speedskim review,blue blade

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kgreigh

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ok curtesy of @Speedskim I recieved a 1200mm,600mm and a pole attachment as a prize from the pool tournament and thaught id share my findings.

sand and cement
I first had the opportunity to use the speedskim on s&c,il get this out the way first as it's the worst bit,I sruggled to get to grips with it for this material,it seemed to tear as opposed to glide and move the s&c about and after using it for a while scratched the blade quite easily so to us it on this and finish would mean sanding and tidying the blade up In between,at this point I wasn't convinced.
mono
ok i gave it a go just to see what it was like,the 1200 on larger areas did rule it but it put a bit of strain on the blade so obviously bending it as I hand apply and the mono is not as wet as machine applied,the 600 on small sections like buttresses and pillars did ok I just can't see any clear benefit for using it for mono over an ally h section.

hardwall.
before I started I decided to bend up the corners slightly,when it came to ruling off the float coat the ss dealt with it really well and was nice and flat and closed it in nicely,I'm considering buying an 1800mm to go with the other two for float work.


finish and pole attachment.
the first time I used it on a wall and it took a little getting used to the angle to hold it at,I was worried about using the grooves in the blade but eventually got my head round it and the grooves do exactly as ss say,they disturb the surface of the skim and helps to fill in any misses,it allows you to get your second coat on right away as it reduces surface moisture,the pole attachment worked really well and made short work of the boring bit(flattening)in the middle of the set,so all in all I'm pleasantly surprised with the ss as I didn't think I was going to like it.:RpS_cool:
 
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Speedskim

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ok curtesy of @Speedskim I recieved a 1200mm,600mm and a pole attachment as a prize from the pool tournament and thaught id share my findings.

sand and cement
I first had the opportunity to use the speedskim on s&c,il get this out the way first as it's the worst bit,I sruggled to get to grips with it for this material,it seemed to tear as opposed to glide and move the s&c about and after using it for a while scratched the blade quite easily so to us it on this and finish would mean sanding and tidying the blade up In between,at this point I wasn't convinced.
mono
ok i gave it a go just to see what it was like,the 1200 on larger areas did rule it but it put a bit of strain on the blade so obviously bending it as I hand apply and the mono is not as wet as machine applied,the 600 on small sections like buttresses and pillars did ok I just can't see any clear benefit for using it for mono over an ally h section.

hardwall.
before I started I decided to bend up the corners slightly,when it came to ruling off the float coat the ss dealt with it really well and was nice and flat and closed it in nicely,I'm considering buying an 1800mm to go with the other two for float work.


finish and pole attachment.
the first time I used it on a wall and it took a little getting used to the angle to hold it at,I was worried about using the grooves in the blade but eventually got my head round it and the grooves do exactly as ss say,they disturb the surface of the skim and helps to fill in any misses,it allows you to get your second coat on right away as it reduces surface moisture,the pole attachment worked really well and made short work of the boring bit(flattening)in the middle of the set,so all in all I'm pleasantly surprised with the ss as I didn't think I was going to like it.:RpS_cool:
Hi mate - that's a great review and I'm glad you are liking the PRO set :)

With regard to sand and cement we do have a lot of customers that say they really like it on S&C so I would stick with it ;-) I always say you can get used to the Speedskim in a day but it takes several weeks (and sometimes some trial and error with timings and angle of use) to fully get used to it. Sometimes slightly changing the angle of use to be steeper is good solution, particularly when ruling off materials.

We have a large amount of guys using on Heritage work using the ST on lime render etc too. With regard to scratching of the blade during sand and cement work, this will happen of course. You can freshen the edge with emery paper etc but for those who alternate between skim coat and sand and cement regularly we recommend having separate blades for each material application.

Re Mono and Multi Finish I can see you are enjoying it and cracking on which is great :) The more you get used to the Speedskim the more I'm confident you will love it ...:RpS_cool: :)

Useful FAQ link for members: Speedskim
 

D4mp

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When I ordered new blades they only had the blue ones, have you stopped doing the grey ones?
 

kgreigh

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Hi mate - that's a great review and I'm glad you are liking the PRO set :)

With regard to sand and cement we do have a lot of customers that say they really like it on S&C so I would stick with it ;-) I always say you can get used to the Speedskim in a day but it takes several weeks (and sometimes some trial and error with timings and angle of use) to fully get used to it. Sometimes slightly changing the angle of use to be steeper is good solution, particularly when ruling off materials.

We have a large amount of guys using on Heritage work using the ST on lime render etc too. With regard to scratching of the blade during sand and cement work, this will happen of course. You can freshen the edge with emery paper etc but for those who alternate between skim coat and sand and cement regularly we recommend having separate blades for each material application.

Re Mono and Multi Finish I can see you are enjoying it and cracking on which is great :) The more you get used to the Speedskim the more I'm confident you will love it ...:RpS_cool: :)

Useful FAQ link for members: Speedskim
thanks for the reply speedskim,I wanted to give an honest account of my experience with the ss so far,I think it's a really great tool and would recommend it to anyone,I havent used it on lime yet as I don't get a massive amount of it but I will give it a go the next time I get some.i will be sure to give it another go on the s&c to see if I have missed a trick.
Do many people use the sf,I take it the St is the most popular?:RpS_thumbup:
 

D4mp

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You wouldnt want a grey one even if they still did them after you've tried the blue one, its quality!
Definitely a better finish with the blue one, we use it s&c lime and gypsum, wouldn't be without it now. Saves all that grunting flattening off and makes the tea break a little bit longer.
 

smoother09

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Never used blue whats difference mines still got blade i bought it with il be honest i forget about them half of time take to much space in van with all rest of ****!!:RpS_scared:
 

Garethharrison80

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Never used blue whats difference mines still got blade i bought it with il be honest i forget about them half of time take to much space in van with all rest of ****!!:RpS_scared:
Like d4mp said its a way better finish with the blue one, on certain work can get away with two passes with blue speeskim then finish with s*p*r*lex, makes it easy! The ridges arent all the way across the blue one so easier to clean, plastics a bit stiffer + flattens off better.
 

Speedskim

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Never used blue whats difference mines still got blade i bought it with il be honest i forget about them half of time take to much space in van with all rest of ****!!:RpS_scared:
Hi mate - the ST blue has replaced the grey one. The new ST blue range have 19mm width of lines/ribs toward the edge of the blade which assists in distributing/flattening the material. The last 4mm of the long edge is smooth, which comes into play as the plaster picks up and stiffens - meaning you can now use the ST to finish the work. It reduces your overall trowel work and generally speeds the whole plastering operation.

The new ST blue now has a neat blades gasket, which means reduced silt ingress into the blade slot, less maintenance and overall better performance particularly in ranging temperatures :RpS_cool:
 

kgreigh

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Definitely a better finish with the blue one, we use it s&c lime and gypsum, wouldn't be without it now. Saves all that grunting flattening off and makes the tea break a little bit longer.
So you do like them for s&c?maybe I'm missing something,is there any tips or anything that helps when using it for s&c?:RpS_thumbup:
 

D4mp

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So you do like them for s&c?maybe I'm missing something,is there any tips or anything that helps when using it for s&c?:RpS_thumbup:
Hello
Yes we have been using the speedskim from the early days, thought that they would be **** to be fair. Took a chance as they were cheap and was instantly impressed when used on gypsum, gave it a blast on the s&c and we think that it is brill. I wouldn't say I have any tips to pass on, just use it and you will see how it performs when your using it, and make the adjustments as necessary.
Good luck
 

kgreigh

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Hello
Yes we have been using the speedskim from the early days, thought that they would be **** to be fair. Took a chance as they were cheap and was instantly impressed when used on gypsum, gave it a blast on the s&c and we think that it is brill. I wouldn't say I have any tips to pass on, just use it and you will see how it performs when your using it, and make the adjustments as necessary.
Good luck
I did use it on a small bay for the scratch coat and didn't get on with it,I will have another go to see where I went wrong.:RpS_thumbup:
 
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