Wagner Paint Crew 770 - Review
I'm sure most of us have used the standard wagner airless spray guns
You know the kind that have your arm numb before the first gallon is on the wall, the kind that basically define carpal tunnel.
I have owned two and bought the second one figuring that advances must have been made since I bought the last one, well I was wrong same drippy gun that covers you with almost as much paint as the wall.
I have 2 basements and two workshops to paint in the near future and decided to give wagner another shot. I bought the Wagner Paint Crew at Costco for $199 CDN figuring if it worked like the other guns I would put it back in the box and return it.
It is not going back.
I am really impressed with this unit. I have sprayed 10 gallons so far and absolutely love it.
The machine is simple to use and the learning curve is really short especially if you use an HVLP or conversion gun for your wood projects.
You definitely need a respirator because there is some overspray that tends to make the room a bit cloudy but not any more than an HVLP gun would do.
It is a good plan to keep a brush handy for the first few gallons to fix the sags that will occur as you get used to the gun, I had about 5 sags that occurred at the start of the strokes because I forgot to keep the gun moving or started the paint flow before starting the stroke. Just brush them out and the next coat will cover any brush marks.
The finish is beautiful, far better than any painting I have ever done.
The speed is also incredible, you can put a 5 gallon pail on the wall in less than 1 hr including beer breaks.
Cleanup is also a bunch easier than expected, pour any remaining paint from the hopper back into the can, dump some warm soapy water into the hopper swish it about and dump into waste bucket, more water and pump that through the hose and gun (spray tip removed), unscrew the gun by hand and clean the internal filter and you are done about 10 min to do a really good cleaning job.
The part that I found amazing was that the gun only had a dry white powder on it from the overspray, not the typical mess of the other style of gun. Even more amazing is that I didn't have to burn my clothes so LOML didn't find them, I walk into the house and she said " so you just used painting as an excuse to go drink beer eh", she would not believe that we primed the entire basement until I showed her.
My only complaint is that the hose is a bit stiff but that is only a factor when painting hallways, you have to watch where it is at all times or it will rub on the wall.