• Hometalker
  • Green Valley, AZ
Asked on Mar 27, 2018

Any experience using painting tools?



I love all the wonderful ideas people have. there are adds that pop up. One is very interesting regarding a painting tool that makes it much easier to paint. It allows a novice to paint straight lines Specially when next to the ceiling. As I reminder it was around $140.00. I am interested in buying it but wanted to know if you could tell me if it really works. Of course this time the ad was not there. For someone who has RA and a limited budget I look for tools that can help me. I enjoy all your DIY projects even if I am not immediately going to do them. I have lots of retired ladies who have to do things on our own.

I do enjoy your Hometalk emails. Thank you so much, keep them coming.
Dee, Green Valley, AZ

6 answers
  • Cindy
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Hi Dee, I have used a painting tool like the one you described. But it must not be like the one you are interested in. I say this because it costs less than $10. It's been a while since I used this tool but I do remember that it was a square piece of plastic. It had tiny wheels on one side and a thin sponge on the other side. You load it with paint and run it along the ceiling line. It allowed me to paint a straight line and eliminated the need for taping. Worked pretty good. I'm pretty sure I purchased it at Home Depot. Best of luck to you.
  • Lina Splichal
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I do not know the item you are describing, but most paint centers have edgers available. The one I am thinking of for you is a rectangle (sort of) shape pad placed on the edger, which has rollers on the side that would go against the ceiling. To place the line down from the ceiling you could run a chalk line and side it with painter's tape.
  • Sharon
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Its just as easy to run a course of painters tape, and cut in with a brush ..... I haven't seen anything so miraculous to warrant $140..... and I do specialty painting. There are lots of edger's on the market if you want to try some....
    Tip: lots of times the ceiling edge looks wavy cause of wall and ceiling textures meeting. I run a bead of caulk and smooth it into the ceiling/wall joint, then when you cut in with your angle brush it will look nice and smooth.
  • Jewellmartin
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I have learned so much and shared so much on Hometalk. I’m still afraid iof electricity and plumbing, but I have accomplished so much because of Hometalk.
    And I don’t know about the paint guide, but $140 seems a lot for something to replace painter’s tape. ☺️
  • Flipturn
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I agree with Jewell that $140 seems a very high price even for a tool 'promising' to enable you to paint straight lines when painting the line where the walls and the ceiling join. Yes, this job is time consuming, and requires patience, even for someone without the stiffness of RA in their hands.
    The difficulty is caused by the fact that seldom is the crease where the two pieces of wallboard butt up against each other, perfectly straight or level.
    Save your money, use painters tape instead, or easier yet, paint the ceiling and the walls the same colour.
  • Nau32892834
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Several thongs come to mingmd. Practice on cardboard with the correct brush. Draw your lines and keep at it. If will be a pro quickly. Or plan to always leave a 1/8" distance between the wall/ceiling/crown.
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