Survey: Are Paint Edgers Worth It?

Survey: Are Paint Edgers Worth It?

We first saw the Shur-line paint edger in action on a home improvement TV show and it looked like product placement too good to be true. But when we picked up our first gallon of paint for our new apartment at our local hardware store there it was and for only $3, so we figured it was worth a try...

Survey after the jump

The edger is on wheels so obviously it works best when the surface it rolls along is smooth and even which isn't exactly the case in every room in our old apartment. It worked very well when trimming the top of wainscot and baseboards, just OK around doors and windows where the wood was imperfect or warped and horribly at the ceiling edge where we have no wood trim. This is because the rollers leave a gap, which is unnoticeable on wood trim but highly visible where wall meets ceiling in a perfect seam.

It definitely shaved significant time off the job and was a lot cheaper than a roll of painter's tape but we don't think it should replace a quality brush. One piece of crucial advice: don't get paint on the rollers because it's a pain to clean.




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