The Pitch: "Paint an entire room in less than an hour"
Point 'n Paint is a kit that is supposed to make painting any room a breeze. The kit comes with a clothes iron-shaped applicator, a mini edger, a paint tray and sponge pads for both the large and small applicators. The angled shape of the applicator is meant to make painting around doorframes, moldings and corners easier, thus eliminating the need to cover these areas with tape and reducing the amount of prep time. The large applicator can be connected to an extension pole for painting ceilings and other hard-to-reach areas. Assembly is simple: Pour paint in the tray, attach a pad to the applicator, roll the applicator over the paint tray wheel to coat with paint, then simply point and paint. The website video makes it look simple, but nearly all users of the Point 'n Paint kit have been extremely disappointed with the results.
Users say the applicators are easy enough to use, but they find that the spongy paint pads tend to leave streaky and uneven coverage. Reviewers also complain that the applicators don't get close enough to edges and tight corners, so a regular paint brush is still needed to reach those areas. When users attach the large applicator to an extension pole, they find it becomes difficult to maneuver, and more often than not leaves a splotchy mess on the ceiling. Several users say the plastic applicators and the paint tray are flimsy and easily breakable.
Harry Sawyers tests the Point 'n Paint kit for Popular Mechanics, and finds it poorly manufactured and messy to use. He claims that the Point n' Paint is no competition for regular brushes and rollers. TV news reporters at KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., WFOR in Miami and KHNL in Honolulu put Point 'n Paint to the test, and all find various problems with the kit and decline to recommend it. StarReviews.com posts a video on YouTube.com of a tester using the paint kit who has slightly better results using it around edges, but still recommends a regular paint roller for large jobs. A small number of customers unanimously give Point 'n Paint negative reviews on Amazon.com.
1. Popular Mechanics
Harry Sawyers tests the Point 'n Paint kit against a regular paint brush and roller, and finds that it's no improvement over either. His biggest complaint is about the flimsy construction of the kit; the wheel in the paint tray tends to fall into the paint, creating a mess, and he says the plastic extension pole connector to feel unstable. He also says the pads that come with the Point 'n Paint kit soak up too much paint, causing oozing and streaking when maneuvering around molding. As a solution, Sawyers tries daubing paint onto the pads with a regular paint brush, which works, but defeats the whole point of using the Point 'n Paint kit.
Review: Does Point 'N Paint Work? As Seen On TV Lab Test, Harry Sawyers, Feb. 27, 2009
2. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Lauren Keith asks Habitat for Humanity workers to test the Point 'n Paint on a home they're building. The kit fails nearly every test they put it to: The swivel head is hard to control; it drips paint; the spongy pads don't provide enough coverage; it leaves some bare spots; and when attached to an extension pole, the Point 'n Paint applicator falls off. One volunteer says he wouldn't buy the Point 'n Paint and gives it a grade of F.
Review: Does it Work?: Point 'n Paint, Lauren Keith, Jan. 14, 2009
3. WFOR (Miami)
Al Sunshine asks a professional housepainter to try out the Point 'n Paint kit, and the results are disappointing. Neither the large nor the small edger gets close enough to the edge of the walls to paint them, and the areas they do paint are streaky. The applicator also keeps falling apart, and is both difficult and messy to put back together. When attached to a pole to paint the ceiling, they find the Point 'n Paint applicator hard to control and it creates a mess. Both agree that using a regular paint roller is much easier and provides better coverage, while the Point 'n Paint kit just creates more of a hassle.
Review: Does It Really Do That: Point 'n Paint, Al Sunshine, Dec. 25, 2008
4. KHNL (Honolulu, Ha.)
Mari-Ela David tests the Point 'n Paint kit with a professional painter. They find that it doesn't paint clean edges, and paint tends to get on the part of the applicator that is supposed to remain clean, which results in unwanted paint on doors and moldings. When painting a ceiling, the Point 'n Paint drips; the painter likens it to pushing a mop. They don't recommend the Point 'n Paint kit for professionals, but some amateurs might find it easier to use, though a regular brush and roller will probably be needed to create a cleaner finish.
Review: Does It Work? Point 'n Paint, Mari-Ela David, June 5, 2009
StarReviews.com tests various products and posts videos of their results on YouTube.com. Their tester, Dan, has slightly better results with the Point 'n Paint kit than others have. The applicator glides along the edge of a doorframe, but it doesn't fit inside tight corners. He also tries it on a large area of the wall and says that it covers well, but he's not convinced it's any faster or easier than using a roller. He recommends using Point 'n Paint for painting around doorframes and other moldings that you otherwise would have to tape off, but says regular brushes and rollers are better for large surfaces.
Review: Point N Paint Review, "StarReviewsDotCom", June 12, 2009
Only a handful of customers review the Point 'n Paint kit on Amazon.com, and they're all very disappointed with the product. Owners complain that it leaves a streaky and uneven finish, doesn't cut into edges and corners close enough, is difficult to maneuver on an extension pole, and breaks easily.
Review: Point N Paint As Seen On TV Painting System Kit, Contributors to Amazon.com