Rollers or Brushes? Which is best? Are Painting Gadgets Worth Buying?
Testing the PaintStick
I have been done a lot of research on painting
gadgets over the years including rollers that store paint in the
handle, and rollers that use a pump to move the paint from a reservoir using an electric motor.
All of these gadgets are sold to you on the
story that they will make decorating easier because you don't have to
keep re-loading your roller with paint.
Whilst this sounds great they don't tell you they will
only work with special paint that costs more, is thinner and only
comes in limited colours.
Most of these gadgets are, in my experience - buggers to clean.
When they get old and the rubber seals dry out or nozzles block
cleaning becomes difficult.
Painting gadgets often fall apart or fail due to one badly
made plastic seal or component. So will the parts are available?
I can see that there are times when a pumped paint
applicator like the Wagner TurboRoller, may be useful,
if you have strong arms.
So far the best system I have seen is the
German made Wagner WallPerfect
W-665 Paint Spraying System, which is good , but far from perfect.
Did you know?
If you use the largest diameter roller you will
get less splatter as the roller moves at a slower speed.
Top Tip -use cling film or a plastic bag to cover rollers and
brushes to stop them drying out if you are having a break in your work.
My first play with the Wagner Wall Perfect W985E
WAGNER WALL PERFECT W665 and WALLPERFECT W985E
I have been testing the top of the range
Wallperfect 985 that has the long lance. Wagner also make a cheaper
and more popular version with a more traditional spray gun with the
paint reservoir attached.
The first thing I want to say about using paint
spraying equipment indoors is that you will need to spend some time
masking up and covering EVERYTHING!
In my enthusiasm to try my new tool I failed to
cover everything and as I was learning how to use the machine, I
made a horrendous mess that took ages to clean. However the
finish on the wall was very good.
So, as long as you cover everything before you
start you could save a lot of time by using a Wagner sprayer. The
best part for me is that once you master the technique you can
achieve an unbeatable smooth and even finish. These paint sprayers
are also great for site work and new plaster where you are covering
large areas and are not so concerned about overspray or mess.
Part of the time saving is made because you don't
need to cut in with a brush on the fiddly bits, also the machines do
self clean very well.
Now back to
reality, I am probably the worlds worst salesman as I like to tell
you what the tool wont do!
Using a paint sprayer to repaint the same colour
is not so easy. It is hard to see where you have been. Doing a new
colour is great.
You will notice anyone demonstrating painting
gadgets always use a new colour, (usually dark over light)
If you have a white ceiling and coloured walls be
aware that you will need to mask and cover the ceiling - a tough job.
You MUST thin the paint by at least 10% and use a new tin
of paint - old paint may clog the nozzles.
If you are "cack handed ", clumsy, or cant
read instructions - forget it. You will need to follow the rules and
learn a new technique or it (and you) will be a big mess.
However, If you master the technique you can achieve an incredible finish.
Wagner are a very reputable, long established
German company and their products are well made and supported.
I think the cheaper W665 model is the best deal.
It is easier to change colours and has the option of a different
head to do outdoor jobs using varnish and solvent based materials.
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