Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 53
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by geekboy Works Better Than Expected!
I just used this roller system to paint a small 500sq ft one-bedroom apartment. The apartment is above a detached garage and features vaulted ceilings (yes, the ceiling is tapered from 10ft to 13ft). With 5 doorways and some high walls, I spent more time doing the cut-in (and significantly more with masking) than painting the walls.
I didn't particularly care that I lost about a quart of paint (out of 5 gallons). It's a great system. Not needing to bend over and roll more paint, make sure it's even, and try not to drip back to the wall, is worth this truly inexpensive tool.
The only downside is that it take much longer to clean up than it does to set up; but isn't that always the case? If you treat is properly and clean it well (I run 5 gallons of soapy water, then 5 gallons of clean water through), then it will last! That clean up process takes about 30 minutes, but I do it unattended by using 5 gallon buckets; leaving me time to clean my brushes clean up trash and be confident that my Sidekick is going to be clean.
August 8, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jgbond13 OK for primer or exterior but not for final interior coat because of orange peel
My first impression of the power roller was that this might just be the best thing to happen to painting. That Tom Sawyer may have actually wanted to paint the fence if he had this unit. After 4 uses and 16 gallons of paint, though, its shortcomings are apparent. Positives are that it reduces paint time as you do not have to reload roller since it feeds from the inside and it eliminated drips when going from roller tray to wall. The glaring negative, though, was it's the quality of application. The roller produced significant orange peel. This was more pronounced with thicker primer/paint such as Kilz Max or Behr Marquee. There is a comment in a previous review that you need to understand how the roller applies the paint. I found this to be accurate advice. In my first use, I had too much paint in the roller and had issues with edge lines from the roller and significant drips. When I loaded less paint, edge lines were not an issue but I still had orange peel and drips from sagging paint. I believe the issue is with the quality of the Wagner rollers and it is more pronounced with heavier paint. I had this issue with Kilz Max & Behr Marquee but did not have as many issues with the lighter KIlz2 primer. Cleanup is straight-forward but I would not say it is less time than cleaning a roller as you need to run at least 3 buckets of clean water through the system. The unit will accept an extension pole but it does not fit tightly into the roller handle and thus it wiggles on the pole. Because of the need to turn on/off the pump from the handle, I found using a ladder with the roller was easier than an extension pole. A coworker with an earlier version of the unit put it in a small wagon to roll around the house. If you don't have an assistant a roller cart of some sort is a good recommendation. Given the quality of the paint application, I cannot recommend the unit. I began to use it for a 4th application and the unit struggled to pull the paint from the 5-gallon bucket. After painting a small wall I stopped and shifted to a quality manual roller and the finish the painting. When comparing the section I used the Wager Power Roller to the section with a quality manual roller, it is apparent that I will stay with a quality manual roller and only use this unit for base primer. From my experience, the unit's best use would have to be an industrial setting or exterior painting.
October 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ww Really good painter
Easy to use and I used it to paint my new stucco outside on my garage even though it says interior only.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shake Excellent tool
Easy out of the box… used it on a garage makeover. I'm a c-2 quadriplegic incomplete. This tool was a lifesaver on work and ease of use. Great job with paint right out of the can. Highly recommend this product …
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Maggie Makes painting a breeze
I would recommend this to anyone needing to paint their home. Painting went super fast and clean up is a breeze. Great alternative to traditional rolling or spraying.
August 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dan The only way to paint
This is the fastest and the easiest way to paint a room in half the time. Took about 40 min to paint a 12 x 12 room. The best thing is their is no mess, everything is contained in the roller so their is almost no need to plave a drop cloth.
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dutchgirl Useful device for large painting projects; be sure to follow full instructions for best results!
Instead of tackling a big painting project with this device right away, I decided to practice with it first, which the detailed instruction booklet actually recommends. It also comes with a Quick-Start guide, but to save yourself trouble down the road, read the full instruction guide and practice painting with it on a small area.
Set-up and operation:
I found set-up of this powered painting roller to be fairly easy. I attached the device to a 1-gallon paint can, which only had about 1/3 of (latex) paint left in it from a previous project. After turning on the device (it is rather loud), I found the paint flowed easily from the suction tube through the 16-feet long hose, and you can see it flowing as the hose is clear plastic. Then nothing happened for more than 30 seconds; I didn't see paint coming out of the roller pad and I thought it was somehow broken. Fortunately, then the paint started coming out of the roller pad. What happens is that the paint runs from the hose through the metal handle arm and comes out in little spurts and it then saturates the roller pad. You can control the flow and amount of paint going through the hose and into the roller pad with the yellow button on the handle. It will keep flowing until you press that button again to turn it off. So to avoid dripping, after the roller pad is saturated with paint, press the yellow button to turn off the flow of paint. If the roller pad gets dry and you need more paint, press the yellow button again to make more paint flow into the roller.. It takes a bit of practice and is definitely different than the traditional way of rolling a pad in a painting tray (see my YouTube video of this device in action).
I found cleaning rather tedious and initially confusing. In order to get all the paint out of the hose, per the instructions you take the suction tube out of your paint can (obviously the device should be turned off at this point) and put it in a container of warm, soapy (dish soap is fine) water. You then release the roller pad from the metal arm and put that into another container of soapy water. Then you hang the metal arm into your paint container, turn the device on and run the motor for 15 seconds and any paint in the hose flows back into the can. I didn't see much paint flowing back into the can so I ran it for longer than 15 seconds and then it started spurting soapy water (because the suction tube is in your container of soapy water) into the paint can, effectively ruining the paint. Fortunately, it was only practice paint, so not a big deal, but if you're doing this for a real painting project, make sure you run it for no more than 15 seconds or soapy water will mix with your leftover paint and it will be ruined. What I just described was the process of getting the leftover paint from the hose back into the can so you don't end up wasting a lot of good paint. I didn't find it very effective.
Then to get the hose all the way clean (which it'll need to be if you're going to use different colors of paint), you take the metal arm out your paint can, hold it above the container of soapy water (or a separate container) and the soapy water will run from the suction tube through the hose out the metal arm into the container (see my YouTube video). You'll probably have to refill your container with clean, warm, soapy water several times to get the hose all the way clean. Then you also have to take the roller apart in order to clean all the pieces in that device. Furthermore, there's cleaning of the metal roller arm and all the pieces involved in the arm need to be lubricated after each use. If you're going to be using this device to paint several rooms and in different colors, you'll have a lof ot cleaning to do.
So far, I've only used it for practice on a small area, but I intend to tackle painting my dining room with this device. Since the hose is 16-feet long, it seems you'll have easier reach of a larger area. It will also cut down on constantly having to refill your painting tray with more paint, because the device feeds directly from your paint can. I think you can also separately obtain an extension wand for use with this device for if you need to paint very tall walls of high ceilings, possibly eliminating the need for a ladder.
Cleaning and maintenance of the device I find rather involved and could be a detterent in purchasing and/or using same.
July 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Boise Wagner Power Paint Roller
Good product, easy to use and relatively easy to clean. Much faster than a regular roller/pan set up. Have found that is faster and less hassle than a spray gun also, mainly because no tarping, masking, etc is required, so you can just go to work and get the job done. Excellent on walls and also excellent on ceilings.
Heed this part in the instructions, which recommend applying Vasoline to the rubber seal at the roller connection to the wand. When applied prior to each use, there are no drips.
May 31, 2016