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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by zxspectrum, May 4, 2009.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Should be getting a new flat pretty soon, hopefullythis week really. Anyway obviously ill be wanting to decot=rate, but im really useless at painting, i do get more on me than that wallsetc. So im thinking of getting a paint pod ffrom dulx. Was wondering if anyone had used them, what are theyy like and aree they that easy to clean, im sure ill only be abble to use water based paints ettc.

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  2. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    if its just a flat it should not cost too much, around £100 odd (you'll) prob need a refill aswell
     
  3. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    aye but are they any good i dont really like to shell out if say in a years time i get bored and want to repaint again,and are they as easy to use as the ad suggests

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  4. Cockles

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    Must admit, never used one, but I personally don't see any problem with a roller. Use a good paint (Dulux, Crown etc, never things like Homebase own paint), use even controlled strokes and you get so splatter and it'll go on just as quick.

    Just moved into a fnew lat myself 3 months ago so have been doing a lot of that stuff!
     
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  5. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Id personally stick to a normal roller, paint pods are way to expensive and the cost of the refills is a joke too. Just remember its all about the preperation to get a decent finish. :)
     
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  6. Cockles

    Cockles Megabyte Poster

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    Second that, it's worth spending all that time sugar-soaping and sand papering, and it really is worth spending a bit more on decent paints, much better coverage, adherance and far less risk of more than two coats
     
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  7. craigie

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    Hire a Beauty Therapist who specialises in nails and ask them to wear a costume of your choice.

    They have excellent 'cutting in' skills from painting nails all day, and you will get the added bonus of being able to watch the paint dry, whilst having a smile on your face.

    They benefit as they get some employment, everyones a winner!
     
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  8. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Get yourself some good brushes to. Harris do good ones and their rollers are decent, you can even get cutting in brushes by them. Get natural bristles for solvent based paints and man made bristles for water based paints.
     
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  9. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    if you gonna get bored in a years time, just use the normal paint brush, and yes they are easy to use, but expensive compared to the paint brush.
     
  10. VantageIsle

    VantageIsle Kilobyte Poster

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    I was in exactly the same position as you when I bought my house 4 years ago.

    My advice, just get stuck in! trust me you will get the hang on things as things as you do along.

    Take your time prepping your walls buy a flexible block to rub down your filler repairs, seal all your walls off with a quick coat of that cheepie contract white emulsion stuff, if you can see your repairs when its dried you need to rub them flat again if not gover again with your good stuff. This saves time waiting expensive paint and puts a uniform undercoat on your walls you can work with.

    It takes time to do up your place, my house is still not finished but its almost there.

    With most things Google is your friend when you need some detail or you get stuck.


    I would not bother with gizmos like the paint pod, I can imagine that's a bu**er to clean or would present problems when it has been sat for a while. Buy decent brushes like harris (willco sell them cheap) and a roller set should see you right.

    Good luck
     
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  11. billyr

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    Being lazy and fond of anything new and shiny, I purchased a paint pod not long after they were released and have used it a few times now.

    As far as speeding up the painting process, it certainly does that - initially. The main problem is the paint is so thin it always needs a second coat.
    As to the claims of self cleaning well i'd say that was stretching the truth a little. Self cleaning involves, draining the paint from the tube, filling up a water reservoir and waiting for 10 minutes for the cleaning cycle to finish. Once its finished empty the reservoir of dirty water, remove the roller and wash it again properly in the sink.

    Every few goes you will either have to pay to replace the roller or the tube that sucks up the paint. The choices of paint are also pretty limited, but I have found that it works just as well sticking normal emulsion through it, despite the warnings not too. The proper paint costs a fair bit too.

    I now stick to a good quality brush and roller, more time on the prep work and some dulux once.
     
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