wide variety of paints, the iSpray Front End Kit is an excellent purchase. The Wagner iSpray Front End Kit is compatible with most Wagner systems including Paint READY Sprayer, Paint READY System, Control Spray Double Duty, Control Spray Plus/Max, and Flexio. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s compatible with your system call Wagner to confirm before you purchase this kit.
Wagner iSpray Front End Kit: What it is For
The Wagner iSpray system is designed to be upgraded to meet your needs when you need it. The Front End Kit is a special kit for upgrading older sprayer to the new system without having to buy a whole new sprayer.
The “front end” comprises of the paint cup, nozzle housing, air cap, and needle. This is the part that you twist-lock onto the gun trigger assembly. With different front ends at your disposal, you don’t have to worry about tips or nozzles for various paints or projects. This will work with the Wagner FLEXiO 890 and the Wagner MotoCoat models, as well as many other Wagner sprayers.
Wagner iSpray Features
Wagner’s iSpray lineup has some impressive qualities and features. For a DIYer looking for an upgrade without breaking the bank, this is it. Let’s take a look at the more impressive features.
Flow Rate Control
You can use a turn-dial to adjust the flow rate of your paint on the go. Without this feature, you have to stop spraying, remove the spray gun, and adjust the flow rate manually through the sprayer power box. With Wagner, it’s all available at your fingertips without having to slow down.
The X-Boost turbine uses fewer parts for more power. This allows you to spray thicker paint like latex, primer, and lacquer without the need for thinning. Just put the sprayer front end on your gun assembly and away you go.
Lock & Go Technology
The Lock & Go technology allows the front end systems to be swapped out. The gun doesn’t need to worry about the type of front end that is attached, as they all match up with their connections. A simple pull lock holds everything in place, and you are free to go and paint to your heart’s desire.
Like all Wagner accessories, the Front End kit comes with the same 1-year limited warranty. Should anything go wrong during normal use, Wagner will help you repair or replace it at no cost to you.
Wagner iSpray Front End Kit Advantages & Drawbacks
It is easy to see how the front end kits can be advantageous to your painting projects. But that doesn’t mean everything is perfect.
For the most part, the front end kit is just another part of the Wagner spray system. You still need to maintain and clean it, though this is made easier with the twist and remove aspect. However, with more pieces comes longer cleaning times. While it isn’t going to sway your decision, spending more time cleaning than you do painting isn’t a very appealing prospect.
You also have more parts to maintain and repair. When seals go out, you have to ensure you get the correct ones for your sprayer. Since the various front ends have different air caps, sizes, and hoses, you will need to spend more on replacement parts as each wears out.
iSpray Nozzle vs Detail Finish Nozzle
The iSpray nozzle is not the same as the Detail Finish nozzle. Don’t get them confused. The iSpray nozzle is designed for large jobs done quickly. It has a large air cap and orifice opening to allow you to spray primer and latex paints without thinning. The fan spread is wide, and coverage is enormous.
On the flip side, the Detail Finish is a more pinpoint sprayer. The fan and orifice opening is much smaller, and it is designed to get into nooks and crannies, awkward spots, and, as the name implies, do detailed work.
How to Connect a Wagner iSpray Nozzle to Wagner Spray Guns
Connecting your new front end is simple. With the Wagner twist-lock system you just grab the front end, rotates it 90 degrees and pull it off. To put the new front end on, you align it at 90 degrees and push it into place.
Then, like you did to remove it, rotate the front end until the paint cup is at the bottom. It will snap-lock in place and you are ready to paint. Some owner’s don’t like turning the paint cup sideways. That is okay, you can rotate the gun assembly instead of the front end if it makes you feel better. Either way, you aren’t going to spill any paint.
How to clean this Wagner iSpray Nozzle
Cleaning the front end is also made easy. You can remove the front end (see above) rinse and wipe the paint cup, and the entire front end can be submerged. If you have used water-based paint, cleaning with warm water and the included scrub brush is all you need. Oil-based painting will require mineral spirits.
Remove the air cap, nozzle and locking ring, the air cap seal, and the paint cup. Wash all parts, using the included brush to get in the various orifices and holes of all the parts. Rinse them clean and reassemble. It couldn’t be easier.
What Do Customers Have To Say About The iSpray Front End Kit?
Most people love the iSpray Front End Kit, from occasional DIY enthusiasts to professional painters.
Some customers have reported small cracks in their nozzle tips but Wagner has been incredibly good about replacing these nozzles and new orders now come with thicker nozzles.
Still, you should make sure to check the nozzle closely before you start using the sprayer so you can contact Wagner right away if there are any cracks.
Like any paint sprayer there is a learning curve with this machine and like most Wagner products this system doesn’t come with much in the way of instructional material, so it’s highly recommended that you check out some instructional videos online and do some test spraying on cardboard before starting any serious projects.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to thin the coating material when using this iSpray Nozzle?
For most applications, you will not need to thin your paint, primer, or lacquer. However, this won’t always be the case. Some paints and primers are thicker than others. If you do need to thin, though, you can thin less than the recommended amount. Generally, most latex paints and primers require a 1 cup water to 1-gallon paint thinning solution. With the iSpray nozzle, you can use less water per gallon.
If you already have a Wagner paint sprayer system and you need something with a more flexible tip for different types of projects, the iSpray Front End Kit is for you. Like other Wagner products, it is extremely high quality for the price.