Wagner Control Max HVLP Review

Repairs and maintenance at home can be costly because you are hiring professionals to do it for you. Luckily, you can paint and retouch your home’s surfaces even when you skip this part.

If you are a do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiast and ready to take on the challenge of painting a large area of your home, easy-to-use paint sprayers are perfect for you.

There are a lot of brands and types of paint sprayers out in the market.

As a beginner and non-professional, it might be confusing to choose the right if you are not particular with what you are looking for.

If you are after getting a wide range of functionalities without hurting your budget, the Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Paint Sprayer should be included in your list.

Key Features

  • Two Stage Turbine Technology
  • Multiple Spray Patterns
  • Large Plastic Cup
  • Variable FLow Control

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  • This machine is designed for simple use.
  • Versatile that it can spray on any material.
  • Adjusts to three different spray patterns.
  • Portable and lightweight so you can bring it anywhere .
  • Composed of a few parts and easy to maintain.
  • Choice of models


  • Noisy
  • Short power cord.


The following are the reasons why the Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Paint Sprayer usually is loved by its users.

The variable air pressure control

This machine’s pressure ranges from 1.50 psi to 2.63 psi. To avoid overspray, you can adjust the air pressure to meet your needs.

Go thick or thin with painting using this sprayer. Start with low pressure, with a smaller amount of paint coming out.

Slowly increase the weight when you are comfortable. Estimate the area to be covered.

If you are working with a small space, use a lower pressure.

Otherwise, increase your strength to a higher level. 

Not only that you can easily adjust the air pressure, but this machine also uses an HVLP technology.

Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer, 1.5 Quart Capacity, 20' Hose

This means that it is capable of spraying at a high volume of air at low pressure to atomize materials into fine particles. This gives you a professional finish with less or no overspray.

This machine sprays materials in patterns from 1/2" to 12"broad with optimum control and precision. This capability makes it way superior to brushes and rollers for a beautiful finish of work.

Two-Stage Turbine

Not all paint sprayers can work in varying viscosity of materials. This machine can operate on paint with different thickness.

Its powerful 570W two-stage HVLP turbine makes it possible for the device to spray on liquids with varying viscosity. This means that it can function with both the thin and thick materials.

Three spray patterns

You don’t have to worry if you have to paint different kinds of surfaces and different angles. The Wagner 0518080 got you covered.

Be sure to include a multitude of varying spraying tasks by being able to change the machine’s spray pattern, while avoiding unnecessary overspray at the same time.

To do this, just align the nozzle and the air cap in different ways:

  • High and oval profile - set air cap horizontally 
  • Broad and oval pattern - set air cap vertically
  •  Symmetric circular pattern – placed the air cap diagonally


Carry this sprayer in and out of the house without giving out so much effort. With only 10 lbs of weight, this machine is so light and portable that you can carry it anywhere.

Now you can cover both in and out of the house. It also comes with two air filters to make sure that the ending coverage is even and neat.

Double air filters

The Wagner 0518080 is also designed with two air filters to prevent any dirt from ruining your work. These second filters make sure that you are able to spray smoothly and enjoy the beauty of a uniform coating. 

Lock-n-go front end

Replacing liquids is even made more comfortable with this machine’s front door facility through the lock-n-go front end.

Now you can refill or change materials easy and without creating a mess. 

Air Hose

This machine comes with a 20 feet long and flexible air hose to allow you to bring the device to an extended distance. However, this length may not be enough for some user who is covering a large area of space.

Getting Started

Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer, 1.5 Quart Capacity, 20' Hose

You don’t need a high skill in spray painting in using this machine, as it is very friendly to non-professionals and DIY enthusiasts.

In fact, it was designed in such a way that starting up would be easy. To do this, just follow these steps:

  • 1
    Start by just twisting the handle.
  • 2
    Next, connect the hose to the pistol and the turbine.
  • 3
    Transfer the paint into the basin.
  • 4
    Change the spray pattern according to your needs.
  • 5
    Switch the power on.


This spray painter does not have a lot of separate parts. Hence, you don’t have to stress yourself out in cleaning it.

In fact, cleaning this machine is pretty straightforward. Just fill in the basis with water and continuously spray it out to clear any residue and possible blockage (i.e., hard paint / other materials) out of the hose.

The way to clean this machine also differs depending on the material used. For latex materials, you may wash the device with a simple combination of soap and water.

On the other hand, if you used oil-based materials, soap and water may not be enough. In clearing this material out, use mineral spirits with the help of a brush.

There is not a single hassle in cleaning out the tool. Everything rinses out easily and flawlessly when you use the correct cleaning combination depending on the material you used.

Who Can Use this Spray Painter?

As mentioned earlier, the Wagner 0518080 is designed for all kinds of users – from beginners, DIY enthusiasts, to professional painters.

Even when you don’t have a prior skill in spray painting, this machine will allow you to experiment. You can also quickly learn tricks to make your work more comfortable and more effective.

Because of its friendly features, you will be able to do the work and any house painting project on your own. This way you can even save from paying professional painters to do the job.

Wrap Up

To give you an overview of our review of the Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Paint Sprayer, here the features we love and the points where the machine can improve on:

Highlighted Advantages

Very important above everything, you will not be intimidated when using this machine. Its use is very straightforward, and the controls are made more accessible for beginners to appreciate it.

You can also refer to the instruction manual that comes with the package.

Unlike the usual spray painters, you cannot be limited regarding the material to use with the Wagner 0518080.

Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer, 1.5 Quart Capacity, 20' Hose

Some painters may not be able to work correctly when used with thick paint, and hence further thinning may be required.

This is not true for this machine.

You can fill the cup with any material, thick or thin, and enjoy the desired spraying.

You also don’t have to worry about over spraying when you use this machine.

With the combination of its variable air pressure control and a versatile nozzle which you can adjust into three different patterns, your computer can be customizable according to your needs.

Because of these features, unnecessary overspray can be avoided.

Handling will not also be a problem as this machine is as light as 10 lbs. You can transfer it in and out of the house, or carry it for hours without any hassle.

Lastly, you won’t be stressed out in cleaning up this machine. Just remember to use the proper combination of cleaning materials depending on the type of paint you used. 

Points to Improve on 

Like any other products, Wagner 0518080 also have disadvantages. This machine comes with a 20-feet cord which may not be enough if you are spraying a surface which has no power socket nearby.

Because of this, you may need to use an extension cord every time there is a need to cover a larger surface area.

This machine can also get pretty noisy sometimes. It might be a result of uncleaned filters or high air pressure.

Another drawback of this machine is its slower speed in covering large areas. Compared to other sprayers, the amount of paint released by Wagner 0518080 per minute is lesser.

Because of this, this machine may not be the most ideal sprayer to complete a huge task with a limited amount of time.

Lightweight and versatility – these are just two of the main features offered by the Wagner 0518080 Control Max HVLP Paint Sprayer. Though it also has drawbacks like its short cord, noise, and less paint released per minute, it even has more plus points.

With this machine, you can maneuver your work the way you need it to be done.

From the air pressure to spray patterns, this machine is highly adjustable. You will also not be limited to light and thin paint materials as it can work with thick paint.

With the Wagner 0518080, you can get home repairs and work done on your own. 

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