Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Krista272123 Time Saver!
I am always hesitant to try new products. I used a similar product without the groove last year on our old house deck and this year, the Home Depot employee highly recommended this. We have about a 1000sq ft cedar deck and decided to try it...WOW, was this awesome. Saved time and saved my back as you don't have to bend over. I just had to use the brush in a few areas if the boards were a bit too tight and the groove couldn't fit. Love it and am trying to find the refill as I couldn't find at Home Depot- so have to look elsewhere.
July 5, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Termie Really great idea, flawed in practice
I really, really wanted to love this product. It just seemed ideal in so many ways. In the end, though, this really isn't a very durable product, and for that reason, I can barely recommend it. If it were as cheap as a disposable roller, that would be one thing, but it costs as much as a very nice paint brush. Unfortunately, it won't last nearly as long.
Here's what's great about the tool:
(1) its pivoting head makes getting a nice even coat very easy, and also allows the tool to get under railings effectively
(2) the groove tool, which is designed to stain in between boards, is actually better at removing debris caught in the grooves. In my case, that was maple tree seeds ("helicopter" seeds). It also helps guide your strokes, so you get a nice even coat, almost like it's "driving" for you!
Here's why it ultimately isn't a great tool:
(1) the extending groove tool was ruined within about 20 minutes, due to certain grooves being too narrow and pulling the pad material right off the tool. Also, every time you get stuck on a piece of debris or a narrow section, it will hop up, potentially hitting another object (I got stain on the side of my house several times due to this).
(2) the action of switching to the extended and retracted groove tool modes (which you need to do often to soak the pad with stain) tends to unscrew the handle from the tool, and at one point it fell right off. This may be due to the slightly loose fit with the handle I had, but since you have to supply your own, this is bound to happen more often than not.
(3) the deck pad started shredding within about 90 minutes of use, leaving small fibers caught in the stain.
So, overall, I like the idea of this tool, and it did a great job on the small portion of my deck that I was able to stain before it fell apart. But ultimately, this is a disposable product, just like a roller, but it simply costs too much given that it will not last. A shame, but I'd only recommend it for those with small staining jobs to use it for. It definitely did a great job while it lasted - I was able to cover about 125 sq. ft. before I had to throw the deck pad out.
June 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Not bad
Worked pretty well, as long as your plank spacing was wide enough. Some times had too much on the pad and the sealer ran through the deck to the porch below. I would use it again when we seal next time.
June 2, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by donoscar not as good as it looks!
may be great for some decks and certain applications but it did not work for our deck well.
June 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by twalsh1490 I love this pad
This pad saved a LOT of time. It very efficiently spread my coating on a very large deck, with better coverage than a roller.
The tongue did a nice job of spreading the coating into the gaps between deck boards. Previously there would always be drips that looked simply careless. With the tongue reaching into the gaps the coating was uniform on the edges and below. It didn't just look like a careful job, it looked great!
Some gaps in my deck were a little wide. So, I either made two passes, pressing to each side, or canted the handle on an angle.
Part of my deck had very little gap between planks. For that part I used it in flat pad mode, with the handle flipped to the other side so the tongue was retracted. Worked just like a regular flat pad.
When I first looked at this tool in the store I thought it was gimmicky. There are SO MANY painting tools that promise everything: faster, better, neater, whatever. This pad actually was totally worth the cost. Very glad I got it.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kenn Best Tool Ever
For many years I applied my deck stain/waterproofer with a brush. Just happened to see this tool at the store and gave it a try. I'm glad I did. Cut my job time in half. Also saved me some back pain because I was able to apply the stain while on my feet using and extension ploe.
April 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handymom Handy tool to paint the Deck
This is a great tool if you are planning to stain\paint your deck. IT's splash free and gets in the groves without you breaking your back.
January 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RandE Skip it. Stick to the standard pads.
Good idea but execution is not good. Pad is wider than most deck boards so if your deck is not perfectly flat and the joint between the boards is not equal the pad will only hit the high spots. Unless your deck boards are a constant and uniform distance betweeen the boards the groove piece in the down position will constantly get stuck between the boards.
September 25, 2013