Any experience with a Wagner airless sprayer?

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    I've just bought a Wagner 250r airless sprayer second hand on ebay. (In the next few weeks I'm planning to mist coat and then emulsion an entire floor of my house).

    I am nor ready to paint anything yet, but I did want to test the thing in case it didn't work too well.

    I set it up and attempted to spray clean water from a bucket. The spray seems to work okay but, in addition, water literally runs out of the outlet connector array on the machine itself. I end up with a sprayed wall, sure, but also a puddle of water on the floor under and around the machine.

    I really don't want paint puddles when I come to paint the house.

    Does anyone have knowledge of these machines and can anyone tell me whether this is because I'm using water rather than paint or what I can do to remedy the problem or if I have a leaky piece of kit that needs to go back?

    Thanks guys.
     
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    I am new to paint spraying, and have the same unit.

    My first job was spraying fence panels - they were all different ages and colours, so two thinned tins of exterior paint later and I’d sprayed 17 panels in a very short time.

    I then painted indoors. The matte paint was probably too thick, as the unit kept stopping on me. After thinning it went on ok.

    I then done a third job where I put a few mist-coats on some old (but exposed due to removing wallpaper) 1970’s plaster (the grey colour that looks like concrete). I went 50/50 and sped through it, which left me with stripes (I think I didn’t get near enough to the wall) and runs at the ceiling line (technique - I wasn’t letting off, so the overlap likely caused the runs).

    On these three occasions I’ve never had any pooling. I’m hoping, for your sakes, it’s the fact that you’ve run water through it.
    I recall a Wagner advert showing a model using their 250M to spray anti-bac on to surfaces following the outbreak of COVID-19 so they obviously promote its use for liquids as thin as water, but maybe that is the trade off.

    I’m still getting used to spray technique, pressure, distance and speed, so can’t really comment further.
    This is all for DIY by the way.. I wouldn’t dare try and spray someone else’s walls.. just yet.
     
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    I can't help much. My spraying has been limited to HVLP (compressor and turbine- and seldom water based).

    I would not however recommend thinning any emulsion 50/50. I would however recommend that you google Floetrol and spraying. It is an additive which helps water based paints to flow without actually thinning them.

    Oh, and there is a lot to be said for straining waterbased paints prior to spraying. I normally only spray 2K paints which are very thin and time from purchase to spraying is only about a week. Emulsions are a very different beast. I have had tinted tins of emulsion that although purchased that day had lumps of very thick "phlegm" in them.
     
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