Painted, we had to buy a vac 2 weeks ago. Looked at the Dyson, bought a Bessel with a removable canister - the Panasonic lasted ~15 years so buying a new one wasn't traumatic.
Thanks Iride. Nice to know somebody else has been thru this, too. I bought what I did because of the 'telescopic' handle...just like I had. (And all the other 'claims'). Guess I shouldn't cry too loud tho...cuz my oldie but goodie served me well too!