Product Type: Silverline in Homeware
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Pushed for time? This'll get you out of a scrape
Silverline CB35 Heavy Duty Scraper
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Silverline CB35 Heavy Duty Scraper
Advantages: gets the job done quick, usefull, easy to use
Disadvantages: blade breaks after continued use
When my husband and I moved into our home there was a lot of work to be done.. With me being due to give birth in 2 weeks time we had to get it done fast. We knew with a small baby to look after neither of us would have the time to do the vast amount of work that needed doing!
My mother and her partner had offered to lend a hand, being an ex painter and decorator Steve (my mum's partner) had plenty of useful tools in the garage to help the process of decorating run more smoothly. The wallpaper scrapers however had seen better days, with paint and plaster caked onto them they were pretty un-usable. So, we decided to grab a few new ones when we went to the local Wikes for other bits and bobs.
At first I had picked up a couple of generic cheap scrapers but they were soon replaced with 2 Silverline cb35 heavy duty scrapers instead, they looked a lot more professional and were reduced to around £3.50 which Steve said was a decent price. They are nothing like the old fashioned wooden handled scrapers with the big flat 'blade'. Silverline heavy duty scrapers have a very long metal handle with a comfortable rubber grip at the end. At a glance they could easily be mistaken for something used for scraping ice off a car windscreen. The blade is angled and looks more like a razor type blade rather than a dull metal plate. They aren't so sharp as to be particularly dangerous, although I wouldn't leave one lying about, but the thin end is perfect for getting under the layers of paint covered paper, or as was the case in our bathroom scrapping off old textured paint.
Once home we all stared working immediately, being heavily pregnant I was on relatively light duties and set about using one of the new scrapers and a steamer to try and shift the textured paint from the bathroom walls. The tapered edge of the blade was particularly helpful when trying to get under the paint and chip it off although I was a bit weary of applying too much force in case the blade snapped, something you don't have to worry about with a 'proper' scrapper. The length of the handle was also of great advantage to me as ladders were a no go and I am somewhat vertically challenged. The long handle gave me some extra length probably around a foot or so. I didn't, however, feel able to use the full extent of the handle, although it is around 20cm the usefulness of the scraper diminishes when you hold it right at the end as it becomes somewhat wobbly feeling and you can't get good purchase on the walls.
I definitely believe this scrapper made the bathroom an easier job and it performed wonderfully at scrapping paper in the hallways and even at chipping away gloss paint from a piece of textured glass in the living room. The only issue I have had with this is the amount of wear and tear it suffers. Unlike a regular scraper blade, the Silverline heavy duty scrapper is somewhat less rugged and after having used it on 4 different rooms it has some nicks and chips in the blade. Although these don't seem to greatly affect the functionality of the scrapper it does make me wonder about the safety of the blade and I will certainly be replacing it before embarking on any major decorating projects.
To sum up, I think this is a great product, it's useful and good value for money but it's not going to last you forever like your old wallpaper scrapers did and as such the value for money is based largely on the time saving element to this scraper as apposed to cost per use.
The Silverline cb35 heavy duty scraper is avaliable from most good hardware shops and also online, it is priced anywhere from £3-5.
Summary: A good product that makes decorating speedier, but it won't last forever