Wagner usually gets much more negative criticism than necessary. You generally get what you pay for, and Wagner paint sprayers are usually much cheaper. That’s why these products are for casual painters. If you want professional work, you should be looking to buy professional products.
Despite this, the Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer got surprisingly good reviews so I had to try it out for myself. My reaction? It’s not bad. I don’t think I’d recommend it over a few other models. In any case, you can still use it well. Just practice and follow my advice. Otherwise, you’re going to hate it.
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Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer Review
If you don't own an air compressor, this paint sprayer is awesome. It worked well once I figured out how wet the joint compound should be...
- Cheap (less than $100)
- No air hose to lug around
- Heavy (hey, a free workout!)
- Not ideal for huge projects like painting the house
- Can get messy
- Heavy (I don’t want to work out!)
Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer: Technical Information
The Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer is highly convenient because you do not need to lug around air hoses or anything of the sort. It loses some of that power, but in return, you get convenience. Despite this, it’s still pretty heavy, especially when it’s full of mud. If you plan on doing an entire room, because of its weight, you will get a free workout. That might be a positive quality if you think about it. You can even reach ceiling if you wanted to, but it should be used for smaller projects like a cabinet.
Assembly is as simple as it gets so it’s great for people who aren’t used to doing home improvement work.
This model comes with three different-sized nozzles (large, medium, small) to help control the texture. This isn’t ideal, but it can work.
With the “variable-flow trigger”, you can achieve three different textures. Always try them out before applying to see what they look like. Depending on the nozzle and variable-flow trigger, you can get widely different results. This image below can give you an idea (picture is from Amazon):
Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer: Minor Problems/Advice
This model does not have the same output as other compressor units. That’s to be expected since it sacrificed power for convenience. However, at the same time, that means you cannot use this for big projects unless you’re willing to spend a really long time. As a result, the Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer is only recommended for quick and small projects.
Unlike the other Wagner models, you cannot adjust pressure. In other words, there is a higher chance of overspraying. To alleviate this problem, you do get three different-sized nozzles, but as stated previously, this solution isn’t really ideal.
It can get messy with the paint oozing out of the nozzle and onto the trigger. It’s good to stop once in a while to clean out the nozzle. Otherwise, the dried mud will accumulate and hinder the process in the long run.
Another thing to note is that you must use very thin mud. Not following this golden rule will lead to a lot of trouble with this sprayer.
It’s loud. Get ear plugs. You have been warned.
The texture is not completely smooth, but at the same time, you can’t expect professional results from a $90 product. At these prices, you are getting products that simply do the job.
Finally, practice before you start using it. Each sprayer is different so you have to “re-learn” how to use a new sprayer by practicing.
Wagner Spray Tech 520000 Power Tex Texture Sprayer: Conclusion
Overall, this paint sprayer is decent, but I wouldn’t say it’s that great. It gets messy. It’s loud. You have to use really thin mud, and it’s heavy. On the other hand, the results aren’t bad. You don’t need to lug around a air hose, and it’s compact so that you can store it away easily.
The Wagner Spray Tech is something I’d recommend if you want a quick paint job done. Otherwise, I’d stick to something else. If you do want to buy it, always go to Amazon. It has the cheapest prices for literally any product in the world. Just click the buy now button at the bottom to go to the product page.