DIY Ask (Ronseal Filler).

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    Morning All,

    DIY ask here. I’ve cocked up by not wiping up enough Ronseal smooth finish filler excess away. I’ve a light sanding block but it doesn’t seem to make a dent. Any ideas? This is being painted but I feel it’ll be obvious as it’s probably 0.1mm thick.

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    Some more elbow grease, or purchase or hire a sanding machine. After that, there are some paint products you apply to smooth out blemishes.
     
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    Go through course and medium sandpapers before finishing with fine.
     
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    Thanks, when you say rough are you talking about 40-60 or start higher at 80+?
     
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    Thanks. Could you point me in the direction of an example paint? I assume the paint product will give it that slightly tougher look once again rather than smooth? (Although the sandpaper may create this).
     
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    Not sure at that end of the scale as the grades I use on guitars are much finer, but the principle is the same.
    I would get a mixed pack of sheets from B&Q or similar to give you options.
     
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    Thanks. Once sanded down can it be painted straight over?
     
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    The Ronseal leaflet or website should provide you with that info.
     
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    Sand down well, fill again if necessary. Sand again. Apply a normal coat of matt white. This will show up any imperfections, fill & sand again. Polycell etc, do a base coat which effectively is a thick paint, that will mask minor imperfections.
     
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    Had a good go, but after painting it’s stoll very noticeable. If I were to get an electric sander I assume I run the risk of damaging the wall of is that me being paranoid?
     

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    Are you definitely using the right side of the sandpaper?
     
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    Yes... this stuff is like cement.
     
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    Have you got a chisel knife, a chisel or a long-handled scraper? Preferably wider than the area you want to remove. If it's that tough using one of those would be the quickest way to get the filler back to being flush with the wall.

    If you take off slightly too much you can always add just a small amount more filler and try and remove as much excess off this time around.
     
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    I'm assuming the filler is acrylic rather than plaster based, in which case you can't really sand it once it has fully dried because it remains flexible and sort of rubbery. See what it says "On the Tin" ;).

    All you can do, afaik, is to scrape it off and re-do it, like @McVicar says, making sure it's smooth and flush before it dries :).
     
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    I've just read some reviews on the product - Ronseal Big Hole Smooth Finish Filler.

    Some suggest it doesn't fully dry, and doesn't sand very well. Hack it out, and just use some ordinary filler. If the holes are deep, use several layers.
     
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    Agree with the above - just make sure you're not buying an acrylic product - you just can't sand it. Acrylic is OK for filling small holes, and it's particularly good for going round architraves, skirting boards and the like, where you can just smooth it off with your finger and wipe off the excess on the curtains :eek:;).
     
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    It certainly doesn’t. Hack it out with a chisel / scraper?
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Remember, you are standing what, 6 inches from the offending filled patch (no idea what size it actually is) so it probably looks the size of a grapefruit. Stand back a bit and it will become almost invisible.

    I suffered from "perfection" syndrome a few years ago and spent days getting walls pristine smooth in preparation for painting - the end result was superb, but wasn't worth the effort. I can now get 95% of the way to the same finish in about 10% of the time, and guess what, nobody notices any blemishes, including me ......!
     

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