HEA Control Pro paint sprayer

 HEA stands for High Efficiency Airless, Wagner's new Airless paint sprayer technology. The completely new HEA series replaces Wagner's successful Project Pro and PowerPainter series.

This new technique provides an even better and fuller spray than current Airless machines, which currently represent the highest standard in the market. HEA combines the advantages of two existing technologies: HVLP and Airless.

  • Airless, such as the Project Pro series, has the advantage of being able to handle large surfaces easily and gives a very good finish
  • HVLP, such as the Universal Sprayer series, for example, is easier to handle and gives less overspray

Less overspray and overlap
HEA integrates these two advantages in one machine. This Airless paint sprayer works under low pressure, reducing overspray by some 50%, making it easier to handle than a standard Airless sprayer. Due to the low pressure and new tip technology, the paint sprayer is more forgiving or accommodating, meaning that you will get fewer runs and less uneven coverage than you would with current Airless and HVLP technology.

Besides reducing overspray, Wagner HEA Control PRO gives you more control. Whereas you often had to overlap your strokes before, the softer spray fanning out of the HEA paint sprayer means you can avoid this. Your strokes will look smoother and neater, making it is easy to place them beside each other instead of having to (partially) overlap them.


All the plus points of the HEA paint sprayer in a row

  1. Better spray fan than current Airless sprayers (the latest industry standard)
  2. +/- 50% less overspray
  3. Easier to use
  4. Better control over strokes (less “tailing” and overlap)
  5. No more need for filters
  6. Specially developed tips for better coverage


The HEA paint sprayer is available in four variants in total, two lighter models and two heavier models with more power. The material used in the fabrication makes the difference distinct: two models have plastic (R) housings and two have metal (M) housings. Where consumers would consider using the plastic variants, the professional would probably go for the more robust metal machines. 

The number in the product name indicates the difference in power between both types of Wagner HEA sprayers: the 250 (= lighter model) and the 350 (= heavier model).

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As mentioned earlier, not all of the accessories apply to the new HEA paint sprayer. Where before you had to put a matching filter in the handgrip of the machine, now you no longer need this.

The full range of spray painting tips, however, will remain useful especially because you want the best result. However, the new HEA tip has gone through revolutionary development. Thanks to the new tip technology in the HEA, Wagner has been able to reduce overspray by some 50%. Which means you can now work a lot cleaner (waste far less paint) and get even better results.

Also, they have paid due attention to the spray gun. Now it fits even better in your hand and has a more sensitive two-finger trigger. The whole gun is made of high quality metals.

Also, they have paid due attention to the spray gun. Now it fits even better in your hand and has a more sensitive two-finger trigger. The whole gun is made of high quality metals.

What is a HEA paint sprayer

HEA is a completely new technique developed by Wagner. It has all the features of Airless plus some HVLP features to combine the best of both worlds.

As you can read in the Airless section, an Airless machine is suitable for spraying large surfaces, has a wide range of applications and provides a nice finish. However, an Airless sprayer produces relatively a lot of overspray, is harder to use, less forgiving, and makes quite a bit of noise.

HVLP, on the other hand, may offer a slightly less attractive spray pattern, but it is friendlier and easier to use, produces less overspray and is also suitable for a wide range of jobs. Better said: it is especially suitable for smaller areas and less intensive use.

And now there is HEA, which stands for “high efficiency Airless”. As the name suggests, it is still a kind of Airless machine. The difference lies in the capacity. An HEA paint sprayer has less power than an Airless sprayer but delivers the same liter yield per minute (speed of work) and can handle the same maximum viscosity (maximum thickness of the paint).

The revolutionary design combines the refinement of HVLP with the power of Airless. As a result, you get a sprayer that produces less noise, produces 50% less overspray, is far more user-friendly, has a higher liter yield, can handle thicker paint and is far more forgiving than Airless. In addition, the spray pattern of HEA is even more attractive than Airless. The brute force of Airless sets it apart from this promising advanced technology.

So, is it all over for Airless? We don’t think so! We think Airless is just moving on to bigger projects, such as huge halls and warehouses. Projects that involve lots of meters a day will keep on finding the brute force of Airless very desirable. However, if you are a demanding consumer, a freelance painter, or a landlord (of apartments), then HEA would be a more than interesting option for you.

HEA stands for a particularly nice spray, user friendliness, up to 50% less overspray, fast working and very wide range of use.

Common projects for this type of paint sprayer include: indoor and exterior walls, wooden sheds, ships (especially two-component paints). Furniture, doors, floors, impregnation projects, etc.

HEA compared to other techniques:

  1. Suitable for larger projects
  2. Moderately intensive use
  3. Less overspray
  4. Attractive spray pattern
  5. Less preparation and cleaning time
  6. Forgiving (less difficult to use)
  7. Relatively less noise