Video: Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayers

I love to paint. Yep, I actually enjoy the process of applying a layer of liquid color. And I’m pretty darn good at it. But I have a confession: I steer clear of power sprayers and mechanical rollers. They’re cumbersome, noisy and a pain to clean. When I paint, it’s just me, the roller and the brush.

So when Wagner invited me to test drive its new Flexio 570 and 590 sprayers, I politely accepted and showed up in my office wear, fully expecting to be handed a hazmat suit, a respirator and gloves and hearing protection. Well, that didn’t happen.*

That’s because these turbine-driven sprayers create almost no overspray, and they are 50-percent quieter than a buzz gun, which is great when you’re painting indoors. But these flexible Flexio sprayers also have enough power to handle large outdoor projects too, like decks, fences and siding. That power, combined with a new nozzle design allows the Flexio sprayers to apply un-thinned paint as well as transparent stains and clear sealers.

The Flexio 570 has two speed settings and costs $129. The Flexio 590 ($149) has variable speed settings and includes a detail finish nozzle for small projects. The Lock-n-go feature makes it easy to switch between nozzles.

One of my favorite features is that Wagner made this sprayer super simple to disassemble, clean and reassemble the parts. On the other the other hand. As with any power sprayer, one of my complaints is always the hand and wrist fatigue. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re maneuvering the tool and 1-1/2 quarts of liquid with your hand. The Flexio models felt heavy after a while, but they are not as heavy as typical hand sprayers.

To be honest, I’m not going to abandon my trusty old paint tools, but next time there’s a big project (or a fussy one) I’ll don my painting clothes, break out the Flexio sprayer and leave the hazmat suit on the shelf with the roller.

* A hazmat suit is not required, but office wear is not recommended for a real painting project – regardless of the chosen application method.

Watch a video review of these new paint sprayers from Wagner: