Rated 2.1 out of 5 by 8
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Carlyandthefurkids Good for large open spaces
Good Points: clean and very little drips when I finally figured out how to load the paint.
Bad Points: cumbersome. Do not use in tight spaces or anywhere you don't have full extension of the handle (say 9'). Lots of work to clean and I doubt I can use the roller again even if its the same color! Hard to apply even pressure and after a bit the gaskets loosened and paint started to drip.
Basically if you're painting a large open room...it works slick. Anything else...stick with a regular roller and extension handle.
Oh and I don't know if it wastes paint or not...but judging that I can't use the roller again I'd say it does.
October 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Grumpy Just like the other review said.....
It worked wonderfully the first time. But I didn't invest my money and time for a disposable, single use product. I followed the included cleaning and prep instructions religiously, and it worked incredibly well initially. The coverage was fast and even with minimal spillage. Now, after two uses, the tool is in the trash can and all I can hear is the "told ya so" echoing in the still unpainted room. The time saved when the thing worked right is easily taken back by the lengthy clean up process. Not to mention the preparation time (petroleum jelly on joints and bushings etc). Stay far away. Poor design will only drive up your blood pressure. Slow clap to Black and Decker, you got me.
April 15, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dennis Great Purchase
The Pivoting Rapid Roller was a breeze to use and clean up was great. Great investment. My outdoor pool walls look great and the paint task was fun. Once you start and see how easy and fun it is you don't want to stop. I'm happy
September 29, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DenverDan0 Just say NO
Great idea here, but after using it I can't really see how to make it work. Here are the Low Lights:
1) Even using the kickstand, if you stop painting to go to the bathroom... even if you suck some air into it AND use the kickstand, when you come back you will find it has drooled paint like a basset hound.
2) Roller Rocket! The Roller popped off, leaving an arc of paint as it flew through the air
3) Cleanup is absurdly difficult. Read the manual. It is there and it is crazy.
4) Numerous parts require "lubrication". Again, check the manual.
5) The paint shield swings around, scraping off paint.
6) Horrible for tight spaces. The black thing on the handle comes out as you pull in paint. Think about that, take a broom stick into a hallway, and mock paint. Then you'll see what I'm talking about. 32" hallway is the undoing of this product.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PaintyPaintPaintAgain I love this thing!
I've used mine for years, and it works very well. Purchase an extra long length of vinyl tubing to help with filling issues, and I keep two extra heads on hand. After cleaning, use a hair dryer set at low to fluff the roller. Works like a charm.
- Ultra Satisfied
November 15, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by fancyroy dont buy this
it was great the first time i used the paint roller. then i decided to change paint colors. whoa nelly! ridiculous is basically the only thing i can say. it took forever to clean all the parts and then once i finally completed that, it wouldnt work. paint shot out of both sides of the roller. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. youll actually save time effort painting by hand. big mistake with this purchase.
August 22, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bill worked great the first use
Rapid roller worked great the first time but after cleaning the unit per the manufactures instructions the fill check valve would not seal. After filling tube with paint I would squeeze the trigger and paint would shoot out the fill valve. Product is now useless without replacing check valve, which I have not found sold alone.
February 11, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by refdad2 Don't Buy until tool is revised
I received the item quickly - Fast Shipping. Item was smashed inside box although the outside packaging didn’t look damaged. Seller sent a return shipping label so I could return the damaged item. Only complainant I had was they didn’t ship the replacement until after they received the damaged one back.
I’ve seen these rapid rollers on TV and they looked neat. Pretty simple design, just needs better quality parts. Never even got to use it. First time, after following the directions (which are pretty simple) filled with paint, squeezed the lever to load the roller and paint came pouring out of the check valve on the dandle that is used to fill the handle. I quickly unscrewed the valve and notice a cut in the rubber so the valve won’t seal back up. Not sure if valve came with the tear or I did it loading the paint. The process involves sticking a plastic tube from the paint can into and through this valve into the handle. If the valve tore that easily then it is way too cheap. And it didn’t come with any extras. Manufacturer could spend a dollar or two more and have a much better tool.
January 31, 2012