I finally picked up one of these plastic Rustoleum spray paint handles.
I’ve always been curious, but wouldn’t commit to the seven dollar purchase even though spray cans have always killed my index finger.
If you’re a diy’er, I know you can relate. Your finger gets so tired and sore, as a last ditch effort, you switch to using your thumb which does not provide the smoothest painting results.
So why did it take me so long to pick up one of these comfort grip handles?
I was a bit skeptical.
My thinking was – it will probably turn out to be another gimmicky-gadget-thingy which finds its way to the back of a dark drawer never to be seen again.
At Home Depot yesterday, my curiosity and achy-red-close-to-blistered-index-finger convinced me to buy. I have to admit, with my new purchase in hand I was excited to get home and give it a try!
So how did it work you ask?
At first I wasn’t impressed. The Rustoleum comfort grip attaches to the paint can by squeezing these 2 clamps together.
The package states “Attach (and remove) by squeezing with two fingers”. If you have strong man hands, this may be the case. But it took me some effort. I used 2 hands and I really had to squeeze but this actually turned out to be a good thing. Once it’s attached, it’s firmly attached! You can even shake the can with no worries of it coming off.
Ok…then I was off and running. I used it on two small table projects and the spray paint handle DEFINITELY made a difference in accuracy and comfort while spraying!
Using 2 fingers on the trigger helped reduced my finger fatigue. I still ended up with my fingers slightly red but it was a considerable improvement in comfort.
(Note to the Manufacturers – If I had designed the Rustoleum comfort grip handle, I would have padded the trigger with a cushiony gel pack or rubber. I might even take the initiative and revise mine with a little craft glue and something super soft.)
While using the spray gun handle, the paint comes out smooth and even. The trick is to make sure the nozzle on the spray can is directly centred in the centre of the opening of the Rustoleum comfort grip handle.
I made the mistake of shaking the can vigorously and not looking before I continued to paint. The spray can nozzle slightly misaligned with the spray handle opening and I ended up with 2 paint splotches on my table.
Keeping everything aligned and centred ensures smooth painting results.
Would I recommend this purchase? Yes and No.
No – if you are only planning on using it for 1 or 2 small projects.
Yes – if you do a lot of spray painting, are planning a large project, or have small delicate hands which tire and blister easily…like mine. I’m very pleased I picked one up and feel it was well worth the small investment!
Oh…and as an added bonus, the Rustoleum package states it fits most aerosol cans for easy spraying and comfortable control. If your acting début in the Production of Hairspray is on the horizon, this would be perfect!!! It could also be used for Bug Spray, Furniture Polish, or Canned Confetti for that special occasion!!!
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