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Paint Pod finally won me over!!
Dulux PaintPod Roller System
Member Name: eagleeyechief
Dulux PaintPod Roller System
Date: 08/10/09, updated on 22/10/09 (2137 review reads)
Advantages: Simple and fast
Disadvantages: Paint is little bit more expensive
I'm not keen on decorating and when Dulux released the Paint Pod machine last year I have to admit I was very interested.
I remember using a similar system as a kid with my dad when Dulux partnered up with Black & Decker back in 1997 when they released the Paint Mate. This was a compact back pack which used Dulux paint in a bag, the principle was simply the internal compressor forced the paint up through the hose to the roller. This worked really well but unfortunately Dulux decided to pull out of the partnership and stopped producing the paint. So my dad was left with a Betamax of DIY gadgetry until Black & Decker sent him a voucher to cover the cost.
Now it is 2008, and the latest thing is the Dulux Paint Pod. I'd put off getting a Paint Pod incase it ended up as another short term thing from Dulux, even though they must have spent a fortune on advertising alone. Another thing was I had tried some of my friends and they seemed to have a few kinks and it was hit and miss whether you got a working one or not. Also the paint was limited to just a matt finish.
A year later and after a few more people getting machines, having no problems with them and Stuff magazine consistently scoring it highly each month, I gave in. B&Q's offer also helped with the machine selling at £34 instead of the usual £60 and the paint was also on offer 2 for £40 on normal 5L for £29.98.
Rather than starting on something simple I went all out and decided to tackle my very tall, awkward hallway & stairs. The instructions seemed straight forward and the set up was simple. You drop the paint pod into the machine, so no messy pouring. The dip tube goes into the top and locks in place. With no need to keep stopping to reload the roller I was ready to go, I just had to ush the paint button. I had bought a 2m extension hose and easy reach handle to help with the stairs. Like anything it does take a little practice to get a good technique. Initially I had probably been holding the trigger down on the roller for too long and drawing too much paint onto the roller. This made a bit of a mess with the splatter. After a few minutes I realised my mistake and then the rest of the walls took less time with a lot less mess. The edging brush which comes supplied is a triangular shape and I found cutting in and filling corners really easy.
After painting its a case of pushing drain button. This draws back the paint from the roller and the hose so you do not have a lot of excess paint when it comes to cleaning and you don't waste paint. Remove the dip tube from the paint, catching the edges of the pack to take off more excess paint. This is done because if the tube is not cleaned it could end up coating the gears located in the lid. Once the piant is taken out you need to fill the unit with warm water and press the clean button. I had to do this a couple of times, because I probably left it to long after finishing painting before running water through the machine. The self cleaning takes about 10 minutes.
In my opinion the Dulux Paint Pod is a real winner, and even with the paint being a little more expensive for 5L (keep eye out for offers in DIY stores) the news that Dulux are looking to increase the range of colours, offer silk as well as matt but also future plan of looking to possibly incorporating colour mixing system means that with some practice to perfect the technique its a must have for any gadget mad decorator or like me, somebody who just wants a quicker option so I can do something more enjoyable :-)
Dulux Paint pod Machine cost £34 (B&Q) - normal price £60
Dulux Paint Pod Emulsion Matt 2 for £40, 5L for £29.98 colour or £19.98 for 5L Pure Brilliant White (plans for more colours and finishes)
Extra Reach Handle £12.98
2m Extension Tube £3.98
Paint Pod Testers 50mls £1.28
Replacement roller sleeve £3.98
Replacement edging brush £4.98
Replacement Dip Tube £7.98 Dulux recommend new tube after 10 packs (50 Litres) as old tubes will show a reduction in paint flow and trouble with cleaning process.
Dulux are currently advertising the new Dulux Paint Pod Compact. I've been in to my local B&Q to give it a go. Its a good idea, the unit simply attaches straight on to the bottle of paint. Unlike the main Paint Pod machine the Compact is battery operated so no trailing power lead, much easier to move around. Operating is the same, just push 'paint' to get going and 'drain' when you finish. The big difference is when you come to clean up, the main Paint Pod has a 10 minute self cleaning system, but the Compact takes a bit more work with a tap connection to be used in the sink. Priced at the moment at £25, I would personally pay the extra for the bigger machine but it is still a good purchase.
Summary: Dulux may have ironed out the kinks!!