For about a year I have been in the process of ripping a house down to the studs and rebuilding it from the joists to the shingles. In that year I’ve used a lot of new tools, but now that we’ve started (finally) painting the walls there’s one that stands out. One tool that definitely sits in a class of its own.
The Paint Stick is not an ordinary paint roller. It is a paint roller, extension handle, and feeder system in one and a HUGE time saver. We actually bought this product on a whim, but the first time I used it to paint an entire bathroom in about 20 minutes I fell in love. No more paint trays, no more having to stop every 30 seconds to reload the roller; this tool eliminated most of the headaches of painting.
The process is fairly simple. There is a handle that hooks onto the paint can’s rim with a spout coming out of it. You dip one end into the paint and slide the other end into the Paint Stick and then twist the handle to draw the paint into the feeder. When it’s time to paint the wall you twist the handle the other way and out comes the paint. Then you just paint as normal, but without the interruptions.
The guard on the roller served a dual purpose for me. It helped keep splatters under control keeping me and my floors free of paint and also served as a block to keep me from painting the ceilings. It rotates so that you can easily switch from a right-handed to left-handed grip and adjust it for the angle that you’re wanting to paint.
The handle itself is genius. It is the feeder system and where the paint is stored once you’ve sucked it up, but on top of that it also extends to a 64″ handle. This allows you to paint even very tall walls with the same tool without having to stop to change handles.
The company’s site says you can paint an 8×8 wall in 1 minute and they’re right, that’s about the amount of time it takes once you get used to using the Paint Stick.
When used correctly it will also save you a mess that you would normally have from paint trays as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible at painting. I will kick the pan, drip paint everywhere, sling paint all over myself and everyone around me. It’s not fun to be in the same room with me while I’m painting, though I’m sure it would be entertaining to watch. This tool created literally no mess: no drips, no runs, no paint being slung. And I only had to use one coat of paint because it helped me to paint more evenly.
Now here’s the bad part of this tool. You have to clean it. For anyone that has ever cleaned a paint gun this will seem like a non-issue to you. For those of you who are used to tossing out a plastic pan or the foil you covered it with and then rinsing the roller this might be a pain in the ass for you.
To clean it you have to take the handle off the the head, remove the roller from the feeder tube and wash everything. Actually taking it apart is simple and only takes a few seconds, washing up is another thing entirely. You’ll have to suck water into the handle and push it back out to clean it, run water through the metal feeder tube and then wash the roller inside and out. The whole process took me about 15 minutes because it was the first time I had done it. Now I’m confident that I could do it in about 5. All you have to do is read the instructions and do as they tell you during disassembly and cleaning.
The time spent cleaning was nowhere near as long as the time that I saved painting without having to clean floors, fix runs and wash clothes after a normal paint job. All in all our medium sized bathroom would have taken about 25 minutes start to finish, maybe less, if I had known what I was doing. If the cleanup puts you off this tool I understand, but if you can get past that it’s really a great thing to have around assuming you use it correctly.
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