UPDATE: The contest has ended and the winners are announced below.
Even though I’ve been building things like crazy over the last couple of months, you may have noticed a lot of that work has been done on “things that are not the house.” I’ve been out of my groove with the house-finishing lately, but I have to give a shout out to the folks at Wagner SprayTech for giving me an excellent reason to get back in the game.
I mean, you know what the reason was, right?
I literally held this thing in my hands and did a little happy dance in the living room when I took it out of the box, which I think conveyed my enthusiasm to an appropriate (if awkward) degree.
Oh, I don’t know… maybe because of this.
(Go ahead and laugh at that half-assed masking job I did… the painting was a last minute thing on Sunday and I couldn’t wait to try out the new toy. )
So, let me tell you a couple of things about the Wagner PowerPainter Plus:
- It’s an airless sprayer. It requires an extension cord but not an air compressor.
- It’s capable of spraying 6 gallons an hour. To put that in perspective, my entire house can be covered in 6 gallons of paint.
- It has an adjustable head so you can spray side to side or up and down.
Here’s how my experience went…
After doing my enthusiastic happy dance (in full view of every car passing the house) I actually sat down and read the instructions. It comes with a “Quick Start Guide” which I love, because any more than 3 minutes with the manual and I’m just going to toss it and start playing with the tool anyway.
It comes with this pouring lid that fit over the paint can and made filling the cup easy. No thinning required.
Actually removing the cup from the sprayer at first was a little difficult. It almost required my patented two-hands-and-a-toe removal method, but I figured it out and it wasn’t as awkward once I got the hang of it.
I followed the directions and started by aiming at a piece of cardboard and holding the trigger for 10-20 seconds to get the paint flowing, and it was a little louder than I expected when I first turned it on, but quieted down when the paint started flowing.
The painter has adjustments for paint, stain, and everything in between. With this solid stain I set it about half way.
Then I got down to it.
This was the coverage for one “cup” full, without refilling.
With the sprayer full, it was a little hefty and I was afraid I was going to have to two-hand it the whole time while on the ladder, but I ended up being able to use one hand without difficulty. The grip and trigger fit my itty-bitty hands just fine.
As for how it worked overall:
- The coverage was great, although there was no way to tell when the cup was “empty” and once it got down to the bottom the sprayer threw out a few globs of stain. It was no big deal on the house, but I wouldn’t want that to happen on cabinets or furniture.
- The adjustable head worked well, I used it both vertically and horizontally.
- It was super quick and super easy to use.
- Clean up was a little bit of a pain, but I think you have that with any sprayer. Since I just did this one small section of house, I took twice as long cleaning the equipment as I did painting… however if the whole house was masked off and ready to go, I could have done two coats on the house in one day, easy. Which would totally be worth 30 minutes of cleanup.
Also, any time you’re using a sprayer you should wear a respirator, and possibly long sleeves if you don’t want to go to work Monday with green freckles down one half of your body. Ahem.
I forgot to take a picture between the “spraying” and “edging” steps, but here’s what this section of house looked like finished.
Well, obviously not all the way finished since you can see exactly where my tolerance for being at the top of an extension ladder ends. I’m leaving the peak for someone taller than myself.
Just a little bit more to go (on this side, at least)…
Get One For Yourself Winners I am definitely going to be having more furn with this thing in the future, and now you can give yourself instant green freckles too! Or, you know, paint something. Wagner is letting me give away two sprayers, which you can learn more about here.
How to enter:
Leave a comment telling me what needs a little paint in your life Contest ends Friday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM Winners are chosen randomly and will be announced Monday Sept 26th (we all have to look forward to something on Monday’s, right?)
This contest has ended and the lucky winners are:
Commenters #18 and #65 – Sarah and L. Congrats to both of you! (If you haven’t received an email from me yet… check your inbox.) Thanks to everyone for entering.