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Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Sprayer Review

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

Great Product

Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP

Reviewed by: Sean Masri

Last modified: Oct 21, 2020 @ 1:42 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

If you’re seeking a paint sprayer that’s simple to use for finishing work — the Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Sprayer could appeal. Adjustable settings make it appropriate for almost any small to medium project — doors, cabinetry, trim, fences or decking.

Even though it has a moderate price point, this unit comes with many features common to paint sprayers at the upper end of the scale.

  • Provides a smooth, professional finish.
  • Adjustability makes it useful for a variety of finer projects.
  • Can be used with materials varying in density.
  • Stationary base.

The Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Sprayer also includes all the accessories necessary: a pro-grade 1-quart metal cup, 1.5-quart plastic paint container, 20-foot hose and user manual.

Wagner has been manufacturing quality tools for both DIYers and professionals for over seven decades. The Wagner 0518080 is part of it’s Control Series line of HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) paint sprayers.

Pros:

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Straightforward to use — even for beginners.
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Stationery base — more forgiving on the arms.
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Delivers professional-looking results.
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Lock N Go function for hassle-free cleanup.
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Designed for precision and minimum overspray.
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Adjustable settings for even paint coverage.

Cons:

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Some paints may have to be thinned before use.
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Not suitable for larger tasks or vertical painting.

Features and Benefits of the Wagner Spraytech 0518080


Wagner believes it’s Spraytech 0518080 provides professional-looking results with a design simple enough for beginners to use. An examination of the features will show if that’s true.

Stationary Base


This unit weighs in excess of 10 pounds, which is mainly down to the motor. In my mind, even the Incredible Hulk would have difficulty wielding this sprayer around for any length of time. Hence, why Wagner has opted for a stationary base — meaning you only have to hold the spray head and cup, not the entire unit.

As a result, you won’t tire as easily, and you’ll be able to get more painting done. The Wagner 0518080 is also a corded, electric paint sprayer, so there’s no worry of recharging or a dead battery.

20-Foot Flexible Hose


As we’ve seen, Wagner acknowledges and takes care of the weight issue. However, they’ve gone a step further in the convenience department — by including a super-lengthy flexible hose.

Incorporating a 20-foot hose into the mix, saves you from having to move the unit too often. This will cut out downing tools every five-minutes and allow you to finish the job faster. It also paves the way for those projects which require ladder-reaching coverage.

Easy to Use Sprayer


This paint sprayer is remarkably user-friendly to operate, which could appeal to budding DIYers new to the game. Set up is simple, and the directions are clear. You can use it with stains, sealers, latex paint, or oil-based paint.

To get started on your project with the Wagner 0518080:

  1. Twist the handle.
  2. Connect the hose between the pistol and the turbine.
  3. Transfer the paint into the basing.
  4. Select the desired spray pattern.
  5. Switch on the power, and it’s ready to go.

Cleaning and Maintenance


While we all love to get down and dirty with the fun of the project and the end result — the clean up is probably one thing we like the least.

However, the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Lock N Go system takes care of the aftercare. It also doesn’t comprise many components, which trims down on cleaning time.

If you’re using latex or water-based stain or paint, soapy water is sufficient. For oil-based materials, you will need to flush the sprayer through with mineral spirits.

Customizable Settings


The Wagner 0518080 offers three spray options — horizontal, vertical or diagonal, and adjustable flow. To change the pattern, simply align the nozzle and air cap to your preferred position.

The spray coverage width can also be altered from 0.5 to 12 inches — allowing you to cover surfaces of different sizes. Controlling air pressure is another handy feature. This lets you adjust the thickness of coverage and avoid overspray.

HVLP Technology


High-volume low-pressure sprayers (HVLP) provide smooth and even coverage by separating liquids into very fine particles. This gives a polished, professional look to your paint job. This sprayer has two air filters to ensure that the coverage is even.

HPLV paint sprayers are more efficient, with less paint overspray.

Metal Frame Cart and Long Hose


The sprayer comes complete with a durable metal-framed cart on wheels. This makes the device portable, letting you move through different areas with ease. A 50-foot hose means it’s a doddle to get at hard to reach places, even when up a ladder.

What do The Users Say?


Based on what I’ve seen from the Wagner 0518080, it’s a great product for smaller paint jobs. It’s a user-friendly unit and incorporates features that reinforce convenience. However, that’s just my view.

To ensure a fair representation, I’ve created a mini opinion poll from other reviews to establish what the regular users think of it.

It’s good news.

Users are satisfied with the Wagner 0518080. Even beginners have been able to use it successfully — straight out of the box. This sprayer is accurate and can do a great job in small spaces, without overspray. The paint sprayer works well with different liquids, although thicker paints may need to be diluted.

The sprayer is lightweight and easy to maneuver, which is the biggest pro associated with this product. You’ll be able to save so much time over using a paint brush or roller.

Some users found a potential niggle with the length of the power cord — as in, it could be longer for those outside projects. However, this could be remedied with a reliable extension cable.

If you want to do a touch of research yourself, you can read the reviews here.

Alternatives to Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP


Despite all its plus points, maybe you’ve determined that the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 won’t meet your exact needs. Perhaps you’re working on a large-scale project, and the Wagner doesn’t quite fit the bill. In that case, I’ve come up with some different suggestions for you.

Like the Wagner, this paint sprayer is electric and has three spray patterns to choose from. It’s also designed for the finer finishes — yet this is a handheld option.

  • Slightly lower price point than the Wagner spray painter.
  • Paint cup capacity is smaller (0.95-quart) compared to the Spraytech 0518080.
  • Tacklife only weighs 3 pounds, yet you must wield the entire unit.
This paint sprayer is a step up from the Wagner Paint Sprayer 0518080. This Wagner can handle larger projects, such as the exterior of a house. It also includes a Detail Finish Nozzle to achieve that professional look.

  • Higher price bracket than the Wagner 0518080.
  • Includes two nozzles, whereas the Wagner includes only one.
  • Spraytech 590 can be used for both larger projects and intricate paintwork.
This is an airless professional paint sprayer with an excellent reputation. The Graco can use unthinned paint, can be used for large projects, and incorporates a lengthy hose for maneuverability.

  • Higher price point than the Wagner 0518080.
  • Allows you to spray paint directly from the can or bucket.
  • Can support up to 50 feet of hose.
  • Designed for large projects.

Conclusion


The Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Sprayer is a simple but functional paint sprayer. It’s not taxing on the brain to use, even for a beginner.

The stationary base and lengthy hose combo means less weight for you to carry and less stopping time. It also reduces the chances of painting fatigue.

Granted, this sprayer is intended for the smaller projects — so if you’re looking for a Wagner unit that covers large areas, you may want to consider the FLEXiO 5000.

However, the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 does accommodate a variety of liquids — including stains and latex paints. This makes it suitable for any number of tasks. Whether you’re a professional or a DIYer, this paint sprayer will save you time and provide great results.

The FAQ

Can The Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Sprayer Be Used for Oil-Based Paints?
Yes. However, you must clean the unit thoroughly with mineral spirits after use. Soapy water is only sufficient for use with stains or latex paint.
How Can I Repair My Wagner Control Max?

If an issue arises with your machine, in the first instance check out my Wagner Troubleshooting guide.

What’s the Difference Between the Wagner Spraytech 0518080 and the Flexio 4000?

Although the appearance of these units is similar, the FLEXiO 4000 has a more powerful turbine and is designed for longer and larger projects. It can cover a wall 11 times faster than by painting with a brush.

Can This Wagner 518080 Model Be Used for Painting Ceilings?

No. Wagner does not recommend this unit due to the angle required for vertical painting. If you’re looking for a paint sprayer that accommodates ceilings, take a look at the Wagner Power Painter Plus Sprayer or the Wagner FLEXIO 2000 Sprayer.

What Is the Current Price of the Wagner 0518080 Control Max Hvlp Sprayer?
With its control finish nozzle, adjustable dial for paint flow and choice of paint pattern settings. The Wagner 0518080 is a paint sprayer for those fine detail projects. To find out the latest price, take a look here.

For general paint sprayer costings, check out my Paint Sprayer Cost Guide.

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