Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 47
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Hurwizzle Takes the "pain" out of "paint"
The Wagner 9-inch and 3-inch SMART Power Roller System made painting easy. After reading the instruction book, setup, use, and cleanup was very straightforward. Painting our entire basement living space took less than half the time it took doing it with a traditional roller.
A note: the instruction book suggests using Variable Speed 9 (VS9) if you're using the 9-inch roller, but I found that VS9 delivered too much paint for me to be able to keep up with. So, I used VS9 only to fill the roller, and then maintained my paint flow using VS3.
I did not use the 3-inch smart edge roller, so this review is based entirely on the 9-inch roller.
May 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Nate Puts out a lot of paint.
This power roller is great when you have a large room and need to apply a lot of paint. Reds take a lot of coats and my wife wanted the 350 sq ft rec room red. Without this power roller, I would still be painting.
Cleanup actually wasn't too bad, you just keep pumping soapy water through the system until the hose is mostly clear.
If you are buying this online, I would recommend buying extra rollers since in my area you can't just pick them up at the store. You can also save money on shipping by bundling your order with rollers.
The only features I gave up on were the cut-in roller and the extender rod. I still prefer to use a brush for cutting-in. The weight of the paint in the roller was too much for me to control with the extender rod.
The only problem I encountered was on a couple of occasions, I bumped the reverse switch and couldn't figure out why the paint stopped flowing. A backup chime might be a nice feature.
The literature says you can use this with a 5 gallon bucket, but I'm not sure the hose is long enough to reach the bottom of the pail.
May 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by momof2kidz Keep on rollin'
My first use of the SMART Power Roller was to paint my upstairs hallway. Setup of the system was straightforward, and I was ready to go pretty quickly. Initially, I started with the Smart Edge Roller; I was hopeful that it would work for me and eliminate my usual careful cut-in (I don't tape). However, I didn't have much luck with it, and wasn't satisfied with the edge so I went back to the brush. I had hoped for more information on how the smart edge was supposed to work--my Owner's Manual, page 5 said "See Helpful Painting Tips, next page", but the next page only contained a repeat of the front page of the manual.
Now, I was painting with BM Aura, which dries quickly, so I was slightly concerned that I've now powered up this roller, have paint in the entire length of the 16-foot hose, and have to stop to let the cut-in dry before rolling (that's how you paint with Aura). However, there was no turning back, so when the cut-in was dry (1 hour from start), I put the 9" roller on and started painting away. I was finished rolling in about 30 minutes. Towards the end, I was having trouble getting enough paint in the roller. There was still an inch and a half of paint in the can, so I suspect that the Aura may have started gumming up the system somewhat at that point. You do have to be careful with this paint. But all in all, the hall was finished.
Cleanup wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Not any worse than the usual painting cleanup, only different. I didn't see much paint return to the can with the reverse button, even though I let it run for more than the suggested 2-3 minutes. I could just be that the same problem with my paint starting to dry in there. I was hoping for better results with reverse because this paint is expensive! (and I like to have enough leftover for touch-ups). Surprisingly, cleaning out the hose was a cinch, you basically use the motor to run warm soapy water through until its clean! I actually couldn't believe that the hose turned from green (my paint) back to clear again! My only grumble about this is that usually I consider roller covers disposable since they are a pain to clean. This system does require a special roller cover; it has holes in it that allow the paint to seep in. Which means I had to wash it--its still soaking. Not that easy to get medium/dark green colorants out of anything. Now that I've checked, the Wagner covers are slightly more costly than the covers I usually use, but not too bad so I still might consider tossing rather than washing covers. The way I see it, I'm still saving loads of money over hiring a painter.
Final note: online, the owner's manual HAS the elusive page 6 "Helpful Painting Tips" that my printed manual lacked. That would have been "helpful" to have...
June 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tom3 Made me a better painter. Even coverage with no Flashing.
A lot of people look at the various painting tools and think about whether it will make painting faster. I don't care about speed too much. Actually applying paint doesn't take all that much time for me compared to everything else. That includes removing and repairing damaged paint and wallboard, cleaning the surface to get good adhesion, removing items and furniture, etc. Then there's all the time waiting in between coats and the cleanup afterwards.
What I care about is getting a better quality paint finish. Painting is a project a lot of people try to do themselves. Anybody can grab a can of paint, a brush and roller and paint a room. However, there's a lot of skill involved in getting a good paint job. Because I have to live with a bad paint job for a long time or have to repaint I'd take a tool that makes painting slower as long as it gave me better results. Luckily tools that make painting easier usually make it faster too.
Over the years I've tackled different aspects of my painting technique but one recurring problem I still contend with is flashing. It's something I see other DIY painters have issues with too. The Wagner Smart Power Roller helped me finally fix the paint flashing problem.
Flashing is when you get an uneven gloss in the paint surface. It's more noticeable with higher sheen paints and under certain lighting conditions. You may paint a room one day and at night when you're done you admire your handiwork under the artificial room lights and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. The next morning you enter the room with the sun shining through a window and then you see it. And you see it every morning after that too. You can probably fix it by giving it another coat, this time trying to give a more even application but now you've already removed the drop cloths, put the furniture back in the room and cleaned all your tools.
Some people only care that they started with a beige room and ended up with a red room. Me, I want the paint job to look as close as I can to a professional job.
I've been able to reduce flashing by improving my technique but on that last coat, when I've been painting for a while, I'm tired, cranky and not fond of painting to begin with, my technique slips. Plus I don't do enough painting to get that much practice. It's not from cheap paint or roller covers either as I don't skimp on those.
All paints, except certain ultra flat ceiling paints and primers have a bit of sheen to them so you can notice it with more than just glossy, semi-gloss and eggshell paints.
Using the Wagner Smart Power Roller I was able to paint a small bathroom and get good, even coverage with no flashing. I was very happy. Keeping the roller properly loaded just meant every few seconds pressing a button for a bit.
It made the application of paint faster which is important now with the new generation of low and no VOC paints that start to set up faster, can't be worked as much and don't retain a wet edge for long.
Think about it. When painting the walls in even a small 10' x 10' room using a standard 9" roller you're going to have to reload your roller at least 50 times. About 12 seconds to load up the roller each time and you're saving at least 10 minutes.
Clean up wasn't so bad. If you're careful, the machine mostly cleans itself except for the roller covers. I'm not that careful and I got paint on everything but scrubbing with a microfiber cloth and some warm soapy water wasn't difficult. While the Smart Power Roller was self-cleaning I was cleaning the roller cover, roller arm and other bits that are important for smooth operation. I got a little lazy and didn't clean the paint can cover and the outside of the hose. (Told you I'm a sloppy painter.) If you're more careful than I am you'll have an easier time.
My biggest mistake was letting too much paint come out of the roller and it started to drip. I jumped in and started using it before practicing. Now I know to take it easy and slowly load the brush while rolling it up and down on a wall or some scrap, like cardboard. There's a bit of delay between when you press the button and when the paint oozes out of the roller which is why it's a good idea to give it short bursts instead of continually keeping the pump running.
That was with the small edging roller, which does a very good job edging by the way. When I moved on to the 9" roller to fill in the walls I did a better job keeping things clean until the second coat. After the first coat, I stuck the roller in a plastic bag and inserted it into the holder on the top of the unit. Some paint oozed out of the roller and into the splatter guard so when I picked up the roller to start painting it dripped down on my hands, and then eventually on everything else I touched. Since I already had the bag over the roller I didn't need the splatter guard to catch any drips so I'll make sure it's on the top next time to prevent this from happening.
The splatter guard is nice and keeps paint from splattering on other surfaces. I didn't have any paint splatter on my glasses. You have to reposition the splatter shield depending which direction you're rolling and which side any obstructions are but it is easily adjustable. I had to remove it a couple of times to get into some tight spots. It pops on and off without any effort.
One of the nicest things was not having to pour a single drop of paint from the can! More importantly, not having to worry about accidentally stepping in the paint tray and leaving footprints everywhere when you forget and walk out of the room you're painting.
A few spots where I couldn't reach even with the small roller I used a brush. I just loaded the brush using the roller.
There are few things I wish were different. The edge guard on the small edging roller can be snapped out of place if you need it to. It doesn't unfold far enough for me. It would be nice if it folded a few degrees more so that it cleared the edge of the roller cover. This would have made it easier to get into some tighter spots. The extension wand feels flimsy and it would have been nicer if it was sturdier. It held up well though. It would be great if you could mount it on a regular telescoping pole that doesn't have paint passing through it. It would reduce bending and make it easy to change the length without having to deal with something that has paint in it.
Also wish there were more options for roller covers. The Smart Power Roller comes with two 9" rollers covers. A 3/8" and a 1/2" nap The 3/8" created more stipple than the 3" cover and other roller covers I've used. It would also be nice if there was a perforated microfiber roller cover to use with high gloss paints on smooth surfaces.
These are a few minor issues that can mostly be resolved by me being more careful now that I understand how it works better. The most important thing is I got a great finish that I'm very happy about!
October 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by SuperNateinMS Works Well, fast but a lot of cleanup
The power roller is a great product. If you use a five gallon bucket of paint be sure to purchase the 5 gal attachment. I used Behr paint with primer, its about as thick as it gets and this handled it no problem. Once you master flow control and how to handle the on/off button you'll be painting in no time. The edging roller worked very well! it saved me a lot of masking. I still had to paint the baseboard with a brush but it was very narrow. The only downside is all the time it takes for cleanup. If you have a small job, like one room then stick to a roller. If you have a lot to do go for some power!
October 14, 2014