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If you got plenty of money to waste then the paint pod is for you.The roller securing pins continually break of and POP £5.00 gone on a new roller.The pump will only work for a couple of hours, and with the poor coverage from the roller that soons fly by and POP another £9.00 for a new one.If you have plenty of time to waste then the paint pod is for you.Poor coverage means two coats are always needed.Sure the machine will clean the roller for you in ten minuets but the paint that gets into all the nooks and crannies of the paint pod take for ever to clean out.
Paint Pod Compact.It does allow you to paint without any mess but it does seem to take longer than traditional methods (including covering stuff up)because it only puts a small amount of paint on, you really have to work it and you do seem to hold the trigger on most of the time to get a decent amount coat on.When it comes to cleaning, well this is a pain. I got fed up and through the lot in the dust bin. Thanks goodness I only paid £10 for it when it was on offer.
I have to paint the sitting room and a bed room and liked the look of the Paint Pod Compact since it seemed to offer the chance to paint with less hard work and to achieve a better result. I wasn't put off by the poor choice of pain colours since I wanted to paint the rooms white and cream which are well catered for. I got the device home and unpacked it and at first glance it appeared to be everything that the advertsing suggested. I was disappoinited that the charger was not included - for the price it seems a bit short sighted not to include.
Connected the device to the paint and set to and coated the ceiling with the first coat of paint. I cleaned the system and had some lunch and went back to do the second coat. The device failed to work. The warning light and the start light both remained firmly lit up and the machine did nothing. I followed the instructions and still nothing happened, so I took it back to B and Q. They were stumped and gave me another one.
Again the same problems . I contacted the Dulux helpline and they could not help. B and Q have now refunded my money for the second unit and it's back to rollers and bushes for me.
A good idea let down by poor desing and functionality.
I bought this machine from b&q approximately a year ago and it cost around £50 as a sale promotion. The package contains the pod, a roller, a small tray and a triangular shaped brush for edging and corners.
There is less waste of paint in comparison with using a normal paint roller and tray. With this, there is less cleaning required as you do not need the additional hassle of cleaning a paint tray.
Since the paint tub in in the pod, it is less likely to be knocked over and spill.
The paint tub is easy to remove and the pod is easy to clean. All you have to do is fill the water compartment up with clean plain water and push the clean button. This takes a little while so it is best not to clean the pod just before you need to use it, and is more effective removing paint straight after use.
There is no need for turpentine with the paint pod, but may be needed to clean the additional brushes and pots that come with the pod.
Although you have to buy specific paint tins well tubs for the paint pod, you can buy them in most diy shops, not only dulux shops. I was pleasantly surprised that the paint for the paint pod was the same price as other dulux paint.
The pod is very effective for the first few uses, mainly the first use, but the novelty soon wears off. After the pod has been cleaned the paint does not go onto the walls as well as before, as there is often still remnants of water in the pipes. With this, the pod takes at least 2-3 cleans before all of the paint is removed.
Although the machine does not use a great deal of electricity, for those efficiency conscience of us, the pod is obviously less eco friendly than using traditional painting methods.
The release of paint is controlled by a trigger, which can become a bit tiring and the wall cover may become uneven. Also I found that it took quite a bit of practice to master how much paint you needed to release, and unfortunately I ended up dripping some onto the floor. Luckily we had just moved in and had no flooring down. To add to this after 2 uses the trigger button fell off and when I tried to reattach it, it continuously fell off!
The pod itself is quite bulky and awkward to move around.
To add to the negative aspects relating to the pod itself, the paint selection is also disappointing, as there is limited choice of paint colours and styles, ie matt or silk (There is only one available).
Over all I was quite disappointed with the paint pod and have ditched it and reverted back to using my good old paint brushes and rollers and the faithful paint tray! The pod itself was quite expensive, as well as the paint, but I do not begrudge paying that bit more for dulux paint as it is of higher quality. Unfortunately I would not recommend this product to anyone.
I bought this in B&Q and got it for £49.99 during one of their recent offer periods , I also purchased 2 containers of paint on the offer at 2 for £40 , I found the range of colors very limited
when I got the machine home I found the amount of packaging a bit over the top , however I suppose thats to protect the machine in transit
The instruction book is quite clear and shows how to set up the machine along with cleaning instructions at the rear of the booklet there is a record to allow you to keep note of usage and when to change replaceable parts such as the roller , and plastic hose
to use the machine , you take the lid of the paint and lift the white lid , inserting the paint label to the font , you then have to close the white lid and insert the dip tube and then press the paint button
the machine is quite noisy I feel as it feeds paint through the tube you the move the roller back and forward to load the roller by pressing the trigger on the handle which must be clicked into the roller at the other side of the machine
the instructions tell you not to keep pressing the button on the handle too much as it will over load the roller , however due to its location it can be very easy to keep your finger on the button and then it becomes very messy
The roller will not do the edges however the machine comes with a triangular shaped brush and small little pot to allow you to fill the edges in , the little pot can be filled by using the machine through the little spigot supplied or just by pouring some paint out the tin
I also purchased the 'easy reach handle' but feel in my opinion that it is more bother than its worth and felt it added weight to the roller as well as giving me a sore neck , i preferred using my ladders and the roller
1 5l tin of paint goes a long way , i managed to paint 2 ceilings with two coats each and still have some paint left for touching up
cleaning the machine certainly is a lot easier than a traditional roller but again I feel it becomes a bit noisy and a bit time consuming , after you remove the paint can , you then fill the white bin with warm water , NOT cold as I did the first time and it took ages , with warm water it is a bit faster but still took 15L of water , however it does say that strong colors may dye the roller , after you have filled the water and returned the dip tube , you press the clean button ensuring the roller has been firmly fitted into the blue bit at the back , this is then were it does become a bit noisey as the machine turns the roller to clean it , if your killing time you can watch the machine clean its self the water runs up the hose pushing the paint into the blue bucket at the back of the machine , which requires to be emptied after 5L of water , I normally repeat the process 3 times to ensure its totally clean
It certainly is a lot quicker and cleaner than using a traditional roller if you remember to keep your finger off that button ! and I would recommend it to any one
Well, seeing all the poor reviews on this I might cause quite a stir with my review.
I have long term back problems and can't afford to pay someone to paint my house, so I bought the paint pod so I could paint 3 8ft x 10ft rooms, they needed to be undercoated and then 2 coats of the final colour.
The paint pod is quite a big contraption and is abit weighty too, it was fairly simple to set up and comes with a very useful corner brush, the roller and I also bought the extension arm too.
Once I had set-up the paint pod with the recommended paint pod paint, I followed the instructions to the letter and voila I was on my way!
I found the result to be pretty rewarding to be honest, the paint was distributed fairly evenly and the trigger control worked really well, I felt in total control of what I was doing, and the tube which delivers the paint from the paint pod to the roller is very long. Their was absolutely no splashing at all that I could notice, and I wear glasses so it would have been pretty easy to notice.
It is not all a bed of roses though, when it comes to ceilings, the paint pod is a no go, the forces of gravity wont allow the paint pod to work properly for ceilings at all.
The cleaning system is pretty lackluster, you pretty much have to run the cleaning cycle (which is not as easy as Dulux make out) 3 times, also the paint pod is fairly noisy.
As long as you use it exactly as they say and take care to clean everything they say, it will do a pretty good job and make life a bit easier
The Lazy Man's painting tool claiming to be the easiest way of painting a room with ease and saving you valuable time. Before I move on to just how wrong this statement that is the message you come away with from the advertising, let me just fill you in on some of the other details of the paint pod.
First of all the price the paint pod roller system on its own will cost you £59.98 not exactly a cheap product compared to your ordinary paint brushes and rollers which will cost you under £5 for enough brushes to easily paint your whole house. Then on top of this cost is the astronomical price of the paint pods that will fit inside the paint pod £30 for one pod when you will generally need about three to cover a room. So is all of this really worth it to start with and if you believe that this is easier than using conventional painting tools you are sadly mistaken.
After deciding my room needed a well deserved face lift I bought this paint pod thinking it would be the end of my painting woes, that it would take half an hour tops to do a coat and then I could settle down to watch the rugby while it dried. I took the roller to the wall with delight and after a couple of squirts I was away and to be fair it started of absolutely fine that is until a couple of squirts in the roller refused to provide me with any more paint, after a couple of pulls of the trigger the paint came out all at once, far to much dripping down the wall and on to the floor. This frustrating cycle continued for the next few hours while I desperately tried to get at least one coat on the wall.
When I had finally finished and the paint had had sufficient time to dry I went back upstairs and was really disappointed with the colour that the pod had produced it was a lot darker and duller than the pod had originally promised and was a real let down, also the finish of the wall was bad having splodges of darker sections in some places. Definitely not what I was expecting. This is the point I gave up on the pod and decided to return it.
I thought though that I should at least clean it before returning the product and to be fair this is the only part of the process that the pod managed to pull of it cleans the roller in five minutes in warm water and to be fair to the machine really works but is a really noisy experience definitely not recommended if you live somewhere like a block of flats!
Anyway having taken it back to the shop the next day and getting a full refund with very little said from the shop I resolved to painting the conventional method of using a brush, I did however buy dulux regular paint again and this worked absolutely fine giving a nice finish and looking much more like the expected colour.
To anyone who was thinking about buying this because they think they are too lazy to paint the normal way who hasn't already been dissuaded by this article. Just trust me on the fact that this will take you a lot longer and if you really are too lazy to paint with a normal roller then hire a painter because honestly they cannot cost a lot more than this machine and you will certainly be a lot more pleased with the finished result.
I am only giving this product one star simply because the washing feature did actually work, if a little noisy and to publish the review the product has to have a rating.
Do not buy this product.
We were dubious about over buying this, as it was expensive. But our desire shorten a tedious job triumphed. And we were to regret it!!
The system isn't complicated but we were concerned about the quality of the manufacturing from the start. We bought a Reach Handle to do a ceiling. This highlighted the weak design. Extended the handle creaked under little pressure and we had to use it shortened. Despite regulating the paint, because of the angle, it dripped into the handle. Although the process is generally quite clean.
The paint is thin and the first coats were awful. The noise is also irritating every time you trigger for paint and ESPECIALLY when using the cleaning cycle. The cutting in brush is excellent.
It was better on walls the next day. But....all of a sudden.... the main (wireless) trigger failed. When we opened the handle to check the battery, the paint had seeped in and fowled the whole system. So we had to use the trigger on the Reach Handle to finish the job. The day before we found that while my partner was using the roller and I was cleaning the Reach Handle, that trigger overrode the main one! This caused a few surprises and drips as well!!
The auto cleaning is a joke - it doesn't clean the roller properly, leaving paint at each end. So you have to still do it by hand - like you would normally, therefore no benefit at all.
After cleaning the paint comes thru thinned for at least a standard wall's worth before it thickens.
The whole thing is poorly designed and manufactured, it is more trouble than it is worth. The only real benefit of the Pod is not having to fill a roller tray continuously. But that's not worth £60 and a premium on the paint.
I'm not keen on decorating and when Dulux released the Paint Pod machine last year I have to admit I was very interested.
I remember using a similar system as a kid with my dad when Dulux partnered up with Black & Decker back in 1997 when they released the Paint Mate. This was a compact back pack which used Dulux paint in a bag, the principle was simply the internal compressor forced the paint up through the hose to the roller. This worked really well but unfortunately Dulux decided to pull out of the partnership and stopped producing the paint. So my dad was left with a Betamax of DIY gadgetry until Black & Decker sent him a voucher to cover the cost.
Now it is 2008, and the latest thing is the Dulux Paint Pod. I'd put off getting a Paint Pod incase it ended up as another short term thing from Dulux, even though they must have spent a fortune on advertising alone. Another thing was I had tried some of my friends and they seemed to have a few kinks and it was hit and miss whether you got a working one or not. Also the paint was limited to just a matt finish.
A year later and after a few more people getting machines, having no problems with them and Stuff magazine consistently scoring it highly each month, I gave in. B&Q's offer also helped with the machine selling at £34 instead of the usual £60 and the paint was also on offer 2 for £40 on normal 5L for £29.98.
Rather than starting on something simple I went all out and decided to tackle my very tall, awkward hallway & stairs. The instructions seemed straight forward and the set up was simple. You drop the paint pod into the machine, so no messy pouring. The dip tube goes into the top and locks in place. With no need to keep stopping to reload the roller I was ready to go, I just had to ush the paint button. I had bought a 2m extension hose and easy reach handle to help with the stairs. Like anything it does take a little practice to get a good technique. Initially I had probably been holding the trigger down on the roller for too long and drawing too much paint onto the roller. This made a bit of a mess with the splatter. After a few minutes I realised my mistake and then the rest of the walls took less time with a lot less mess. The edging brush which comes supplied is a triangular shape and I found cutting in and filling corners really easy.
After painting its a case of pushing drain button. This draws back the paint from the roller and the hose so you do not have a lot of excess paint when it comes to cleaning and you don't waste paint. Remove the dip tube from the paint, catching the edges of the pack to take off more excess paint. This is done because if the tube is not cleaned it could end up coating the gears located in the lid. Once the piant is taken out you need to fill the unit with warm water and press the clean button. I had to do this a couple of times, because I probably left it to long after finishing painting before running water through the machine. The self cleaning takes about 10 minutes.
In my opinion the Dulux Paint Pod is a real winner, and even with the paint being a little more expensive for 5L (keep eye out for offers in DIY stores) the news that Dulux are looking to increase the range of colours, offer silk as well as matt but also future plan of looking to possibly incorporating colour mixing system means that with some practice to perfect the technique its a must have for any gadget mad decorator or like me, somebody who just wants a quicker option so I can do something more enjoyable :-)
Dulux Paint pod Machine cost £34 (B&Q) - normal price £60
Dulux Paint Pod Emulsion Matt 2 for £40, 5L for £29.98 colour or £19.98 for 5L Pure Brilliant White (plans for more colours and finishes)
Extra Reach Handle £12.98
2m Extension Tube £3.98
Paint Pod Testers 50mls £1.28
Replacement roller sleeve £3.98
Replacement edging brush £4.98
Replacement Dip Tube £7.98 Dulux recommend new tube after 10 packs (50 Litres) as old tubes will show a reduction in paint flow and trouble with cleaning process.
Dulux are currently advertising the new Dulux Paint Pod Compact. I've been in to my local B&Q to give it a go. Its a good idea, the unit simply attaches straight on to the bottle of paint. Unlike the main Paint Pod machine the Compact is battery operated so no trailing power lead, much easier to move around. Operating is the same, just push 'paint' to get going and 'drain' when you finish. The big difference is when you come to clean up, the main Paint Pod has a 10 minute self cleaning system, but the Compact takes a bit more work with a tap connection to be used in the sink. Priced at the moment at £25, I would personally pay the extra for the bigger machine but it is still a good purchase.
Our entire flat needed painting and lazy little me that can't be bothered with all the bending and paint pouring decided this was the best option for us. After all, we had 5 rooms and a hallway that needed painting and I could see my back hurting before I started. Was I impressed? Sure. The shop took it back without a single question as if it had been returned a million times! No wonder it had £20 off when we bought it.
~~ The Product ~~
I think most people by now have seen the adverts on TV for the revolutionary Dulux Paint Pod that requires no pouring of paint into tubs and no bending down to refill your roller. It is basically a big machine that sends the paint through a tube, into the roller and out onto your wall via a little trigger that you control. Sounds easy right? Wrong!!
~~ Price ~~
I thought it looked a little bit pricey at £60 considering each pot of 5l paint is £25 and you can only use the Paint Pod paint with it because it's thinner and flows through the tube easily. However, when I saw it at B&Q for £39.99 and the two pots of paint for £40 I thought we might aswell give it a try. Value for money? No way.
~~ First Impressions ~~
I was actually impressed at the instructions and the way the product was packaged etc to ensure everything arrived to the consumer in one piece. I took it all out, read the instructions thoroughly so I made sure I was doing everything the right way and assembling it correctly. The paint slotted in nice and easily and there was even a little storage point for your roller if you needed a break or to set it down to paint the edges.
It came with a little tub that you could pour some paint into via the tube and a cute little edging brush that I just knew would come in handy for my other half (I hate edges with a vengeance and end up painting half the ceiling!).
So I toddled off to start in the smallest room - the bathroom. Oh what a surprise I had in store for me.
~~ Using it ~~
Well using it seemed simple enough in that you pressed the trigger and paint came out onto the roller and you simply had to use the roller as you usually would. Here was my first problem - paint was only coming out of the left side of the roller and the right side was wondering why it was there at all when it stayed a pretty white colour. I turned the roller around wondering if i'd been holding it an an angle or doing something wrong but still no paint on one side. I started rolling that side into the paint that I'd put on the wall and the roller did change colour eventually... but it still didn't paint anything. Not an ideal start!!
Pressing the trigger was more hard work than anything should be as if you pressed it for too long there was paint piling up on the wall (in no particular place just randomly and annoying) and if you didn't press it for long enough nothing came out. I thought oh well just got to keep trying cos I'm sure there's a nack to it. One wall later and I felt like screaming at the thing and throwing it out the window.
My other half was calming using the little edging brush and marvelling about how well it was doing the edges and what a fantastic idea it had been to buy it. A marvellous idea to spend almost £100 buying a roller and paint all so he could use a cute brush?!!!
The roller action was easy on the wall but I would actually say a normal roller is easier and a million times less hassle.
Anyway, by this time my hand was cramping but holding the roller so tight and I forced him to swap. Much to my satisfaction Mr I can do anything couldn't figure out why the paint was only coming out of one side either!! I'll say one thing though, he was right about the fantastic little edging brush!
~~ The Paint ~~
Well you would think for all the hassle I'd been through painting the wall it would have looked brilliant - it certainly didn't! It dried a horrendous colour that looked nothing like the pot (a sort of odd greyish thing, for my bathroom? eww!) and there were more streaks than I could possibly tell you about. Silly us hadn't bought another roller so were forced to finish the bathroom using the paintpod and it took us a good 4 or 5 hours to do when normally it would have taken 1 max. I'm sure it would have been quicker to abandon it and go and buy another roller but when you've spent so much you want to give it a good go and be sure it's not you at fault.
~~ Cleaning ~~
One of the main attractions of the paintpod for me was the so called self cleaning feature. Place the roller into the slot and press the clean button and away you go. Or do you? Our first attempt stopped after about 40 seconds and we sat looking at it wondering why it had stopped when the instructions stated the cycle would take 5 minutes. We had put things where they were supposed to be, filled up the paintpod with the warm water you were supposed to use and could only feel like we had eyes laughing at us the entire time. Time for attempt 2.
We cleaned out the water, filled it to the line again and pressed the clean button. It ran for the expected 5 minutes and couldn't have been much noisier had it tried. I'm sure our downstairs neighbour was cursing us by this time as it was 11pm and probably all he could hear! 5 Minutes were up, the machine stopped and hey presto, there was still paint everywhere!! The tube and roller looked slightly cleaner but they were a long way from being clean so attempt 3. Empty dirty water, fill paint pod with clean warm water and pressed the clean button. Attempt 3 went the same as attempt 1 and off we went to change the water... AGAIN!!
Attempt 4 took some of the paint out and by this point we were cursing at each other more than the damn machine!! Did we ever get it clean? No!
~~ The finished product ~~
The streaks stayed and the colour didn't improve much to my disgust and the next day we admitted defeat and trailed back to B&Q with our less than delightful paintpod in tow. We went straight to customer services who appeared to be less than surprised it was going back and asked us the minimum of questions and happily took it back reporting a fault with the roller (the paint only coming out of one side). Usually stores would argue with you and do the whole are you sure you're using it right routine but we had the impression it wasn't the first and definitely wouldn't be the last to go back.
~~ My Verdict ~~
Would I ever recommend this to someone? Sure, but only if they wanted a very slow and painful death and had a never ending supply of warm water to use. But seriously, would I give it to my worst enemy? No way. The paint was awful, the machine was even worse and we ended up painting out wall 4 times with ordinary paint and rollers to remove any trace of the paint from our bathroom. All I can say is thank god we started with the smallest room!!
The cleaning fiasco was the biggest joke of all and it would probably have been two hours quicker to clean the roller ourselves.
I will add the smallest of confessions though and admit that we forgot to put the fab little edging brush back into the box and I used it happily knowing I'd at least got something for my inconvenience. It was a genuine mistake and I'm sure everyone else would do the same :P
One sentence to round it up? Stop being lazy and buy a cheap roller that you can bin if you really can't stand cleaning it.
Can Dooyoo add a no star rating? I feel cheated having to give it even a star!!
We bought out Dulux paint pod earlier in the year with a B&Q voucher, ready to do some major decorating this Summer. Well, the time finally came for us to use the Paint Pod.
The Paint Pod has to be used with Paint Pod paint, and their range of colours is quite poor - especially if you want something other than a variant of white! Fortunately we'd decided quite a while ago to change our hall stairs and landing walls from yellow to bright white, so picked up a 'tub' of the paint pod paint ready for this. Thankfully, this was also the only colour Paint Pod do for around £20 - all the others are around the £30 mark for the same size!
On the Saturday morning we started paining the walls. We opened up the Paint Pod for the first time, un wrapped it, followed the instructions to the letter, and started it up. But something was wrong straight away. The paint didn't seem to be flowing through, and the motor inside the pod seemed to be stopping and starting randomly. On closer inspection, we noticed that the connection between the power cable and motor inside the machine itself was obviously faulty and the only way we could get the machine to work consistently was to use parcel tape to stick the wire in a position where the connection could be kept. Not a good start for a pricey piece of equipment from such a well known company!
After a bit of homemade repairs, the painting started. Because of the way a Paint Pod works, the paint is naturally thinner than normal paint. Little did we know that this meant that when painting over another colour - even yellow - that you would need around 6 coats for the walls to stop looking patchy! This wasn't due to us not allowing the paint to flow through properly (we solved that 'operator fault' within the first ten minute - ooops! We were obviously a bit eager to start with!) - the paint was flowing well, but the quality of the paint itself was just not good enough.
We persevered throughout the day, and we thought the Pod had redeemed itself with its automated cleaning system. We had to put it on twice, just to make sure all the paint had been cleared out, but with just a 5 minute cleaning cycle, it's not exactly a chore.
However, our woes didn't end there. The next day we set it all back up again, made sure the sticky tape was holding fast, and started painting. Now, I wouldn't say I'm exactly overly strong or forceful - especially during this bout of decorating as I was 5 months pregnant and being careful not to over exert myself! But within half an hour of us starting on that Sunday, I was stunned as I watched the roller head snap from it's pivot within the paining 'wand' and tumble down the stairs! Fortunately the carpet had been removed before hand, so the mess wasn't the problem. No, the problem was that on the second day of using this oh so wonderful Dulux product, that it had broken. The roller head could not be put back in as it had literally snapped off!
Faulty power connection AND a very weak structure?? Really not good. We went out and bought some normal bog standard rollers (and some 'normal' brilliant white paint) which did the job in a fraction of the time!
I have since written to Dulux expressing my disgust that a brand new Paint Pod could have two faults within two days of usage. They responded quickly, but seemed to ignore the point that this product should not have behaved like this in the first place. They were keen to 'resolve this matter' but kept talking about a help line that I might be able to ring for guidance (I don't need guidance!), and emphasising that the Paint Pod comes with a 12 month guarantee where all parts could be replaced free of charge! Surely they can't just expect me to be happy with having to request replacement parts TWO DAYS after using it for the first time?!
They have not offered me a refund (as I have no proof of purchase what with us buying it a while ago with a voucher - our own fault, granted.), but have offered me either a voucher for 2x 5l cans of our chosen Dulux paint (a bit late now as we've finished decorating!) or....and this is wonderful... a brand new Paint Pod!! Wow, just what I always wanted. Especially after seeing the quality of the machine in action!
Maybe we DID just have a faulty machine. Maybe. Maybe not. The response we received from out complaint makes me wonder if they are more than prepared for multiple guarantee claims from users of Paint Pod, and have a massive stock of replacement parts all ready to go. Maybe this is also why the paint range is so small, and why it seems that there doesn't seem to be any further promotion of the Paint Pod or it's paint...
Well i had such high hopes for this item!
Having planned to do a large amount of redecorating this year because we were planning a family, i thought this product was going to be a total lifesaver! Bought it in B&Q in February as a birthday treat to myself, as it was on offer for £39.99 and picked up a VERY expensive tub of white paint to go with it!
Finally got round to painting this month, and was really looking forward to using the paint pod with the extension pole to make easy work of the hall stairs and landing that is usualy so difficult!
Got it out of the box and then spent 30 minutes trying to get the electrical connection to make contact with the power jack - very badly fitting and had to be taped in the end to get it to stay - since found 3 other people who have had the same problem! Clearly this aspect has been VERY badly designed
Then when using it realised that the paint seemed very thin and was going to take 3 or 4 coats to get a good finish - not impressed!
The function to get paint out to use with a brush is very slow and frustrating!
Then after using found it needed 3 cycles on the cleaning function to get it even close to clean
The next day when using it again - painting in a perfectly normal way - the roller head snapped and broke!
Went to B&Q bought a £2.49 roller and got the job done quicker in the end!
This product may be a good idea, but in reality it is total junk and will annoy you and not actually speed the job up in the slightest! Buy a decent roller for £7 or 8 and yopu will be better off!
A fantastic idea on paper and, if it worked properly, perhaps it would revolutionise painting. An end to messy roller tray and paint spillages sounds pretty good. But like so many similar products before it the Dulux PaintPod promises a lot more than it delivers.
The principle is that you fill the body of the device with the colour of emulsion paint of your choice and as you use the roller the paint is continually pumped up the feedtube into the special roller provided as part of the kit. The system supposedly provides an even coverage via the roller. The reality is somewhat different. The paint seems to come through at different rates for no apparent reason. There's a trigger that is pulled to initiate the flow and at several times during its use I noticed that the trigger seemed to stick, dispensing more paint than required and making the whole process pretty messy. Sometimes it also stopped pumping of its own accord. I just never felt like I was actually in control of the thing. And to cap it all the roller broke, seemingly with no pressure. It was replaced immediately but it didn't bode well for an overall feeling of quality.
In the interest of balance, I have to admit that my Dad bought the same system and has used it without issue. So maybe mine was a rogue. But I can't recommend the PaintPod because of my direct experience.
This is something I looked into when it first came out as I like to repaint every year or so and generally do several rooms in one go. I liked the idea this does not make a mess as I am not fond of covering everywhere as no matter what I always manage to get paint somewhere - last year was gloss on the leather sofa, would not mention this but I was painting upstairs at the time!!
I noticed the half price promotion on a TV advert at B&Q last weekend so bought one this week for £34.
The main downside with the paint pod is that you have to purchase the dulux paint pod paints to use with it, these cost £29.99 for a 5 litre pot. So the paint itself is about £10 more expensive than high quality 5l pots of paint. Another downside I noticed when buying it was that the paint only came is a matt finish - I am not too sure if this was all they had in stock or if they do not do a silk finish? However, these were also on promotion at B&Q at 2 pots for £40. Yet another downside for me was they did not have any testers to try.
So far I have used the paint pod to paint one bedroom and a utility room and hallway, I had the 5 litre and after painting 2 coats on each I still have around half a pot left whereas last time I painted that bedroom I used a 2.5 litre tin and the same size for the utility area.
I found the instructions easy to follow and getting the paint pod together simple and user friendly. I got to work and found the noise quite irritating when I pressed the paint release button and for a few seconds after when I let go but after a while I did not notice the noise as much. It was easy to move around as it has a handle that you can press out and carry it along with you and the paint tube which attaches to the roller is fairly long and even though I had bought a 2 meter extension tube just in case I needed it I really did not need it.
As with all rollers I was unable to paint close to the edges but the paint pod came with a little tray, a nozzle to attach to the hose to pour the paint into the tray and a triangle shaped edging brush.
I did get a few drips but that was because I held on too long to the paint release button on the roller handle or stopped moving the roller when I pressed it and I only did this twice when I first started then I worked out the right amount of time to press the buttons for. When you are taking a pause from painting there is a pause button on the pod and a paint button next to it for when you want to start again.
There is also a drain button to use when you finish painting and a clean button which you press once you have took the paint out and filled the compartment with 5 litres of warm water. This is very noisy and takes around 10 minutes to complete.
So far I am pleased with my paint pod as it did save me some time and hassle with tins of paint and roller trays and it is user friendly, but the noise does take some getting used to and as you would expect with rollers you still need to get up the steps to paint around the edges and top!
I bought this compact paintpod roller system about 3 months ago, after watching all the adverts on tv. It was quite easy to put together but the instructions are forewarned, I bought 2 lots of paint at £29.99 which I think is expensive, but the machine cost half price in a B & Q Special and Im not the best painter in the world, infact diy is not my fortay. I found it quite easy to put the paint pot into the machine and pour a little in a small pot with which you get a free edging brush, but unfortunately it is a bit big and i did find it hard to keep in the lines so masking tape would be needed. It is quite easy to clean and self cleaning not messy like paint brushes but expensive gadget, it does have a extension pole which took abit how to make it connect and the paint flow that was the hardest thing to fathom out.
The paint went on east althought the roller system does feel heavy in your hand after a bit its not so light weight as a brush or roller. I managed to paint a large living room, a bathroom , a hall and ran out of the magnolia. Not finished my project yet . either .......
Make painting easy and smooth with this roller system. The unit is mains powered and about the size of a conventional cylinder vacuum cleaner.