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I have used Polyfilla for many years and it is a good product. I prefer the powder product that you mix yourself because the tubes tend to have a short shelf life, and as I am always decorating, I know that the powder stored tightly closed will still be there available for use for future jobs.
WHAT IS POLYFILLA ?
Made by Polycell, it is powder that mixes easily with water to a smooth paste which can be used for filling cracks in walls and woodwork in the preparation ready for painting.
HOW TO USE IT
Before using the paste, it is necessary to rake out the cracks and make them into a "V" shape so that the polyfilla adheres to the surface of the wall or ceiling and so that a nice flat surface can be achieved. I find here that on walls and ceilings Polyfilla can be applied with a scraper and I use a wide one for this so that one sweep over the product gives a nice smooth finish that does not need rubbing down afterwards. Another tip here when applying polyfilla is that if you smooth on the cream onto walls or ceilings or plasterwork in general, and then wet the scraper (having cleaned it first), and run the wet scraper over the top of the fill, the finish is superb and cannot be seen after the paintwork has been achieved.
All cracks of 5mm can be dealt with with one coat of the product, although deeper cracks are more efficiently dealt with in two applications.
For woodwork, clean out the area of loose wood and simply apply the filler. On woodwork, the filling will need rubbing down with sandpaper once it is dried, and polyfilla gives a good surface and a clean fill that cannot be seen upon painting.
The preparation is one of the most important parts of decoration and polyfilla is a good product and is made in both exterior grade, and interior grade.
A 900g box of polyfilla costs just £2.88
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH OTHER FILLERS ?
Polyfilla is a well known product, but it is well known because it is a superior product. Compared to other fillers, Polyfilla does not shrink and therefore saves you time in having to apply another coat. It is abrasion and resistant to knocks which is always useful in a family home, and once it is set, can take the force of drilling which is useful for putting fittings on a wall. It does not crumble like other products do, and stays strong.
This is a good product and long lasting too. Some polyfilla that I applied ten years ago in my kitchen wall was recently drilled to put in fixtures for cupboard walls, and it was a solid fixing and certainly takes the weight of the cupboard without giving me reason to be concerned.
Another huge advantage with Polyfilla as opposed to other fillers is that it works in different temperatures which is important as many of the houses that I decorate are not heated and other fillers would not harden in the same way. I have tried several and had disappointing results.
This product also because of its strength is super for mending broken corners in plaster. I have fixed a batten to one side of a corner and applied polyfilla and upon removing the batten, I have a perfectly straight corner ready for wallpapering or painting.
Remember when decorating. The results of your work depend on good preparation and I would recommend this filler as a part of your preparation because it does what it claims to do.
It's drying time is 3 hours, although the product recommends that you do not coat until 24 hours after applying which is sensible.
One of the nicest things about this product is that it really is a doddle to clean up after using it. It is water based and washing your hands with soapy water removes all traces.
As with all D.I.Y. products, keep out of the reach of children !
Yes, I agree - this is good stuff. Here in Cyprus we can get imitation products, and there's a very similar one called something like Pele-filler (I bet they'll have to rename that when we join the EU!) but it isn't as good as the real stuff. Sue
paulwaz 24.12.2003 00:20
im gonna rename you bob the builder!!!
sunnyfox 23.12.2003 01:04
I used lots of this when I redecorated my bathroom! Mel x