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Wagner 1700 Sprayer Tips

Darrin Meyer

The Wagner 1700 is an airless paint sprayer that features a double-stroke piston pump, inline gun filter, QuickFlo pusher guide and telescoping handle to facilitate the painting of different surface areas and sizes. Though assembly and operation of the 1700 is fairly straightforward, there are certain things you can do to maximize both your ability to complete a quality paint job and the lifeline of the sprayer.

Safety Tips

Save yourself time by using the Wagner 1700.

The Wagner 1700 sprayer produces a high-pressure paint stream that can cause serious injury if it pierces the skin and underlying tissue. Therefore, never aim the gun at any part of the body or allow any part of your body to touch the fluid stream. Wear gloves for an extra layer of safety, never put your hand in front of the spray gun and always keep the tip guard in place when spraying. Do not use the sprayer without an active trigger lock and the trigger guard in place; inspect the hose for leaks before each use.

Preparation Tips

The fluid section of the sprayer may contain test fluid, water or other cleaning solvents that must be purged before operation. Squirt a teaspoon of separating oil into the area on the front of the main housing indicated by the oil can icon. Fully insert the Quickflo valve and turn the "Prime/Spray" knob to "Prime." Place a full container of spraying material underneath the suction tube; place the return tube in a waste container and slide the PressureTrac switch to maximum pressure. Turn the sprayer on and let it cycle the fluid up through the pump and out the return tube. Purge the spray hose and gun as well by aiming the gun at the side wall of the waste container, turning on the pump and turning the "Prime/Spray" knob to "Spray." Squeeze the trigger until the spraying material is flowing freely.

Spraying Tips

Keep the spray hose away from objects with sharp edges and avoid kinks while using the sprayer. Move your entire arm back and forth when applying the paint, instead of just your wrist, and keep the gun perpendicular and at right angles to the surface to deliver an even coating. Begin your arm motion before engaging the trigger, and release before ending your stroke. The gun should remain in motion the entire time the trigger is engaged, with an overlap of roughly 30 percent with each stroke, maintaining a spray distance of 10 to 12 inches.

Troubleshooting Tips

If the spray pattern stops or becomes distorted, release the trigger and engage the trigger lock. Rotate the reversible tip arrow to the "Clean" position, and, with the "Prime/Spray" knob set to "Spray," unlock and squeeze the trigger while pointing the gun at a scrap target. The pressure in the hose will then blow out any obstruction. When a normal, high-pressure stream returns, rotate the tip back to the forward position and return to your intended spraying. Remove and clean both the gun filter and the inlet filter after each use. Consult your owner's manual for additional operational and cleanup procedures.