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I think I'm ace at DIY if a job needs doing I'm there, I mean why wait or nag when I can do it myself. My last job involved knocking nails in the wall. If you want huge holes everywhere and plaster falling off the wall then just ask....................hence my latest tube Polyfilla.......................
Polycell make all sorts of wall fillers ready made in tubs and tubes or original powders to mix yourself. I buy the ready made tubes as these are easier to deal with and the nozzle dispenses a directional blob of the stuff. It can be used on interior masonry, concrete, brickwork and plaster. You can buy it from anywhere really but mine was from B&Q costing around £3 for 330g.
Multi-Purpose Polyfilla ready mixed in the tube has a white creamy consistency not unlike stiff toothpaste. It contains special binders that give 'guaranteed adhesion which will not shrink or crack'. You just squeeze the required amount into or onto the area that needs filling, use a wet knife or similar to smooth it, then leave it to dry. Once dry it can be sanded down then painted over. The filler doesn't take long to go off a couple of hours maybe until touch dry. I leave overnight before sanding down, however I paint over it within hours with no problem. A deep 'hole' is best filled in layers- smooth some on, leave to dry then keep applying until filled. Depending on what I'm doing I find the tube lasts well and hasn't dried out in the tube.
I use this brand quite often for example when the towel rail and toilet roll holder were removed the screw holes needed filling in- just for them sort of jobs mainly. I also use it to fill cracks that occasionally appear in the plaster of our old walls. It does the job successfully I can't think of any complaints.
It's cheap enough, dries hard, can be sanded and drilled (both of which we have done), stays in situ for years, doesn't smell and washes off my hands and tools easily(whilst still wet of course)
5 stars from me
Polycell's Polyfilla is a househould number one when it comes to cracks holes and screw holes and many other small ish plastering jobs.
Polycell is reknown for its two tick symbol yellow being on top of red, along with its trademark blue and white packs.
Now Polycell mixed polyfilla is a god send lets be honest. When you find a crack or hole you want to fill there is nothing worse than having to mix the stuff to get the right consistancy etc etc. So rather than put the consumer through this it now comes ready to use staright out of the tub/tube.
This also reflects the price too ranging from £5 for a kg tub, £4 for half a kg and slightly less for tubes.
The actualy polyfilla looks quite mousey to be honest if bought in a tub and has a weird label like thing over the top of it. This is there to make sure the mixture stays "wet" and does not dry out and should be left on until the tub is empty.
To apply the polyfilla you will require either a trowel or indeed a wallpaper scraper, which i think is best personally. Ensure the hole to be filled is clean and dry and there are no loose bits hanging around. Then using one corner of your implement scoop some of the mix up, now its always better to have less to start with. You can really pack it into the hole. Then add more to give a smooth finish. Plus if its a little bumpy you can sand it down afterwars with sandpaper. I do find however sometimes when you try to smooth it over with a trowel or scraper it seems to pull an ever so slight piece of filler away from the edge you scrape from? Dont know if thats a general thing or just me. But again its no big deal, its easy to touch up.
Now the polyfilla itself takes about an hour to dry fully if used in say a picture hook hole - 2-4mm in diameter and not very deep. Larger holes require the filla to added in layers. If you try and fill a big hole in one go you will see the middle sink inwards and will need adding to anyway.
If you use the tube version of the filla, you can literally stick the nozzle straight into the hole and squeeze the tube. This way you can fill without any mess at all. Then use an implement to flatten off afterwards.
Polyfilla once dry can be painted over and even drilled into so useful in more ways than just filling holes! And to clean your tools after just use some warm water. If its been dried on for a while you may need some washing up liquid too.
I bought a pot of Polycell Multi Purpose Polyfilla in a 1kg pot. I wanted to use it on the wall in my daughters bedroom where we had taken off the wallpaper for redecorating and some of the plaster behind had come away with the paper. The hole was quite big one but I thought I would try this as I need some for some smaller holes anyway and didn't want to buy two lots if I could get away with one.
The instructions for using it are
1. Make sure the surface and crack are dry and free from loose materials.
I did this by brushing over the wall where I was going to fill with a brush from a dustpan and brush set.
2. Touch in nails and screw heads with oil based paint.
I didn't need to do this as there were not any nails etc
3. Stir to a creamy consistency
I found this a bit hard to do in the pot so took out a scoop full and mixed it in an empty yoghurt pot.
4. Press into crack with a filling knife and smooth off with a wet knife.
I found this bit quite easy to do although I didn't use a filling knife, I used a wallpaper scraper as it was all I had. It was easy to smooth it over the hole and get a nice finish.
5. For deeper repairs, above 10mm build up in layers allowing to dry between applications.
I had to do this on part of the wall as the hole was quite deep but it didn't take long for the first coat to dry and was then able to get it the same as the rest of the wall.
6. If necessary sand down when fully dried.
Did have to sand a bit but not too much and it wasn't that bad to sand down. Don't leave big ridges though or they might take a bit of sanding to get rid of them.
7. To stop product drying out when storing, replace membrane and lid.
Although this sounds obvious, it would be easy to throw away the membrane when you first open the pot so remember to keep it if you are not using it all up.
8. Wash tools in warm water.
Best to do this straight away or the filler will dry on the tool and be hard to get off.
All in all, for someone who is not an expert at DIY I found this product easy to use and got a good enough finish from it to hang wall paper over so very pleased with the result.
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