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Wagner Power Painter Review & Giveaway

September 19, 2011 | 125 Comments | Contests, Paint, Tool Time
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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?

New tools.


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.

While it did take some quality time with the hose to get everything cleaned out, disassembling the sprayer wasn’t hard at all. Here she is in all her pieces.

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.


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  • Nate

    Well just so happens I bought 5 gallons of primer to begin painting my 1940s virgin brick bungalow. I have never painted brick and the thought of putting multiple coats on with a roller and paint brush..with all those mortar lines and uneven bricks….well makes me pee a little. This may be the answer!

  • Jeff

    Working on a kitchen renovation and need to paint the cabinet doors!

  • Anna B

    Oh I have a lot that could use paint! Like a headboard, some kitchen cabinets….the list goes on!

  • Schmidty

    I’ve got an upstairs deck and the outdoor stairs leading up to it that are super weathered with old faded paint that I would love to repaint. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome sprayer!

  • Sarah

    I may or may not have put off painting the garage (which is light green) for more than a year after the house was resided (which is a deep blue). Too many other, more interesting, things to do. *Sigh*

  • Ginny

    A better question for me….what doesn’t need paint? Our house is white…white on the outside, white on the garage, white in all of the rooms except for one we painted a lovely deep orange (oh…and the dining room, which for some unexplained reason was the only non-white room when we moved in…it’s pink).

  • Connie

    We have some bookshelves and a couple of rooms that could use some painting!

  • Danielle

    my cabinets, bath, and kitchen, NEED this sprayer in their life! there’s also some furniture that looks a little sally jesse raphael and could benefit from some paint.

  • Tara F

    What needs a little paint?? Everything…. :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Kelly

    I just moved into a new home, so the better question would be, “What does not need to be painted?”

  • Rachelle

    What needs paint in my life? How about my whole house…

  • carrie @ brick city love

    I was JUST researching this exact tool. I need to paint a ceiling with wicked detailed moldings and it’ll be a giant PITA with a brush. Please please please please please! :)

  • Marilynn F

    I have 14 interior doors, one exterior door, and a double-wide garage door to paint. The Wagner Power Painter would sure come in handy!!

  • Melissa G

    Our ceilings need a huge amount of paint as does both of my daughter’s rooms.

  • Mercedes

    Planning to convert the enclosed side porch into my office. The “ceiling” is a mish mash of board sized. All raw wood. Can you imagine how delightful it would be to spray them! Fingers crossed!

  • Cindy S.

    Everything inside and outside my house needs to be painted, including the furniture!


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    that have to be taken into account. Since that
    initial visit I return frequently to the Goodwill store
    seeking out new furniture pieces that are candidates for refinishing.
    I’ve assembled some pictures upon it, but also some childhood artifacts:
    an old atomizer perfume bottle that Grandma had on her vanity,
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  • Ambassador Painting

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  • Ookami San

    There are so many projects I could use this for, but I think the first one would be the chair rail for my daughter’s bedroom.

  • Juan S. Scott

    All of everything needs paint. I would paint just about everything in my house!

  • custome writing

    This is truly one of the most powerful airbrush! and it copes well with large volumes! they recently painted house and garage, I was pleased

  • Gallop

    This was the most helpful I have seen of all with step by step info thanks

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