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Wagner 0513040 PaintEater

3.8 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
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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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Take the frustration out of paint removal and surface prep with the Wagner Paint Eater. This unique tool is designed and optimized to remove peeling paint without damaging the substrate, allowing for a smooth, long-lasting new coat of paint. The special fiber disk with embedded abrasive effectively removes paint chips without clogging with paint and dust. The Wagner Paint Eater has received the Member Tested and Recommended and the Contractor Tested and Recommended Seal from the Handyman Club of America. This is an independent group that tests and rates products. At least 2 out of 3 testers must recommend this product in order to earn the seal.

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The Wagner PaintEater is a one-step paint remover that's aggressive on paint but gentle on siding and trim. Included in the system are the PaintEater machine and 3M spun-fiber disc, which work together to get rid of paint, feather rough edges, and smooth the surface of wood, masonite, steel, or concrete. In just one step the PaintEater eliminates the time-consuming, labor-intensive chores of traditional exterior-paint prep and ensures that your new paint will go on smoother, adhere better, and last longer.

The Wagner PaintEater package includes:
  • Wagner PaintEater
  • 3M disc


Features include the tool's Flex-Disc, which is pliable for handling both flat and curved surfaces. View larger.
The PaintEater powerfully removes paint, then gently smooths the underlying surface to prepare it for a fresh coat.
Quickly and Easily Prep Your Home's Exterior
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.


Product Information

Package Quantity:1
Product Dimensions 10.6 x 9.6 x 5.4 inches
Item Weight 3.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Wagner
ASIN B000FFYLJQ
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Origin USA
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Item model number 513040
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3.8 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,488 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#38 in Home Improvement > Painting Supplies & Wall Treatments > Paint Sprayers
#958 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply

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I had two quotes to paint my 3,000 sq. ft. ranch house: $5,000 and $6,000. The main reason was a the labor involved in scraping and sanding and the thirty windows. The house was in bad shape.

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.
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The good: Product does what it says, removes paint quickly.
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.
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I'm a pro painter and was looking for a better tool for removing paint. I often use a grinder with carbide teeth to remove multiple layers of old alligatored or cracked paint where you really want to remove everything to the wood. The "paint eater" is not the tool for those really tough jobs. It does seem appropriate for knocking off a layer or two of loose paint and feathering edges. Much better than hand scraping or orbital sander. Decent tool for the price on light duty work.
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Works good right out of the box. Died after the first 3 hours. Replaced it. 2nd one died as well. Was working fine, no overheating etc. Shut it off to move the ladder. Tried to turn it back on and nothing. Both units had the same symptoms. Too much money for a product with such a short lifetime and they obviously have a manufacturing defect. You can expect to see a lot of these in discount "refurb" catalogs.
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Bought this to prep 20 year old cedar siding for repainting. It had not been painted for at least 7 years. The PaintEater made quick work of what could have been quite a scraping project. I did go thru 2 discs in the process. But for the square footage I covered, that was not excessive. Use the disc's edge when the disc is new (and thickest) to scrape the lower edges of the siding. It is noisy and produces a lot of dust. It does take some practice to get the best feathered edges. If the unit begins to wobble as you strip/sand, resist the temptation to press harder. Instead, ease off the wall surface and then press down. That seems to regain control faster.
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worked well at removing the paint on my yellow pine exterior siding. Tedious but effective. Where I opted not to fully remove, it did decent job at featheredge. I am happy with results. But it does take a toll on muscles if you use it for several hours! Wear an N95 mask and be careful if you are on a ladder. Have fun!

Notes:

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.
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