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Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 Double Duty Paint Sprayer Review – Painting Silo

Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 Double Duty Paint Sprayer Review

The Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 is designed to be used both indoor and outdoor painting projects.  This HVLP is powered by a 2 stage turbine for an even finish and low overspray. With the three spray patterns and the control of the sizes of the pattern, you can paint almost any surface with ease.

At a flow rate of only 2.28 Gallons per minute, this is more of Do-it-yourself gun than a professional spray gun. Nonetheless, you can paint walls, doors, decks, fences, floors, ceilings, furniture, cabinets, and other woodworking projects.

Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 Specifications:

  • Feed Type: Bottom Feed
  • Pressure Rating: 4 PSI
  • Turbine Stages: 2
  • Max Flow Rate: 2.28 GPH (gallon per hour)
  • Air Flow Control: Yes
  • Min/Max Fan Pattern: 1 / 10 inches
  • Cup Capacity: 32 fl. Oz & 45 fl. Oz
  • Material Flow Control: Yes – ½-inch to 10-inch wide patterns
  • Weight: 4.15 lbs
  • Paint Types: Lacquers, Oil-based, Water-based, stains, sealers, urethanes, and Varnishes.
  • Does not support:  Acrylic, Latex, Elastomerics.

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Spray Pattern and Control

Wagner 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer

The 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 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer 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. It is rated for indoor and outdoor use.

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.

Its two-stage turbine provides a continuous flow of material and air producing a professional fine finish whether staining your deck or refinishing your kitchen cabinets.

The gun takes only about 5 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to clean up.

Wagner 0518050 Control Spray Double Duty Paint Sprayer

Cup Size and Flow Rate

Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 comes with two material cups: 32 fl. Oz and 45 fl. Oz. The smaller cup is suitable for interior works and to work around tight corners. The other larger cup can handle larger exterior tasks.

With a maximum flow rate of 2.28 GPH (gallon per hour), the gun is not suitable for large projects. The turbine is powerful enough to spray like sealers, stains, urethanes, lacquers, and vanishes.

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: Is this a bleeder or non-bleeder type?

Ans: This is a bleeder type gun.

Q: Can you use this sprayer gun with Plasti Dip?

Ans: Yes you can. Just make sure to clean the gun thoroughly after every use.

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.


The price range and power of the two turbines make this sprayer gun ideal for small to medium project. The gun has a wide range of application such as staining furniture, decks, fences, cabinetry and trim and many types of materials can be used with the gun.

Wagner Control Spray Max 0518050 Double Duty Paint Sprayer


Easy to Assemble


Easy to Maintain




User Experience







  • Low priced
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Used both indoor and outdoor
  • Adjustable spray pattern
  • HVLP gun with less over-spraying
  • Easy 5 minute assemble


  • Low flow rate
  • Most materials need to be thinned
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