|The real work in any house-painting project is the preparation, so anything that claims to makes that aspect of the job easier is worth a serious look. When I heard about Wagner Spray Tech’s PaintEater ($75) -- a simple inline grinding tool that’s paired with a specially designed 3M abrasive pad to quickly remove chipped and peeling paint – I was naturally interested in giving the tool a try.
Unlike other grinders, this tool isn’t a runaway train that takes your arm on an unwanted ride. The amount of power and rotational speed is just right for removing paint and maintaining good control. Although the abrasive pad works aggressively, it’s easy to control the removal rate and to feather edges. Removing paint from siding is the most obvious use for the tool, but it also works well on window frames and deck railings. (Wagner does not recommend using the PaintEater on textured siding because it can destroy the texture.) It’s easy to find a comfortable grip either on the top or middle of the motor housing or by using the folding handle. As a DIY tool, the PaintEater is an excellent choice for saving time and elbow grease. Wagner Spray Tech, http://www.wagnerspraytech.com