WAGNER & Friends: Spray painting professionals testing all products at onsite training

Professional sprayers in action

How are sprayers perfectly adjusted and what new innovations are there in the field of airless? Which nozzle sizes are best suited for a specific material and a specific application or what is the difference between a diaphragm and a piston pump? These and many other essential questions about paint spraying were the topics at the WAGNER Influencer Training with a selection of spraying professionals from the UK.

The professionals were invited to Germany to the WAGNER Academy for an intensive theory and practical training to experience a variety of products in practice and to further refine their skills around the topic of spray application. After a few tips and tricks from our experts, they put their own hands to the task and tested the various machines extensively. Not only were different materials processed, but also a wide range of applications were simulated in the training centre:

  • Wood coating with wood and metal paints
  • Coating walls, ceilings and exteriors with different emulsion paints
  • The application of heavy materials such as fillers and plaster
  • And much more...

In addition, the participants extensively dealt with commissioning and cleaning the sprayers and received tips on selecting the right nozzle. After the two-day workshop, all participants were fired up and keen to put their newly learned skills into practice on their next customer project. Through the training, the spraying professionals gave positive feedback.

Craig Phillips Q&A

In the following interview Craig Phillips, our long-standing partner in the UK, answers a few questions about Airless and XVLP spraying and explains why he relies on spray technology not only for large projects.

You can read all the answers from Craig here:

Spraying really is suitable for any size of contractor. Whether it is a one man band or an entire team, everybody - especially on larger projects - saves time and gets a better result. But no matter if you do one door on a house or ten doors it is so much quicker using spray paint technology.

It certainly gets the job done a lot quicker and it reduces your labour costs, which makes it more profitable for your business and because we can complete the jobs a lot faster, it’s less inconvenient for the customer.

WAGNER invented the new HEA tip technology. It allows you to spray with a reduced overspray of over 50%. Therefore, there’s less masking involved. So there is less prep to do and the clean-up is a lot quicker.

For me personally, it doesn’t matter, what size painting project I’m taking on. From large to small ones spray paint technology really makes it quicker and better.

Who visited us at the Academy?

A short introduction to our UK spraying professionals and where to find them on social media:


Craig Phillips has combined his knowledge of construction and media savvy to forge a career as one of the UK's leading DIY and home improvement experts. Presenting and producing over 2000 DIY and home improvement shows for major broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky One, UKTV Style and Discovery Realtime, Craig has reached millions of viewers worldwide.

Craig and his wife Laura have launched a new platform encouraging both men and women to feel comfortable taking on DIY tasks. The ‘Mr and Mrs DIY’ platform focuses on creating video content for DIY enthusiasts as well as hosting classes at their workshop in Liverpool.

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Trevor and his son Ryan run TJ Painting and Decorating who were awarded the honour of being named Dulux Select Decorator of the Year. Their work is mainly traditional interior and exterior decorating, however in the last few years they have concentrated on developing and marketing themselves as interior Paint Spraying specialists. Working together with WAGNER has given them the confidence to develop their business further. To discover the latest content visit their YouTube channel Painting and Decorating Tips by TJ.

They also discuss paint spraying and anything else decorating related on their weekly podcast, “Two Decorators and a Microphone”.

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Colin has been a Professional Painter and Decorator since leaving school at 16....working within his father's building company before he left school. After leaving school he continued with a local general building company within the decorating team. He setup his own business in his early twenties, with a rapid growth of staff and large contracts, he soon realised a brush and roller was not the way forward. He made the transformation from oil to water based products using Caparol products. His first sprayer was a WAGNER HVLP within a year he was using a Nespri-tec Airless Paint Sprayer and spraying everything. WAGNERS innovations and reliability have kept him and his business, producing better finishes and better profits than he ever achieved with a brush and roller. He commented on his visit to the The WAGNER Academy, “visiting the The WAGNER Academy and meeting all the team was fantastic, I’m proud to be an Unstoppable.”

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Victoria founded Smith Nicholson in 2014 however her experience extends back to 2005 when she started her City and Guilds apprenticeship with a company established for over 250 years. Working for this company, she learned the trade in buildings such as The Royal Courts of Justice, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office buildings, Clarence House and even Buckingham Palace. She completed her apprenticeship in 2008 and had a passion for decorating ever since. She has decorated for many customers since she started, from a touch up here and there to full house redecorations. Her expertise extends to:

  • Interior decorating
  • Exterior decorating.
  • Wallpaper hanging.
  • Lining paper hanging.
  • Plaster repair work (to allow for decorating).
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What is the WAGNER Academy?

The WAGNER ACADEMY is the competence centre for all aspects of surface coating, representing the areas of Decorative Finishing and Industrial Solutions. It offers high-quality training for WAGNER partners, end customers and employees - in-house or directly at the user or partner. Both the use of WAGNER professional technologies and specialist knowledge using a variety of material is trained. Besides classical training to acquire and deepen your product and application knowledge, a comprehensive range of practice-oriented training modules on installation and service is available to you. ​

Modern training centre with

  • 100m² of meeting facilities with modern equipment       
  • Large-scale technical centre
  • Spray booth for material testing/extraction system
  • Practice room for training and service topics
  • Lounge area​