Shur-line Premium Ceiling & Trim Paint Edger - 01000
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Shur-Line Sure Didn't
Sep 10, 2010 (Updated Sep 10, 2010)
Review by Patsy Side
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Great concept, Ergonomically-designed handle, Load/paint button
Cons:Eject button, Poor coverage along edge, Easy to get paint on guides
The Bottom Line: Shur-Line's Ceiling and Trim Paint Edger doesn't edge ceilings and trim without getting paint on the guides-it has other problems that make this a frustrating tool for first-time painters.
Painting gadgets are almost as addictive as kitchen gadgets and both purport saving us time on the task. Too often those for the kitchen become decoration or rarely used; the same can't always be said for painting gadgets. Some are so tempting I keep buying them, hoping they've improved. Shur-Line's Edge Like a Pro Ceiling and Trim Paint Edger falls into that category. So far the best trimline edger I've found is a steady, well focused and coordinated hand/eye trimmer - me on good days.
Recommend this product?
This small rectangular edger has a 3 ½" x 4 ¾" plastic frame with guide wheels on the top. This has a "soft-touch" ergonomic handle, a standard pole attachment, a load and paint button, and a handle that swivels. The woven pad is replaceable and it's a standard size that fits earlier Shur-Line Trimline Edgers.
This is the new and improved design with retractable guides and a quick-eject button. This fits into the paint tray that accompanied my first Shur-Line Trimline Edger. The claim for this edger is that it is now "faster, more accurate and easier to clean." Boy, did I feel humbled and less smug while using this. Boy, did I feel frustrated and suckered after buying this. There are those who say everyone should have one. More likely is that everyone does have one but after the first few efforts they never used this again. The concept is great, the execution is, well, still lacking.
A point of reference: I've painted many rooms in too many houses. I spent more than six months painting all of the walls in my current house and finished approximately one year ago. Before we sold our old, ornate Victorian house, I painted several rooms and stairway walls. My painting has included cabinets, trim, walls, and ceilings. I recently "mastered" the art of painting edges without tape (and without coffee interfering) finishing with a line straighter than if it had been taped. I can climb ladders with the best of painters and love creating special effects.
The instructions, if you decide to follow them, recommend loading the pad in a paint tray by floating it in the paint and then scraping off the excess. When you load it you pull the center black button back toward you. That lifts the guides and keeps them out of the paint. This is an improvement over earlier models. When you're ready to paint, push the black button forward and that lowers the guides. The guide wheels are only a fraction of an inch above the pads.
The paint pole attachment serves double duty as an ergonomic handle with a no-slip grip rubber edging on the handle. This handle also swivels if you need to rotate the pad for a different direction. In the center of the handle is a push button that ejects the pad.
Once the pad is loaded and the guide is in position begin painting. Watch to see if paint is appearing on the trim or ceiling. If it is, you need to clean the guide and continue to scrape excess paint off the pad. I couldn't paint more than a few feet without getting paint on the trim and there was no way I could control this sufficiently while using a pole. Since I was visiting the local home supply stores a lot, I asked for their advice. They stated several people had recommended painting paint on the paint pad before painting. That seemed to diminish the convenience of this tool.
When done, and you either wash or dispose of the pad, you simply press the eject button and the pad pops off. It doesn't or at least it surely didn't on mine. I had to remove it with my fingers or pliers and that was messy. When the pad was covered with paint it would clog the clamp on the edges that held it in place and that prevented the pad from coming off.
My problem with this newer design remains the same as with Shur-line's earlier designs. If I don't load enough paint on to the pad in an attempt to keep excess from getting on the guides, ceiling or trim, there's not enough paint on the pad for good wall coverage. If I load enough paint to get adequate coverage I get dripping off the pad and paint on the guides and me. I also found that when trying to paint over a wall with a contrasting color this left a thin line along the ceiling edge. That required me going in with a brush. Need I say more? These guides are easier to clean than the earlier models. On those the wheel guides were within the plastic frame and they dragged paint inside the frame.
These are so tempting and you just "know" it will save you time. Taping and slow, free-hand painting are time-consuming and tedious tasks. Of course this is intriguing, especially for homeowners painting their first walls. This is my third edger because I'm optimistic, but it just might be my last Shur-line Ceiling and Trim Paint Edger.
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