$ 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 3.9 out of 5 by 56.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luv it I bought this a couple of months ago. I finally got to use it and it is a beast. I Luv it. Just strips the paint right off. Before I used a belt sander and an orbital sander, talk about tired arms. With this guy it strips the paint in no time.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The replacement disc doesn't come off. I do think think this product worked well right up until the point where I needed to put on a new disc. I used it to distress a huge brick wall in my kitchen. Got halfway done, needed a new disc, fine. Went to get a new one and the old one wouldn't budge. I tried everything to get it off and it just isn't happening. I'm kind of at a loss because I'm worried if I go with something else the distressed look won't be consistent.
Date published: 2019-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eats Paint like Butter, however This has been a complete godsend for my various projects, and saved me a lot a manual effort.... from drawers, soffit/fascia, exterior wooden columns etc. however I am completely unhappy when the first time I tried to change the sanding disc, the cheap plastic locking mechanism broke. Expensive one time power tool. Over a year since purchased so warranty claim is a bust. Hope the mfg reads this and helps me out. I want to buy anther to replace it since the paint eating aspect is awesome, but not if I can’t replace the sanding disc. Rating would be 5 stars otherwise.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't remove paint from concrete I bought this a week ago to remove paint from my driveway. What a waste of money. It WILL NOT DO IT
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it We have a cedar home we are preparing to sell. It has a lovely front porch with peeling paint on the floor and around the facing boards. Water damage from seepage up the grain from poorly coated end grains. I have been using a Black and Decker “Mouse” orbital sander with 80 grit pads and a 4” square palm sander with 80 grit. Whew, they take so long to remove cracked and chipped paint that I might as well use a head gun to blister it off. Saw the Paint Eater on the shelf while picking up some paint and thought “ $XX.XX - no too much”. After two days of orbital frustration I went online to read reviews of the unit. Decided to pick one up and WOW this thing is twice to three times faster than an orbital. I am VERY happy with this and so is my back. - Disclaimer: as with any tool, experience and technique make a tremendous difference in your outcome. I have built my own boat when I was 16 and I have watched a drill press fling wood across the room when used with no experience. Hold it at an angle with both hands and do not press too hard.
Date published: 2018-09-18
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How do I take the disk off

Asked by: Reba Howe
Make sure the unit is turned OFF (O) and unplugged. Press the disc lock on the bottom of the unit and unscrew the disc by turning it counterclockwise. While pressing the disc lock on the bottom of the unit, thread new disc onto unit by turning it clockwise and tightening by hand. You can find more information at this link, Feel free to call us at 1-800-328-8251 if you need further assistance.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-11-25

Can i scrape paint on a stucco wall?

Asked by: Gibb
The PaintEater will remove loose and flaky paint from any surface. Keep in mind that the rougher the surface, the more quickly the disc will wear. It is not intended to remove well adhered paint.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-10-30

Why does the Paint Eater kind of "bounce" when using it on a vertical surface? When I first started using it I didn't feel that it was "bouncing". But after two hours of use it sometimes "bounces" while sanding.

Asked by: eMpls
Even though we say you can hold it flat on the surface, I find that a very slight angle helps it to avoid skipping. Sometimes it can skip because the disk is worn on one side more than another, or has more paint stuck in it. What's most important is not to force the tool, let it do the work. For more tips call us at 800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-08-27

Mine just stopped working suddenly, almost like it had over-heated or blown a fuse, but it won't go back on. Did I use it to death? Had it about five weeks and been using on a deck.

Asked by: craigerdad
If it won't come back on give our Technical Service at call at 800-328-8251. They will look into it and see if there is a potential warranty situation. Thanks for your inquiry!
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-08-08

It sounds like the paint eater is pretty abrasive. Can it be used on interior walls to remove oil based paint?

Asked by: Cordie
Yes, you can use it on the interior but must be very careful not to damage the wall. Try it on a small inconspicuous spot to test and see if it will work for you. Give us a call too at 800-328-8251 for further information. Thanks for choosing Wagner!
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-08-04

Can I pay TT

Asked by: Khaled
Here is a link to our international site where you can find help locally -
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-08-03

Can it be used to wet sand? i.e. on areas sprayed with water to prevent dusk

Asked by: RobertLA
It can. Use a light touch or you can easily dig into your wood project. Metal and concrete are no problem. For more tips call us at 800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2018-06-06

Is the Painteater safe to use on Crittall style windows or other frames and doors where the paint edges approach glass window panes within the door or window? 

Asked by: AAAA
The Paint Eater is very controllable, with practice. It can be very aggressive but can also be very delicate. Do not expect to eat paint right up against glass without protecting the glass. For ideas about paint eating call us at 800-328-8251.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2018-03-28

Does this tool would work to strip down a concrete column to original concrete look? 

Asked by: Rodas
This is the perfect tool for removing paint from concrete.Get several discs for the project and don't put pressure on the Paint Eater, just let it do the work. For more tips call 800-328-8251.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-12-14

Will it remove paint from brick

Asked by: BillyBill
Yes it will. Be gentle on the mortar though because it can be very aggressive!
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-10-10

Can you please tell me the difference between th black pads and the purple ones?  We have us d both and th purple seems to last twice as long being used on he same surface.  Thanks

Asked by: TMAC
They is no difference in the pads other than the color. Please contact our technical support staff at 1(800)328-8251 if you have any other questions or needs.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-08-26

The handle on mine broke off and I can't find a replacement anywhere. Where does one get parts?

Asked by: bobbates01
The handle is not an available part, but you can get parts from us directly at 800-328-8251.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-06-22

Does this product have other attachments like for buffing a shine it up?

Asked by: nantwee
No it doesn't, but keep your eyes on us in the future!
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-06-22

How the heck do you get this guard on....its two different directions?

Asked by: Petethats my name
Not sure what you are referring to? There is no guard on the Paint Eater tool.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2017-06-12

Could this tool be used to strip paint off of a deck?

Asked by: JesseM
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.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2019-05-15

Will it remove paint from exterior brick walls?

Asked by: MorrisonRT
Yes it will.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2016-12-12

can i use this to prep oil based paint on interior concrete stairs and landings?

Asked by: steve161
Yes, the Paint Eater should remove most of the paint on a concrete surface. Good luck with your project.
Answered by: Wagner
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?
Asked by: swimlady
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.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2016-08-01

What is the motor RPM?

Asked by: aangle
The Paint Eater operates at 2600rpm.
Answered by: Wagner
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?
Asked by: stickman
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.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2015-06-23

What is the wattage (power output) requirement of this device?

What is the wattage (power output) requirement of this device? I am going to use it in India and want to purchase Voltage Converter for that and need to know power output.
Asked by: Aditya
The Paint Eater has a 500W motor. However, it is designed for use on North American power grids, and a unit used outside of North America is not subject to warranty.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2015-01-27

can this be used on fiberglass ie:boats

Asked by: captainmike
We have not tested the Paint Eater on fiberglass and therefore cannot recommend it for that use.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2014-12-18

Replacement of a broken shaft pin?

The pin which stops the shaft from turning in order for the removal of the sanding disk is broken. I was able to remove the sanding disk. The housing which contains the locking pin is broken.How do I obtain a repair part. This was the first disk to be removed and I only turned it by hand ---- it failed immediately. See enclosed photo! I always read the manual ---- before I use the tool ---- and I never force it .. in this case, it just kept turning and would not allow the pin to lock the shaft so I could remove the disk. Thanks for you time in looking at this --- otherwise this is a great tool!
Asked by: mortprof
Thank you for contacting us regarding your Wagner PaintEater. Please give us a call at your convenience at 1-800-727-4023 and we'll be better able to assist you.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2014-05-13

Can this be used to take paint off of wood furniture?

Asked by: Kimi
The PaintEater is not a sander like you would use to create a smooth finish on a furniture surface. The only disc available for use with the PaintEater is quite coarse. What the PaintEater is useful for is for preparing solid wood, wood siding, masonite siding, concrete and steel for painting. It uses an abrasive disc to remove paint chips and feather the painting edges, to help the surface adhere to the new coat of paint.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2014-03-19

The PainteEater powers on and spins, but when any amount of pressure is applied the disk stops rotating.

Used the PaintEater for about an hour, taking breaks to ensure it is not overheating. Stopped for lunch, came back about 2-3 hours later and problem is present. Wagner PaintEater Model: 0282180 3.2 AMP/2600RPM
Asked by: Phatkidd13
It sounds like the disc isn't tightly installed onto the PaintEater, however this may be better troubleshot by calling us directly at 1-800-727-4023.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2013-10-22

Can it be used on metal without scratching?

Asked by: JimC
The only metal surface we recommend the PaintEater for is steel. It uses an abrasive disc that could scratch metals.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2013-10-22

working in heat

i had a problem with the paint eater when working 90 degree heat the motor burned over, what is the max exterior heat to use the paint eater outside
Asked by: siggi
We don't have a maximum heat to operate the PaintEater in, however extreme heat could effect the unit if used for too long. I'd be more concerned that the vent holes on the unit were being covered while operating the unit. This would cause the unit to overheat and possibly damage the motor.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2013-10-22

Does the the Wagner PaintEater comply with RRP (Renovation, Repair and Paint) regulations for lead-safe practices?

Asked by: ExteriorPainter
The PaintEater product is not specifically designed for the removal of lead-based paint. Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.
Answered by: Wagner
Date published: 2013-10-22

how long will the sanding disk last?

Asked by: gail
I used it on a 600 square foot surface and the disk is only worn a little. It still has a lot of life left.
Answered by: John75
Date published: 2013-10-22

Can I use this for removing peeling paint on the interior walls inside my home?

Asked by: DIY123456
I haven't tried it on painted drywall, but I would be concerned that it would cut thru the paint and into the drywall if not carefull.
Answered by: John75
Date published: 2013-10-22
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