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How to Paint a Room Fast

If you are looking for the fastest way to paint a room, give the Wagner Sidekick Power Roller a try! This electric roller makes it easier than ever to paint a room fast. No more paint trays or reloading paint rollers and brushes. Save time and paint a room faster with an electric roller!

This how to paint a room fast tutorial contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

As much as I love a fresh coat of paint, the hassle and work required get old fast! Until we discovered the Wagner Electric Roller, we spent at least twice the time painting that we do now.

We got significantly better coverage with the Sidekick than with a traditional roller. Plus, we needed fewer coats of paint and only slight touch-ups were necessary!

The Power Roller is ideal for painting large rooms or multiple rooms at one time. It also allows for continuous painting to get the job done faster. The roller is surprisingly so easy to use and only takes about ten minutes to clean, so if you are looking to paint a room quickly, this tool is just for you!

We used the Smart SideKick power roller for the first time when painting the walls in our living room and it was so helpful!

Close up of multi-room powered roller box

How to Use the Wagner Sidekick Power Roller: Video Tutorial

If you are a beginner painter, make sure you understand the task you are about to undertake. As simple as this electric roller makes the job, painting can be an expensive task (depending on how many walls you’re painting) and one that you should try to do correctly the first time around. 

Just like with any other paint project, you will want to make sure your room is prepped and the edges are “cut in” with paint before you begin.

We also highly recommend cleaning the walls before painting. The paint rolls on so much smoother after removing the dust and grime that accumulates in our homes.

Multi-room powered roller, paint and a traditional paint roller

How does an electric power roller work?

This roller is best to use with oil and latex-based coatings and fits one- or five-gallon paint containers (you need to use the extension tube for a 5-gallon bucket). Plus, it’s just as easy to take apart as it is to put together.

The machine is simply clamped to the paint can or bucket of paint, and then a suction tube pulls the paint through the tube and into the roller for continuous paint flow. 

But, worry not! The paint will not spray or splatter and there’s no risk for dripping or running paint. The flow is controlled directly from the roller’s handle with a simple button. 

As you need more paint, you simply press the button for more. As the roller becomes saturated with paint, press the button again to stop the flow of paint.

With the press of a button, you can re-load your roller in seconds and never stop working. There’s no need to return to the paint tray, roll the roller, then return to the wall ever again! The Power Roller is a back-saver and even has an extension connection for reaching high walls and ceilings.

I also love that the manual and directions are easy to follow and all of the parts are easy to clean and maintain.

How to paint a room faster with a power roller: Step-by-step guide

Supplies need for painting a room faster

Step 1: Getting the Paint Ready

Make sure your paint has been shaken and stirred with a paint stick before using.

Remove the lid from the paint can and place the can onto the ledge of the Sidekick. Then, push down the yellow clamp to secure the paint can in place. You will hear it click into place.

Insert the suction tube into the paint and push it all the way to the bottom of the can. Then, slide the tube into the tube-shaped holder on the clamp. Make sure the tube is touching the bottom of the paint can. 

If you’re using a 5-gallon bucket, you’ll need to use the extension tube for the bucket.

Collage of multi-room powered roller suction tube placed at the top of the paint can top image and woman holding the powered roller waiting for the paint to go inside the suction bottom image

Step 2: Attach the roller

As you watch the video (above or you can watch here on YouTube), you will notice there is a paint roller cover and a metal bar that the paint roller slides onto. Much like a regular roller, you want to work with a clean paint roller each and every time you paint.

The metal bar has holes on it that allow the paint to come out. You’ll notice that the roller cover for the Smart Sidekick has small holes on the inside of the roller cover that allows the paint to be released into the roller. Don’t worry – you can order more roller covers for the Sidekick here.

To attach the paint roller, slide the roller onto the metal bar and clip it into place. Then, insert the base of the metal roller into the roller handle and clip it into place.

I’ll be honest – the clip connecting the roller cover to the metal bar is very tight and when you go to remove it, it will require some muscle power. You may want to practice a couple of times before it’s all messy with paint so you know how to take it all apart.

Collage of woman painting the wall using the multi-room powered roller paint

Step 3: Begin painting

Now, is the fun part! After all of the pieces are attached, plug the machine in and press the power button on the machine attached to the paint can.

To activate the paint suction, press the yellow button on the handle of the paint roller. Immediately, you will notice that the paint will begin circulating through the hose attached to the roller. 

It’s fun to watch the paint come up the tube and into the roller!

The paint will begin to saturate the roller as more paint is suctioned upward. Immediately, you’ll notice that the paint will begin coming through the hose that is attached to the roller. 

At this time, place your roller on the wall and begin rolling as if you were painting. The paint will come through as splotchy and in dots at first, but the paint will continue to saturate the roller and will begin to cover the wall evenly. 

After the paint roller is fully saturated, press the yellow button on the handle once more to stop the flow of paint. Be careful not to oversaturate the roller to prevent it from dripping, splattering, or sliding against the wall. 

This process may seem intimidating at first, but once you get practice in, you’ll have a better understanding of when to turn the machine off and on.

Full view of woman painting the wall using multi-room powered roller paint almost finished

Continue rolling along the wall until there is a smooth, even coat of paint applied, pressing the yellow button for more paint as needed. After the first initial paint flow, the roller will become saturated much faster, so be cautious. 

For the best results, I recommend working in three-foot sections, rolling in a W or M pattern for even coats of paint. Once you are done with a section, do one slow solid swipe from ceiling to floor with the roller to finish the section smoothly and without roller marks.

Cleaning the powered roller paint using soap and water and running it through the suction tubes

Step 4. Cleaning the Wagner Electric Paint Roller

Clean-up is a breeze and doesn’t involve dirtying your kitchen sink or any of the other hassle from a traditional roller.

Basically, it’s a similar process to the painting, but water is circulated through the machine instead of paint.

To clean the machine:

  1. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with soapy water. Then, insert the suction hose into the bucket.
  2. Remove the paint roller and place it inside the bucket or throw it away. Place the roller handle inside the bucket, as well.
  3. Turn the Sidekick on and run for 10 minutes to allow the soap and water to clean the suction tube until it is free of paint. 
  4. Empty the bucket of soapy water and refill it with clean water. Run the machine again for 5 more minutes to remove soap residue.
  5. Remove the suction tube from the bucket and continue running the machine to fully empty the hose of water.
  6. Allow the suction tube to dry before storing.

I was able to save so much time with this tool. No more bending over to reload a paint roller, dripping paint, or sore backs! I love the result. The paint looks so smooth and I did it in half the time.

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