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A tub containing 2.5L Smoothover costs £25 with the additional cost of the tool being £6.50.
Using Smoothover is very simple, it's a very thick paste that you apply to the wall using the included small roller and use the tool to smooth the top layer. The Smoothover has a formula that can be used to fill gaps caused by a textured wall, it can fill cracks and is a very general product for top damage to walls and household surfaces. We had a wall that measured 10ft long and 8ft high to smooth, it was done over several days as added and smoothing the Smoothover is time consuming and I did not want the job to appear rushed.
It was worth spending the extra time as now it has been painted there are no signs of the original texturing.
Smoothover has only a vague smell that almost disappeared by the time it had dried, drying time is under five hours so if you only have a small area to smooth you can do that in the morning and by early afternoon it will be ready for painting. I smoothed our full wall over a three day period in between my work and family life.
The formula dries to a dusty white colour, the Smoothover does not dry dusty but dry and ready to paint over. Paint is deposited smoothly and effectively over Smoothover, it possible to attain a professional finish over a wall that previously was textured or otherwise damaged. The information on the tub of Smoothover is that it is effective on damage with a depth of up to 4mm, this is light texturing or a very slim crack and Polycell state you cannot build up layers of Smoothover so it would be impossible to fill a 7mm depth crack with two coats in two stages. From my experience our light texturing would equal a depth of no more than 2mm, Smoothover was used as a way of filling the gaps and it has been effective through smoothing to now having being painted over 18 months ago. There is no indication of the texturing that was apparent on the wall prior to using Smoothover and I believe that is a good measure of its durability, we plan to redecorate over summer and will paint directly over the paint that is already covering the Smoothover without making alterations.
Smoothover comes with a high recommendation from me and I intend to use it when we redecorate the bathroom as that has the same texturing effect on the walls, that is a full room so will be a longer job but the walls are short and straight so a better use of resources to use Smoothover rather than purchasing the raw materials needed to replaster.
Read all sorts of reviews about this product some good, some bad but I believe if you prepare and use it properly it is excellent for the job. It fills/smooths imperfections up to 2mm (wish I had read that first after I had been fine-filling/sanding less than 2mm for a week at least!!) A bit of a shame you have to buy the toolkit separately, as its already expensive but I guess you only need to buy it once.
Its vital to thoroughly dust/clean down the wall before you start - which I did not and ended up with bits of dust/grit dragging through the finish after a few strokes. The dust & grit also scratched the plastic smoother which was more of a problem. Having said that, once dry, this product is so easy to sand smooth. Any remaining slight imperfections can very easily and quickly be sanded out. It really is a good product, I only wish I had read the details sooner and it would also have saved a lot of time in the whole job.
Thinking of Decorating. Well if you are about to paint, and your walls are not much cop! Then before you reach for the lining paper, or for the number of a plasterer, reach for this product! It will make you look like a pro!!
This is not a cheap product, the large tub comes in at around £16-18 but it will do a whole wall in an average size room. An for just touching up here and there it will last an age! You just need to seal the lid correctly, and protect from frost and this will store away safely many more years! So although it isnt cheap, it is great value!
Of course Value counts for nothing if it doesnt work! But I can assure you this stuff is excellent! It does however need a little nous to use properly!! First off, this is NOT a filler in the traditional sense. You can't expect this to cover over huge gouges, or holes. That is what filler is for, so use a filler!
It will not fix crumbly plasterwork. It will not magically transform a knackered wall without hard work. Be realistic!
However with any nicks or scratches on the walls, or uneven patches this stuff will do a wonderful job! It glides on supersmooth, and don't worry about being too careful because this will sand off easily unlike traditional fillers. So my advice if using a filler on a large hole, under fill it, and then finish off the last 2mm with this stuff.
I found it particularly useful on plasterboard, especially in the areas where the "joins" were showing. You know where the tape is used to butt together the plaster boards. I just used a large pallet knife (or you can purchase the special Polycell too) and spread over the affected area, and overlapped by a couple of inches. After waiting 8 hours for it to "go off" properly, I then sanded the tram lines and irregular surface.
An what I was left with? No visible marks was what I was left with! Outstanding! My plasterboard walls, looked like plastered walls.
Another recommendation, is that before you paint, lightly wash the walls to clean off the dust (this stuff is mega dusty).
As a summary, I can not speak highly enough about this product. If you have walls to prepare you really want this stuff in your kit bag! It will deliver an outstanding result!
A quick and easy way to transform cracked and damaged walls to a perfectly smooth surface that's ready to paint. Fills imperfections such as cracks, gouges and small holes.