The PaintEATER 4-1/2" disc sander is tough on paint but gentle on surfaces. The high-performance, spun-fiber disc operates at 2,600 RPM to provide the proper combination of user control and abrasive performance due to the open-web disc design that minimizes paint and dust build up. Slightly tilt the sander on its edge to remove paint chips, or operate it flat for smooth, feathered paint edges that create an ideal surface for repainting.
- High-power 3.2 Amp motor provides powerful performance
- 2,600 RPM provides the optimal combination of disc performance and user control
- High-performance, spun-fiber 3M disc aggressively removes paint yet is gentle on surfaces
- Operating the disc on its edge removes stubborn paint chips
- Operating the disc flat will smooth and feather the paint edges for an ideal surface for repainting
- Open-web disc design minimizes the loading-up of paint and dust
- Flex-Disc system conforms to contours to provide consistent results on uneven surfaces
Parts and Accessories
PaintEATER is rated out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jaunty from Bring back the purple discs! So far the machine is working as advertised (owned 2 days), long term still to be determined. The project at hand is a 10'x14' Southern Pine floor with 4-6 coats of oil based paints applied over the last 120+/- years. Paint remover took away the first 3+ coats so I tried my belt sander - gumming and destroying belts quickly. Found the PowerEATER at my hardware store and while the disc gums it also cleans itself. The purple disc that came with the machine did approximately 15' of edge (up against the baseboard before losing its sharp edge on the OD and then cleared 60 square feet of floor. The black replacement disc did less than 10' of edging and cleared about 35 square feet of floor. The third (black) disc did another 10' of edge before the sharp corner was gone and so far is looking like it may last long enough to get through another 30-35 square feet. This means a fourth one (at $20 each) to finish the floor - although I will be able to touch up the edges. The moral of the story - bring back the purple (or better if 3M make something more sturdy) discs!. I would also suggest that a specialty "edger" disc be created which reaches the edge of the guard so that paint can be cleaned right up to a baseboard - hand scraping is tiresome and tedious. Could use a small version of the whole machine for tight corners as well (or perhaps an add on flexible cable extension with a small disc or a pointed abrasive).
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jasen from Stopped working I am using it for my house. I have maybe sanded 600 square feet and now it no longer works. Wow for $70 I wouldn't recommend this for anyone.
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by boston from do not use outside in the heat i bought one home depot, and i was scraping a house outside in 90 degree heat and the motor died, i went to home depot and bought another, same thing happen with in the hour ( i was not putting pressure on the machine) i ended up doing the job by the hand, not happy
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Victorianpiper from Perfect for old growth Fir and my Victorian I have tried all kinds of heat guns and tools to scrap and feather in the existing paint on my 1885 Queen Anne Victorian. Even the best quality paint here in Oregon fails in places and rather than strip the entire house every few years this little tool allows me to feather the old paint to the wood without leaving hard lines. New primer and paint blends in perfectly. The tool does not damage the old growth fir and cedar of my house and leaves a smooth finish to the wood, ready for primer. The disks are a bit pricey but no more expensive than any other 3M pad for other tools. The labor saved is money well earned by 3M. My Neighbor and two other men took 2 years heat stripping all the paint on their Victorian when they could have blended in the paint that had not failed to the wood and finished much sooner. My porches take a beating from driving rain and the paint on the outside edges of the porch only lasts 2 years before curling. This tool blends to the good paint so all I need is a little primer on the edges and a fresh coat of oil based porch and floor paint. I don't have to strip the entire porch like I use to. The only drawback is that the tool is too large to get paint from areas with low clearance. This tool in tandem with a low profile sander or grinder with a pad made from similar 3M material makes for a complete paint removal system. In one season I will be able to prep and paint my entire 3000 Square foot Victorian by myself where with heat gun stripping I would need a crew, full time, over the course of months. Very nice tool for under $70. I would like to see a future design with dust collection for my shop needs but I would not want to sacrifice the close quarters sanding capability for it.
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by Thomas3550 from Product very unsatisfactory! A big disapointment and a waste of money. It looked like the answer to my problem of quickly removing peeling paint. Found it not to be and no support from their technical service. My first use. Two pads quickly loaded with old paint . Recomended owners manual instructions are to run against sidewalk to clean. Did not clean the pad. I feel the motor needs to be a variable speed because it just seems to melt the paint flakes into the pad.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by Housebroken from Does an excellent job of removing paint but has a design flaw. As the owner of a large old Victorian home I have to constantly remove old paint and the Paint Eater does a great job, speeding up paint removal much easier and faster than using regular sandpaper based machines. However, when the time comes to replace the sanding disc with a new one, the plunger designed to hold the shaft while removing the sanding disc is held in place by fragile plastic. The result is that the pressure required to turn the disc to remove it exceeds the strength of the plastic holding the plunger. If my current machine breaks the plunger retainer I am going to try to remove the broken pieces and use a screwdriver shaft that will fit in the shaft. If anyone has found a lubricant that will prevent the disc from sticking to the shaft please post in on this site.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarolW99110 from removes peeling paint and sands in one step I found this product to be very helpful when sanding and removing paint on my house. Cut the sanding time in half! One problem I had was the lock button broke. I called Wagner, and long story short, they replaced my paint eater, at no cost to me. Great customer service! Thanks to Judy at Wagner I am now "paint eating" again. Thank you Wagner Carol
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by allsmallletters from this thing is a monster As with every wagner product I've used, equal attention seems to have been spent on performance and comfort. Any number of ways to hold this, never allowing enough time for positional fatigue. And expect the lights to dim when you turn this on.
Date published: 2013-07-24
The handle on mine broke off and I can't find a replacement anywhere. Where does one get parts?
From us. Give us a call at 800-328-8251 for warranty parts.
Date published: 2017-06-21
How the heck do you get this guard on....its two different directions?
Not sure what you are referring to? There is no guard on the Paint Eater tool.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Could this tool be used to strip paint off of a deck?
The Paint Eater has been designed to perform a number of tasks associated with surface preparation. It will remove paint chips and feather the paint edges; it can be used to remove paint oxides and mildew; and will abrade the painting surface and provide for excellent paint adhesion. The Paint Eater™ is the perfect surface preparation tool for large, flat, solid surfaces.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Will it remove paint from exterior brick walls?
Yes it will.
Date published: 2016-12-12
can i use this to prep oil based paint on interior concrete stairs and landings?
Yes, the Paint Eater should remove most of the paint on a concrete surface. Good luck with your project.
Date published: 2016-11-18
will this remove urathane
Old oak flooring I want to put on my walls but want to remove some of the urethane first then put on a new coat. will this work for that?
The Paint Eater is a fairly aggressive tool It will remove the polyurethane, but it will also remove some of the soft wood and could damage it. Be very careful about the pressure you use, let the tool do the work. If you want this flooring to remain in great condition, I would suggest a chemical stripper.
Date published: 2016-08-01
What is the motor RPM?
The Paint Eater operates at 2600rpm.
Date published: 2015-08-05
How can I prevent the disc marks on my cedar shingles
I am using the Paint eater to remove old solid stain on my cedar shingle siding. I had been scrapping then sanding, this was been tiring and time consuming. I bought the Paint eater and it did a great job removing the paint , but I noticed that is left too many groves in the shingles. Is there a correct direction to use this ie left to right or right to left or up and down. I would like to finish my house but not with all the marks left behind, any suggestions?
If you are getting marring on the surface, you should try using less pressure on the disc, letting it do the work on the paint without it wearing into the surface.
Date published: 2015-06-23