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PSA: DON’T IGNORE THE REVIEWS

Posted by idawrites on September 12, 2009 in DIY, Reviews |

We are painting the girls’ bedroom this weekend. Not because it was on our agenda. Not because we really had time to. Because we chose NOT to learn from the lessons of others.

Ryobi Duet Power Paint System

Ryobi Duet Power Paint System

In July, we purchased a Ryobi Duet Power Paint System and a couple of gallons of paint to repaint the girls’ room. (Note to those who have daughters: They evidently grow out of Barbie Pink walls by about 11 years old.) We were very adamant with the Home Depot associate that we were OK with paying a little more for a quality product, since we plan to use it to paint the entire house. This was his recommendation. The reviews on Home Depot’s site were split about 50/50. Either people loved it or said it was a piece of shit and they should have bought the Wagner. We went with the recommendation of the associate… you know… because we assume they know their products better than we do.

We’ve been waiting for a free weekend to pull everything out of their room and knock out the job in a day. After all, with a power sprayer/roller, it should be done in no time. Yeah yeah… you can stop laughing now… Since a free weekend hadn’t materialized, my brother dropped by yesterday and made good on his offer to paint the room for us. He cleared most of the stuff out of the bedroom and got to work.

Except, the brand new, just out of the box pain system wouldn’t pump the paint through the hose. So, the troubleshooting began. Mark and my brother tinkered with that stupid sprayer for FOUR HOURS. Mark went to Home Depot to pick up some fluid to thin the paint down. Still wouldn’t pump. So, they cleaned it out and tried to pump water through, instead.  Still no dice. SERIOUSLY??

Finally, my brother got out a tray and a roller and just started painting the walls and ceiling the old fashioned way. He only got part of the job done before it was time to go home. After calls to Ryobi’s service center this morning, Mark and I were at Home Depot with the Ryobi back in the box bright and early this morning. We switched it out for a Wagner.

Wagner Paint Crew Plus

Wagner Paint Crew Plus

We brought home the Wagner Paint Crew Plus.  I read the instructions. They were ZOMG extensive, but easy to follow. 30 minutes after I pulled it out of the box, I was finished painting the girls’ ceiling. No Kidding!

I just cleaned it up (which is kind of a pain but I’ll take that over having to paint the house with a roller) and the girls are taping off their base boards to I can paint the walls. If it goes as well on the walls as it did on the ceiling, they’ll be back in their room in no time flat. Without pink walls.

Please, for your sanity’s sake… if half of the reviews you read on a product say it sucks, get something different. Yes, the Wagner was more expensive. But it was a lot less expensive than hiring a contractor.

Next up… carpet.

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