Advantages Precise application, Easy to use, Makes grout look new
Disadvantages Paint doesn't always flow!
|Value for Money|
The grout reviver pen is made by Unibond and is suitable for walls to restore and refresh old grout. The pens come in various shades of white; how-ever the one's I purchased were Ice White. You can purchase the pens in different sizes which can cover more or less areas. The pen I purchased contained 6.2g of paint and covers up to 60 metres. The paint in the pen is water based with a low hazard and has a round tip for precision application. The pens sell for approximately £4.99 each.
I decided to buy the pens as the grout in the bathroom around the bath was looking off colour and scrubbing with different cleaning products wouldn't shift the dirt marks from the grout. I thought the pens looked easy to use and it would save my boyfriend from having to the job of making the grout look nice again.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased 2 Grout Reviver pens from eBay for about £2.00, but you can also purchase then from Amazon as well. Prices may vary.
~ DIRECTIONS ~
1. Ensure that the joints are clean, dry, mould free & sound.
2. Shake pen with the cap on before use.
3. Depress nib several times to allow paint flow
4. Apply directly to joint (If necessary, re-apply after one hour)
5. Replace cap when not in use
6. Removes excess with a damp cloth
~ USING THE PEN ~
I ensured that the joints were clean, dry and mould free. I actually did this a few days before applying the grout reviver. I shook the pen as instructed and as you do this you can hear the ball bearing inside the pen make a noise. After shaking the pen I depressed the nib a few times on a piece of old cardboard to allow the paint to flow. The nib is quite large and looks like a bit nib you would get on a felt pen. I started to apply the grout reviver along the joints in the bathroom. The paint came out the end of the pen quite easily, how-ever there were a few occasions when I had to stop and re-shake the pin and depress the nib slightly in order to get more of the paint flowing from the nib. This was a little frustrating to say the least. The pen was easy to hold, which meant it was easy to follow the joints in between the tiles. I continued to follow the joints to cover up the dull joins which were there previously. After completing a section I stepped back. The grout looked a lot whiter than it did before and looked cleaner and newer, how-ever I think I would need to give some of the areas a 2nd coat of this in order to make the joints completely white and clean.
I left paint to dry for over 60 minutes, allowing a few extra minutes just in-case and then I continued to go over the joint lines again. I made sure I shook the pen again before using it and made sure there was a flow of ink. I then went over the lines I had previously done, an hour ago. I again, had to keep stopping and shaking the pen up as the flow of the paint kept stopping and I couldn't understand why. There was no grime or dirt on the nib and I had followed the instructions correctly.
~ RESULTS ~
After finally finishing going over the joint lines for the 2nd time, the joints looked so much whiter and cleaner. The grout reviver definitely made a huge difference and made the bathroom look much cleaner that it had done previously. I was really pleased with the results and my boyfriend was equally pleased and told me that he would be recommending this product for his mum to use on her bathroom tiles. There were a few tiles where the paint looked a little messy; how-ever this can be wiped away with a damp cloth so it wasn't a problem. I was worried that the lines I were going over wouldn't look straight, how-ever the lines were so easy to follow that I couldn't have made a mistake even if I tried.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
The grout reviver pen is really easy to use, even for those of us who aren't any good at DIY or other things like that. The pen fits into your hand just like any other normal pen and it's easy to follow the lines that need to be whitened. The paint flow from the pen isn't constant as it does tend to stop a few times and certainly stopped a lot of times for me, which was really frustrating as I would have to stop and shake the pen again and then try to carry on from where I left off. This did mean that I think it probably took me a little longer than it should have to go over the grout in the bathroom. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars as it does a really good job when you can get the product working. I won't give it 5 stars as the paint flow from the pen wasn't constant which is the only down-side to this product. I would how-ever recommend this product to others to as it's really easy to use.
(review also on dooyoo)
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This 7ml Unibond grout reviver pen refreshes old grout to look like new. The grout reviver has an advanced anti-mould capability, and is designed...
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