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Weasel tested, Wile E. Coyote approved


I’m totally indebted to Pupster for this suggestion. It’s a PaintStick. You suck paint up into it and then squoosh it out through the roller. It KICKS ASS. I covered more square feet in an hour after work today than I did all day Saturday (though I did do a bunch of edging on Saturday).

I went to five different stores trying to find it (including Ace Hardware and Target, which HomeRight’s website said would have them). Nope. One smartass tried to hand me a stick. You know, a the kind you stir paint with. I got the impression they all knew what I was talking about but they were just screwing with me. Rhode Island is like that.

I finally broke down and ordered it on Amazon. I got Black and Decker’s version, because I’ve always liked B&D’s stuff. Only $25 — as opposed to $40, so plenty left over to get two-day shipping.

Thanks, Dog. I owe you one.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 10, 2008, 5:46 pm

Yes, that’s me in the inset — hopelessly incapable of driving my own self-timer.

But doesn’t my floor look great?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 10, 2008, 6:21 pm

Oh, I love this Google search:

how to clean your monitor properly boob

Dude! How’d that boob sneak in there?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: April 10, 2008, 6:40 pm

Cool! Man, am I glad you found sumpin to ease the painting drudgery, Weaz. Painting sucks a lot – especially when its YOUR painting.

Its always easier to help someone else than to do your own – isn’t it?

Pup said ya just clean it for the job at hand – then just pitch it, right? Worth every penny of $25 if it saves that much time.

That floor looks really good.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: April 10, 2008, 6:41 pm

Yep the PainStick’s truly amazing in how much faster you can totally paint an entire room with the wrong color.

I’m not being totally fair since the flavor of roller I was using was pump-from-the-can and brought to you by tubes – slight difference. Only complaint was the extra water usage in cleanup but I suppose that extra paint will end up either there in cleanup or on the floor between the tray and where you’re painting if doing it the old way.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: April 10, 2008, 8:11 pm

Huh, does it come with that weird ass shielded roller like that?

(Looks like a terrific gadget, except EW1 has been known to get 16-71 gallons worth of paint stuck in the shield of a roller when working overhead…with rather unsailorly painting (but plenty of colorful language) resulting.)

Comment from BGG
Time: April 10, 2008, 8:18 pm

Thanks for the tip! My most recent discovery was Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. It really does erase. Still work involved, but it does erase just about anything.

Comment from BGG
Time: April 10, 2008, 8:20 pm

Huh! That new comment editing thing is cool too. You’re full of surprises.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 11, 2008, 1:10 am

Pretty floors Stoaty! Also, you’ve been tagged with a blog meme. It’s all McGoo’s fault.

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Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: April 11, 2008, 8:28 am

OMG I LOVE the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!!! It makes cleaning the house SO much fun! My dog’s coat generates oil like you wouldn’t believe, so there are black smears on the walls against which she likes to lie, and the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser makes those spots disappear…like magic!

(This has been an unpaid product endorsement. Those of you who are not obsessive-compulsive will probably not experience orgasmic joy upon cleaning the walls in your house.)

You know what else I love? Cleaning commercials. You know, like the ones where they go in the heavily mildewed bathroom, and one swipe leaves it glistening clean again? I never get tired of watching that. It’s just so satisfying.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 11, 2008, 8:43 am

Huh. I’ll have to check it out. The next step is a thorough clean. I’ll get professional help (in oh, so many ways)…but the less of a shit-hole the house is to start with, the better.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 11, 2008, 2:13 pm

Glad it worked out for you, Stoaty.

The first Paintstick I bought I spent about 3 hours trying to get all the paint out of it before it dried. (I hate to paint, I despise paint prep, but most of all I loathe cleaning up the painting aftermath.)

The next weekend it just wouldn’t work, the roller was clogged and I blew out the seals in the handle trying to force the paint out. The resultant paint is still on the floor and walls in my garage; I call the piece “Jackson Pollock is a Pussy”

Now I just buy a new one and chuck it when I’m done.

EW1(SG)- I found that the roller shield got in the way, and if you pushed too hard on a full roller, it squeegeed that paint onto your head. I chuck the roller shield too.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 11, 2008, 2:19 pm

I used to date a guy whose parents lived next door to Jackson Pollock in New York. They said he was egregiously pussywhipped. His wife would yell at him and he’d go into the garage and throw paint at canvases. True? I have no idea.

I had pretty good luck with the splatter guard. I only had one oopsie, and that’s when I was pushing the plunger aggressively to see how far it would go. I really should have done that part over the tarp.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 11, 2008, 2:31 pm

Yeah…the splatter guard would probably work fine if you applied nice, even pressure to the roller.

I’m an aggressive-pissed-off-I hate this color-shit I splattered it on the floor-why isn’t anyone helping me with this bullshit job-type of painter. I tend to push the paint into the surface a tad.

Your new floors do look nice by the way. 😉

Comment from nbpundit
Time: April 11, 2008, 2:59 pm

Looking at that painting stick, I was wondering
right off of the bat about how to clean it.
Maybe if doing dual rooms, do all of the ceilings at
one whack, and then get a new one for the walls.
How are you doing tiling? Heh :]

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 11, 2008, 3:00 pm

It’s a pain to clean, but not MUCH worse than a regular roller. At least, if you assume (as I do) that there’s no need to have it laboratory-spotless between uses.

I drew in water and blew it out a few times, then washed the roller the way you’d wash any roller. The trick will be when I switch colors. We’ll see how well it works then.

I’m off to buy paint now…

Comment from forged rite
Time: April 12, 2008, 3:19 am

Magic erasers work great, just wish they lasted longer. They make a heavy duty version, but it still wears out pretty quick.

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