About Painter's Palette
The manufacturer calls their new Painter's Palette an innovative paint tray that provides the cleanest, easiest, and fastest way to complete your painting job.
Compared to traditional painting methods, Painter’s Palette uses something called “micro absorbing bristles” to absorb paint and hold it in place until touched with a brush or roller. This way, you won’t have to worry about drips or spills, whether you’re working with paint, lacquer, or wood stain.
These special bristles and “anti-gravity technology” also mean that you can use 2 different colors at the same time, without lugging around heavy paint cans!
Then, when you’re finished using Painter’s Palette, you can scrape the excess paint back into the can and rinse—or, you can attach the included airtight lid and store your paint right in the Palette.
Now that spring is here, a lot of us are thinking about sprucing up around the house, which often involves painting. The problem is that painting is a pain, so you’re wondering if Painter’s Palette can make the process any easier. To answer this question, let’s start by taking a look at the product’s details.
How Does Painter’s Palette Work?
Other than that it uses “micro absorbing bristles”—which is so broad that it’s essentially meaningless—we’re told nothing about what kind of material Painter’s Palette uses or exactly how it works.
If you’ve ever used a textured paint roller though, it appears to be a similar material that’s permanently attached to Painter’s Palette’s plastic tray. Like most of us have found out the hard way though, this roller material has a “load limit.” In other words, it will hold paint in place until it becomes too full, after which it will tend to drip, splatter, and generally make a mess.
Will this be the case with Painter’s Palette? Again, without any information from the manufacturer, we’re simply making an education guess based on what’s available. However, this isn’t our only concern.
Will Painter’s Palette Really Cut Your Time in Half?
We’re also not told Painter’s Palette’s dimensions, so there’s no way to calculate its volume. Suffice it to say though, based on how shallow it is, it’s reasonable to expect that it won’t hold nearly as much paint as a traditional pan or can.
So, while Painter’s Palette might reduce your chances of dripping or spilling paint, you might have to reload your paint fairly often (remember this point; we’ll come back around to it in the final section), leading to additional time.
Is Painter’s Palette Easy to Clean?
Another concern we’d have is that textured roller-type material tends to cling to paint, which could make cleaning Painter’s Palette labor-intensive, even under the best of circumstances. Add to this that Painter’s Palette’s surface appears to be permanently attached to the plastic lid, and it might prove even more difficult to adequately remove all the paint.
We’d also worry about some of the paint pulling through to the plastic, which will lie in wait to mix with (and perhaps ruin) your next coat of paint.
2 Colors, 1 Painter’s Palette?
Finally, can you really use 2 colors at the same time with Painter’s Palette?
It’s important to point out that the commercial showed 2 different colors sitting on top of the bristles, prior to being absorbed. But we’d have to wonder: What happens once it’s fully absorbed (after all, that’s what it does, right)? How far apart would each color need to be in order to avoid mixing?
In short, we have several unanswered questions and legitimate concerns about Painter’s Palette’s real world functionality.
How Much Does Painter’s Palette Cost?
Painter’s Palette is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, which includes an Airtight Lid. During checkout, you can purchase a second Painter's Palette and Airtight Lid for an additional $9.99 S&H.
Like nearly all Telebrands products, Painter’s Palette comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. If you purchased the BOGO offer, this means you could lose/spend more in S&H charges than you’ll ultimately get back as a refund.
To request a refund, you’ll need to call customer service at 855-668-1655.
Where Are All the Painter’s Palette Reviews?
It’s not uncommon for new products like Painter’s Palette to lack online customer reviews, since they haven’t been around long enough to garner any feedback. Without these reviews, we can’t get a glimpse of what you can realistically expect.
The good news is that we’ve reviewed dozens of Telebrands’ other products (not to mention hundreds of ASOTV products in general), such as Ped Egg Power, Lazer Bond, and Mighty Blaster. These products tend to come with 2-star average ratings, based on common complaints surrounding failure to work/poor quality and less-than-stellar customer service.
From a company perspective, Telebrands recently settled with the NJ Attorney General’s office for $550K, based on allegations of violating the Consumer Fraud Act. The company admitted no wrongdoing.
A couple important points before wrapping up: 1) These are the most common complaints for most ASOTV products —not just those from Telebrands, and 2) this doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same with Painter’s Palette.
Should You Buy Painter’s Palette?
Any way you slice it, there’s a whole lot of marketing hype going on in the Painter’s Palette commercial, with terms like “micro absorbing bristles” and “anti-gravity technology” being thrown around at whim. But based on what we could deduce (using the limited information given to us by the company), these same terms could apply to something as mundane as a dish towel—to say nothing of its painting ability.
In the end, we think Painter’s Palette will probably hold a limited amount of paint without dripping, just like advertised. Whether or not this translates into any real world benefits, though—based on refill frequency, ease of cleanup, and other important factors—remains to be seen.
At any rate, it’s reasonable to estimate that Painter’s Palette is probably best suited for touch ups and small, detail-oriented paint jobs, versus painting an entire room (or even a large wall).
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