Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Franztini Expensive but worth it
I hesitated spending $80 on this accessory since I just spent $300 on the Graco X5 sprayer - which I didn't budget for but figured it was cheaper to buy it than rent a sprayer since I had a whole house to do. After spraying the whole interior with primer, I like using the sprayer since it is light and easy to maneuver but I was painting the walls a different color than the ceiling and the thought of trying to protect the ceiling while spraying the walls is what lead me to look into this accessory. I hesitated because of the cost and some bad reviews, but figured it had to be better than spending the time to protect the ceilings from overspray. I am glad I did!
Well yesterday I did two coats on 90% of the interior walls of a 1500 square foot house - by myself! 3 bedrooms, hallway, living room, and family room. I was exhausted after at the end of the day and had my frustrations with the roller, but was still glad that I bought it. As a previous reviewer stated, the roller is heavier than a standard roller. You will have to roll with two hands. One on the gun and the other guiding the bar. Because it is heavy and you are triggering the paint that comes out of the roller, you need to 'guide' the roller up/down the wall so you don't get 'runs' on the sides. The best way to describe this is when you have a roller filled with paint and you roll and lean on one side of the roller - there will be a run of paint on that side. This can occur with the roller if you don't use your hand to guide it - especially in tight corners/areas. It does take a little getting use to since you trigger the gun to get paint to the roller and roll. As some reviewers stated, it took longer to cut the corners than it did to roll the walls. Here is my two cents on the pros and cons.
Clean - there are no drips from the roller and it is 100% cleaner than the sprayer
Fast - Energy focused on rolling not stopping and getting more paint on your roller
Economical - less paint used since you put the sprayer hose into the gallon/5 gallon bucket and not pouring into trays
Heavy - the roller is heavier than a traditional roller. I recommend getting the cheap gloves that have rubber in the palm and fingers and use them to paint. It helps with the metal gun and the hand that holds the metal bar to the roller
Size - the roller bar is fixed. If you have a small area, i.e., 3' hallway, it can be difficult to roll
Fighting the hose - this pairs with the "heaviness' of the roller. At times when rolling the hose would cause frustration.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by johnpc Worked better than expected
I already had the Graco paint sprayer but did not want to mask off everything to spray paint some bedrooms so I picked up the pressure paint roller. I painted two rooms and it worked well. It was much faster. I was covering the floor but then stopped that to save time as and I did not need to cover the floor because it did not drip.
The clean up of the roller was as easy as a regular roller.
I wish they made a pad version of this system for doing the corners and near the ceiling. I called Graco and they said they did not make that system.
March 3, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by edwardskc Can paint large areas quickly and cleanly
Like anything new, it took me a few minutes to learn how to use it. Makes rolling large areas MUCH easier, and the trigger for applying paint works well and smoothly so you can always have the right amount of paint on your roller without drips, climbing up and down ladders, and constant trips back to the roller pan. The handle has a lot of adjustments so you can put the trigger in the position that is most comfortable for you. Only downsides -- it's a little heavy so my arm got tired faster than with a conventional roller, and it is a little awkward to switch sides and put the frame on the other side. Also, cleanup of the entire contraption takes longer than using a standard roller. Wonderful for any large job though, and cut the time for painting in half.
June 25, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jmb0801 Power roller
No issues with dripping, much quicker and cleaner than roller and pan, much less prep than spraying. Short learning curve to get great results but get a hose swivel so you don't spend time fighting the hose. Somewhat expensive but the time it saves and the wear it saved me make it a worthwhile purchase.
August 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Diggerd Great add-on!
This product worked great for a few jobs now. With the sprayer I found myself taping off a lot for just one room. With the roller we could cut in the room and just roll without getting paint everywhere. Not a substitute for the sprayer but a great add on for the money.
March 18, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jls079 Graco Roller
Has worked well for me so far. Applied primer to two rooms and painted one up to this point. Have to apply EVEN pressure on the extension handle or you will get lines. This is much better then roller and tray. Have a project painter with a home made pickup hose for the 5 gallon bucket. Turn it on and roll $ go. Took longer to cut in the room then roll it using this. Have not tred the roller with the 40" extension yet (saving the ceiling for last).
Clean up is a little tricky at first but easy.
October 21, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Not Recommended
Roller is very sturdly constructed so I thought it would be engineered well. However, using the X5 painter unit with roller there is no way to lower the pressure enough so that you get no leaking from the roller. This would be ok in my opinion if the metal on metal sleeve bearings in the roller did not rub and release metal shavings. When painting with white or light colors the roller end connected to the paint tube leaks slowly. When mixed with the metal shavings the paint turns grey and eventually will get on your wall or ceiling. Makes a mess and more cover up work later. For the price (expensive) I would at least expect the roller to have some rubber gaskets to keep this from happening
January 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by alpaca Time Saver
Major time saver. Even made my husband who hates painting agree to paint his mothers house next!
January 21, 2015