$ 79.99
The Wagner PaintEATER 4-1/2" disc sander is tough on paint but gentle on surfaces, making this the ideal paint remover tool.

The high-performance, spun-fiber paint eater 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 power paint remover 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

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P/N 0513041
PaintEATER Disc**

PaintEATER Disc**

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PaintEATER is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 61.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overheats, and dies I purchased the PaintEater to remove peeling paint from my porch. Sadly it overheated after just 15 minutes of use, which caused an internal thermal switch to be tripped and there is no way to reset it. So I called Wagner and they told me to exchange it via Amazon, which I did. It was a bummer because I was hoping to use the 3 day weekend to work on my porch. Oh, well, life happens. When the replacement unit arrived, I got about an hour of use before it also overheated and died. This is a major design flaw in the unit. After one hour of use I pretty much wore through the sanding disc. The paint I was trying to remove was "gummy" which may have been why it wore through the sanding disc so quickly. Oh, and for the record, I was not putting a ton of pressure on the unit. I was using it with about the same force as I would put on an orbital sander. This thing overheats even if you simply run it while holding it in the air. I will be sending back my 2nd dead unit later today, and I will not bother replacing it. Cons: - Overheats, blows an internal heat fuse/switch, that renders it useless. - The replacement discs are expensive ($15/ea). - It throws the dust everywhere, and there is no dust collection mechanism. A mask is absolutely required, and cleanup is tedious. Pros: - It is easily 4x faster than using an orbital sander with 40 grit sandpaper. - The high cost of the replacement discs is probably justified in the time savings. - The side handle is a useful in keeping this thing under control. Nitpick: - The power cord is always in the way. It is super short so an extension cord is always required, which is fine, except that because it is SO short, the bulky endpoints of the extension + power cord is always in your way. - The velcro hand strap is lousy. My hands are on the larger side (usually size XL glove), and when I have my work gloves on the velcro strap does not fit around my hands.
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does a good job. I bought a model 0282180 and it has done a good job removing paint but I just tried to change discs and it broke the disc lock. I haven't figured out a way to change it. Hate to buy another one.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great tool, but can't get disc off This is a great tool, performs well to strip all kinds of things. I love it. When I wore out my 1st blade, I couldn't get it off. I finally used a wrench in despiration and the lock mechanism plastic housing broke. I was bummed out as this was a favorite tool that my neighbor who owns a painting company recommended . I suspect the disc might be easier to remove if a wrench could be used like on a grinder. The plastic housing mechanism needs reinforcement. Make one and I will buy it!
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not last long. I bought this awhile back and used it for the first time yesterday. Motor overheated and shut down. I guess I can use it as a paperweight or doorstop now.
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Goes through discs too fast This unit does as advertised but with one glaring problem. The discs wear out way too quickly. Picture attached used 2 new discs and 2 older ones I had previously.
Date published: 2020-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked Fine for My Job. I purchased this to knock down edges of the possibly 5 layers of floor paint in the basement of my hundred-year-old home. Hard to tell, but the paint was probably not latex; maybe lead-based, but was fully dried and brittle. Having read some reviews, I was apprehensive but gave it a go and, honestly, I am satisfied with it. It did require some patience to get through the layers. It also did a solid job of knocking down the edges of the small-agg concrete that my water-proofing contractor got a bit over-excited with. As with all sanding tools, there is nothing to be gained by putting excessive pressure on it. Just let the tool do the work and tilt it if you need to focus on a particular area, but be careful. Cured paint chips coming off the disc can do some damage... All that being said, this would not be my tool of choice if I was looking to actually strip all of the paint in a large area. Too many layers, too small a disc. Only real con I found was the obscenely short cord on it. Seriously, Wagner...what were your designers thinking to gain here? I solved that issue by making myself a little sling to hold the cord over my shoulder since the 12 inches of length is just long enough to land an extension cord plug right at the edge of the sanding wheel. Bit disappointed in you, Wagner...*shaking my head* Last note: Not really sure why people here and on other sites were complaining about getting the discs off. I had zero issues with that. As Wagner has said, discs are THREADED ON.
Date published: 2019-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor quality - junk First one broke when I changed pads, the cheap plastic locking mechanism broke from hand strength only, second unit burned out in 20 minutes. As a professional handyman in my 3rd year, I can't afford to waste money on trash. I got an extended warranty on the second unit but the store employee messed up the serial numbers and now I am out another 80 bucks. Thanks Wagner
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Junk I bought this product at Lowe's and reviewed it there and felt the need to do it here to warn as many as possible. Despite some reviews I had no problems with the disc falling apart or paint not being removed. Quite the contrary, the disc was sturdy and when working, the paint was literally erased with each pass on my porch. Unfortunately the first one lasted about 20 minutes then just stopped working. It simply shut off.i chalked it up to one bad product from a good line and exchanged it for another. To my surprise not only did the second one shut off suddenly but it began smoking as well. If your surface is more than a 3'x3' square find a different tool. (And let me know what it is because I'm back to square one.)
Date published: 2019-07-27
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I am redoing an old metal sink cabinet. Can the paint eater be used on metal? If so, is there a special sanding disc to use?

Asked by: Heather
Yes the PaintEater is the perfect tool for starting this project. Built for removing the initial loose and flaky layers of old paint and finish. The PaintEater will get things going in a smooth way. No special disc is needed and only one fits. Let the tool do the work, exerting excess pressure only wears out the disc and the tool faster. For more help call us at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-10-01

Good day The power source? Can you use 220 Volts?

Asked by: Frikkie
We make tools all around the world, for all around the world. Tools sold in countries that require 110V, are 110V. Tools sold in countries that require 220V, are 220V. Look to our European retailers for 220V tools.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-07-15

can this be used to remove sealer from a brick floor? I've tried different strippers but have not have much luck getting all the residue off

Asked by: islandcat
The Paint Eater is great for removing and smoothing out loose and flaky paint from hard surfaces. It will not strip material that is well adhered.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-06-25

We have a large deck covered in a solid stain that is horribly peeling. Some of the paint/stain is still secured to the deck reasonably well, though. Will this tool remove all of the paint/stain so we can retain with a transparent or semi-transparent?

Asked by: pal46
The Paint Eater will remove the loose and flaky paint/stain, it will not remove well adhered paint/stain from wood without damaging the wood. Once you have a solid color, it's hard to go backwards to having less finish on the wood. You will have better results if you use a solid color stain again. For application tips call us at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-06-11

We have 50 plus year old siding with layers of stain to remove. Siding was rough cut from owner's sawmill. Much of the siding has raised wood grain. Will we be able to use the Paint Eater on this siding?

Asked by: Daniel JB
The Paint Eater removes loose and flaky paint. It does not strip well adhered paint. The Paint Eater disc can be aggressive if used incorrectly. Be sure to feather it onto the siding so as to not take too much material away. For more application tips call us at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-04-29

Where can i buy one in Winnipeg Manitoba?

Asked by: Glen 1960
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-04-14

I have varnish on a 30 year old redwood garage door I need to remove. Will this "paint eater" work???

Asked by: J8Houston
Only if it is flaky and peeling, it will not strip well adhered finish from wood and it could damage the wood. We suggest using a random orbit sander for a project like this. For more tips call us at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2020-03-29

What is the model number?

Asked by: Dawn
It's a Paint Eater, there is no other model. The part number is 0513040L if you order directly from us. For more information call us at 1-800-328-8251
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-11-11
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