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Polycell expanding foam Polyfilla quickly fills large and awkward holes inside, or out. Well, that's what it says on the blue and yellow aerosol can with the two long plastic pointy things attached.
Let me explain. This product comes with two long reach applicators of different thicknesses so that you can use it in very small spaces too. The nozzles on these applicators are 30mm and 20mm wide.
First of all we need to be aware of the safety requirements before using this product. It is recommended that gloves are warn to protect the skin and safety goggles are also suggested. The can must not be dropped and the foam must not be used near heating appliances because it is not suitable where temperatures are continuously above sixty degrees centigrade.
The product can be used to fill and seal awkward gaps, holows and cavities. It shoots liquid foam deep into cavities and creates a lasting seal which insulates against heat, sound and moisture. It can be used inside or out and can easily be trimmed, sanded and painted, filled or plastered.
Although this is an aerosol can it does contain CFC free propellant which is great for the ozone layer.
This product is easy to use but it takes a bit of practise to use the can smoothly if you are not used to doing jobs like this. There are some useful preparations before you start the job. They take time but in the long run make the job easier.
All surfaces should be clean and free from grease. Furniture and carpets should be protected from the over spray. Brick work can be masked off with newspaper and tape to protect it.
The surface around the area being filled should be sprayed with water (just lightly), so that the foam cures and expands fully. Shake the can well to mix the contents before each use. If you want to put the remainder of the contents of the can away for future use you will need to moisten a matchstick and push it into the opening in the nozzle to stop the foam mixture drying out. It does dry out quite rapidly. It should be used up within four weeks.
If you do spill this stuff you can remove fresh spills with nail varnish remover . If it has hardened then you need to use a sander to get it off. If it cures on your skin you will have to wait until it wears off so wear the gloves and watch where you spray.
I found this product very useful and quite easy to use and I am not very good at DIY. I used it to seal the gap between pipes and a brick wall outside and to seal the hole where the plumber had fitted my washing machine. It also proved useful around the edge of a drain where a tiny gap had started to form. The gaps where a concrete path meets the side of my house are now sealed.
This is a very useful product. The can I bought from Wilkinsons is the 300mil one. It cost 2.49 and did all the jobs listed above. If I had asked a builder to come and rectify all those small problems it would have taken weeks and cost a fortune.
Polycell do have an advice line where you can have your queries answered. Telephone: 01753 550555. The people who answer the phones on this line are trained and do know what they are talking about (which is a nice change!)
You could be forgiven for thinking polyfilla was a sex offence involving parrots, but it is actually stuff for filling holes. Holes in walls and wood and stuff, not holes in parrots, which would indeed be an offence. It comes in different forms. You can get it in little boxes which you have to moisten yourself and give a good mixing by hand, but I prefer someone else to get it moist for me. So mine comes all gooey in a long tube. You just need to get your hand round it and give it a little squeeze and the gooey stuff comes oozing out the top, ready to be slipped into the awaiting hole. It takes two hours to dry up, which is quite long. You can use it to fill holes indoors or outdoors, so it's quite keen on a bit of variety. Oh, and it's drillable, so you can give it a right good drilling anytime you want. Some tips for using it, straight from the back of the tube!! * Ensure crack is dry and free from loose material * Touch in nails and screw heads * Work tube well between fingers * Squeeze directly into gap * Replace cap and wash down tools in warm water The tube also states: "Multi purpose Polyfilla is ready mixed to a smooth, creamy consistency giving a guaranteed adhesion and a fill which will not shrink or crack. This handy, squeezable tube directs the filler exactly where you want it" So there you go, if you have any holes waiting to be filled this is great stuff. If you find that it is a little bit dry you can add a little bit of lubrication yourself, depending on the size of the hole being filled, a little lick of the finger and a quick rub over is usually enough to get the desired moisture. Remember to revisit the hole later too and make sure it is still OK, some holes require quite a bit of work, multiple fillings. I'm away now to see if there are any more holes that need filling around here. I might even drill a couple myself then fill them again lat
er. I like filling holes me.
Now, when God gave out DIY skills I was otherwise engaged - I have no natural flair for DIY what so ever. I always reckon that I should pay for somebody else to do it, as it will cost more in the long run for that person to have to fix the mess I have made! Unfortunately money is nearly always far too tight to have the luxury of not having risking life and limb! I am learning slowly and perhaps improving but it is slow progress. Fortunately my wife is very understanding. In fact she does all the painting, as she knows she can do a better job. Anyway, enough about my DIY failings. I was extremely pleased to find polyfilla in a squeezable tube because I find it very hard to use the old fashioned fillers. In fact, this was the very reason I bought this product – ease of use when compared to substitutes on the market! Firstly, there is no need to mix filler powder and water to a paste that always seems to dry to quickly during use. With “Squeeze and Fill” all I needed to do was to cut the top of the nozzle and squeeze. You control how much and how fast the filler is applied to the area you are filling by simple altering how hard you squeeze the tube! I find the old fashioned guns quite hard to use and they often get lost or broken so this squeezable bottle is a big time saver for me! Squeeze and Fill can be used to fill “gaps” of up to 4mm and is suitable for wood, plaster, brick and aluminium. It’s not recommended for permanently wet areas so it’s not overly suitable for filling by the bath and sink but is excellent for finishing off skirting boards nicely! They might do other colours other than white but I didn’t notice any in the shop I bought mine (but it was a small shop that didn’t specialise is DIY materials). I have used it to seal kitchen cupboards and doorframes. It has done everything is claims to do on the tube label. It’s easy to clear up excess mess when it’s sti
ll wet, but does dry quite quickly and you can paint over the filler once it’s dried! Always ensure you fit the cap tightly after use as it will stay “fresh” for future use! I would recommend this product to anyone looking to tidy up doorframes and small cracks. It is very easy to use but I would offer one word of caution from my experience with this product. If you squeeze too hard the whole cap/nozzle will pop off! What this means is that you end up with polyfilla all over the place.