Wagner FLEXiO 890 Paint Sprayer

Last updated date: March 19, 2019

DWYM Score

7.8

Wagner FLEXiO 890 Paint Sprayer

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Wagner FLEXiO 890 Paint Sprayer placed 14th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ideal for projects including large interior and exterior spaces and finishing projects. Material flow control on the trigger adjusts flow rate for coating speed and project size. X-Boost turbine provides adjustable control, full coverage and low overspray. Lock-n-go split gun design for quick nozzle change and easy clean up. Pattern adjustment ring for horizontal and vertical spray patterns and spray width lever for wide and narrow patterns.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
5 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.2
413 user reviews

What experts liked

The spray gun's handle has all the controls including easy-to-use controls for air power and material flow
- Paint Sprayer Judge
June 17, 2018 | Full review
Very Fast. When you use the Flexio 890 for general painting, the powerful X-Boost engine will provide you with a boost. When you’re painting with this sprayer, you can expect to finish quickly.
- Spray That Paint
Wagner FLEXiO 890 Paint Sprayer can be used to spray an 8 foot by 10-foot surface within 5 minutes time providing you with fast painting solution.
- Go Paint Sprayer
Easy Cleaning – the Wagner Flexio 890 is designed for use by the DIY enthusiast, and has been thus made to be easy to clean and to be very low maintenance.
- Paint Sprayer Guide
The airflow is 60% more which, as a result, provides Flexio a smooth finish
- Mark's Spray Guns

What experts didn't like

Subject to overspray mist
- Paint Sprayer Judge
June 17, 2018 | Full review
There’s a bit of an overspray problem. The air turbine seems to be a bit too powerful so it is better to limit your paint jobs to outside work.
- Spray That Paint
You may have problem with too much overspray while doing the paint job.
- Go Paint Sprayer
Not suitable for on-going professional use
- Paint Sprayer Guide
Lacks viscosity and consistent flow as it is an HVLP sprayer
- Mark's Spray Guns

An Overview On Paint Sprayers

Anyone who has spent an afternoon or longer applying layer after layer of paint to a room knows the value of a paint sprayer, even if they’ve never used one before. Why brush when you can spray a nice, even coat with a wave of your hand? Why indeed — but take a little of that time you’re going to save on the job and do your research. Not every sprayer is ideal for every job.

Essentially, there are three different types of paint sprayers. The classic version is an air sprayer, which typically uses an air compressor to push paint out through a nozzle. While easy to use and inexpensive, it’s a tradeoff in terms of performance. As you might expect, the high pressure behind the paint results in less accuracy and more paint used. Special nozzles can mitigate this somewhat, but in general, these sprayers are fine for large indoor areas and less so for detail work.

A more versatile option is the HVLP, or “high volume, low pressure” sprayer. While they use air to push paint out through a nozzle at a gentler rate, they also typically employ a turbine of some kind and a special tip to atomize the paint as it comes out. This results in smaller particles of paint that spatter less. That means more accuracy and no air compressor to attach. With the ability to handle most any interior project and even some exterior jobs, the HVLP sprayer is becoming a more popular mid-range choice.

For big exteriors, you’ll find most professionals using some form of airless sprayer. Electric or gas powered, these sprayers typically use a hydraulic pump to draw paint out through the nozzle at high pressure in an even coat. Most airless sprayers siphon the paint directly out of the bucket. With their high horsepower, they can handle most any type of paint without having to thin it first. They also work on basically any surface, including interiors (even ceilings), exterior walls, fences, decks — you name it.

Clearly, the kind of surface that needs painting determines the type of sprayer you’ll want. From there, keep in mind that you’ll generally need some kind of attachments or even paint thinner, depending on the device. The pattern that paint comes out in will be either in a round shape or horizontal/vertical lines, depending on which way you twist the nozzle. Special tips can change the spray type to suit your need.

Finally, make sure you test your sprayer with a bit of water before you get to work. It’s helpful to know what kind of pressure you’re dealing with so you can adjust the flow and avoid messes before they start.

The Paint Sprayer Buying Guide

  • For indoor jobs, you’re typically going to be fine with a compressed air or HVLP sprayer. Use a compressed air sprayer for large walls and HVLP for detail work and a more even coat. For bigger outdoor surfaces, an airless sprayer can be a huge time-saver. They’re also good for lacquers or varnish, though cleanup of the sprayer can be tougher afterward.
  • In general, thicker paints may not work well with air and HVLP sprayers, while airless sprayers can usually handle the thicker stuff. Check product specs before you buy, or ask the hardware store employee for tips.
  • When it comes to nozzles, most models come with an assortment. Make sure you match the tip to the job. A sprayer with a lot of horsepower is great for pushing out a faster, thicker coat, but bear in mind you’ll need a bigger tip to accommodate all that pressure. For detail work, a horizontal or vertical spray tip is typically your best bet, while round patterns can put out wider coverage for a larger area. Reversible tips can also help manage paint clogging. Just unscrew the nozzle, turn it around and blow the clog out the other end.
  • Ask any veteran painter, and they’ll tell you cleanup is a big factor. It’s great saving all that time with a sprayer until you spend hours cleaning an inferior model afterward. Look for a sprayer that you can disassemble into component parts, such as the Wagner Spraytech. Preferably, those parts will be made of easy-washing materials, like brass or stainless steel. When cleaning, you can soak most lines in water and use a solvent, such as flushing fluid, for the filters and tips.
  • Whether your job is indoor or outdoor, you’ll want to factor in sprayer capacity — especially for air sprayers, which can burn through plenty of paint in a short time. Most air or HVLP sprayers can hold 20-40 ounces at a time.
  • Portability can also be a big concern, especially for outdoor work. While air or HVLP sprayers have a self-contained supply of paint, airless sprayers typically draw from the paint can itself. That also means you’re limited to where you can carry it. Check the hose and power cord length on your airless sprayer, both of which can typically be upgraded if you need a longer one.
  • As with any paint job, you’ll want to tape and cover carpets and other extraneous surfaces. That goes double with paint sprayers, even the relatively accurate HVLP variety. Again, you’ll want to test your sprayer ahead of time with a bit of water to get a feel for the pressure and spread.
  • Speaking of spread, protect yourself along with those covered surfaces. Atomized paint can be toxic to breathe in, so wear eye protection and a filter mask before getting to work.