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I am an old roller (not an old rocker!)
Homebase Paint Roller Kit
Member Name: SusanLesley
Homebase Paint Roller Kit
Advantages: Cheap to buy, easy to clean, easy to use, works well
Disadvantages: Gives off a fine spray during use
Since we have been living here in our cottage I have been working my way round trying to get all the rooms painted.
The walls throughout the building are just plastered, but with random markings where the trowel has been, which fits in with the old age of the cottage. In the downstairs rooms there are beams on the ceiling with this same plaster effect in between. In the upstairs rooms the ceilings are smooth.
I have explained this detail to you to as you need to know why I wanted the paint roller. I find it easy to paint the walls with the markings as I can see where I have been and the paint does not need to be perfect.
When it comes to smooth ceilings I am hopeless! When my dad was alive I used to have a go myself but he always had to come in and give it a final coat to get it smooth and perfect for me.
So I began to paint the first bedroom - I did the walls and gave the ceiling a couple of coats with my trusty paintbrush but, although it looked better that I had ever managed before, it wasn't good enough.
I decided that I would get a roller kit and gave a go with that. I had seen dad use them to great effect so off I went to Homebase.
I purchased a basic roller kit and, although I can't remember how much I paid for it, they currently retail at £3.99 and of course you get Nectar points when you shop at Homebase too.
The product comprises a black plastic tray, a paint roller and a replacement head. These were all wrapped in cellophane and inside there was a sheet of green paper with the Homebase logo on it and just the words Extra Value Roller Kit.
The tray is made from black coloured plastic and it is rectangular in shape. The base of the tray has a well at one end where the paint is poured and a ridged slope from the well to the opposite edge of the tray. The whole thing is fairly deep which minimises the chance of spillage.
I put a reasonable amount of paint into the well so that there is enough to use but not so much that it would cause any problems with splashing or spilling.
The roller itself is made from plastic and covered in soft, furry material. This then pushes onto metal frame which has a black plastic handle with a good sturdy grip.
To use the kit I just poured some of the paint into the well of the tray, dipped the roller into the paint - rolling it to cover it with paint and then drew the roller up the slope of the tray to get rid of any drips. I then began to roll the roller back and forth across the smooth ceiling thus transferring the paint from the roller to the ceiling.
I gave the ceiling one further coat as I had already painted it twice with the paint brush. To my great surprise and pleasure the ceiling was covered well with no streaks. I have to say that dad would have probably got the finish even better than I did but I am sure that he would have been pleased with my efforts. I would give myself an 8 or even maybe a 9 out of 10 for my efforts!
The only problem with using a roller is the fact that it can give off a fine spray of paint during use, so do be sure to cover your furniture and carpets with dust sheets before you start.
Even though I have only used mine of the ceiling I am certain that it would be just as effective on the walls. The soft material of the roller head would mean that the paint would be pushed into every nook and cranny.
Once I had finished my painting I poured the paint remaining in the tray back into the tin and took the roller and the tray to the sink to wash them. I found the tray easy to rinse out as you would expect. The roller head took some time to clean but all I had to do was to hold it under a running tap until the water ran clear. The material of the roller head does hold a fair bit of paint so it takes a while to wash it all out but it is worth it because the material returns to its original condition once dry. To dry it I squeeze my hand along it to pull off any excess water and then dab it with kitchen roll. I then stand it on its end on a piece of kitchen roll to absorb any drips and just let it dry.
Well, I never thought I would say this but, I can recommend this paint roller kit! I have always been a paintbrush girl but I was very impressed with the finish that this roller gave me.
I would give it four stars - it loses one for the spray given off whilst painting.
Summary: My ceiling looks good now!
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