Wagner 3500 Paint Sprayer Review

Are you looking for a high-quality paint sprayer that won’t break the bank? Here is our honest Wagner 3500 paint sprayer review! Overall, it’s budget-friendly, great for both experts and beginners, and can spray thick paint without thinning.

Plus, it features X-Boost technology which allows you to adjust the turbine speeds according to your needs. In this blog post, we’ll review the Wagner FLEXiO 3500 in detail—its pros and cons; where to buy; and share more details on how to use a paint sprayer on furniture. Read on for more!

wagner flexio 3500 spraying paint onto furniture with text overlay

Painting furniture can be a daunting task for the average DIYer. It usually requires multiple coats of paint, and it’s time consuming if you brush on the paint. But with the right tools, you can cut down on time and create professional-looking results.

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Enter paint sprayers! They are a great option for anyone looking to take their furniture painting projects up a notch! You can create professional looking results in a fraction of the time.

But how is the Wagner FLEXiO 3500 sprayer compared to other sprayers for painting furniture? Let’s dive into the nitty gritty!

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Wagner 3500 Paint Sprayer Review

In my humble opinion, the Wagner FLEXiO 3500 is one of the best paint sprayers for furniture, thanks to its unique design and features.

Note: It is a slight upgrade from the previous Wagner FLEXiO 3000 model that I have used on many, many projects, and I have now tested the 3500 on plenty of projects and know what it is capable of.

Here’s Wagner FLEXiO 3000 VS 3500 for the comparison of these two paint sprayers! And check out my Wagner FLEXiO 3000 review for an in depth review of this Wagner FLEXiO model.

photo of flexio 3000 and flexio 3500 with text overlay

The only difference I can really see between the 2 sprayers is that the 3500 has a shorter cord and an on/off switch that turns the motor on and off. That switch helps prevent splattering that used to happen with the 3000 when pulling the trigger at first.

The FLEXiO 3500 is significantly cheaper than the FLEXiO 5000, making it a great option for budget-conscious shoppers.

The 5000 is a very similar sprayer, with the biggest difference being that the motor sits on the floor, and there is a hose that pushes air from the motor to the gun to be able to spray the paint. For a detailed comparison between Wagner FLEXiO 3500 and 5000, here’s Wagner FLEXiO 3500 VS 5000!

You can check out my Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Paint Sprayer review here, and you can also learn about how to use Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Paint Sprayer here.

We also did a comparison between Wagner FLEXiO 3500 VS 590 to learn more about the differences and similarities between these two models.

The 3000, 3500, and the 5000 can also spray thick paint without thinning. So, it is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality paint sprayer for furniture.

I bought an expensive Fuji Q4 paint sprayer and loved that sprayer, but the 3500 definitely rivals it for a much lower cost! And, as much as I hate to say it after spending so much on the Fuji, the Wagner FLEXiO series of sprayers spray just as well in my opinion!

If you’re trying to decide between the different Wagner paint sprayers, here is our post on the best Wagner paint sprayers for furniture that breaks down each one so you can decide which one is best for you!

Please note, I do not use the iSpray nozzle for furniture. That nozzle is for fences and walls and I have not had anything to test it on yet. We use the detail nozzle for painting furniture. For more details and comparison between these nozzles, here’s our Wagner Detail Finish Nozzle VS iSpray Nozzle post!


  • Super easy to clean
  • Has numerous adjustable settings
  • Budget-friendly
  • Suitable for experts and beginners
  • Has 2 nozzles (one for painting walls and fences; and one for fine finishes and furniture) and 2 cups
  • Can spray thick paint without thinning
  • Features X-Boost for adjustable turbine speeds
  • Has 3 spray patterns (vertical, horizontal, circular)
  • I love that it plugs into an extension cord and doesn’t have a bulky hose to lug around.


  • It’s loud 
  • The cord is very short, but I guess that doesn’t matter because you plug it into an extension cord either way
  • For best results, thin the paint at least 10-20% for a fine finish
  • It is heavier than the FLEXiO 5000 because you have to hold the motor

Where To Buy Wagner FLEXiO 3500

  • Amazon: Get the FLEXiO 3500 here!
  • Home Depot: Ship the FLEXiO 3500 to your home or pickup in store!
  • Lowes: Pickup in store or ship to your home.

Furniture Makeovers with the Wagner FLEXiO 3500

We have painted many pieces of furniture with the Wagner FLEXiO 3500 so far, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It is by far my favorite sprayer, with the 3000 being the next in line for me.

spaying paint onto furniture with wagner flexio 3500

Here are some of the makeovers that we have done with the 3500 sprayer. You can click over to these makeovers to find more information on how to use the sprayer and to see how good of a job it does.

Most of these makeovers also have a Youtube video near the bottom of the post if you would like to see the sprayer in action!

How to Use the Wagner 3500 Paint Sprayer

If you are using your paint sprayer for the very first time, I suggest you fill it with some clean water first. Spray that water onto some cement, paper, or cardboard so you can get a feel for the settings.

You can spin the tip of the sprayer to change the way the sprayer sprays, you can turn the knob behind the trigger to make more or less paint come out, and you can change the xboost power settings to change how much power the sprayer has. Just have fun with it!

Check out my guide on how to use Wagner FLEXiO 3500 here.

adjusting the xboost knob of the flexio 3500 sprayer

Watch our using the Wagner 3000 paint sprayer Youtube Video to learn more about the settings of the Wagner sprayers.

When you feel confident spraying water, you can get ready to put paint in the sprayer.

Check out our list of the best paints for spraying to see what paints are the easiest to spray.

And then before you start, make sure you have some paint filters on hand. You need to put a paint filter on the sprayer’s container so it can filter out the paint while you pour it into the sprayer.

Even if your paint is brand new, filter the paint! Filtering the paint will prevent something from clogging your sprayer and making your project not fun.

When your paint is in the sprayer, you can thin it out. Most paint needs to be thinned at least 10, but read the instructions on the back of the can for guidance on how much they recommend thinning the paint.

thinning out the paint before spraying with flexio 3500

Learn everything you need to know about how to thin paint for the FLEXiO paint sprayer here.

Then screw the nozzle onto the sprayer, and twist all of that onto the motor part.

Before you spray your furniture, plug in your sprayer, then spray your paint onto a piece of cardboard, paper, or scrap piece of wood. Adjust the settings until you like the way the sprayer is spraying. If the paint is splattering, you might need to thin it out more.

When you are happy with how it is spraying, you can spray your furniture!

But don’t forget to cover your work area with cardboard or plastic drop cloths so paint doesn’t get everywhere. Here is how to prevent overspray when using a paint sprayer.

Less is more here. Keep your fluid setting (the knob behind the trigger) at a lower setting so you don’t spray too much paint in one area… Then you’ll have to take care of the drips… here is how to fix spray paint drips.

adjusting the fluid setting knob behind the trigger of flexio 3500

If you have any issues with your sprayer, here’s our Wagner Paint Sprayer Troubleshooting post to help you figure out what the problem is.

When you’re done with the sprayer, or before you are done for the day, clean out the sprayer to keep it running well for the next project. Here’s our step by step guide on how to clean a Wagner FLEXiO sprayer.

You should also check out my other paint sprayer reviews here to learn more.

I won’t lie, the first time you use the sprayer, it might be a slow process, but as you keep trying, you’ll get the process down and spraying will be so much faster than any other method of painting! Plus, the finish will look top notch in the end!

Happy painting!

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  1. Tonya Jackson says:

    Your referencing the wrong item with the Flexio 3500 on Amazon. It’s the 595. 3500 isn’t sold on Amazon

    1. They are one in the same, except for the name. Some places call it the 3500, while others it is called the 595.

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