Point and Paint Put to The Test in This Video Review

by Theresa on March 23, 2009 · 22 comments

Point and Paint is a product that made me a little wary at first, only because I would never have the guts to paint an entire room without taping off anything. And they used that word "Revolutionary". Oh here we go again! To be honest, I'm really getting discouraged seeing so many As Seen on TV products being total duds. How do these companies actually turn a profit? There are some good infomercial products out there but this definitely isn't one of them... here's why.

Point and Paint Video Review

Point and Paint Kit

What you get with Point and Paint

Point and Paint Kit (pole not included)
No Spill Paint Tray
The free bonuses - [tags]point-and-paint[/tags]Mini Edger and replacement pads for life (just pay S&H)

Point and Paint Claims

  • No need for taping
  • No drips, leaks or streaks
  • No need for a ladder
  • Paint an entire room in your home in less than one hour
  • Get perfect results every time
  • No more paint prepping, runs or brush strokes

Issues with applying the paint to the pad

  • The pad seems too big for the tray.
  • The little chintzy tray slides as you try to put the paint on the Point and Paint pad.
  • The special "no spill paint tray" is a dripping mess.
  • The paint wasn't distributing evenly on the pad.

Applying paint to the wall

  • Robin tries the first few paint strokes on the wall. It seems a little patchy, misses a bunch of spots and didn't get all the way to the edge.
  • The feel of Point and Paint on the wall is a little unsteady.
  • Six minutes into their test the pad snapped off the pole and Robin couldn't get it back on again.
  • Robin tried to paint along the door with the Mini Edger but the paint still got all over her door trim and her new door.
  • They were getting more streaks than you'd get with a roller.
  • You can use the swivel pole adapter to place on the edge of a pole in order to paint your ceilings. This device is hard to control on ceilings as well.
  • I've heard that there are many billing problem issues when ordering off the Point and Paint site.

Handy Panting Hints
If you'd like to see a basic video on painting or just for a quick refresher here's a video for you. It might be too basic for some of you but it provides a few reminders if you don't paint that often.

  1. Surprisingly one thing they don't mention is to cover your floor with sheets.
  2. Pick up painters tape.
  3. To prevent paint from seeping behind the tape, press down against the tape with your finger or a putty knife to seal it against the surface.
  4. The best way to know when it's time to remove the tape is to touch a bit of the paint. It should feel a bit tacky but not actually stick to your finger.
  5. When the wall is nearly dry, carefully remove the masking tape.
  6. If you find that any paint has leaked underneath, you can use a damp sponge to remove the paint.

Point and Paint is not an effective painting tool and to me it resembles a kid’s toy. It's definitely no match for a good paint brush and roller.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vicki July 9, 2009

Absolutely a disaster! Once the pad was attached to a handle, the pad swiveled around all over the wall and there was so way to lock the pad into place. The smaller trim pad made a mess of the base cove molding that I had just painted. As far as everything else…. this thing is just as described in the comment above. It is a useless tool and a waste of money.

2 cin July 13, 2009

thanks… you saved me money as i won’t order it now. good concept but, obviously, needs work!

3 Carol August 2, 2009

I was just starting a large paint project and saw the commerical for Paint and Point and immedialty did a search. I will NOT be buying this product. Thank you for the postings and saving me money.

4 Theresa August 2, 2009

Oh I’m glad I could be of some help…Thank you!

5 Shelli August 12, 2009

Thank you I too was about to buy.. I knew it was too good to be true, but I couldn’t figure out where it could go wrong

6 Nina August 18, 2009

Thank you.
After a disaster with Biolab products and billing, I thought it would be best to check out the reviews of another infomercial product. Thank you for saving me the time and money. I guess I will do it the old fashioned way

7 Elaine October 11, 2009

I was about to order this as I need to do massive painting in my new house. So glad I read this. My closet of TV duds products is growing so I am trying to be more cautious. Thanks for the info!

8 Don October 25, 2009

This is the biggest rip off since pops-a-dent, Remember that piece of trash? This piece of trash not only doesn’t work but DRIPS paint. There is no way to lock the pad in place once attaching it to the pole. I doubt if there is any way for me to get a refund on this piece of crap so I suppose I’m screwed out of $31.00. I hope Sullivan and the rest of his corrupt bunch rot in hell for ripping people off this way. I will NEVER buy ANYTHING that is endorsed by this charlatan ever again.

9 Theresa October 25, 2009

I’m really sorry to hear that Don…what a complete waste of money. It just makes us all even more skeptical about infomercial products when they keep putting out crap like that.

10 Kate December 25, 2009

You just saved me $31. Thank you!

11 Kate December 28, 2009

I’m so angry!!!!Don’t they test these things? When I finally got it working the stupid thing fell apart and I had paint all over the place! I feel like such a fool for falling for this one.

12 Chris M. January 1, 2010

I can believe allthe b##chen about this product. First of all you can adapt the handle by locking the smaller on the bigger pad. And I did a whole office in under an hour. No drips perfect lines. So easy a caveman can do it. It’s at Ross for 12 bucks!

13 Virginia January 5, 2010

Er, I hope Chris M. is correct, because I just bought 2 of these at Ross – cheap. I didn’t believe the commercials, but figure these might be useful for painting a small space or touch-up jobs. Not seeing much difference between this and a painter pad you can get at a hardware store, though. The paint tray and roller looks like a kiddy toy!

14 Jeanne January 21, 2010

Thank you for your info. I have been thinking about purchasing the Point and Paint for a while now. The concept is great if it actually worked! I am disabled and can’t tape around anything I can’t reach from the ground. Guess I’ll be hiring painters!

15 Lisa March 29, 2010

I did purchase this item and I love it!!!!! I have not tried it w/the pole, however. I have used it only by hand and used a ladder to reach the higher parts, but it worked beautifully!!! No taping, no covering furniture or dropcloths on the floor and best of all–NO SPLATTER!!! Worth every penny!

16 Viraja April 29, 2010

I bought this a week ago and used it today. And i loved it! I have not tried it with the pole though, but used it on the walls and used a chair to do the ceiling. Like Lisa mentioned….no splatter and no mess!! Worth the price. I am looking to buy more of the refills to use with another color for my kitchen.

17 Kris June 29, 2010

I LOVE the product. I have painted many rooms and found this to be far easier than rollers with much less mess, and and a better finish. I’m sorry your testers couldn’t do it, but maybe they should have practiced.. honestly I think children could use it with ease.

18 Becky C July 7, 2010

I have painted 3 rooms with the product, getting ready to start the 4th. I have not used it with the pole but I love it so far! No splatter, no drips, much smoother than a roller. Sometimes I tape sometimes I don’t and no mess. The only thing I disagree with is being able to complete a room in an hour…..that doesn’t happen. I would buy this product again in an instant!

19 Mary B Henderson August 2, 2010

Have not used with a pole but am in the process of painting a house we are going to sell and I love it. Didn’t get a room done in 1 hour but was fast, clean and easy. Purchased on sale @ Ace Hdwe.

20 Mary September 8, 2010

I bought the point n paint to use when I re-did my bathroom and ended up going out and buying a paint pan and rollers instead. I did one coat (which took me about 3 hours) with the point n paint and it was a LOT of work and it looked like it needed several more coats because of all the streaks. I should have just used a roller in the first place. Also, even with the smaller trim pad it doesn’t get all the way to the edge so you have to use a brush anyway. However, you can’t knock all As Seen on TV items because I also got the perfect brownie pan and it works awesome. :) Maybe I’m just better at baking than painting…

21 colin jennings March 9, 2011

this item is rubbish i had to use a brush to cut in and it look longer than an hour to do a small room not as good as it says my advice is dont buy. get a cheap one or a roller

22 Art Shapiro January 20, 2012

Guess I have to disagree with your poor results with this product. My housekeeper has painted most of the interior of my home with it, as well as some outside patio beams, and strongly prefers it to either brush or roller. The results are fine to my eye. Indeed, I just today spent 45 minutes at the local “Ace” Hardware trying to get refills, and their computerized inventory system asserts that the product has been discontinued. After several phone calls they found five sets for me at another Ace quite some distance away. I bought ‘em all.

This is one “As Seen on TV” product that seems to deliver what it promises.