Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tallulah A must-have painters tool!
This paint stick is incredible. I was able to paint four large ceilings is less than four hours. Why is that such a fete, you say? Because I am an old, weak, lazy little old woman. On a good day with a roller it would have taken me four days.
I strongly suggest you buy this if you have any painting to do. I still have the walls of those four rooms to paint but they will be a breeze. And because I AM an old woman I chose to buy five paint sticks to avoid having to clean them!
August 24, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mikeo Product design changes for the worse
I have used the paintsticks for many years. The old one was basically secured by pushing the roller over the end and it would go over a gasket and seal. These new ones have an end piece that has a plastic locking mechanism that is supposed to keep the roller on.
I bought two, used one myself, and a friend used the other one. In both cases, the locking mechanism failed while painting and paint oozed out. Once this happened, I was not able to really get the end cap to stay on because the end cap is plastic and the locking mechanism would not secure the end cap. I had to be very careful and watch if it opened again.
I reverted to the old tried and true hand roller, which is less efficient, but works. I also had used another product without this poorly designed end cap.
October 11, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by yuma Great time saver for larger projects
I just painted the exterior of a 24 by 40 shop. It took about 2 - 3 hours per coat (I did 2 coats). The Paintstick works as advertised. I was able to cover about 6 by 10 foot area before reloading. Reloading was fast and easy, no problems with leaking. Since little or no masking is needed, I think it was faster than spraying, and far less expensive. As for cleanup, after working all day with it on a warm day, it was much too much work to clean. For $20, just consider it a disposable item.
May 14, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by u4775 A shadow of its former self.
I have used these things for decades and the newest ones have been cheapened too much. The curved metal arm that dispenses paint is now very cheaply manufactured and simply does not do the job anymore. The last one I had dispensed most of the paint towards one end of the roller due to poor manufacturing. It is too bad because it was a great invention originally.. And they now do not include a cleaning tool that was in the original too, fit on a hose and power flushed the paint out . This is what happens when bean counters get control of a great idea. I cannot recommend it in its current form.
May 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JaneeS Don't want to paint without it
We LOVE this item. I rate this 4 stars leaving off a star because of tedious clean-up. We used our first paint stick 18 yrs ago and haven't been without one since. We've worn out only 2 after many, many hours and literally dozens of jobs and even exterior painting. We did have to do thorough, time intensive clean up since we pinched pennies not to have to buy replacement rollers, and to recover every ounce possible of paint left inside.
It holds lots of paint, really extends your reach when full, helps to do a neat job quickly and is easy to control the amount of paint you want to apply. We usually cut in with a brush, finding other methods unsatisfactory, but use the paint stick for everything else. For vaulted ceilings we have stood on ladders without losing balance to maneuver the stick easily. We don't use the spatter shield as it gets in the way as we quickly change angles while working around a room. Spattering was still negligible unless you were playing NASCAR and seeing how fast the stick could go. Also NASCAR-rolling with a thick amount of paint might make the roller slide along a surface, but you just have to go over it to spread out the extra paint you purposely pushed out. The roller covers were (are?) available in thin or thick nap, so you can do textured wall surfaces, including brick or concrete.
I saw one person's idea to use a new stick for a new project instead of cleaning it. It's inexpensive to us nowadays to do that, but the re-cycler in me balks. On the other hand, how much landfill space does re-using it save compared to wasted gallons of water to clean up? Your call on that.
October 4, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by amanda Make the job a lot easier!
Just painted the ceiling so far, and it would have been so much harder with out this paint stick! It holds a lot of paint in the stick and roller and when it's full the extra length give you more reach. This is great cause I didn't have to be on a ladder to do the ceiling and it keep the job really neat. It takes a while to clean it up but is worth it.
July 9, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jumper The only thing to use on a ceiling
This is the easiest way to paint a ceiling that was ever invented. I have used it three different times and I clean it out each time and save it for the next time I need it. Maybe 3-4 years down the road. It is the less messiest way to paint. Its the greatest.
January 25, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jj22 not for easy painting
This product is not suitable for ceiling as the handle is too short and you do need to apply significant amount of pressure to push the paint through the tube to the rolling part and even then the colour does not spread evenly through the roll leaving significant part of the roll unused. It is not worth the money and effort. I ended up painting the whole apartment with regular brush. I would not recommend this tool at all until you are not ready to apply lot of force.
Regular paint roll with extended handle is the better solution and also much more cheaper than this product.
Nevertheless the idea behind it is good but it does not make the job easier and certainly not for high ceiling part.
March 20, 2013