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How can it be 5 star and 1 star
, 4 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Dulux PaintPod Roller System
I have thought about buying one for weeks but was confused by the fact that some reviews on Amazon and other sites said the Paintpod was wonderful while others said it was a conplete waste. The discounted price on Amazon convinced me to take a gamble.
I used it today and so far I am impressed. Set up is easy but you do have to follow the instructions. I can appreciate that if you are the sort to blunder in and not read them you will get problems. I followed them and ot worked as described. I started with a ceiling. Following instructions and intermittently running paint to the roller worked a treat, applying the paint gradually. I was amazed there were no leaks. I found it much like using an ordinary roller but without the mess and without having to keep charging the roller. Less climbing the steps was good. I was amazed there was no splatter. I was planning to throw the carpet away so I did not bother with a dustsheet yet there were no spills on it. The cleaning system worked as described and just fed hot water from one chamber to another cleaning the tube and roller. No mess, no problem.
I tried to use the paintpod a second time with another colour and this worked much the same. As with any paint coverage depends on the paint, the colour being covered and the user. I needed a second coat but it worked fine again. This time I washed it throught twice although the first time cleared the tube very well.
Overall the paint is dear ( but you can find good deals at times) and I do not see why it needs to be. But the ease of use, less effort to replenish the roller, and the efficient cleaning system are really good. But I can see that if you do not read the instructions and cannot be bothered to clean it properly you could have problems.
Edit - April 2013. I took the PaintPod out of the cupboard this spring and it did not work! Some kind of defect in the Bluetooth connectivity between roller and base unit. Changing battery did not work so I contacted Amazon supplier 10.5 months into 12 month warranty. They were not that interested but referred me to Dulux (claiming they would just return it to Dulux) contrary to their legal obligations. That said Dulux were superb and promptly sent me a voucher to buy another at a local store. Does not change my view of the product except to question its reliability. Having said that the DIY store treated the voucher as a new purchase. I now have a spare roller and brush of course!
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