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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Well, that's depressing - Ronseal Fence Life

Warning:  sweary words and ranting:

Management and I spent a whole day last week painting the gates.



He then spent an entire day painting my obelisks, bless him.



Last night he took Daisy for a walk, came back and said "I've got black all over my hands".  And the short answer is that Ronseal Fence Life washes off in the rain.  It's not just us, a quick Google reveals many, many people with the same depressing problem and anecdotally, Ronseal don't give a stuff.





So Management is busy hosing off the remaining "One Coat, guaranteed, fence paint" which is throwing itself off the wood faster than a Baldrick-shaped fast thing.  Quoting Ronseal's website this stuff is:  '100% showerproof in 1 hour'  and it  'Keeps its colour for up to 2 years'

B*ll*cks.   You cannot touch the gates without getting black all over your hands and that is not nice for us, and not fair on visitors and delivery people.



Then we need to spend more money on more paint and more time re-painting it.  GRRRRR.

Even more depressing - the obelisks are already losing their paint too, and they are an absolute bugger to paint. I am mindful that in the great scheme of things, this is very much a first world problem and can be (relatively) easily resolved. Still bloody annoying though.

The Cuprinol we've used on the shed and cold frames is perfect . . . nuff said.

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20 comments:

  1. Oh no! All that time and money spent, just to create yourself even more work. I do hope you leave an appropriate review somewhere. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. Currently online ordering some more Cuprinol - at least I can trust that!

      This blog post will do as a 'review', it's surprising how many times blog entries and similar posts turn up when you do a search for info on a product.

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  2. Shame you did not check online before you purchased it, but then given the brand, we would not have checked. Total pain.

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    1. Marlene, it is not something I would think to check - have used Ronseal products before and not had a problem. As you say - you wouldn't have checked first either.

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  3. Really sorry that you're having such problems. How can they not 'give a stuff'? Their product is clearly not what it's supposed to be- get a refund from your supplier. Hope that it all works out well for you. xx

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    1. Thanks Chris :) You are right, of course, but I bought it last autumn, gawd knows from where, don't have a receipt any more ... We've made progress since I published though - M. has completely cleaned off the black (it was remarkably easy) and we've decided to go for a COMPLETELY different look - when we can face picking up a paintbrush again!

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  4. The same thing happened to a friend of mine, she painted her fence but after a bit of rain a couple of days later the paint was washing away.

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    1. I'm so sorry about your friend, but looking online it seems this has happened to loads of people. With the power of social media (giggle), enough pissed off blog posts and lousy reviews on Amazon will eventually get the company to pay attention.

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  5. It's a shame you didn't look up the reviews before buying the stuff but then why would you, you'd expect it to do what it claims to do! It's absolutely disgraceful that it is worse than useless. All that time, effort and money gone to waste.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Management is remarkably sanguine (bless him) about having to clean off the mess that remained, and I am sad for him because he's done most of the painting work, but no-one died, or got a cancer diagnosis, or anything awful.

      We have, however, wasted a HUGE amount of time tonight debating back and forth what colour to try next .....
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  6. I suspect there would a been a few sweary words here too, then a sign of resignation, a mug of tea and a clear up x

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    1. Thanks Kate, you have pretty much nailed exactly what happened, and what we did next :) xx

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  7. Wow! Well that's pretty bad, to say the least. What a mess and what a pain having to paint it all again. Ronseal must be polluting a lot of gardens if this stuff just washes off in the rain. Not very impressive.

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    1. Cheers K. I agree - must be a load of this stuff getting into soil, and eventually water systems . . .

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  8. Surely then it is not fit for purpose and you should be compensated

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    1. In an ideal world Sue, yes we should. But it's not an ideal world . . . .

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  9. I'm sure there must be a joke in there somewhere about not taking a fence (or even offence!) but understandably it's not a laughing matter. All that work and money gone to waste, I'd be seriously p'd off if it happened to me. I agree with Sue Garrett, the stuff obviously isn't fit for purpose, especially if other people have reported the same problem, so I'd be on to Trading Standards soon as. I hope you manage to repaint the gates soon, I'd be interested to know what colour you finally choose.

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    1. No 'a fence' taken Eunice! The blog will do as my ranting complaint. Kicking off at Trading Standards, Customer Service, or anywhere else will not change what has happened but it will considerably prolong the agony and raise the stress levels.

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  10. Just on catch up once again! (life is certainly getting in the way at the moment). Things are looking good at Bag End, except for the failing black "stuff". Hope you can remedy it quickly & move on to some real gardening. Did you send me an email as you said, as I've not received one & have been having a few i'net problems. Have a good weekend & take care.

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    1. Hello lovely :) Not going to worry about the paint, not going to redo it today either because it's chilly and breezy and not a good day to be standing still outside.

      Yes, I sent you a long email when I got back from Scotland, will go and find it and send again. xx

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