Wagner Spraytech Control Spray Review

Wagner Spraytech 0518080 spray gun

Paint Sprayers helps you decide on the right device for your projects with our detailed review of the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray. This paint sprayer comes from the esteemed Wagner Spraytech, first established in 1947. The company has been developing electrical paint-spraying equipment since the 50s and have created some of the innovative designs today. Is this corded paint sprayer the equipment for you? Read our review below and find out.

Wagner Spraytech Control Spray

Product Specification

The Wagner Spraytech Control Spray is a high volume, low pressure device meant for controlled home projects, as demonstrated by its features.

Weight: 11.2 pounds

Cup Capacity: The Control Spray comes with two cups, a 32-ounce metal cup and a 45-ounce plastic cup.

Fan Pattern Size: Minimum of half an inch and a maximum of 12 inches

Flow Rate: Maximum of 7 gallons an hour

Pressure Rating: 2.7 PSI

Voltage: 110 volts

Compatible With: Oil and water-based paints, acrylic paint, latex paint, varnish, stains, lacquering agents, sealers, urethanes. The device is not built to support elastomeric paint.

The Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray also comes with a few nifty features that make it a versatile addition to your toolset.

Different spray patterns allow for different designs and makes it useful for a variety of projects. The device comes with three settings for spray patterns. You simply change the alignment of the nozzle, making it easy to switch with different patterns. The three air settings are horizontal oval spray, vertical oval spray, and a circular spray pattern. 

Different air pressure control lets the device process both thick and thin painting materials. These settings can be fine-tuned for the material of your choice. Its two-stage turbine is more than capable or atomizing materials with different levels of viscosity. 

Pros of Wagner Spraytech

Wagner Spraytech’s device comes with many advantages should you choose to make it a part of your tools.

20-foot hose connecting the spray gun and the main body of the device ensure you can cover a lot of ground without dragging its weight around. Whether you have to climb a ladder to access a patch of wall or to get to the ceiling, you’ll have an easy time with Wagner Spraytech’s Control Spray.

Different materials can be atomized and sprayed by the device. Thanks to the two-stage turbine and the versatility of the spray gun, whether you’re using a thicker material such as latex paint or a thinner material like water-based paints, this paint sprayer can handle it.

Thorough filters prevent contamination from dirt and dust. Thanks to two air filters, Wagner Spraytech ensures you achieve a smooth, clean finish on your projects.

Ease of use. The instructions provided in its user manual make it a great first device for newbie home improvement enthusiasts. Not to mention that the device can be quickly assembled, making it easier for you to begin painting and to get the job done.

Compact design makes it comfortable to lug around the house. While the entire device weighs a little over 11 pounds, the 20-foot hose connecting the main body to the gun means you can spray comfortably without carrying the entire thing. If you need to help a friend with their own home improvement projects, you can easily transport the paint sprayer in the backseat of your car.

Cons of Wagner Spraytech

Even though it’s a useful device the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray does come with a few disadvantages.

Small reservoir capacity means you’re going to have to refill several times if you’re painting a large area.

Noise is also an issue, particularly if you’re planning on working next to it for a long period. You may need earmuffs or noise-cancelling headphones. 

Short power cord is also a problem. Although the hose is 20 feet long, you may need to use several extension cords if you’re working on an outdoor project. 


So what are our final thoughts on this device? Well, Wagner Spraytech designed the device to only be suited for home projects and not scaled for commercial use. The small reservoir capacity attests to this. With the short power cord, it’s going to be a challenge to use for spray painting outdoor installations like fences and walls. The reservoir also makes it difficult to use for larger areas.

However, it’s 20-foot hose makes it unparalleled in terms of reach when used indoors. If you’re only planning on small projects such as window or door repainting, it’s a great machine. When you’re looking for a new device to add to your home improvement tools, the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray is an excellent addition, provided you have a couple of extension cords. Take a look at our detailed analysis of other top paint sprayers on the market.


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