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Plasiflex trowel for skimming and finishing plaster a review
The 14" plasiflex by refina tools
As a decorator you may come across Artex ceilings which are a little dated i have often been asked to skim over these or do i know a plasterer who could do the job?
I am used to using caulking tools with plastic blades for joint finishing and saw these trowels used for skimming, they have a very flexible edge and are becoming a popular choice with professional plasterers.
I decided to buy and use a plasiflex to skim over a swirl artex ceiling for a customer.
The tool itself is very well made and the edges surprisingly flexible.
It was as you can See from the video very easy to use and i was very pleased with the results.
After preparing the ceiling by scraping away any high spots from the artex i then repaired some quite large cracks with self adhesive joint tape the tape was then roughly skimmed over with plaster.
a generous coat of thinned unibond applied to the ceiling sealed the artex ready for skimming.
As you can see the ceiling was perhaps the worst type to test my plastering skills which had been confined to patching small areas and skimming onto boards but i found this tool surprisingly easy to use it very lightweight and ergonomically well designed for prolonged use.
Once you get used to the feel of the tool and spreading without pressing the plaster too much it was a speedy job to quickly apply the first coat of plaster to back fill the artex which in places was a couple of mill deep.
once set i began to apply the second coat and it was only then that this tool began to show its true ease of use the flexi edge smoothed the rough first coat without effort and it was very difficult to believe it was this easy to skim such a rough large area so quickly.
The ceiling dried to a great unpolished finish ideal for mist coating a couple of days later.
I would not hesitate in recommending this product and it paid for itself on its first job.
So if you do the odd bit of patching or want to branch out into offering to skim rooms this would be a good choice of tool.
WOOSTER PAINTING AND DECORATING PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE @
I have noticed that my local screwfix outlet now stock a small range of wooster products
I think that this is great news and i fully support them.
You can get some silver tip brushes and 9 inch frames and sleeves
Sherlock roller poles
Pelican scuttles and liners
Lock jaw tool holder
Exquisite superflow brushes
It is a small range but i'm sure overtime it will grow it's really great to see such high quality products available so conveniently local without having to order online.
I would recommend using the online stock checking tool on the screwfix website where you can reserve for collection
I find that satin wood paint is becoming evermore popular but some times i struggle with the coverage and finish getting the balance right can be a pain.
Dulux quick dry satinwood brilliant white
I found this product
Is easy to apply without overloading
Has a nice smooth level finish
Gives excellent coverage
Was very easy to apply gives the user plenty of time to lay off
Only required two coats for perfect coverage
You don't have to overload the surface trying to get it to cover
Nice sharp white finish
Price wise, very competitve and easily available
Overall an excellent product
For customers who request a gloss finish i use johnstones acrylic gloss paint, it has a great shine but i not a huge fan of the acrylic satin they produce.
I'm now happy that i can be confident and offer an equally good satin finish with Dulux satinwood
Multi purpose wood filler, Ronseals ready mixed wood filler When and where to use it, how does it perform?
Ronseal ready mixed wood filler
A traditional ready mixed wood filler (not lightweight) it's not a product i would normally use on new woodwork typically you are having to fill deep screw/nail holes in pine joinery.
Some ready mixed products can dry harder than the substrate timber making it very difficult to sand without damaging the bare wood surrounding the filled area.
Epoxy fillers can be troublesome in this respect but often epoxy fillers or two pack mix filler is specified on some new builds.
Mixing powder filler is an option but often does not have the strength to create a long lasting fill, it can after a short time during the drying process begin to fall out or crack away from the timber or screw head.
So a ready mixed filler that has user friendly qualities, combined with a fast drying time is a great addition in many ways a time and money saver.
Ronseal multi purpose comes in a range of colours so it also good for filling timber that is being stained rather than painted.
In this video i use the white version as its easy to see once dry.
It has a slightly runny consistency from the tub but as soon as it hits any surface it begins to firm up so it does not dribble out of the deep screw holes etc.
A screw on lid design keeps the product fresh for use and its handy size makes it easy to carry around in a pocket.
I found it did save me time and i was very pleased with its one fill application and its easy to sand formula, not too soft and not too firm.
A great product i would definitely buy again.
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paint painting Aluminium shop windows commercial premises how to update a tired paint finish, try johnstones smooth metal paint.
Faced with this problem when asked to repaint the shop front of a fast food premises.
The owner required a colour to match his existing colours on his other premises.
The surface to be repainted was of a mixed construction painted aluminium and PVC snap in inserts, the colour was deep grey and the surface was blistering and tired.
my local paint supplier recommended johnstones smooth metal paint after hearing my concerns regarding drying times when using an ordinary oil based under coat and gloss system.
Now i was slightly dubious when told no primer, undercoat was required with this product and that i could clean up and thin the paint with ordinary white spirits!
It was a very nice product to use and my worries were unjustified as the finish after three coats was a transformation that everyone was happy with.
The video below shows me applying the final of three coats.
The technique i chose to use was brush and roll with a synthetic one inch brush (cutting in) and a full bristle synthetic two inch for the larger areas, its quite a thick paint to apply and has a good workable drying time which allowed me to then finish the surface with a four inch foam roller.