I picked up one of the Refina 14in jobs last week and used it for the first time today. In IMHO they are to flexible to flatten **** all in, and when I put a steel trowel straight over the area that I'd just used the plastic on the shape wasn't great. However I was using the new Thistle Spray Finish and the plastic certainly does trowel it up nicely late on in the set and as there is so little friction, I could see me using a larger one without it putting to much strain on my already aching arms.
Andy we have been using the spray finish for a couple of weeks and as you say you can not use just a plastic, we have be flattening with the 32" and 40" s*p*r*lex spatulars then using the 24" plastics. We do 2 passes with the plastics and then leave it for a while and use the spatulars to give it a final once over to give it a nice finish but not to shiny.
Have you found steel tears it?
Its taken till now too get to the point where i can say it is as good if not better then multi in a real world situation. The genny is here tomorrow so from now on will be spraying it and that should make it even nicer.
Pitty we have no skimming next week and just rendering. But should be going up to the Canadian Embassy in london soon for a couple of thousand meters so will get a good idea then
Hi Steve, the steel didn't actually tear it today but it really seemed to bite and was hard work pushing the trowel over it, I could easily see it tearing it at another time. I found it worked well just flattening and first trowelling with my 11in stainless and the final one with the plastic, that sure does glide over it easier than the stainless.
yep using on a pole for celings, we use them to just flatten of the finish straight away then plastics till the final trowel.
They get the surface super flat so all the plastics have to do is smooth. We are putting on whole rooms so corners are twitched.
We still havent used the ritmo yet but i would say your going to need to use spatulars to flatten out the texture the spraying leaves behind. We got ours alot cheap from a website which is a middle man and gets them sent direct from refina
Oh and the guy from liverpool does nice plastic corner trowels
we got that plastics a few days before we started using the spray. We finished a house with multi then started the next with spray finish by hand.
One that house i had read that the plastic was for final trowels so tried it and it finished it slightly earlier. Im just assuming you guys know what your talking about and its not good in early stages
Not had the chance to try it on multi in the early stages yet
Great for last trowel can trowel little early than normally with them but your find you'll be forever getting nicks in the blades so have ur wet and dry out at the ready!!! And I wouldn't trust them for flattening In!!!!May look good and be easy to do so but when it's done and plaster dry get a powerful light and put it done the side of ya wall and than your see ya hidden s**t!!!!!! Everyone got there own opinion . I say stick of to a nice worn in trowel for laying down and get a nice nela or refina to finish with nice solid trowel well worth the money!