Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer Review

The Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max with its powerful 570-watt-two-stage turbine enables you to spray liquids of different viscosity and handle both thin and thick materials. The gun is designed to give continuous and excellent paint finishes. The HVLP gun gives a fine coat with very little overspray.

Designed for beginners and DIYers, the gun is very easy to assemble and operate. Cleaning it can be a bit more tricky.

Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer Specifications:

  • Feed Type: Bottom Feed
  • Pressure Rating: 2.7 PSI
  • Variable air pressure control: 1.50-2.63 PSI
  • Air Flow Rate: 80 CFM
  • Hose Length: 20 feet
  • Turbine Stages: 2
  • Max Flow Rate: 7 GPH (gallon per hour)
  • Air Flow Control: Yes
  • Min/Max Fan Pattern: 1/2  to 12 inches
  • Cup Capacity: 32 fl. Oz (metal cup) & 45 fl. Oz (plastic cup)
  • Material Flow Control: Yes – ½-inch to 12-inch wide patterns
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs
  • Paint Types: Lacquers, Oil-based, Water-based, stains, sealers, urethanes, Acrylic, Latex, and Varnishes.
  • Does not support: Elastomerics.

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Great Design – Work Longer

Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max Corded Hvlp Paint Sprayer, 120 Vac, 5 A, 510 W, 80 Cfm, 2.7 Psi, MulticolorPainting your house, furniture, cabinets, etc. with brush and roller are tiring and time-consuming. Unlike the two other sprayers in the Wagner Control Spray series, the sprayer gun is connected through a 20-foot hose with the turbine. What this means is, you don’t have to hold the whole 11-pound system in your hand while spraying. You just have to move the gun around, which is very light and not tiring on your hand and you can work longer.

Cup Size and Flow Rate

The gun can be equipped with either a 32 oz. metal cup or a 45 oz. plastic cup. The gun with the cup can be easily maneuvered around tight corners and reduce hand fatigue. The smaller cup is maneuvered more easily. The larger cup can handle larger exterior tasks.

With a maximum flow rate of only 7 gallons per hour, the sprayer is definitely not designed for large projects. But it can easily handle any small to medium projects.

Spray Pattern and Control

Wagner 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint SprayerThe gun provides a maximum level of control both the pattern type and the fan size. The spray pattern can be horizontal fan, vertical fan, and round fan to suit the shape of the object you’re spraying. And the fan size can range from anywhere between 1 inches to 10 inches.

You can adjust the material volume by turning the regulator on the trigger of the spray gun to achieve a smooth material flow. The lock-n-go technology allows for a quick change of materials and faster painting.

The two-point trigger will engage the motor to start working on the air compressor when pulled halfway through. Pushing the trigger further back will the sprayer mechanism to begin releasing the paint.

Even Coverage and Great Finish

Although the Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max is mainly for DIYer, it gives a professional finish. The gun with its two-stage turbine is small yet powerful enough to tackle small to medium projects with ease. There are two air filters prevent dust from marring the finish.

The three-position air cap adjusts the spray pattern for either vertical fan, horizontal fan, or round pattern shapes to most effectively get the job done quickly and with the best even coverage.

Wagner Spraytech 0518080 Control Spray Max Corded Hvlp Paint Sprayer, 120 Vac, 5 A, 510 W, 80 Cfm, 2.7 Psi, MulticolorTwo Stage Turbine

Its two-stage-510-watt turbine provides a continuous flow of material and air producing a professional fine finish whether staining your deck or refinishing your kitchen cabinets. This allows the gun to spray materials of varying viscosity – making your painting job a piece of cake.

Variable Air Pressure

The Variable air pressure control allows you to go thick and thin with the painting. You can reduce the pressure to 1.50 PSI and go all the way up to 2.63 PSI. Adjust the pressure according to the thickness of the material being used and this will reduce the overspray.

Spraying Tan with Control Max 0518050

At 4 PSI this sprayer is also suitable for spaying tan on your skin. There are many sprayers designed specifically for tanning. But the low pressure and the 2 stage turbine makes it a very good option for spraying tan. For more details on spray tan machines read our reviews below:


Q: Can I spray latex paint with this sprayer?

Ans: You will need to dilute the latex paint to get a fine finish – about 8 ounces of water for 1 gallon of paint. The gun can be used to spray Lacquers, oil-based, water-based, stains, sealers, urethanes, acrylic, latex and varnishes.

Q: Do I need an air compressor?

Ans: No. There is an air compressor inside the unit. This has enough power and hold enough air for the sprayer to work properly.

Q: Can you spray vertically up or down with this sprayer?

Ans: Unlike the Wagner Power Painter Plus, this gun does not vertical painting ability. But you can paint ceiling and floor holding the gun a steep angle.

The Control Spray Max has an angled tube in the container that the paint flows through. If the angle at the bottom of the tube is bent forward or facing toward the front of the container then it will make spraying in a downward position easier. If the angle at the bottom of the tube is bent backward or facing toward the back of the container then it will make spraying in an upward position easier.


It is a great tool for the hobbyist or the weekend warrior. The price range is excellent for the kind of job it can accomplish. You can almost use any kind of materials you want – with a few restrictions of course.

With a 20 feet hose which connects the sprayer gun with the turbine, the Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max is not a small unit. But since the gun does not have the turbine attached, the working portion is small, lightweight and very maneuverable. A must-have for homeowners and hobbyists.

Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max HVLP Sprayer


Easy to Assemble


Easy to Maintain




User Experience







  • Can spray many types of materials
  • Easy to operate
  • Light weight
  • Easy to maintain
  • Little over spray


  • Small power cord
  • Multiple steps in cleaning.
  • Can be noisy
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