Written on: 11/02/2014
Paid around £50 for the product and "special tools was expensive. It would have been easier to coat the ceiling with cold porridge. The application roller and smoothing tool were useless. I'd like to see a video of someone applying this stuff to a ceiling. £250 from You've been framed would be a certainty ! My ceiling is going to need some serious sanding and possibly a plasterer. Don't waste your cash on this rubbish (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2013
Recently I skimmed a wall for the first time. It was stressful and hard but satisfying. This is a nightmare. It is like a soft filler which refuses to smooth out, I have little lines all over and every inch needs to be sanded down. I'm wishing I just went with another skim coat because this stuff is horrendous! (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2013 by Stitchedupat64 (1 review written)
What a total nightmare and a mess I want my money back now need to get in a plasterer all I wanted was smooth walls. The jerk in the video was so smug when he did it should have known it was Cheated. I'm going to complain to the standards agency and get watchdog to feature it. What did I like about it NOTHING AT ALL (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2013 by jenniferac (2 reviews written)
Well Im a mere female who was faced with a wall that looked like the person who took the paper off was very vary angry, then had just painted over it, it almost looked like textured wall paper, which is why i needed help, had i of read these reviews before buying this product i would have bothered, but i had..... first off it doesnt go on easy like the product video so only do about 12" sq at time I found it alot easier having a bowl of water next to me to dip the scrapy tool thing in before... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2013 by sarahhol (1 review written)
Do not waste time, effort or money on this awful product. Polycell should be ashamed for producing such rubbish that does not do what it says. I followed the instructions closely. The product would not 'stick' to the roller, about half the tub fell onto the floor, it does not give a smooth finish and basically i am now left with no option but to pay for a plasterer. i will be heading back to homebase to give my feedback as retailers should not stock it if it is not fit for purpose. (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2012
After reading the reviews on here i was a bit worried of buyinhg this but for £25 at wilkos i thought what the hell. the tool kit is a waste of money,dont buy it but the smoothover it's self is well worth the cash. I ended up putting it on the artex wall and smoothing it over with a 100mm wallpaper scraper. spread it on like butter,it gets a little messy falling on to the floor,that was the only good thing in the end about part of the tool kit (smooth over tool),you can hold it under the... (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2012
I cannot believe that Polycell produce this awful product that does nothing like it claims to do. I have just wasted £40:00 on it, 30 for the product and 10 for the roller and plastic spreader that are required for use with the smooth over. I don't know why they couldn't include the tools with the product but even then it would still be a big rip off! I am bitterly disappointed and wish I had saved my money towards botox treatment to smooth my wrinkles instead! (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2012
If the Wickes product is similar to Polycell (maybe even made by the same company?)then its no surprise it is just as useless. I think the product has been misnamed - its a floor covering rather than for ceilings and walls since most ends up on the floor. It doesn't stick to sandpapered/soap sugared surfaces and certainly doesn't leave a smooth surface ready for painting. I tried plastering skills to get it to stick and smooth off - utterly hopeless. Definitely a no-buy. The only thing good... (read more)
Written on: 04/12/2011 by nphillip (1 review written)
Coming from Polycell I had high hopes for this product; however, it let me down badly, even after a second coat. I followed the instructions and covered an area on my bedroom wall of 1m squared. The result was terrible and the plaster just wouldn't cover properly, leaving a lot of uneven holes even after a second coat. Worse! My wife wouldn't stop laughing! I've tried filling in the holes and will now sand it but don't think it will make much difference. Yuk! (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2011 by milene_alves (1 review written)
After reading some reviews I decided to give it a try and bough it to put on my popcorn ceiling of my 1960's house. It's not easy. Very tiring indeed. It took me about 5 days to do the whole job in my 20 square meter living room. I didn't apply a second coat as I already had paid £90 for 3 pots of 5 liters each pot. When I finished my first coat there were spots all around the living room, the ceiling looked awful. But then I realized that this product is water based, so after it was all... (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2011
If this is anything like Polycell's Smoothover Damaged Walls, it is absolute rubbish. Luckily B&Q refunded my money on that product! On a more serious note, on Polycell's webpage: www.polycell.co.uk/guides/cover_textured_ceiling.jsp 'How to cover up a textured ceiling' it give dangerous information in Step 2 about 'scraping off high peaks' from the ceiling. As mentioned previously in these reviews, most textured ceilings pre-1990 contain lethal asbestos. A company like Polycell should... (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2011
product seems like an expensive repackaging of a watery ready mixed polycell multipurpose filler. The "toolkit" is not helpful - I finished off with a metal smoothing tool - after the second coat on less than 2 sq metres of ceiling - I think it will look OK once I have sanded it down - BUT - I have needed 2.5 litres - fortunately I picked a small patch of ceiling on stairs to trial it. I feel it is miss advertised and miss sold. (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2011
I purchased Polycell smooth over for ceilings and the Polycell tool set to smooth over a stippled ceiling. I followed the instructions carefully and watched the video. I have to say that this product is worse than useless and definitely NOT for a DIY job. I only hope that i can get a refund on the unopened container. I have now to get a professional plasterer in to sort out the mess. I think that I have bought my last Polycell product. If I had known how difficult this product was to use... (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2011
The reviews on here make this product seem like it is a complete waste of money and I was slightly terrified of using Smoothover afterward I has read them!
It's not perfect (a plasterer would have been better) but for the money you spend it's actually not too bad. I expected it to be a lot worse!!
As long as you are fairly intelligent and are not expecting this to be as easy as painting I don't think you will be disappointed.
The first coat is a little bit rough but the second coat makes... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2011
I just used Smooth Over over my "popcorn" textured walls, I had scraped back the texture a lot given it was greater than the 2mm the product reccomends, and this did an EXCELLENT job of filling any gaps and giving mye a perfect smooth surface to paint.
One thing I will say was it did take a bit of "getting the hang of it" - I did have to do a 2nd coat over the bit of the first wall I did.
My tips: Stir WELL, Dont submerge the roller fully just roll it in the tub to pickup optimal ammount.... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2011
Having just applied the Polycell smooth over for textured ceilings I can confidently apply one star.
Whilst the product my be OK application by the Polycell roller is not feasible. We are told no need to work off any excess from the roller, it will "smartly" pick up the right amount of product. It doesn't. You wait until it decides it has enough by dropping excess in the can, you then move it to the ceiling and it deposits the remainder on the floor. I have wasted a 1/3rd of the can. If you... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2011
This stuff is great if you are willing to invest time and a lot of elbow grease to smooth over your textured ceilings - it saves A LOT of money and sanding over the entire ceiling at the end to get rid of the slightly coarse finish improves everything no end. Tip: never do more than 1 sqm at a time (as advised on the tub), go VERY lightly with the smoothing tool and sand EVERYTHING down at the end. Result: a smooth ceiling at a fraction of the cost of a plasterer. (read more)
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