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The Silent Paint Remover


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ASINB0007CGXF2
Best Sellers Rank #507,211 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Date First AvailableOctober 17, 2006
  
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The concept is fantastic and the units are extremely effective (though stripping paint off a house is never effortless).
G. Gentle
I presented this problem to both the company where I purchased the unit and to the manufacture and they basically told me, too bad, since it was out of warranty.
bigecojim
Finally, despite having purchased the recommended scraping tools, paint removal is not 100% further necessitating a final pass over with a random orbital sander.
Forinster

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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By G. Gentle on September 2, 2009
I am a professional painting contractor. Faced with the daunting task of stripping countless coats of lead paint from a very large 1850's captain's house, I took the SPR for a test drive. I timed several 4 sq foot test areas and found that the SPR could strip an area only marginally slower than manual abrasion with much better results and much less effort. I immediately ordered two more units. The concept is fantastic and the units are extremely effective (though stripping paint off a house is never effortless).

However, the build quality of these units is substandard. Within 1 week of starting the project, two of the three units had broken power cords. Within 2 weeks, all 3 units had broken power cords, with one unit suffering breakage both at the handle and at the plug. I assume this is covered under the warranty, but cannot afford the downtime to send the units back. I took a unit to my local hardware store that is an authorized makita repair shop and does power tool repair on other brands. The repairman opened up one of the tools and immediately declared that he would not work on the tool. It's pretty haphazard in there. There was also visible scorching on the inside of the plastic housing.

It's a great idea, and the unit DOES work very well, but I wouldn't expect long-term durability and for what it is, $400-$500 is absolutely ludicrous. If Makita or another major tool company made this, it would cost <$200 and last years instead of weeks.

Oh yeah, when I emailed them about the power cord problems, I got the boilerplate "We've sold thousands and have never had a complaint..." response. Really? Guess I got the three bad ones...

*Update* One day after posting this review, the handle fell off one of the units. If Amazon would allow me to alter my star rating, I would reduce it to 2 stars.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Cooking NurseTeam on August 24, 2006
We have been using this 'lamp' for nearly 3 years now as we use it to de-lead and renovate our old house. It is a fabulous product. Anyone who doesn't find this product anything short of miraculous likes to work too hard. It can strip paint as thick as a nickle in a single pass, in about 15-20 seconds. We have never had a failure with this product. After reading about it on the website, we were concerned about breaking a bulb or wearing one out, but this hasn't happened yet despite being out in the rain, up on scaffolding and tossed (gently) aside. It's fast too. The 15-20 seconds I mentioned earlier may at first seem like a long time, but it is faster than I can scape the paint off in that time (remember the liquid paint is thick and sticky once it's heated). I think it is a great and safe way to strip off paint.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Here on May 24, 2012
This tool is advertised as being the tool of choice, but after paying $500+ for it and some accessories, the thing arrived in the mail. I have been a painting contractor for 22 years, and have stripped over 50 houses.

First off, if I had seen this thing in a store, and held it in my hands, I would have laughed and walked away. It is the cheapest build of any tool- even cheaper built than anything at Harbor Freight. This thing fell apart- YES, actually fell apart in my hands after using it for only 15 mins. Total piece of garbage.

Warranty? No, they are telling me that I owe them for a "rental" fee. They are taking the tool back as a refund, but keeping my money for rental charges.

Look out silent paint remover- You are angering a population that will not tolerate being stolen from, and you will likely be sued into submission if you keep ripping off contractors that are trying to feed their families.

Save your money, time and energy, and buy a real paint stripper. This thing is not worth the thought. Nor are the folks that make/sell them. Crooks, endorsed by a TV show, are still crooks.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By bigecojim on March 12, 2010
I purchased a model 1100 SPR about a year and a half ago in anticipation of striping the exterior of a 100 year old house. I was sold by the safety factor of low temperature removal of lead paint. Winter set in before I could start so the unit set on a shelf for 8 or 9 months. I finally used it to strip some interior doors where it performed adequately but certainly not in the miraculous fashion depicted in the promotional material. Recently when I tried to use the unit one of the bulbs wouldn't light and the other only illuminated partially. I presented this problem to both the company where I purchased the unit and to the manufacture and they basically told me, too bad, since it was out of warranty. I thought this unreasonable when they advertise the bulbs to last 5000 hours and mine failed after perhaps FIVE hours. I offered to return the unit so they could see that it was brand new but their only solution was for me to buy two new bulbs for eighty dollars (including shipping). Therefore I would recommend anyone to take a pass on this product which is totally unreliable, particularly considering the high price and the fact that you are held hostage by the manufacture to keep it operating since it doesn't use standardized bulbs.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Clemuel. on March 5, 2013
This tool's a knock off of the Swedish original which was sold by the same manufacturer for several years. The Swedish tool is now marketed as Speedheater.

The Silent Paint Remover works great, until the handles fall off, which happens rather soon if you use the tool horizontally. The handles are a friction fit and the plastic quickly deforms when rising heat changes its plasticity. The plastic tabs holding the handles to the frame extrusion are less than 1/32" deep. Then Viking Sales, the manufacturer tells you "tough luck". Not really -- they offer you a new set of handles for $95 + shipping. The new handles will also last a month if you really use the tool.

You should also note that the tool isn't UL listed, making it illegal to use in certain jurisdictions. If it burns down your house, you won't be covered by insurance because of the lacking UL listing. Nor will your employees be covered by Worker Compensation, and you'll be in violation of OSHA requirements.

As another reviewer wrote, the wiring inside this thing is very poorly routed and protected, which would make UL testing impossible. The detachable "stand" comes in contact with the wiring which will eventually liven it up as the insulation wears off the wires. The cord is retained with a spiral hose clamp. Kind of hard to believe that something would be manufactured this was in this age of manufacturers' liability and worker safety. Really surprising.

Viking Sales says the tool is made in USA, but there is plenty of evidence that the parts come from a far-away land. Maybe it's assembled here, but this shoddy quality usually originates in the Far East.

If you want a tool that lasts a long time, buy the Swedish Speedheater. If you want to save $100, buy this one.

You truly get only what you pay for. In this example, you will get far less.
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