The handheld Wagner Flexio 590 paint sprayer is a complete handheld electric paint sprayer kit ideal for your home painting projects. It’s the slightly bigger brother to the Wagner 570 paint sprayer and the smaller brother to the Flexio 890.
It can be used on a variety of surfaces and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor jobs. The user-friendliness, portability and fantastic coverage of this small sprayer make it the go-to tool for all your painting jobs.
Here’s our full Wagner 590 review, who should buy it, what it can be used for and its main features.
First, let us start with the fact the handheld Wagner 590 sprayer comes with X-Boost Turbine technology which allows you to adjust the level of air power.
Using the X-Boost power dial, you can cover up to a 6-ft x 6-ft area in just 2 minutes.
The Wagner Flexio 590 HLVP paint sprayer is 50% quieter and 20% lighter than some of the best airless paint sprayers on the market.
You can adjust the spray pattern to either horizontal or vertical with a simple turn, paint wide or narrow strokes, spray all unthinned material with the iSpray nozzle for a roller-like finish on large projects and spray thinned materials using the Detail Finish nozzle for a smoother finish on detail projects.
These features among many others and its patented technologies distinguish it from other generic handheld paint sprayers on the market such as the HomeRight C800766.
Features you need to know about on the Wagner Flexio 590
The Flexio 590 feels and works like new even after several jobs. The kit comes with two spray heads. The smaller one is perfect for smaller painting with finer nozzle control, while the larger head paints large surfaces quickly.
Some of its noteworthy features are as follows :
Detail Finish Nozzle
The detail finish nozzle is what makes the Flexio 590 different and ideal for detail projects and finer finishes. Designed for thinner materials, such as oil-based stains and paints, it does not support thick materials. The detail finish nozzle leaves a smoother finish.
The Wagner Flexio 590 X-Boost Power Dial
The X-Boost power dial adjusts the level of air power produced by the turbine which allows for faster coverage and smoother finish, especially with thicker materials.
The Flexio 590 is equipped with a variable speed air power control (1-9). Low air power results in larger drops being sprayed from the gun. This gives a rougher finish.
You can learn more about X-Boost features in the official Wagner manual for the 590 model.
Material Flow Control
This sprayer has a knob on the cap of the gun. You can set the material flow by turning the knob. The material flow knob controls the amount of material that is sprayed from the gun. This is mainly used to adjust the spray gun to different paints, as watering down emulsion paint will need different power settings to an unthinned emulsion.
For thicker materials, it is recommended you start with the maximum material flow setting and then decrease the flow accordingly.
For thinner materials, you should gradually move upwards from the minimum material flow setting to suit your spraying needs.
You should test the flow on a scrap piece of wood or cardboard for desired results.
The iSpray nozzle allows for a roller-like finish and sprays unthinned-materials including un-thinned latex. It also results in 60% more airflow compared to other hand-held sprayers in the market.
You can set the spray width with the spray width level on the iSpray nozzle. A wide pattern is ideal for coating large surfaces while a narrow pattern is suitable for coating smaller areas, corners and edges.
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User-Friendly design (it’s foolproof… apparently)
A quick look at the instruction manual will turn you into a pro. Cleaning the nozzles are a piece of cake but just remember to use the appropriate cleaning solutions and unplug the tool.
The spray nozzle gives your painting job a professional touch. It is worthy to note the time and effort you save considering that this sprayer paints up to 8 gallons an hour and covers an 8’ x 10’ surface in one to five minutes.
Two-Stage trigger design
The trigger when pulled halfway, starts the motor and when pulled the full way back sprays the paint. This allows for a good amount of prep time for you and gives you total control.
Do note that for an even coating, move from side to side. Fanning is not recommended.
These turbine driven sprayers create almost very little overspray compared to airless sprayers and it is 50% quieter than a buzz gun. The Flexio 590 has enough power to handle large outdoor projects like decks, fences, and sidings without issue.
Wagner also fixed the least favorite job – cleaning the parts. The Flexio is so easy to clean and reassemble, they believe even a child could do it.
Setup… Simple as 1, 2 3
Start by inserting the suction tube into the intake opening. If you are going to be spraying downwards, aim the tube towards the front of the gun. If you are going to be spraying upwards, the angled end of the tube should be aimed towards the rear of the gun.
Twist the cup back onto the nozzle assembly carefully and tighten it. Match the arrow on the nozzle with the “unlock” symbol on the turbine. Insert and turn the nozzle into the turbine toward the “lock” symbol on the turbine.
Follow the same steps for the iSpray or detail nozzle.
Set the controls as per your project requirements. Don’t forget to practice a bit with your control settings to get a feel of things.
If you are unsure about anything, be sure to refer the Assembly section in the Owner’s Manual.
Who Can Use This Flexio Sprayer?
The Wagner Flexio 590 is perfect for those who are looking for a professional paint job but don’t have the experience for it. It is suitable for both DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike.
But if you have bigger projects or ongoing work in mind, perhaps take a look at the Wagner Control Spray Max before deciding on this smaller handheld.
The Flexio sprayer from Wagner is recommended for everyone who is looking for a professional paint job but doesn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars. The affordable price and quality paint job make this Wagner Flexio sprayer a handy tool to have for both amateurs and serious DIY’ers
Pros of the Wagner 590
Easy to maintain and clean
- Easy learning curve
- Can be used with many different materials
- Fantastic coverage
- Almost no overspray
- X-Boost technology which allows for fast completion of projects
- The iSpray nozzle allows for both horizontal and vertical spray patterns
- Detail Finish nozzle for a smoother finish
- Uses less amount of material
Things that we’re not so fond of
- Paint can get everywhere if you aren’t careful, so you should cover everything you don’t want to get paint on.
- According to a few customers, occasional heating of gun has been reported.
- As with all paint sprayers, replacement parts can be expensive.
- It’s quite a cheap build quality compared to the likes of the Graco Pro II handheld sprayer.
Customer Reviews of the Wagner Sprayer
This Wagner sprayer has been given a positive response from its users. The majority of customers have given it 4 and 5 stars and the positive reviews show the level of satisfaction the users have. This unit has surely worked for the customers and is highly reliable.
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Cleaning out the Flexio spray gun
Cleaning up a Flexio 590 is a walk in the park. Before cleaning, make sure that you are using the appropriate cleaning solution. It is recommended using warm, soapy material for latex materials and mineral spirits for oil-based materials.
First, unplug the sprayer before you start. Loosen the material container by a half turn but do not remove it. Then, unscrew the container and remove it. Put any leftover material back into the material container.
Next, put a little amount of appropriate cleaning solution into the cup. Attach the cup to the nozzle. Plug in the sprayer, then, spray the cleaning solution.
If you have cleaned the sprayer using mineral spirits, redo the cleaning process using warm, soapy water.
To clean the nozzle, remove it from the turbine and wipe the exterior of the cup and nozzle until clean. To clean the iSpray nozzle, separate the adjustment ring from the connecting nut. Then remove all the parts and clean with a cleaning brush and appropriate cleaning solution.
The cleaning procedure for a detail finish nozzle is similar. You have to unscrew the nut, removing the air cap and nozzle. Remove the parts and clean with a cleaning brush and appropriate solution.
Don’t forget to lubricate the O-ring with a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
For further directions, you can have a look at the Owner’s Manual.
Final Thoughts – Our Conclusion
It is clear that the Flexio 590 is a sprayer which can be used by both amateurs and experts. The X-Boost technology ensures that projects are completed in minimal time.
The versatility of the iSpray nozzle promises a professional job. With an easy learning curve and clean up, the Wagner Flexio 590 is a must-have and made it onto our list of best Wagner sprayers.
If you like the sound of this handheld sprayer but don’t think it’ll be quite big enough, be sure to check out the Wagner Flexio 890 HVLP paint sprayer, which is perfect for more delicate work such as gloss work on doors, trims & furniture.
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