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Krylon® Marking Wand, Hand Held Wheeler
Item #772239
Model #425-K07096
  • Capacity: 1 - 1 1/2 in width of paint
  • Overall length: 34 in
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Paint edgers are handheld or mechanical devices for painting straight, narrow lines either indoors or outdoors. Indoors, the lines go along ceilings, baseboards, window trim, walls, along crown molding, or along two adjacent walls. They leave crisp edging to contrast one surface from another with different paint shades or types. Outdoors, workers use paint edging tools to put boundary or border demarcations on athletic fields, parking lots, roadways, and utility sites. The lines also provide crisp, straight edges to leave a sharp contrast between surfaces. Browse Staples for these products and other paint accessories.

Edgers for indoor use
While many painters can apply straight narrow lines between two borders by hand, do-it-yourself painters often use paint edgers so they don’t overpaint onto an adjacent surface, including border painting, or cutting-in, to provide a boundary for roller-painting the fields of ceilings and walls in contrasting shades.

Some paint edging tools are long straight- and thin-edge metal or plastic shields. Users hold the straight edge against the field or trim border and hand-brush the desired surface. Any overpaint goes on the strip, not the adjacent trim, ceiling, or wall.

Besides using paint brushes or spray painters to create straight lines, painters also use edgers with integrated applicators, many of which are pads of different material for holding and applying paint. Many are square pads with handles. Users can drag them flat along the underside of surfaces parallel to the opposing surface, and they have special edges that prevent any overpainting.

Outdoor paint edgers
Several edgers are available for outdoor use. Many are handheld or wheeled marking wands that have spray applicators for applying field, pavement, and ground lines. Many have narrow 1- to 1.5-inch spray heads for painting exact width lines. Other heads have wider nozzle arrangements for painting larger areas like end zones and no-parking spots.

Marking wands are durable, many of them made of lightweight steel casings and strong polypropylene components such as nozzles, heads, handles, and pumps. Most come with pistol-grip handles that give the painters the right angle for laying down lines. Trigger activation lets painters control start and stop spray. Wheel marking wands have a large, secure front castor to guide the paint edging tool, with a paint reservoir and spray head behind it to let painters lay down lines where they wheel the tool.

Can paint edging tools work with any type of paint?
Both indoor and outdoor edgers use the paint that’s meant for home interiors and for fields, pavements, and outside surfaces.

Indoor edgers work with latex-based primer and top-coat matte, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes, as well as with oil-based primers and paint and semi-gloss and gloss enamels. Outdoor wands work with latex-based acrylics, which is the most common paint for ground, field, and pavement marking, since acrylics dry quickly and are water- and crack-resistant.

Are other paint edger tools available?
Manufacturers are constantly researching how to give painters an efficient tool for painting clean border lines so you can’t see even one speck of contrasting color where it isn’t desired on a surface. Paint experts insist that the family of paint edgers doesn’t include painter or masking tape, which provide a strip barrier to block overpainting. However, many DIY painters still prefer using it to yield crisp, clean lines and borders similar to the results of edging tools.

Are outdoor edgers costly?
Not at all. The field and pavement edgers available are ideal for homeowners and volunteers for community services like Little League and Pee Wee football fields, as well as local fairs and events.