Written on: 14/11/2012
Like others, I just wish I had read the reviews before buying this expensive product which claims to be "Polycell SmoothOver your damaged walls". I have many years of d.i.y. experience and have never regretted using any product as much as this one. The walls in question were not particularly highly textured and I hoped this product would do what it claimed and smooth them out prior to painting. Oh no, it just made the problem worse. I persevered with the useless roller and ended up trying to… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/07/2012
This is expensive, and you need to buy a separate set of tools, and the result isn't impressive. It may be if you were skilled in plastering - but then you wouldn't be buying this! It brought off the (carefully prepared, sanded and cleaned)paint on the wall. Not good. Second coat needed, even then I couldn't get it smooth enough to look good - and I'm not a DIY novice. My tip - either buy Polycell finishing skim (cheaper, no special tools needed,easier to apply, gives just as good a result and… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/05/2012 by Davidcmt (1 review written)
I bought this without reading the reviews (silly me) Viewed the video and looked fairly easy.I agree with many reviews however: My wall was not bad, but I wanted to emulsion it so needed to get out minor indents and smooth minor rough areas. Expensive product and even worse value roller and spreader kit. Product falls off roller. It dries much too quickly when using the spreader and the spreader picks up any bits of grit and puts a deep scratch in the finish. small sections did not stick to… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/04/2012 by Jim1 (1 review written)
Having recently moved into a 1930s house, I inherited a hall and landing with heavily textured wallpaper which had been painted over so many times it felt as if it had been covered with artex. Not wanting to either strip down the lot (which would have involved a lot of chiseling & besides, who knows what may have lain underneath? Asbestos etc?) or pay a plasterer, I decided to initially try the polycell for textured paper smoothover at first. Not easy to put on the roller and very messy… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/05/2011 by Staceylew01 (1 review written)
After reading reviews on Polycell smoothover for damaged walls, i wasnt sure weather it would be worth the hassle, however whilst we are gutting our house and the majority of the walls have been skimmed, it is very immportant to try and save money wherever we could. There was one large wall which followed the stairs, which we didnt want to knock off, so we thought instead of spending £200 on skimming, we would give it a go. Im, not going to say it was really easy, but as long as you spend time… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/04/2011
I too thought the worst of this product after reading some reviews, but having isued this product have since decided that the people who have left bad reviews have been thinking this product was something else, i.e plaster. This product is not designed to fill in holes, or cover loose plaster. Only to smooth plaster which has dips and marks. If you want to fill up holes, use polyfiller first and then go over with smoothover.
I have used this product and it really works. The toolset takes a… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/11/2010
After reading the reviews I was expecting the worst from this product.
However, after smoothing over a badly pitted wall I was pleasantly surprised.
Despite reports to the contrary, the product went on easily, spread evenly and gave great results.
I don't know how it works on ceilings, but stir it well before use and I found it fine for walls… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/10/2010
Having moved into a little old cottage with artexing galore i decided to redecorate. I tried smoothover and although it was hard to master i found it excellent. I couldnt afford a plaster and thought i would attempt it all myself. not disappointed. It made a hugh difference and at half the price of plaster am more than pleased!!!… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/09/2010
I am just in the middle of "smoothing" my kitchen walls which were previously textured with sandy emulsion. I tried a smoother they had in Homebase but it was difficult to use on the surface I had as you applied it with a plaster float and I am definitely not a plasterer.
I decided to give Polycell Wall Smoother a try and found it much easier to use than I expected. The roller worked fine and the smoothing blade was good after a bit of practice. Because the walls were covered in little grains… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/09/2010 by DavidGeary (2 reviews written)
As we all should know videos and adverts are 'never waht they seem'. The Polycell video for 'smoothover' cannot possibly use 'smoothover'. Even when mixed thoroughly it cannot possible adhere to the roller supplied - this being shiny plastic and the product being silica based (basic physics, it won't work). DO NOT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED CASH ON THIS PRODUCT. Plaster is much easier to apply, smooth out and finish… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/09/2010
After reading these reviews i was not going to buy it, however surley it can not be that bad. Having bought the smoothover, i carried out what the video showed you on Polycell website. AND YES IT DOES WORK with great results. infact we used it on our brest of the fireplace which we used as a colour swatch previously not only did it smooth the walls and take out the dents it also hid the dark chocolate paint so you dont need baseover. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE BEFORE USE YOU MIX WELL so… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/08/2010
Utterly useless product. Bizarre consistency that defies the laws of physics by neither adhering to the roller or the walls but sets immediately on contact with the smoother. Applied half a tub on a small section of wall, repeated several times attempting to get some coverage and consistency but gave up frustrated and annoyed with a wall rougher than it was before I started. Am now about to ring a plasterer to sort it out. I also intend to contact polycell and ask them why they have the nerve… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/07/2010
This is absolute rubbish of the highest order.
Too thick to spread, yet flies everywhere and coats everything except the wall that you wish to apply it to.
Congratulations Polycell for producing a product that people buy, but makes the matter worse.
AVOID THIS PRODUCT. DO NOT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/10/2009
Muck. This stuff doesnt work. It leaves air holes all over the place for a start. If you have a mixture of emulsioned walls and plaster then it vures quicker on the plaster and then leaves mounds in the plastered places; big mounds. Awful stuff. Easier to plaster the walls I reckon as plasters a lot thinner in consistency. Its just harder to sand plaster down than this. -5/5… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/08/2009
I bought the Polycell Smoothover Your Damaged Walls before reading the reviews and had I not already taken it over to Holland to use, I may have taken it back to the shop. However after giving it a go I was very pleasantly surprised. The roller and spreading tool fitted in the 5 litre container and I found both to be usable, roller for large areas and spreader for smaller. The only difficulty I had was where the surface plaster was loose, as the consistency of the smoothover would actually pull… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/05/2009
we thought Polycell SmoothOver Your Damaged Walls was a complete waste of money didn't do the job, was too thick to spread over properly and made the walls worse than they were before… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/09/2008 by marmie (1 review written)
Polycell SmoothOver is a terrible product as far as I'm concerned and really wish I had looked at some reviews before I wasted my money on it. Certainly is not easy to use and it all sounded so simple too. Impossible to smooth over without getting patchy bits - in fact I think my walls were a lot smoother before I put this stuff on - now having to re-sand the whole wall - thankfully I have only used it on a test area and will not be using it on the rest of my walls. Very disappointed in this… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/03/2008 by abw67 (1 review written)
Polycell SmoothOver Your Damaged Walls is for experienced DIY ers only, anyone can not use it as led to believe.The product is far to thick in consistency and sets on the so called smart smoother,which you can't dip in the tub of smooth over anyway. Why put a tool on the market that doesn't work with what it is meant to, pollycell surely have tested this product ,so why is it out there on sale at a stupid price when it clearly isn't as it seems… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/01/2008 by Fuchsia Perfect (1 review written)
I was keen to try this on some very old cracked and uneven plaster in a room we're redecorating. The surface is a mixture of old bluish plaster (with horsehair!), patches of old filler, and powdery pink plaster. I bought the Smoothover, then my partner was told by someone he works with that it was difficult to use, then I read the reviews - I was very tempted not to try it!
However, not wanting the old man to say "I told you so", I said I'd give it a go. Having wrestled the top off I found that… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/08/2007 by Black Ghost 7 (139 reviews written)
We're currently giving our bathroom a much needed make over. One of the walls is not tiled and had some marks on it. After hearing about Polycell SmoothOver Your Damaged Walls, I though I'd give it a try. I wish I had not bothered!
My first down point is that when you buy the tub, you're not done yet. You also need to buy the tool separately! Unfortunately it doesn't get much better when you start using it. The tool doesn't fit in the tub, which makes getting the SmoothOver on the tool very… Read Full Review
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