Wagner’s new lineup of paint sprayers includes the Flexio 5000 that makes DIY projects better. Aimed at painting larger home improvement projects faster while maintaining quality coverage, it comes with 2 iSpray nozzle heads, 1 larger for walls, rooms, decks and a smaller finishing sprayer for fine details and trim. We’ll tell you how using the Flexio 5000 went for us.
It may be somewhat daunting thinking about using a paint sprayer for the first time. Don’t be intimidated, it’s very easy to use and you’ll figure out the finer details the first time you use it.
Wagner’s new Flexio 5000 is their flagship prosumer paint sprayer. The floor standing motor and 11.2 ft air hose allow you to extend your reach easily and conveniently without carrying the extra weight.
Features Wagner’s X-Boost Turbine motor which resides inside the carry case. The Flexio 5000 case has an external air hole that the included 11.2 ft hose attaches to.
Close the lid, attach the hose, attach the sprayer head to the handle, adjust material and airflow rate to fine tune performance. The main power button on the box enables power, while the power lever toggles the unit on/off.
The Flexio 5000 Sprayer put out a very smooth professional consistent finish free of drips or brush marks.
The Flexio 5000 includes a larger sprayer for larger surfaces, fences, walls, decks, cabinets, exterior siding. A smaller detail sprayer works well as a finishing sprayer on things like railing posts, trim and smaller items or areas. It’s small and does a good job, it’s not as small as an airbrush pen but performs well to paint smaller surfaces. At the proper distance the detail sprayer provides a smooth approximately 3″ area of coverage with low overspray.
Wagner SprayTech Corp has provided the new Flexio 5000 Paint Sprayer as a courtesy so that we could provide review coverage for our readers.
Wagner recommends the Flexio 5000 for use with:
- Exterior Latex
- Interior Latex
- Wood Sealers
- Chalk/Milk Paints
- Lacquers / Urethanes
- Solid Stain
Our painting project was indoors and decided to give the rollers a break and try out the sprayer indoors. The ultimate goal is eventually to re-sheetrock what the previous owner decided cover with the 60’s cheap wood paneling; It was a quicker more immediate solution to brighten up the room. You can spackle the grooves in the paneling if the mounting is solid to hide the paneling a little better if you so choose.
Tips for Using the Flexio 5000
- You’ll want to make sure you vacate the room of anything or cover them.
- Make sure you wear a proper painters mask and eye protection.
- Make sure the room is well ventilated.
- Ensure you are purchasing the right type of paint for the sprayer, consider thinning the paint just slightly.
- Adjust the airflow and paint flow dials according to the Wagner suggested settings. Test spray if necessary but you can test and adjust on the fly for the most part. If you are finding too much overspray simply lower the airflow dial a tad and try again.
- For optimal results Wagner suggests about 4-6 inches distance from the wall, if you move too far away you’ll find the coverage will get thin/sparse. If you go too close you’ll get some build up.
- Position yourself with good footing and centered to the area you are spraying. Use controlled, steady, consistent passes. Try not to arc/pendulum your passes too much, but rather try and move your arm and body in order to stay 4-6 inches away from the painting surface.
- Be aware that the hose at 11.2 ft is more than enough for most interior walls but it may not be long enough for the base unit to stay on the ground while you paint the highest portions of your home’s exterior and may need to be temporarily placed on an elevated platform.
Mask, Mask and then Mask some more
Whatever time you spend cutting corners masking you’ll make up for 3 fold wiping down after you use the sprayer. That said, if you take the time to mask well the results will show. So take the time to properly mask an area with painters blue tape and some newspaper to extend the protection. The overspray is reduced some from our Flexio 890 paint sprayer but make no mistake, this is a sprayer gun and you WILL get overspray as well as some airborne paint particles.
One of the main differences on the Flexio 5000 from the Flexio 890 is the iSpray tips. The Flexio 5000 has redesigned the iSpray tips to be more efficient, produce less overspray and has been reduced in pieces for easy cleaning and reassembly.
We used a paint sprayer compatible primer in the large iSpray Nozzle head with excellent results. The primer didn’t require any thinning and output was very consistent. The application was smooth and we did not experience much or any build up to affect the spray pattern. Very pleased.
We are using an acrylic based egg shell finish white paint and though the container states it’s sprayer compatible, it could have used a tiny bit of thinning. Here’s where we experienced some build up and found that we needed to wipe the nozzle every so often to maintain a good smooth and consistent spray.
Remember this is paint, so if you take a break the paint will begin to dry on the nozzle tip. There are other holes there for airflow that help direct the spray, these will occasionally get clogged as well and they need to be free of obstruction.
Keep a rag/paper towel nearby and wipe it clean. If it really builds up, it’s easy enough to take the nozzle tip off and wash it with warm/hot water or pick clean the holes. The smaller sprayer head or detail sprayer will build up more often than the larger spray head. It may be necessary to thin the paint depending on the thickness of the paint you are using.
Wagner provides a general settings chart for reference that states you should be between 9-11 setting on material flow and 6-8 airflow power, this seemed to be the sweet spot. Too much airflow and the overspray gets too much, not enough and the paint bunched up more on the nozzle more often.
If you are thinning the paint, be sure to follow the paint manufacturers recommendations on what to thin the paint with and how much.
We were very pleased with the finish that the Wagner 5000 sprayer puts out. The sprayer is easy to use and produces smooth professional results without the need for any training.
It can certainly be used indoors but be prepared to wipe down your entire room as the sprayer may cause fine mist to form a dusty paint particle layer over the room. Ideally you’ll want to use this outdoors but it IS possible to use indoors, especially the detail sprayer. You’ll want to be conservative with the larger iSpray Nozzle and realize the smaller iSpray nozzle is a detailer and won’t get you far painting larger surface areas.
That’s a Wrap
Wagner’s new Flexio 5000 paint sprayer makes it easy and convenient to achieve professional results for your home. The prosumer paint sprayer comes with a large and small iSpray head to paint anything from small to large with control and efficiency. The all-in-one unit is self-contained, easy to use, easy to clean and packs neatly back into the case when you’re done. Ideal for exterior projects as well as some interior projects, the Flexio 5000 paint sprayer can save you time give you that pro finish you are looking for.
Wagner Flexio 5000 Paint Sprayer $189.99