is PAINT PORTER?
PAINT PORTER is an ergonomic hands-free
paint carrier. PAINT PORTER
consists of a rectangular bucket (comes in three optional sizes), which is
inserted into a porting platform with a hinging and pivoting mechanism
(it’s gimbaled, as on a ship to keep things level) as it hangs from a
do you mean by Ergonomic?
ERGONOMICS is the applied science of equipment design,
intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and
discomfort. PAINT PORTER
offers economy of movement by providing an adequate supply of paint in a
rectangular paint bucket, which always hangs level and secure from a
shoulder harness and insures that the paint is always only inches away.
It reduces fatigue and discomfort by freeing painters to move about
the job, climbing ladders and scaffolding with both hands free, and even
to maintain balance with one hand always free.
No need to balance a paint can or pan on the ladder itself
is PAINT PORTER designed to do?
PAINT PORTER solves a safety problem that
has persisted for thousands of years.
People have been carrying paint up and down ladders by hand for
millennia; this has resulted in pain and suffering, and even death for
countless people over the history of painting.
PAINT PORTER with its hands-free ergonomics gives you
freedom to move around the paint job with added safety, as well as to move
objects out of your way with ease (“Painting just got easier”).
PAINT PORTER provides
a complete new painting method that mitigates the risk of moving paint
around the job, especially up ladders. The National Safety Council reports
more than 30,000 people are injured each year by falls involving ladders.
Ladders present one of the major hazards in construction work and
their use is the cause of many serious accidents.
Osha has a requirement that at least one
hand be free when climbing ladders and scaffolding.
1926.1053(b)(21) - Each employee
shall use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when progressing up
and/or down the ladder.
a hands-free paint carrier, PAINT
PORTER offers a method for fulfilling
How does PAINT PORTER make Painting Easier?
PAINT PORTER has been engineered to offer
an alternative to both the roller pan and the paint can. It
provides a whole new painting method that eliminates the drudgery
of moving paint around the job - it's convenient, efficient and
To compliment PAINT PORTER and to provide the market with
an alternative to the cage and sleeve roller, I created the MONSTER
Cartridge Roller System. The MONSTER
Cartridge Roller System,
with their plastic cartridge cores instead of a heavy metal cage, provides
the greatest coverage, while maintaining a balance and lightness of
weight; the elastomer handle provides comfort and contributes to the
easy to use (intuitive), and entirely eliminates the need to keep track of
bucket or roller pan. Paint
buckets remove easily and are easy to clean.
Efficient: Because you don’t have to transport a bucket or pan around,
you can concentrate on painting; paint is always only inches away.
Dip paintbrush or roller on the fly, no need to keep track of the
paint can or roller pan.
Mount various size brushes, or use it with THE
rollers. With the addition of
the optional paintbrush caddy, you can carry both a roller and a brush.
Also available are extra buckets, with lids– a 1gal bucket for
roller work, a ¾ gal general-purpose bucket, a ½ gal bucket for
What testing have you done to prove the value
of the product?
As early as the first prototype my invention exceeded
my expectations. It maintained
the paint container’s orientation in every position necessary for
painting, except lying down. It
rarely interferes with the movement of the user through the job, including
when moving objects out of the way and moving tarps around the space.
It allowed one to paint on the fly, no need to keep track of the
paint can or paint tray.
Members of the Handyman Club of America independently
tested PAINT PORTER, in combination with the six-inch Monster
mini roller and the two-foot Lil’l Monster extension pole. More than 7 out of
10 of the testers approved the “Handyman Combo”; the products
carry their seal of recommendation.
What is the MONSTER Cartridge Roller System?
The MONSTER Cartridge Roller System consists of a soft
elastimer handle, with a 6mm metal shaft, that accepts a cartridge roller
covered with a micro acrylic nap. The
cartridge roller with the micro acrylic nap is more durable than the
traditional polyester sleeve roller and is “Tough enough for the whole
house.” With the micro
acrylic nap you can paint surfaces that are semi-smooth to heavy textured
with the same roller, no need to buy a roller for each application.
The MONSTER Cartridge
Roller System with the micro acrylic nap, minus the traditional heavy
metal cage, provides the greatest coverage while maintaining a balance and
lightness of weight.
is it called the MONSTER Cartridge Roller System?
It’s called MONSTER
Cartridge Roller because they are the most robust cartridge rollers on
the market. With the name
“Jumbo” taken and with the other adjectives such as “hefty” and
“brawny” already identified with products monster made the most sense.
In the end MONSTER is the adjective that best describes
these rollers, because they do a Monster of a job.
While testing the rollers I painted a three story and a two story
building with one six inch mini roller and it still had some life left in it;
guaranteed to paint an entire house inside and out.
The MONSTER Cartridge Roller System offers a plusher
and more robust paint roller than any other cartridge roller on the
market; this means it works great on different types of surfaces including
milled trim. By replacing the
metal cage in the traditional roller with a plastic cartridge, the 6”
Mini MONSTER Cartridge Roller System achieves a significant decrease in
weight, it weighs only 8oz. This
reduction in weight, along with its elastomeric handle, produces
considerable ergonomic benefits over the bulky tools designed for
One end of the 6” Mini Cartridge Roller is covered
with nap so you can paint corners with ease, saving the time of cutting in
the corners with a paintbrush. The
acrylic Micro-fiber roller is versatile and can be used for painting
semi-smooth to heavy textured surfaces without changing the roller.
These are robust rollers, so if you keep them clean they will last
through the painting of the whole house, inside and out.
What are the Sizes of the MONSTER Cartridge
Cartridge Roller System comes in three sizes:
40mm MONSTER Major at only 11- ounces
30mm MONSTER Minor at only 7-ounces
40mm MONSTER Major, the mightiest of the MONSTER
Cartridge Rollers at a mere 11- ounces, compares favorably to
the nine-inch one-coat cage roller, but at a fraction of the weight, it
embodies the greatest power at the least weight
six-inch 30mm MONSTER
Mini and the
four-inch 30mm MONSTER Minor
Cartridge Rollers have one end wrapped with micro
acrylic nap; so two surfaces can be painted at the same time, great
for things with corners. The
six-inch 30mm MONSTER
Cartridge Roller is an all
purpose roller that weighs only 8-ounces and can used to paint
cabinets, bookshelves, drawers, eaves, wood trim, and small and moderate
size rooms, as well as for painting small to medium size houses.
Use the four-inch
Roller, which weighs only 7-ounces,
to paint cabinets, bookshelves, drawers, eaves, and wood trim. Add the MONSTER
Mini to the Li'l MONSTER
Pole that weighs only 4 ounces and it makes a balanced system that weighs
only 12-ounces and is easy to use with PAINT PORTER.
textured house pictured on the last page was painted with the
six-inch 30mm MONSTER,
showing that the rollers are “Tough
enough for the whole house.” This
roller was cleaned up and is still good enough to paint another house.
Who is the Market for PAINT PORTER and the MONSTER Cartridge
PAINT PORTER was designed primarily for the
homeowner do-it-yourself market with particular attention to the female
physic. Women comprise the
fastest growing segment of the DIY market.
A secondary market would be renters, construction professionals,
property management companies, maintenance companies, municipalities and
of THE PAINTster's products are designed with ergonomic
principals for making painting easier and even fun.
This appeals to the homeowner looking for the convenience and
versatility of using one tool for the whole job, as well as the
professional looking for an efficient safer method for transporting paint
around the job.
Cartridge Roller System, a line of lightweight ergonomic paint rollers, has been designed for
use with PAINT PORTER, so that it can be used in its full potential.
The Monster Cartridge Roller System provides an ergonomic
alternative to the much heavier professional roller systems and eases the
strain on the wrist while painting
PAINT PORTER also makes the job of painting more efficient, as well as fun; no need to
keep track of the paint can and paint tray you breeze through the job.
My sales projection is based only on homeowner
"Statistical Abstract of the United States" for in 2003 shows a
total of 73,671,500 homeowners, if we get only three out of ten homeowners
to buy one unit over the course of the twenty years of my patent, we would
have average sales of over 1,1000,000 units per year.
When you add in the professionals, government agencies,
municipalities and a few renters we could top 1.5 million units per year.
I believe that eventually a PAINT PORTER will be in
nearly every homeowner’s garage, with average yearly sales growing to
about 3 million units per year.
What is in
the future for THE
Taken together with various accessories, there are a
total of thirteen products in The PAINTster
line. Other ergonomic painting tools, attachments, and accessories are in
the development stage that will be added to the product line, including a
configuration for carrying paint prep tools up the ladder.
PAINT PORTER can also be used as a
vertically standing paint pan; I’m designing a clip-on handle for moving
the porter around to make this a convenient option.
There are other applications under development using
this method of carrying things on the chest. There will be an insert for
carrying painting prep tools up the ladder and around the job; things like
scrapers, wire brush, caulk gun and patching materials.
Also, an insert will be designed for sign painters and muralist
that will hold various colors of paint, along with a variety of brushes
What is the competition for PAINT PORTER?
competition is the paint can and paint tray, both of which PAINT
PORTER replaces. Also,
there are now three other hands-free paint carriers that recently came on the market.
One is a product called Paint Belt Pro that can be seen at http://www.paintbeltpro.com/,
then there's Pocket Painter at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AljY5QSwk4&NR=1,
another is a product called Pouch Painter , seen at http://www.pouchpainter.com/
These products are not yet sold in stores (as a painter
I’m familiar with what’s on the market).
above mentioned products are vastly inferior to PAINT PORTER,
the placement of their paint receptacles on the waist compromises the
ergonomics. Also, the overall
design of these tools limits their use to a paintbrush; it precludes the
use of a different size paint rollers. The
placement of my invention on the chest is essential to its ergonomic
potential; paint is always only inches away.
Accessing the paint is as easy as reaching into you chest pocket.
Also, the shape of PAINT PORTER container allows for the use of
various size rollers, thus making it very versatile.
By moving the paint container up to the
chest or shoulder area many advantages are achieved.
First among these is that it allows the space for the gimbals to
work, allowing the user full mobility while carrying the paint and the
paint will always be level. By
moving the paint can off the belt area, as well as switching from a can to
a paint delivery receptacle, you can reduce the overall profile of the
wearer, which allows for easy access to all parts of the job.
Further, the upper area
of the chest is judged to
be very strong, and the load
applied to that region should not be a major concern.
PORTER is the most significant innovation in painting for the
Do-it-Yourself market since the invention of the paint roller in the
1940’s. The ergonomic design
offered by PAINT PORTER
provides a patented new method
What is the competition for MONSTER Cartridge
The closest competitor to MONSTERCartridge Roller
are the rollers offered by Whizz.
Roller are superior to Whizz rollers as they are plusher allowing
them to be used effectively on milled trim and other irregular surfaces;
they are competitively priced with Whizz rollers.
Also, the clip for holding the roller on the rod is stronger with a
better grip and does not allow the release the roller when lateral
pressure is applied.
is the $9.00 Roller Tray Combo not the Competition for PAINT PORTER and
the MONSTER Cartridge Roller System?
As you look around the paint department to find what
may be the competition for PAINT PORTER, the roller tray combo
is the closest, but to compare the two is like saying that a Fiat is
competition to a SUV. Even the
best of the paint tool combos is made up of the cheapest, flimsiest and
inefficient tools available. These
combo kits are for those (non) painters who know the tools are going to
end up in the garbage with all of the pieces stuck together in dried
paint; the market for those combos is mostly renters who intend to use it
one time. Homeowners on the
other hand have a stake in buying quality paint tools knowing that they
will be used over and over again.
FAQ on Function
don’t you use a traditional two-piece piano hinge on PAINT PORTER?
During prototype testing we found that the two-piece
piano hinge had a tendency to get coated with paint and loose it’s
flex-ability. So, we tested
the “living hinge” to see if it could provide a satisfactory
replacement. We were willing
to compromise some in the durability of the hinge to insure function, but
to our surprise the “living hinge” far exceeded our expectations.
After over five thousand flexes and numerous applications of shear
stress that far exceeded the stresses experienced in the real world, we
could not get the hinge to fail. The
Sta-Klean living hinge is guaranteed against failure.
Smell of Paint be a Problem while wearing PAINT PORTER?
While painting a room the air will quickly be filled
with paint fumes, this makes any smell rising from PAINT PORTER insignificant.
The evaporative surface of the paint in PAINT PORTER is
approximately 20 square inches, one dip of a MONSTER
when rolled on the wall will produce a minimum of a 2 sq ft
evaporative surface; this evaporative surface is nearly twenty times the
surface of the bucket. After
you’ve painted a 10 foot by 10 foot wall, you will have an evaporative
surface nearly five hundred times greater that the bucket, and by the time
you finish the room you have nearly twenty-five hundred times the
evaporative surface of PAINT PORTER; you can see fumes will quickly
fill the room so ventilation is important. Also, the paint on the wall
evaporates at a much greater pace than the liquid paint in the PAINT PORTER.
Paint Spill while moving around the job with PAINT PORTER?
are two mechanisms that mitigate this from happening.
First are the qualities inherent in paint, paint is what is called
thixotropic, this means that paint is non-Newtonian; it resist
gravity. Paints are a common example of non-Newtonian products with the paint
having a high viscosity in the can, but becoming much more fluid when
shear force is applied during application by brush or roller. This
means that paint will stay thick and gel like until it is subjected to a
shear force, and is not subject to splashing like water.
Ketchup is a thixotropic food substance we are all familiar with,
and you know how hard it is to get it to flow out of the bottle.
The second factor that keeps the paint in the bucket
is the hinging and pivoting mechanism at the heart of PAINT PORTER.
This mechanism is what is called gimbaled, similar to what is used
on ships to keep the galley horizontal while the boat is tossed in the
high seas, keeping the cooking food from splattering around.
On PAINT PORTER this gimbaled mechanism not only keeps
the paint from spilling when bending, it also allows the bucket to
compensate for nearly every position the body takes while painting, except
for lying down.
not Design PAINT PORTER to fit a Standard Nine Inch Roller?
As to the question of designing the PAINT PORTER
to use the rollers already on the market, there are a number of reasons
why this is not a good idea. At
the top of the list is the size of the bucket required to accommodate a
9” roller, the bucket would have to be 4” by 11.5”, with a volume of
1.5 gallons. This means that
if you wanted to use it for brushwork, you would need to carry around
twelve pounds of paint; the shear size and volume of this design would
make it impractical for all but the most robust persons.
The weight of the a 9” sleeve and cage roller, in order to work
properly, has to be made out of such substantial material as to make it
quite heavy, thus reducing the usefulness for the potential market.
Manufacturing such a product in the future is under
consideration and will be called PAINT PORTER Pro; this
would be for a small professional market and probably retail for about
$49.95. The present design of PAINT
PORTER is a multipurpose tool that can be used for both a roller
pan and a paint bucket, with the main target market the homeowner do-it
yourselfer, with special attention to the feminine gender.
I believe that woman will be the main purchaser of the product; it
will allow them to easily perform paintwork at their convenience, without
waiting for their “significant” other to get around to it.
With this in mind I strove to create paint tools that
can be used by a wide demographic and that optimizes the energy potential
(ergonomics) of the user so that the greatest amount of work can be done
with the least amount of time, energy, and risk.