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Wagner 0513040 PaintEater
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- High-power 3.2 amp motor provides powerful performance
- 2,000 RPM provides the optimal combination of disc performance and user control
- High-performance, spun-fiber 3M disc aggressively removes paint yet is gentle on surfaces
- 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 Wagner paint Eater 4-1/2 in. Disc sander is tough on paint but gentle on the surface. The high-performance, spun-fiber disc operates at 2,000 RPM to provide the proper combination of disc performance and user control and features an open-web disc design to minimize paint and dust build-up. Use the sander on its edge to remove paint chips, or operate it flat for smooth, feathered paint edges that create an ideal surface for repainting. High-power 3.2 amp motor provides powerful performance. 2,000 RPM provides the optimal combination of disc performance and user control. High-performance, spun-fiber 3M disc aggressively removes paint yet is gentle on surfaces.
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.
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.|
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.
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Wagner PaintEater and 3M disc.
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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.
Now, I'm taking away two starts because there is a non-resettable fuse inside that blows when the windings get to about 200 F. That would be fine, except that the device can heat up pretty quickly when doing more serious jobs (such as my concrete stripping project). And bam - without any warning, the device is dead. Judging from the reviews, many other people have bumped into the same problem.
A resettable circuit would have been a much better choice and would have costed them just a tiny bit more - I mean, we're talking 50 cents or something. You can obviously replace or get rid of the fuse if you're adventurous and don't mind voiding warranties, but people who aren't particularly savvy with electronics will need to send it back.
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.
Purple 'paint-eater' sander disc I bought from Lowes lasted longer than the black one shipped with the product.
Need to use both hands to use to keep flat on surface.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This item is useless. I have to paint a wood deck and I am using the Wagner paint eater to remove some loose paint.Read more