$ 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 5 out of 5 by from Handy Tool I recently had to repair the textured ceiling in my kitchen due to a pipe leaking from above. I ended up having to replace a section of drywall approximately 2' x 3'. The ceiling had been previously painted so knocking down the texturing with a blade was difficult. Then I used the paintEater.. It worked great! The disc does the work so little pressure is needed. with a little time and trial I was able to feather the area to the new taped joints. After adding the new drywall mud to the repair joints and feathering it to the old it made a seamless repair and ready for the new texture. Another use for this versatile product
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expectations Met! The PaintEATER is a machine worth have it around your projects. It’s ability to strip paint, rust or other unwantmaterial is amazing. The equipment/tool is lightweight, comes with a utility handle and strap for easy maneuverability. The tool also has the power to complete both small and large tasks. We used it to strip paint off a metal door and even out nicks. Also used it to remove rust off some outdoor furniture, all with very little muscle power. The tool is worth its purchase.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is quick and simple The painteater will eat wood if not careful. Sanding biscs are high price.Little heavy for peeling paint on the side of a house. I think it is a little pricey
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint Eater I love this product. I took the pant off the test piece I did quicker than it took me to get it out of the box and set up. This machine is the greatest. No more scraping again!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly eats paint So I have had the paint eater for a few weeks now and it is great. Right out of the box it was put together and ready to use. So I used it head to head with my 5in random orbital on a old painted wood cabinet and the paint eater was faster, created a nice smooth ready to paint surface, and I did not have to change wheels or grit like I do with the orbital. Now the only down sides are the cord is really short so you must pull an extension cord every time you want to use it. And it has a really cool flip down handle for two handed use but you have to push both buttons on the handle to move it witch is a bit awkward. And I wish it came with a storage bag. Overall this thing is great and I would Definatly recomend it.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUILT TO LAST! Impressed with the quality of the product. Eats paint quick! Leaves surface clean and smooth without any heat distortion. Leaves behind bare metal ready for primer and paint.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! I think the PAINTEATER works great! Since getting mine a month ago I've used it on 4 different projects and like it very much. I've used it on metal (painted & lightly rusted), painted wood and even spilled paint on concrete surfaces. It worked best for me on the metal surfaces removing paint and rust to bare metal easily and cleanly. The wood surfaces required a slightly different approach, on surfaces with multiple layers of heavier paints the abrasive head did get a little clogged and had to be cleaned more often but still worked well. Care is needed to avoid damage to the wood surface if too much pressure is applied. I think one improvement would be a variable speed motor (at least low, medium, high) for better control, especially in tight areas and on wood surfaces. The abrasive head rotates very fast and does make a mess when removing material but that should be expected with this type of tool. It has probably saved me hours in prep-work so far!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An OUTSTANDING paint removal tool! Removes paint without damaging or gouging, leaving a smooth surface. I used it to remove flaked paint from an exterior paneled door, being able to get close to the glass and the beveled areas. I also used it to sand a work bench top as well as a metal table that was quite rusted. Much better than a disc or belt sander!
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough on old paint I received this unit to test it out and see what I thought of it. I had looked at buying one for a couple of years but had never gotten to it so I jumped at this chance. The unit is easy to hold and use. The fact that it has the auxillary handle that fold down for more pressure when using the unit was great for me as I have some hand and wrist issues so it made it easier for me to hold as well as easier to apply more pressure to the paint. The unit worked flawlessly and had enough power to do what was required. I used 3 pads to do a small front porch floor, about 8 X 12. This type of work does take a toll on the pad and depending on the paint and the thinkness of paint this would vary for everyone. Of course it would be nice if the pads lasted longer but I felt they did what I had anticipated from them. Overall I would say this make the prep work on areas to be repainted much easier.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from owner power cord too short, old paint clods up on surface,everthing else worked fine
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy to handle, good weight used this product to remove peeling paint from a picnic table. it did a good job of removing the paint and evened out the surface. The pad ended up being a little clogged, but a wire brush removed most of it after use.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little tool. I have an old steel patio chair that I've been wanting to clean-up and re-paint. It's probably 50 years old and has layers of old paint. I've tried the old manual steel bristle brush and elbow grease..that didn't work, drill with steel bristle brush..didn't work, paint remover and a scraper..didn't work. Today I tried the Wagner PaintEater and it did exactly what it's name says. It tore into all those layers of peeling paint and ate them off. I'm a 50+ year old female with no experience stripping a metal chair but this tool made it a breeze. The whole process of paint removal took less than an hour. It's light weight and real easy to use. The only issue I had while using, was the power cord. If it was 10 inches shorter or 24 inches longer it would keep the extension cord connection out of the way. But, had I been using it on the side of a fence or house or anything upright that would not have been an issue. Overall I am thrilled with the results I got from this tool.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put it thru the paces I used this tool to remove two layers of paint on my back porch railing. I was impressed by the power and ease of handling this tool. It definitely carries the correct name (PaintEater). A variable speed motor would make this tool Awesome.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faster than Oldschool Right out of the box I wasn't sure if the Painteater would decrease my prep time by much or not, might even just eat up the wood. My project prep time using the Painteater was 3 hours. Without it I'm sure it would have taken all day to get the same results using wire brush and scraper. Because of the ease of this tool I did a much better job in my paint removal. Overall I like the Painteater and would recommend to others.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Painteater I received this tool this past week and have not had an opportunity to use it, but I like the idea.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many Uses Here is a tool that is called "Painteater", but it could be used to remove rust from metal, smooth down a cast iron pan, as well as remove flaking paint from siding. I used it clean off a wooden countertop in my shop building. It blasted away drops of old paint and oil and stains on the surface. Then I used it on the concrete floor to clean off paint and varnish spots. Lots of dust is created using this product. It would be better if it had a port to connect a shop vac. The painteater is comfortable to use and my hands feel fine after using it, as the vibration is minimal.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what a great paint remover! I tried my new Wagner Painteater and I sure wish I had something like it long before. It was real easy to assemble the sanding disk. I checked it out to make sure it is easy to swap out also and it is. I first tried it on 2x4 painted yellow. It peeled the paint off in a heartbeat while also making the wood smooth. It was real easy to figure out how to use the sander. I thought I would give it a try to remove paint from a small concrete angel that was peeling paint. I really wanted to see if it would get the paint in the crevices. It peeled the old paint from the angels back very well. Then I angled the sander a little and it cleaned up the crevices. I would highly recommend this product next time you need to remove paint.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tool for my projects Incredible little paint eater. Now I am done with sanding papers and scraping tools. Now I am able to remove the old paint faster than ever before.The preparation process before painting goes a lot faster. My hands doesn’t get tired anymore thanks to my brilliant choice of my purchase. I like Wagner products because of their designs and ability to do the work they are made for.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint removal power at your fingertips The power and aggressive grinding disc make quick work of removing peeling paint from the surface. I used it to remove paint from cinder block in my basement. This little but powerful tool made quick work of of the removal process. Much less work than using a wire brush. The PaintEATER removed the peeling/chipping paint and made it easy to feather the area so once painted again it left a smooth finish. The unit us comfortable and easy to handle with the adjustable grip options. My only advice is because of the power be careful in applying pressure when using on soft wood like wood siding and let the grinding disc do the work!
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great - Concerned Though... We bought three to strip paint from a 115 year old church building today and they worked great, and did so in 80 degree weather. My concern is of the purple pads are indeed discontinued. We found them at our hardware store and bought them all, but if the other reviews are right, then I'm guessing we won't find any more. I was actually about to buy more of these machines from Amazon, but if the purple pads are no longer available, I'm canceling the order. Is it true Wagner? And if so, why?
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not cost effective The purple pad that came with the unit worked great. As I discovered you can not buy the purple pad. It seems they only sell a cheap pad that is meant to wear out faster so they can make more money from the sale of the pads. For what it would cost for the replacement pads they should be giving this away for free. To give you an example of what I am talking about I used the purple pad that came with it for several hours before it wore out. The replacement black pads lasted around 15 to 20 minutes. I blew through 3 pads in around an hour. Harbor Freight has the same pads that go on an angle grinder for $5. The Wagner pads are around $12. To sand my house for painting I would have to spend over $100.00 a day to use this tool. I would rate this at 5 stars if the purple pads were available. I don't expect the pads to last forever but they should last at least as long as the purple pad did.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from stopped working within an hour Within one hour of using this product on my concrete floor, it stopped working and it no longer turns on. I did not put much pressure on the tool, I turned off the tool, so as not to overheat and allow for cooling, yet it still did not last? Frustrated I paid over $70 for a product that only worked for one hour.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great paint scraping tool I bought a PaintEater this summer and it has done a terrific job scraping the paint off my cedar siding. I was hand scraping but with this tool it takes a fraction of the time. It has performed flawlessly. I've gone through two pads with how much I've gotten done and I'm going to get another to start scraping another section of my two story house. The best part is the siding after scraping is in great shape and ready for staining.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Problem with Product Quality??? I purchased the PaintEater about a month ago and thought it would handle the paint removal issues that I have. It worked great at first, but when I changed the wheel the second time, the locking pin housing cracked, making it nearly impossible to change the painteater wheel. I had purchased the product through Amazon, but the return window has closed since it's been 40 days and their return window is 30 days, so now I'm wondering how to get this unit replaced/repaired since there are no service centers in my area... So, Wagner, can you help me out with this product that's under warranty????
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Power Cord is very Concerning I will start off by saying that I have not used it yet but, as I unboxed the PaintEater I noticed that the power cord is not even a foot long. I understand that this product is meant for outdoor large projects but, I don't like the fact that I have to an extension cord to use it.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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 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
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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: 2020-02-10

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

What is the arbor size?  5/8ths??

Asked by: Jayzach
Two things you should know about the Paint Eater. You cannot put Paint Eater discs on any other tool and you cannot put any other disc on the Paint Eater. Either way can be dangerous.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-10-07

I have had my Wagner Paint Eater for a couple of years and only now need to replace the disc. The problem is that the mechanism for inserting a pin into the shaft to enable unscrewing the old disc has broken (weak link) and I am unable to change discs.

Asked by: Carson
We're sorry to hear about the issue with our Paint Eater. Give us a call for help at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-07-10

which direction do you rotate disk to remove

Asked by: Anonymous
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: 2019-06-11

Can I use this on acrylic tubs and fiberglass tubs?

Asked by: Abernthold
This tool is intended for outdoor use only on solid wood, Masonite siding,wood siding, concrete and steel for paint preparation. Please give our technical support a call at 1-800-328-8251 and we will able to assist you.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-05-08

Can this be used on concrete/cinder block walls that are porous and not smooth?

Asked by: Robert914
Yes it can be used on cinder block walls, but let the tool do the job. Don't lean into it too much or you wear the disc faster. Good luck with your project.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-04-26

How much does the Paint-eater weigh? Thank you.

Asked by: Randi
The Paint Eater weigh approximately 3.9lb. If you need further assistance, please give us a call at 1-800-328-8251.
Answered by: Technical Support
Date published: 2019-02-07
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