Having read a great article by Russ & Andy on oil based paints & use of spachtel, my approach to exterior decorating has been totally transformed & results massively improved. Whole new world from Polyfilla & Weathershield!
What this has highlighted is that my kit bag of decorating equipment is fairly woeful, especially the electric sanders…a cheap Aldi plate sander & a Bosch PSM80 which eats sheets at an outrageous rate & cost. And both are fairly shredded anyway.
Read another thread on the site about Mirka Ceros & Deros & Festool RTS sanders. Both appear good but struggling to ultimately identify what I need.
Project: House is a 20’s double bow window affair (you know a Margo & Jerry one), large upwards pointing woodwork fan & fascias & large overhanging T&G sections over upstairs bow & then the side support pieces built on shaped concrete projections. Sorry probably a much more technically accurate way of describing is appropriate. Vast majority of wood is flat & either overhead or facing. The existing paint finish I thought was very good but since discovering the spachtel filler, Cover Stain, Rubbol & XD & how well that works, looks decidedly average. But its all solid & flat and has good edges. Plan is to use the spachtel on all surfaces like the downstairs.
I also seem to have become the resident FOC decorator in the family for parents & children so I can ‘sort of’ justify an investment in the right tools.
Having done all the ground floor with 240 wet & dry (easy & great result), I think that is going to make a huge mess at scaffold height first floor so I’m looking to make an investment in a good second hand or reasonable new electric sander & I wandered which is the best way to go. Also what sanding materials are the best to go for … longevity & cost wise. The Bosch discs clog in minutes & at shed costs are £8 for 5 sheets!
Interested in what I should go for. Happy to spend some on a professional unit if it cuts the time scale down. Equally if there’s a modest budget option that works well then also great.
Main usage initially will be flat down existing paint (3 yr old weathershield) and then to flat down Spachtel to XD gloss ready level but at height in comfort.
Also interested in where to source unit at best price if that’s in line with the web site T&C’s
Or indeed if someone has a secondhand one for sale?
Appreciate any answers or guidance, apologies long post - all the best