IWILEI (KHNL) - Painting without prep work? There's a tool that claims you can color a room without a ladder, a roller or a brush.
It's an edgy tool that claims you won't need tape, just 'Point 'n Paint.
The commercial makes it look easy. Or is it?
We had Allen Wong, a painter for 20 years, test it out at the Painters Union Apprenticeship Training Classroom at Honolulu Community College.
The kit includes a no spill paint tray and sure enough, no spills.
Now on to the wall.
In a professional's hands -
"The edge is not painted very clean," said Wong, Field Representative for the Painters Union.
In the hands of my amateur hands, it just went off track without me knowing. I don't know how that happened.
The company claims the Point 'n Paint has a set back design that keeps the paint on the wall, and away from the trim.
"But as you use it for a while, the paint will build up on the edge so you have to be careful of that, because you'll end up dirtying the area that you don't want paint on," said Wong.
"So it could've just been that that wasn't my mistake, it was this? I could blame it on this?" I asked.
"Right. It might be the tool not you," said Wong.
It's an explanation I prefer over just having a clumsy hand.
The pad supposedly holds five times the paint of a roller and has eight times the surface of a brush.
"It holds a little bit of paint but not even close to what they're claiming," said Wong.
As for the ceiling, all you have to do is open the base up, take any pole, which is not included in the kit, twist, and...
"...And painting the ceiling is easier than ever," according to the commercial.
But when Allen and I tried the Point 'n Paint on the ceiling -
"It's like mopping upside down. It's hard to get the pointy part where you want it. Turn! Turn! Oops. There we go."
"It's just spinning. There's no control over it."
"And the best part? It doesn't drip," according to the commercial.
"And to see if it's really true," said Wong, as he dipped the applicator with paint, then headed for my head.
I put on a hard hat, then let Wong continue. One blob of blue paint ended up on my hard hat.
"That's not too bad, that's only one drip. With a brush or a roller, it's possible you could get more paint on you," said Wong.
So does it work? I personally wouldn't go paint the town red with it. But the applicator does glide and coat well.
"If you're not familiar with the tools then this is probably easier than a brush," said Wong.
"I think they're going to end up using a brush and roller anyway to make it nice and finished," said Richard Vieira, Painters Union Training Director.
But if you use tape, then Point 'n Paint, homeowners may be able to brush by with decent results.
"For a professional, thumbs down. For a homeowner, it could be a toss up," said Wong.
"Kinda like this," Vierira said with his thumb sideways.
"Nah, I think it's more like this," Vierra decided, pointing his thumb down.