Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 27
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Aanderoy Nifty tool. Practice makes for perfect results.
We had to paint an entire two bedroom apartment so we decided to try the Sidekick. It did save time and overall worked very well. There are a some cautions that should be noted. First off, make sure you drain the water out of the tube after cleaning. Always double-check to make sure there is no water in tube before using. Otherwise when you start pumping paint you will have a dripping mess of watery paint on your hands ! Second, be careful of the white plastic end of the roller holder, it the piece that clips the roller on to handle. It can scratch your newly spackled wall or cieling if the roller is applied to wall/cieling with too much pressure on the end. Not sure why Wagner hasn't filed down that ridge/groove. I took a file to it myself after noticing slight gouges in ceiling I was painting. Thirdly, if doing a lot of ceiling painting like we were, the tool makes efficient work. But, be prepared with safety goggles and a hat because it does splatter, and have a wet rag ready to wipe splatter of wall. Fourth, when replacing the roller cover on the handle assembly, becareful the roller doesn't pinch the rubber gasket on the bend side. This becomes more important after several uses as that rubber traps paint, and cleaning it stretches it a bit making it tricky to slide the roller cover on. We pinched it once by accident and paint flows through when you begin to use. Lastly, lubricate roller assembly surfaces with petroleum jelly as shown in the directions. Like all painting tools, this becomes more important with more use. Without the jelly, the roller simply won't roll as easily or smoothly as when it is new.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JnDRader Pleasantly surprised
Good thing I bought this Wagner product first. One of their sprayers started smoking in my hand and tripped a GFCI outlet the week before I used this so my hopes were not high. The sidekick performed flawlessly however allowing me to paint the bulk of our interior common spaces in a few hours with minimal hassle, no leaks, or drips, and a great finish on the walls. In fact, after the first room, I dispensed with a drop cloth for anything other than setting the sidekick on. This saved me a ton of time, hassle, and back pain!
Cleanup was pretty easy and seems to have been effective as well. I do wish they would have included some of the sealant to apply post cleaning but it's not a big deal.
June 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DstBstSN Helpful tool, but keep pace
Even adjusting for the increase cleaning time, using the sidekick still saves time when tackling larger jobs. It really pays off to do ALL of your prep work ahead of time. At least for me, with a classic roller and tray you can keep paint wet a bit longer while not in use. (say you needed to touch up with a brush, re-tape, or take some other unexpected break). With the sidekick I was conscious of the paint starting to thicken or dry if I left it alone for tool long. I know this seems obvious, but just feel like there is more wiggle room with a regular roller. That being said, if you have a lot of painting to do, especially ceilings this thing is great. Just keep moving and you can tackle a lot of surface area! Especially nice if you have it mated to a 5 gallon paint bucket.
August 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Coolbone Best Paint Device So Far!!!
I was dreading the task of painting my kitchen and was contemplating hiring a painter until this sidekick came along. I did not have to deal with the mess and job of painting with a regular roller or paint sprayer. This device is easy to use and alleviates the hassle of using a paint pan and constantly having to put more paint on the roller as it is only a "click away". Great device and well designed and preforms like a champ; leaving your walls looking like you hired a professional painter.
May 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BillG Great unit for large projects.
I have used this roller system on several projects. The pump will put way more paint than a painter can keep up with so you will turn it off and on many times during the job.. This isn't a big deal until you add an extension handle to reach to high spots. With the long handle the user has to stop painting and get to the handle button. It cleans up pretty easily and will pump all the paint out of the line. However it would be much easier if there was a hose inlet to allow for flushing rather than running the pump for 20 minutes while it flushes using clean water. I added an inline connection for this purpose by cutting the larger hose and installing a garden hose "T" connector with cap. Since the pump switch is pressure activated I suppose one could add an extension switch for when a longer handle is used. All in all this is well worth the price if you do large jobs. Especially ceilings!!
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NEMajorDude Wagner Smart Sidekick Powered Roller System a "SMART" move!
I wanted the Wagner Powered Roller System for one specific job - the vaulted ceilings in my home. I'd been putting off doing that particular job because - even with a pole extension - I knew it was going to be an aggravating job to do. A powered roller would be just the ticket to eliminate the annoying need to keep rolling a normal paint roller in the tray to replenish the paint supply. But would the Wagner actually work? It comes with a 16 foot hose supply giving you '32 feet of working area', but my ceilings are 12 feet at their highest point, so it's not really 32 feet of work area. I would have loved maybe 4 or even 8 feet more of hose to work with, but the hose might get unruly if it's too much longer. By the way, I left my hose outside in the sun to warm it and straighten it out before I started. I didn't want this thing to coil all around while I was trying to work with it. The hose also has that 'China-Plastic' smell to it - which I'm fully convinced that some people can smell (and find it intolerable - me) and others can't smell it at all (my wife). At any rate, airing it outside helped with the smell a bit anyway. Next I was going to go with 5 gallon buckets and make sure I could just keep rolling. I actually found it to be pretty easy to use with regular 1 gallon buckets... right out of the can, as it were. The device attaches to the cans pretty well. When you run through a gallon, just turn off the flow and attach to pump to the next can. No big deal. You move the assembly by the bucket handle, so everything will feel pretty normal and natural. The handle itself has an on/off switch on it - definitely handy and right where you would want it. It feels good in your hand, once you get used to the idea that your hauling a hose full of paint around with you. My extension pole hooked to the handle with no difficulties. Paint flows nicely to the roller system. I would say it easily cut the time to do this ceiling job in half - maybe even more. Next came clean up. My experience with paint is that it has a tendency to get into every nook and cranny possible. The Wagner Smart Sidekick has a set procedure for clean up, and - if you follow it - it cleans itself pretty well, I'll have to say. I'm not certain if the next time I go to paint something with it, something might be clogged somewhere, but I can say that I don't think it will be a problem. I think my Wagner Smart Sidekick cleaned itself thoroughly... and with only warm soapy water (I was using latex). Bottom line, the device works. I don't mind painting walls with a regular roller, but I was dreading working on that vaulted ceiling. The Wagner Smart Sidekick did its job... and now I'm looking forward to using it on the next room full of walls I paint. It should make even a wall job go much faster and easier. My only concern would be whether or not it will clog somewhere after several clean-ups. But it was worth it, just for that ceiling job.
June 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nusscular Works Great
At the price range this thing is very hard to pass up. I was a little worried about cleanup but it turns out that it is not a big problem. I still hate painting though!
July 31, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by LA3232 Good but not Great
Started out working fine, however after changing rollers purchased from Home Depot the paint started to drip from the side of the roller. Then you had to be very careful about the amount of paint to load the roller. This powered roller system should come with additional rollers, rollers other than Wagner my not work as well.
January 6, 2015