Paint sprayer/power roller: Wagner vs. Graco?

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Percival P. Cassidy

Wagner has this new model, which I saw at Costco for $220:

http://www.wagnerspraytech.com/portal/paint_crew_plus_spray,201719,747.html

Home Depot sells a Graco Magnum DX
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100069365&N=10000003+90067

The user reviews for the latter give it 4.8 out of 5, but are there any
comments from people on this ng who have used it?

I know some people suggest renting a heavy-duty machine, but all I see
at our local rental place is a Graco for $110/day, and I don't know how
long it's going to take me to do the whole outside of a house --
learning curve and all that. IAC, the machine available for rent seems
to be a sprayer only, and I think (but I could be wrong) that a roller
might work better for the grooved plywood siding we have -- and a roller
might be easier not to make a horrible mess with.

Perce
 
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Edwin Pawlowski

Percival P. Cassidy said:
Wagner has this new model, which I saw at Costco for $220:

http://www.wagnerspraytech.com/portal/paint_crew_plus_spray,201719,747.html

Home Depot sells a Graco Magnum DX

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100069365&N=10000003+90067

The user reviews for the latter give it 4.8 out of 5, but are there any
comments from people on this ng who have used it?

I know some people suggest renting a heavy-duty machine, but all I see at
our local rental place is a Graco for $110/day, and I don't know how long
it's going to take me to do the whole outside of a house --
learning curve and all that. IAC, the machine available for rent seems to
be a sprayer only, and I think (but I could be wrong) that a roller might
work better for the grooved plywood siding we have -- and a roller might
be easier not to make a horrible mess with.

Perce
The rental Graco is a top notch professional unit that sells for $700 or so.

As for the two you are interested in, Graco has an excellent reputation for
professional sprayers. Wagner has a terrible reputation for making crap in
the consumer line. These two units may not fall into either category, bit
I'd still take a Graco first.
 
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Oren

the machine available for rent seems
to be a sprayer only, and I think (but I could be wrong) that a roller
might work better for the grooved plywood siding we have -- and a roller
might be easier not to make a horrible mess with.
You can use a roller on the grooved plywood. You can also spray it, by
renting a Graco XR9. In both cases, have a paint brush ready and handy
for touch-up.

I paint by hand before I would spend a penny on a waggler sprayer.
 
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ransley

Wagner has this new model, which I saw at Costco for $220:

http://www.wagnerspraytech.com/portal/paint_crew_plus_spray,201719,74...

Home Depot sells a Graco Magnum DX

 >http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?lan....

The user reviews for the latter give it 4.8 out of 5, but are there any
comments from people on this ng who have used it?

I know some people suggest renting a heavy-duty machine, but all I see
at our local rental place is a Graco for $110/day, and I don't know how
long it's going to take me to do the whole outside of a house --
learning curve and all that. IAC, the machine available for rent seems
to be a sprayer only, and I think (but I could be wrong) that a roller
might work better for the grooved plywood siding we have -- and a roller
might be easier not to make a horrible mess with.

Perce
For siding spraying is best. Renting a unit is not a good idea unless
it is a small house and you know what you are doing, you must spray
without wind and cover what you dont want sprayed, some houses are not
worth spraying because of size, trim, neighbors, wind etc.
 
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Percival P. Cassidy

For that much money you can buy a (smallish) air compressor and the parts
for a spray application.

I would think that spraying would be better for grooved plywood than a
roller. Spraying is certainly less work.

You'll also want a hand-held masking shield. They look like a pizza oven
paddle, only not as long. You put it up to the brick or other area you don't
want sprayed, apply the paint, and move on.

As an aside, here's a trick I found useful. When choosing a color, pick one
from the spray-can selection that's close to what you want. Spray some on a
bit of wood, then tell the guy at the paint counter to match the color. What
you end up with is the ability to touch-up your work in the future by using
what's in the spray can: a screw or nail head, electrical conduit or breaker
box, a ding from the lawnmower, a replacement facia board, whatever.

At first I though this was a good idea, but, after a year or two of
exposure to the elements, the paint on the house may be significantly
different in color from that in the spray can -- and even from what's
left over from what I actually used on the house.

Perce
 

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