Wagner 0513040 PaintEater
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- A Velcro strap for a secure hand position & ladder work
- Arbor lock for tool-less disk replacement
- Innovative, contour conforming FLEX-DISC System
- Power rotary paint remover and surface-prep tool with replaceable 4-1/2-inch disc
- Removes paint chips; feathers paint edges; abrades surfaces
- Retractable, ergonomic handle for one- and two-hand use; great for ladder work
- Multiple ergonomic hand-holds to minimize fatigue and provide safety on a ladder
- Weighs 4 under pounds
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|The PaintEater powerfully removes paint, then gently smooths the underlying surface to prepare it for a fresh coat.|
Painting a home's exterior is a big project, but one that pays off in curb appeal as well as protection for your home. The first and most tedious step in painting your home is to get rid of loose or flaking paint and to prepare a smooth surface for a fresh coat. The PaintEater is an award-winning tool from Wagner Spray Tech and 3M that will help make quick work of this process.
The Wagner PaintEater was awarded the Handyman Club of America's Member Tested and Recommended Seal and Contractor Tested and Recommended Seal.
Aggressive on Paint, Gentle on Siding and Trim
The Wagner PaintEater aggressively removes paint but is easy on underlying substrate. With the PaintEater you can prepare most outdoor surfaces, including wood and masonite siding, concrete, and steel. The machine's powerful, 3.2-amp motor delivers 2,600 RPM for removing even the most stubborn pain, paint oxides, and mildew; this optimal rotary speed gives just the right combination of performance and control.
Flex-Disc System for Precise Results
The PaintEater combines a high-powered machine and a tough 3M spun-fiber disc with high-performance abrasive embedded into the fibers. Together they provide you with speed, power, performance, and control, so you don't have to worry about damaging surfaces.
The PaintEater's innovative Flex-Disc System allows the disc to conform to surfaces for precise results around flat trim and siding. The disc can be operated on its edge--to remove stubborn paint chips--or flat--to smooth or feather edges. The outer edge of the disc is ideal for preparing the surface underneath lap siding. The disc's compact size--4-1/2 inches--allows you to access tight corners; its open-web design minimizes buildup of paint and dust and allows the disc to easily glide over screws, nails, or sharp edges without damage.
Removing the disc is just as simple as using it--no tools required. Simply engage the arbor lock and unscrew.
Ergonomic Design Provides Comfort and Safety
The PaintEater is ergonomically designed to allow for multiple hand positions and to ease hand fatigue. It can safely be used with either the right hand or left hand, and the retractable handle and soft-grip cover allow you to easily switch between one-handed and two-handed operation. And even with its rugged, glass-filled polypropylene body, the PaintEater is lightweight enough for you to carry from job to job.
A shroud design at the base of the unit ensures that your hands stay safely away from the disc during operation. For added protection, the PaintEater features a Velcro strap for securing the tool safely to your hand when working on a ladder, rooftop, or when you just need extra leverage. For peace of mind, a silicon boot protects the on/off switch from dust and moisture.
The Wagner PaintEater is backed by a one-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
Wagner PaintEater and 3M disc.
Top Customer Reviews
Not one to easily depart with 5 grand, I decided to paint the thing myself. This was the first tool I bought and I have to say it has payed for itself ten times over. It took an entire week of sanding with the machine and unlike others it performed flawlessly. I went through three disks so you may want to pick up a disk or two depending on how big your project is.
I removed the gray plastic shield surrounding the disk. Simply squeeze it and it pops right off. The reason was I couldn't get the machine close enough to those tight spots and it was blocking my view. Plus, I was wearing safety goggles and a respirator (a must have unless you like lung cancer, very fine dust particles) so flying chips weren't a problem.
You can use the machine to feather edge every single paint chip and pock mark as if your restoring an 18th century piece of furniture or just run it along and quickly knock down the chips. Depends on how much time you have. I found that in places where people will be notice, like near the patio, it worked well to spend extra time to get a nice smooth surface. Other places I just quickly moved it along and in some really tucked away spots, I just used a scraper, but it simply doesn't do as nice a job.
As far as durability, if you apply a lot of pressure you can definitely hear the motor bog down. As an electrical engineer, I can assure you that running a motor at full load to point of where it almost stalls will severly shorten the lifespan. I had good results just applying very little pressure and letting the machine do the work.
Overall, if your tackling a big job, I'd definitely give it a try.
The bad: HOW MUCH FOR A REPLACEMENT PAD THAT LASTS 15 MINUTES???
I have gone through 2 pads to take paint off roof trim. After the first pad wore out rather quickly, I made a conscious effort to go easy on the pressure, but the results weren't much better. One pad will clean the paint off about 20' of 4" wide trim, and takes 10-15 minutes. For $15 a pad, it is cheaper for me to buy new trim and nails and to replace it, and it takes about as much time. Also, the pad will cut grooves into soft wood, so using it on contoured surfaces (like window trim) is a no-no. Also, you will still have to find some other way to get into the corners, since this is a circular tool.
If you have a 4 1/2" angle grinder with a 5/8" arbor, you can use it with the pad alone and not have to buy the whole tool. Save yourself $60.
The sanding disk is amazing. so let this gizmo do the work. If you press down impatiently, two things happen. (1) you load (slow down) the motor (this is bad), and (2) you add swirl marks (this is bad). So don't and you will be happier with the result and the gizmo will not break within a few hours.
I was concerned about motor power based on some reviews. But the 3.4A (0.5 Hp) motor is plenty strong. The sanding disk will tend to grab if the unit is far off axis from your body and more power would be dangerous and not more effective. This thing is made for the homeowner. Any more power and the lawyers would be lining up. Still, this item will wear out but for 60 bucks, you expect an heirloom tool?
The on/off switch is not a very good design but I can live with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband bought this to help refinish a dresser and an outdoor retaining wall. So far we have finished the dresser, and the one stone that was delivered with it still has a lot... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Alexis
Works well, not sure how durable this will be but I think it may last long enough for my project.Published 3 months ago by Savy shopper
I own and use multiple festool sanders ...... Using this to prep a house for paint ... I saw Chris from Idaho Painter using one and thought I would give it a try ..... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles
It does remove paint..... but it is more work thank a hand scraper.... It should have a variable speed for more control. A flat surface is probably best for this tool. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Django
This product delivers! very powerful and fast very abrasive won't waste your time or energy used this to great effect
for contract work sanding down and painting on four huge... Read more
similar to my makita gv5000 I'm realizing 4-5k rpm is the secret for paint removal...no guard though if it had that 5 stars...Published 5 months ago by dfphoto
NEVER use this tool if you have lead paint [prior 1978 lead ban on paint] on your home for your own and family's health. Read morePublished 6 months ago by fixento
Wagner Paint Eater broke on one key part in the first use, and motor burned out before the end of the first day of usePublished 7 months ago by Scott Plummer