I get lots of questions about paint sprayers – what do I use, how they work, how to troubleshoot them, etc… I know how intimidating paint sprayers can be – I’ve been there. I’ve felt that feeling. Not only do you want to be sure you’re using the sprayer correctly, but you also want to be sure that you don’t ruin the piece of furniture (or set of kitchen cabinets) that you’re updating. Today I’m here to show you a paint sprayer made simple for the DIYer – a sprayer that will get the job done, but is easy to use right out of the box. This post is sponsored by Wagner – but all opinions are my own and based upon my own experience.
Let me preface this post by saying that my first paint sprayer was a Wagner HVLP Conversion Gun, and it’s what I used to paint my kitchen cabinets. The very first time I ever painted kitchen cabinets. The paint sprayer I use now is a Titan Capspray 95 HVLP system (Titan is owned by Wagner), so suffice to say, I am a fan of Wagner, and use their products every week. So, sharing a DIY spray setup from Wagner isn’t a stretch for me. I know them, I love them, I trust them.
So I was tasked with painting a piece of furniture with their Flexio 4000 paint sprayer. Challenge accepted. Do I have a piece of furniture in mind for this project? Oooooh yes.
Remember this dresser? It was a hot mess with a lot of potential that I picked up at an estate sale, um, last year. It just needed some TLC and a purpose. Don’t we all? It appeared as though it had been re-stained in some sort of reddish color, and just wasn’t looking very good. But it’s solid, and the style is classic.
Let me just tell you how excited I am to share how easy this sprayer is to use. If there was a “Paint Sprayer for Dummies” this would be it, because it really is super simple. The Wagner Flexio 4000 is similar to my commercial HVLP setup in that it has a separate turbine that powers the sprayer. So, no need for an air compressor – it’s all contained into one unit. What does this mean to you? You don’t need to worry about the pressure settings on the spray gun and air compressor. The pressure setting is set on the turbine unit (with an easy dial that goes from Minimum to Maximum), and the material flow (i.e., the flow of your paint or primer) is controlled at the gun, as is your spray pattern and size. It comes with two different nozzles – one for larger projects, one for smaller projects and fine finishing.
Let me illustrate. Here is the dial for the material flow:
Here is the dial for the pressure level:
Here is the nozzle itself. You can change the direction of your spray pattern by turning this yellow piece.
And this red dial adjusts the size of your spray pattern.
While I did read the directions (as we all should), I could have figured out how to use this sprayer right out of the box. It’s all very self-explanatory. And I like that. I need that.
I started out by just spraying water, just to get the feel for the settings, but after that, it was go time. Before you spray the paint on your furniture, do a test spray on a piece of cardboard so that you can make sure the settings are where you want them.
I did two coats of paint on this piece, and experimented a bit, thinning one coat, but not thinning the second coat, and this sprayer could handle both of them with ease. This sprayer is light, produced very little overspray and is easy to control and adjust to get the settings just right.
You can see a video of this sprayer in action here – Wagner Flexio Video Demo
Here it is after just one coat of paint.
The paint color is called Phoenix Fossil, by PPG, and I used PPG Breakthrough on this piece of furniture.
The hardware got a good cleaning, and I was able to bring it back to its former glory.
And here is the dresser now:
Looking at this piece, you would never know if I used my commercial sprayer or the Wagner Flexio sprayer, right? The finish is smooth and gorgeous. This dresser was completely transformed, and it’s proof positive that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a sprayer to get professional results.
I hope this helps to take some of the fear out of spraying. It doesn’t have to be scary, and I promise you if you start using a sprayer, you won’t want to paint any other way!