DIY Custom Spray Paint– With Wagner Control Spray Double Duty

by Emily Steers on 07/10/2012

So, I teased about this on Twitter and Facebook for the past few days, and here it is: our review of the Wagner Control Spray Double Duty paint sprayer.

Our super cool Wagner kit, dismantled. Oh, and David’s sunglasses.

We picked up a bowl from Ikea that we thought would look cool as a a centerpiece on our big farmhouse table. None of our “before” pics came out, so here’s the picture from Ikea’s website:

For $20, the size and general look was right, but the black underside is totally not our house. I know designers are starting to say that each room should “contain something black,” but it doesn’t look right in our breezy little house.

We picked up a sample pot of Behr paint in “True Turquoise,” mixed it with some water so it would go through the power sprayer, and took the whole kit and caboodle outside to paint the bowl. After spraying it with white spray primer, we started adding color.

The first coat just looked like spray paint. Nothing special.

But after another coat? Then we started getting real results!

Not bad!

We let it dry thoroughly, added three coats of spray Polycrylic, let THAT dry…and then it was ready to go on the table.

No darkness…

Good contrast.

Oh, hello, Beautiful.

The final coat:

The Wagner Spraytech Control Spray Double Duty was $68 at Home Depot– a little bit of an expensive impulse buy, but in the grand scheme of power tools, not that expensive. Our local Home Depot (our preferred home improvement store) doesn’t have that great of a spray paint selection. We have plenty of automotive sprays and fluorescent marking paint, but otherwise… maybe 10 colors to choose from. Not nearly enough for all of our home decor needs.

The Double Duty works with “HVLV” technology– High Volume, Low Velocity– that results in  smooth coats of paint and easy application. It’s a bit loud– like, a ShopVac loud– and has minimal overspray. It took us a second to realize how to get the paint the proper viscosity, but since we always use latex paint, it was easy for us to thin whatever color we wanted to spray with a bit of water to be able to sucked through the sprayer properly.

Each coat of paint dried to the touch within an hour, which was great for our needs. Since any water-based paint can be used in this sprayer, I assume you can use Low-VOC paint in the sprayer for a true Low-VOC spray paint option.  But since we cleared this with spray Polycrylic, the plate is still off-gassing a little bit.

Painting this dish took about half of a 7 ounce paint sample from Home Depot, which is about $3. So, cheaper than a can of spray paint, too!

Cleanup was easy, especially because of the water-based paint. David poured the unused paint in the reservoir back into its original jar, then put warm, soapy water in the reservoir, and ran it through the spray gun onto a paper towel. Done and done.

I’m very excited to have this Wagner power sprayer. We’re already thinking about what color we’re going to paint… oh, every surface in the house!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

barb July 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

just beautiful will go with your house colors better than the black


emily July 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

having you guys in town totally lit a fire under david’s butt to get back into weekend warrior DIY mode. want to come back again soon?


Little Big / Carrie Anne July 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Turquoise + Gold = Magic. I love it. I, too, have been bitten by the spray painting bug!


emily July 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

it is TOTALLY my favorite color combo. so happy we’re moving away from that tacky 80s gold… nowadays, it seems lighter.


Julia July 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Wow what an upgrade! That is a beautiful shade of blue. I could see myself getting into trouble with one of those spray painters. Everything would end up my chosen colour including the dog. :)


emily July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

thanks, Julia! my darling fiance actually picked out the color… he’s got a great eye. we’re contemplating spraying *everything* in the house now :-)


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