Introduction: Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer Review
Paint projects can often be very intimidating if you have to do them by hand. It can be very time-consuming, exhausting and messy (the latter of which simply adds to the burden of the other two problems). In order to get your job done quickly and effectively, you might want to seriously consider a paint sprayer.
There are many different types of paint sprayers, the likes of which fall into three primary categories: air-based, airless and high-volume-low-pressure (HVLP). In this article, we are going to be covering a very powerful and versatile HVLP paint sprayer in the Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer.
First, we’ll give you a comparison of how the 590 stands up against similar competitors. Than, we’ll give you our thoughts about whether the Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer is a good fit for your painting jobs. Finally, we’ll give you a quick rundown on HVLP sprayers by comparing them to their air-based and airless counterparts.
Now that you have an idea of what HVLP sprayers do and why they are useful, we can now dive into what the Wagner 590 is all about. This model is the “big brother” version of it’s predecessor the 570, and we will discuss the differences between the two in a later segment.
The benefits that the 590 presents rest on the specific features that this model has. In order to grade these features, we will highlight the following:
- Power & Speed
Pros & Cons
Normally speaking, we would save the pros and cons for last. However, we’re placing them before the features because understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the machine can help you better recognize what the value of each feature is.
- Lightweight and easy to transport.
- X-Booster Turbine allows you to work with unthinned materials.
- Finishes jobs 10x faster than brushing.
- Has 10 Speed Settings and iSpray Nozzle with 2-way spray adjustments.
- Highly durable.
- Prone to overspray if not used properly.
- Has the potential to clog.
The features present with the 590 are quite substantial, and offer ease and convenience that many of you are looking for in a paint sprayer. However, these features will also help you find the root of certain flaws and how they can be resolved.
Power & Speed – X-Booster Turbine
One of the key features that makes the 590 and its predecessor standout is the power and speed that the machine offers. With the special X-Booster Turbine, this sprayer utilizes an impressive 65,000 RPM that allows you to not only finish jobs 10x faster than brushing, but provides the power you need to used unthinned materials with it.
This speed and power offers you the ability to create superior finishes with this product. However, the power of this machine also produces a greater risk of overspray. Many users blame this problem on the power and design of the machine, but it can actually be due to improper use of the machine.
In order to make the most out of this machine, you should be aware of how to use to features in the most beneficial way. In order to do this, you want to understand the adjustment settings that the 59 carries.
Adjustability – Speed Settings, iNozzle Sprayer and Fine Finishing Nozzle
In addition to the impressive power, the Wagner 590 carries an equally valuable degree of adjustment settings. These adjustment factors allow the 590 to be useful in a large number of different projects, making it an incredibly versatile machine.
- 10 Speed Settings – While the Wagner is built to be extremely fast, it can be equally valuable to lower the speed for different scenarios and materials. With over 10 different speed settings, you have a large degree of control over how you apply your paint and stains.
- iNozzle Spray Technology – The iNozzle Spray is a patented technology that allows for 60% more airflow during spraying. In addition, its 2-way adjustment settings allow to to change the direction of spray and the width of spray.
- Fine Finish Nozzle – While this sprayer is generally meant for large-surface projects, the 590 includes a Fine Finish Nozzle for precision finishing and coverage. This is extremely useful for furniture and tight spaces that might not be easy to access with the normal nozzle.
If you can learn to find which settings are best for different materials, then you should not have problems with the overspray or clogging. Make sure to thoroughly read and understand the users manual to avoid unnecessary problems.
Durability is often overlooked, but is critically important when purchasing a spray painter. If your machine were to break while if you accidentally dropped it or hit it against a hard surface, the result could be massive delays to your projects.
The 590 is made with non-wearable parts that designed to last for a long time. Not only are they resistant to damage due to accidents, but the materials are made to withstand the rigors of prolonged use.
If you are going to use the Wagner for large projects, you want to make sure the weight of the machine is easy to handle. The Wagner is very lightweight, and as an added bonus Wagner included a carrying case for the machine for easy transport
As you can see, the Wagner 590 offers a lot of versatility, power and speed that is hard to match. However, how does this machine stack up to others in its field?
The predecessor of the 590, the Flexio 570 is the “little brother” to the 590. In many ways they are identical, using the same X-Booster technology and iNozzle Sprayer. They are also both very lightweight, and the 570 is $20 less.
There is a good reason for this lower price, however. Unlike the 590, the 570 only has two speed settings. This makes the 570 less versatile than its upgraded version, and does not have the same Fine Finish tool. So you don’t get the added precision that comes with the 590.
To add, it is slower at 8x the speed of brushing, which may only seem slightly less than the 590’s 10x. However, if the 570 takes 4 hours to complete a job, the 590 only takes 3 hours and 12 minutes to finish the same job. The 570 is still a very good model, but the 590 is the upgrade for a reason.
The HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer is another sprayer with similarities to the 590. Like the 590, it is made to be used with nearly any type of material. It is also very lightweight, and is less money generally.
However, it is outmatched in a number of areas by the Wagner. The 590 can adjust spray widths to nearly a foot, but this model only allows for 6 inches. It is also quite a bit more limited in what jobs you can perform with it, as the power of the machine is not comparable.
If the 590 is the big brother of the 570, the Super Finish is the big brother of HomeRight’s Finish Max painter. Just like the previous model it requires no thinning for materials and is lightweight. However, unlike the previous models, it comes with 6 spraying tips that allow you to adjust the spray width to 12 inches.
However, there are no speed settings like it’s predecessor. And its power is maxed out at 34,000 RPM, which is 31,000 less than the 590.
With all things considered, we believe the Wagner Flexio 590 Paint Sprayer is a worthwhile choice choice for HVLP paint sprayers. Like its predecessor, it offers a powerful and speedy spray that can finish your jobs quickly.
However, it includes greater control capabilities that allow you to prevent overspray and clogging. With the Fine Finish Nozzle, you have the added bonus of precision spraying. The qualities are what set the Wagner apart, and we believe it it worth you taking a serious look at it.
HVLP Paint Sprayers: What You Need To Know
If you are here, you are obviously looking to gain some help with you painting projects. However, you might be new to painting, and may not even know what an HVLP paint sprayer is. Heck, you might not even really know how any paint sprayer really works.
To give you a hand, we’re going to first go over two different types of paint sprayers: air-based and airless. Why would we bother explaining these types when the Wagner is HVLP? Well, by understanding these two types you can better recognize the convenience that HVLP sprayer offers.
Air-Based And Airless Paint Sprayers
Before we begin, it helps to know that the Wagner is technically an airless, HVLP paint sprayer. HVLP paint sprayers can actually be broken up into airless and air-compressor-based systems, but we will touch on that later. There are features that differentiate HVLP sprayers from standard air-based and airless models. Which we will be discussing in this section.
Air-Based Paint Sprayers
Air-based paint sprayers as their name implies, use air to create pressure that forces paint through a spraying hose. In order to operate this kind of machine, the sprayer must be attached to an air compressor.
You can imagine that this kind of model has its drawbacks. First, while these sprayers are usually inexpensive, the additional costs of an air compressor make them rather pricey. Moreover, air compressors are often extremely hard to transport.
An additional obstacle with this type of sprayer is the pressure. These models produce relatively low pressures for the paint spraying. While this low pressure is adequate for layering, it also allows the paint to mix with the air as it sprays. This can results in bubbles or flaws in your paint finish. In addition, the low pressures aren’t very adequate for thin liquids.
As you can see, there are some obvious drawbacks with the air-based models. However, airless models offer certain advantages that air-based models do not, and they are often more popular for DIY projects.
To start, airless paint sprayers, as the name implies, do not require air to operate them. Instead, airless sprayers pump paint with concentrated streams of pressure. These pressure are far stronger than the ones with air-based models, at upwards of 3,000 psi.
Due to this difference in operation, airless models solve a lot of problems that arise with air-based sprayers. First, because airless models are not attached to heavy, accessory equipment, they are often portable. Secondly, the spraying tips that airless models use are designed to spray material in an even, fanning pattern.
The pressure and tip designs allow airless models to apply thin liquids and extremely smooth finishes on paint jobs. Because the paint is so heavily pressurized, there is no room for it to mix with air and cause the blemishes that arise with air-based models.
However, the benefits of the high-pressure function of airless sprayers comes with its share of drawbacks as well. To begin, the extreme pressures that this model generates make them prone to breaking and damaging thin metals, glass and penetrating human skin.
In addition, the pressure makes these units somewhat hard to control. It can take considerable practice to make sure that you can operate these machines effectively. Lastly, these machines are considerably more expensive than air-based models, ranging from $200 – $1000.
HVLP Sprayers: The Low-Pressure Solution
Airless sprayers can be very convenient and can offer superior painting finishes. However their pressure can make them terribly unsafe, and they can often lead to intense waste.
In order to solve this conundrum, HVLP sprayers take a different approach to the paint spraying in a way that combines the benefits of both systems. Air-based models do not have the fine-finishing ability of airless models, but the low pressure allows paint to layer well. Airless models have the ability to operate with thin liquids and create crisp finishes, but their pressure leads to waste and risk of damaging materials.
HVLP sprayers work in a way that allows you to have the finishing capacity of an airless model while ensuring that your paint sticks and doesn’t waste as atomized vapor. It uses a high volume of air to aerosolize the paints or stains you are using.
The use of air, like with an air-based model, creates a low-pressure spray. This allows the aerosolized spray to cover the material it is sprayed on. Instead of being blasted so forcefully that it bounces off the materials, HVLP models reduce overspray by remaining low on the pressure.
Conversion models utilize air compressors. Though on the market these models are called dedicated sprayers; where an internal turbine produces aerosolized materials. Dedicated sprayers are considered airless models, and like airless models they offer convenience and superior finishing capabilities. The only difference is that HVLP machines are easier to control, create far less overspray and don’t carry the risk of breaking other materials.