Wagner Double Duty HVLP Sprayer, Model# 0518050
I've had my Wagner Double Duty sprayer for about four months. It works good on small jobs. railings , chairs, things like that. It's not for big jobs, Say you want to paint your house then the Wagner Double Duty sprayer is not going to work, it's faster to roll on the paint.
June 2, 2010
Works well if you do your homework
I did a fair amount of web research before using the Control Spray Double Duty.. after reading reviews on other sites I'm glad I did. With the proper prep work and techniques this spray gun has worked quite well for us.
Yes, the paint needs to be very thin.. not quite 'water thin' but definitely thin. On average plan on 4 parts paint to one part water (or whatever thinner you're using).. at least for average latex paint using the CS Double Duty model. I understand with the original (and less powerful) Control Spray it's closer to 2:1. A viscosity tester comes with the painter.. a small funnel type cup that you dip into the paint, and then time how long it takes for the paint to flow out the bottom. There's a chart in the instructions that will tell you what the time should be for various types of paints (oils, varnish, stains).. but mine at least didn't include times for latex paints. Approx 60-65 seconds worked well for us.
We strained the paint each and every time we filled the paint cup. Debris, dust, hair.. tiny specks of who knows what floating in the air can land in your paint and clog the gun and stop or weaken the flow. We did have to experiment a few minutes with distance and speed to get the right coverage, but there was no spitting or clogging at any time, and the spray was fine and even. There was very little overspray.
Cleanup is easy, but must be done each time you stop spraying. The gun does heat a bit, and the paint is so thin it will 'bake' onto the innards if you let it sit.. so if you need to wait 20 or 30 minutes (or longer) for a coat to dry before you put down your next one, you'll have to clean the gun in the meantime. Luckily, it's easy and fast.. there are actually very few parts to clean.. and takes less than 5 minutes once you've done it a time or two. For latex, lukewarm water and soap was all that was needed.
Be prepared to take some time.. we found that numerous thin coats, with strokes that overlapped about 60% worked best.. at least for our project. We just finished painting our kitchen cabinets.. an excruciating and painstaking process, made considerably easier once we purchased the Control Spray Double Duty. It took some experimentation but we achieved beautiful, mirror-smooth finishes on all our cabinets and drawers. Again, this took time and effort.. but was definitely worth it. We plan on using the CS Double Duty to do a set of louver doors next, and to stain our back deck this summer.
February 16, 2010