The problem: a room with very strong colours on the walls in a shiny silk finish. It was a vivid blue below the border and bright lilac above, with lots of bumps and cracks. I was expecting to have to do several coats of white before progressing to the stage where I could decorate the room properly.
The solution: Polycell Basecoat complete. Oh yes.
Having stripped the borders, I'd begun one wall with an ordinary matt white emulsion but this had performed very poorly, and I was anticipating having to do 3 or 4 coats. On a visit to Homebase, I saw the Polycell Basecoat product and thought it'd be worth a try as I wasn't looking forward to all that painting and repainting. Anything for a shortcut!
At first I was really disappointed and thought it was no better than the emulsion. I was feeling quite peeved, but I re-read the instructions for use, and saw it recommended the use of a roller. I had been using a paint pad, so I thought I better try the roller instead before despairing of the Basecoat.
It made a massive difference (either my technique with the paint pad is appalling or the paint pad is rubbish). It went on beautifully with the roller and covered the strong colours beneath extremely well. In some places I might have to touch up a bit, which may well be due to my inaccuracy rather than any failure of the product. Someone with better technique and more patience would undoubtedly have even better results. I'm just really happy that the walls are virtually ready for the final painting after one coat of this Basecoat.
The finish is great and I do think it has improved the texture of the wall slightly. Obviously big cracks and holes still need filling as normal, but the product claims to fill hairline ones, and it does appear to work.
It smells very pungent and after a while I began to feel quite head-achy and dry of the throat. I had the window open, but could really have done with more ventilation in the room, I think. For the sake of getting the room done faster, it's probably worth it.