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Paint Shield trim and edging kit

Listed under Blog, Painting, products Posted May 26 2012

This is a review of the Paint Shield trim and edging kit from Dave Karroll at Quic Keypaint.

quic key paint shield edge roller

The mini roller has a gasket on the end, and I thought the premise was that this design will let you roll tight against skirtings and ceiling lines, and eradicate the need for cutting in with a brush. As you will see below in my videos, I tried it and couldn’t make it work. But in the following video by inventor, Dave Karroll, I did notice him say that it gives a cut tight enough for a first coat, and then you cut in the second coat with a brush for a dead straight line.

That explains why I couldn’t cut dead tight to ceilings and internal corners of walls.

internal corner with paint shield roller

However it doesn’t explain why I was getting paint on the skirtings and coving.

Anyway, my first attempts to master the Paint Shield follow the video from the expert.

Below is my first time experience.

The roller does follow the top of skirting boards or along coving exactly.

There is no spatter with Little Greene acrylic matt, but under scrutiny, there was definitely paint in the wrong place and the line was not tight into the edges, hence my comment “I’m fired!”

You will see me wiping the gasket, which is a silicone? rim that guides the roller along edges. The first roller was malformed, which I think explains those line marks along the top of the skirting board. I changed the sleeve for a new one, and the erroneous line marks disappeared, but still I was getting paint on the finished woodwork. Not sure what else I can do to eradicate that? I have tried it all ways, lots of paint, and not much paint and obviously in the middle (just enough paint).

The Paint Shield roller is adjustable and is designed for cutting in above cabinets and awkward spots from the floor. Again, it looks effective, but, the same criticisms as above,- the roller leaves paint on coving and as you can see here, it doesn’t cut super tight into edges, so the second coat I’m going to have to get up there on the ladder.

On the plus side, assuming I could avoid getting paint on the ceiling, it is fair to say that if the roller shield system cancels the need to use a ladder on the first coat, that would be an advantage and measurable time saver.

I will give it another go, but not sure it is as easy to use as the videos say.

This product was sent to me by Sam Lowerey at Colour Centre in Newport who has also tried it.

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7 comments to “Paint Shield trim and edging kit”

  1. Paul Fasham

    A couple of things I want to try
    – the corded Graco Proshot with extension for doing covings, should be a cheap import
    – stilts from Ilka.co.uk
    Have you tried either?

  2. Traditional Painter

    They are new ones.on me. Stilts are definitely on my bucket list. See the drywall guys it is a smart way to work. Just need a clown suit and I will be ready

  3. Alan Iles

    Many thanks for sharing your review Andy. But if you can’t master it, then “I’m out”!!

    These quick cutting in devices are ok maybe if what you are cutting in to is dead flat, straight and level. If the device doesn’t follow not only the levels of eg skirting but also the slight angle differences such as the top edge of the skirting not 90 degrees to the wall (especially in older propertys) then there will always be small missed areas or paint on the top of the skirting won’t there?

    Same thing with cutting into covings. If the bottom edge isn’t exactly 90 degrees to the wall then there will be a missed area, or unwanted paint on the coving.

    At least, thats the way i’m looking at how this device works!! Prove me wrong Andy and become the Master of all things!!

  4. Traditional Painter

    I think your assessment is spot on . I don’t think a DIY would spend as much time trying to make it work. Also I was trying it all different ways and it was UK New construction so a fair run out for the paint shield . It did hold a lot of paint and was nice pile that went well with the 3/8 pro doo z and it does work on different angles so as an edging roller not all bad

  5. Dave Karroll

    Hi Andy
    thanks for the review, and for giving it a go. From a close up shot of your still picture, it appears the shield has rolled over, pointing towards the cover, which tells me you may have applied a bit to much pressure downwards. Also in viewing your footage of cutting down to your base trim, if you compare your video to my short video cutting to base, you will notice that you tried to put more pressure to the tip, and the tail or other end of the cover wasn’t touching the wall. If you will notice on mine, the whole cover is in touch with the wall. It is just a pressure and angle of the cover situation that once you straighten that around you will eliminate the issue of paint squeezing over the edge of the cover.
    Most of us painters didn’t learn brush overnight, but I guarantee you give this a bit of focused attention and you will gain amazing time savings on a whole variety of projects.
    I promote the product as a cutting assist tool, and I mention that first cut can be achieved against a variety of straights.
    The are a number of additional videos on the website http://www.fastrimroller.com showing use of the tool in a same color maintenance freshen up, as well as a commercial repaint on an GMC auto dealership, and I recently uploaded a video on new home painting from start to finish.
    Appreciate you giving it a go and ask you not to give up to soon.

  6. Andy Crichton

    Hi Dave

    It might be an idea to send a couple of packs out to other Traditional Painters for a further opinion, seeing as you have worked on the sleeves since I trialed it? (I recall you thought the gasket on the sleeves were misshapen, which would have given me a less than stellar experience.)

    It is good that it has been developed, hope it scores for you.

    It does need to be emphasised, that you still rate it as a one cut tool, ie the final cut / coat needs to be tidied up with a brush. Obviously that still would save a lot of time, especially if you can apply the first coat completely from the floor, even over wall cabinets, and keep the wall colour off of coving or ceiling lines.

  7. jason NOON

    Been using it doses work when you get used to loading ,i used cotten glove to wipe of paint on sheild if the areas uneven go for the brush.

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