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.
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.
How Does The Procoat Compare With Other Wagner Models?
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?
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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this sprayer easy to set up & use?
The setup and use of the Wagner sprayer are straightforward. However, the process can be time-consuming. Wagner includes a garden hose attachment that helps the cleaning process. For daily cleaning, you will need to do a little more than run hose water through the system.
Remove the tips, air caps and nozzles and hand clean the entire gun assembly. If you have been using latex paints, warm soapy water will work fin, for oil-based paints, you will want to use mineral spirits. When using the system, you will need to use a consistent back and forth stroke pattern, overlapping the spray patterns.
For best results, start the spray motion before pulling the trigger and release the trigger before you stop the movement of the gun.
How often do I need to clean a Wagner Pro Coat Sprayer?
You should expect to clean your Wagner sprayer after every use. In addition, if you leave the sprayer after painting, for over an hour, you will need to clean it first. Paint cures in the tubes, hoses, and gun pieces, which can cause clogs or severe performance issues.
To clean the gun for temporary reprieves, you can flush the system with the garden hose attachment. When you are done for the day, you will need to follow the cleaning details in the owner’s manual. In short, after a water flush, you will need to disassemble the air caps and nozzles and hand clean the system.
Does this sprayer work fine with latex?
This sprayer is designed for more commercial applications of paint, including interior latex paints. As long as you ensure you are using the proper tips, the Wagner sprayer won’t have any issues with latex paints.
How to best store a Wagner ProCoat sprayer?
When not in use (and after proper cleaning), the best way to store the system is packaged as it came when you ordered it. While you don’t need to return all the components to the original packaging, gun and hose storage should be done in a proper tool bag or storage box.
The motor and turbine assembly can be placed in a closet or garage, but it is best to cover the unit to protect it from dust and debris build-up.
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.