Testing ProDec products

We have honed our decorating kit over the years down to the essential tools and equipment we believe are the best for the work we do. That does not mean we are not open to trying out new or different products, so we were delighted when PPE Work Solutions (PWS) asked us to test a few of their decorating tools from the ProDec range.  

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Here are our first impressions of eight products from the ProDec range:

  Shave Hook   We often use a shave hook for removing paint from awkward areas. It's a basic, but essential tool for decorators. This ProDec one is sharp and sturdy and feels well-made. We can't complain when it is priced at £6.99. We've carried on using this after testing and it's still performing well. For a couple of quid extra, there is a  rubber-handled version , which is worth the extra cost.  4/5

Shave Hook

We often use a shave hook for removing paint from awkward areas. It's a basic, but essential tool for decorators. This ProDec one is sharp and sturdy and feels well-made. We can't complain when it is priced at £6.99. We've carried on using this after testing and it's still performing well. For a couple of quid extra, there is a rubber-handled version, which is worth the extra cost.

4/5

 Dusting Brush  The good ol' dusting brush. This is essential on all jobs (and no, a dustpan brush or a broom is not good enough!). The ProDec one we tested is good quality with perfectly soft bristles. Personally, I prefer a longer handle, but this one is great for the price: £6.59. It has held up well over a number of jobs, with no problems.  4/5

Dusting Brush

The good ol' dusting brush. This is essential on all jobs (and no, a dustpan brush or a broom is not good enough!). The ProDec one we tested is good quality with perfectly soft bristles. Personally, I prefer a longer handle, but this one is great for the price: £6.59. It has held up well over a number of jobs, with no problems.

4/5

A little superstar. We have always liked these and use them a lot to prevent brushes from falling in paint. These ProDec ones are the best and priced only at £3.59. They have an integral paint can opener (which we didn't realise for quite a while!). Also, red and black are our brand colours. Bonus!

5/5

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 5 litre Scuttle  Another essential in the decorator's kit. Marked in litres and gallons, this is a decent size for cutting in and can be used for brushes and mini rollers. Works great with the magnetic clip. As good as you could expect for the price: £5.59. We have plenty on our van and wouldn't be without them.  5/5

5 litre Scuttle

Another essential in the decorator's kit. Marked in litres and gallons, this is a decent size for cutting in and can be used for brushes and mini rollers. Works great with the magnetic clip. As good as you could expect for the price: £5.59. We have plenty on our van and wouldn't be without them.

5/5

 Tack Cloths  These were not as tacky as we hoped and we wouldn't buy these particular ones again. They might be good enough for DIY use, but not for a professional decorator who needs them to work efficiently and with minimal effort. We found we had to use multiple cloths for a task that would usually only need one. Not great for the work budget.  1/5

Tack Cloths

These were not as tacky as we hoped and we wouldn't buy these particular ones again. They might be good enough for DIY use, but not for a professional decorator who needs them to work efficiently and with minimal effort. We found we had to use multiple cloths for a task that would usually only need one. Not great for the work budget.

1/5

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Heavy Duty Scraper

The blade in the one we tested didn't sit quite right, but it worked adequately enough under our testing conditions. Probably would not purchase this at the high price point of £15.99 as it feels and looks a bit cheap compared to other scrapers on the market. 

2/5

Masking Paper Roll

This is something we use every day for masking of floors, fixtures and appliances such as cooker hoods. Masking paper is essential for any sort of spraying work. This particular one is a thinner grade paper that what we're used to and the price is higher, so we've marked it down in our testing. If it was cheaper, it would have scored higher. Also, used in conjunction with a handmasker and tape, it is an odd length (55m) (most tapes are 50m). 

1/5

Swivel Paint Pot Holder

This is surprisingly sturdy and well-made. It does exactly what it's suppose to - which is fix your paint kettle to a ladder allowing safe, hands-free work. It will come into its own in the exterior painting season. Great price at £4.69.

5/5


Have you used any of the ProDec range? Tag us @henryfix_ on Twitter and let us know which ones are your favourites.


About PWS

Chesterfield-based PWS were founded by two brothers who had previously worked in the construction industry. The company provides the correct protection, clothing and equipment for any given construction-related activity. In short, they help to keep our workers safe.

At Henry Fix, we are always interested in the ethos behind the suppliers and companies we work with. PWS say the core value of their company is family: "It's why we set up the business, it's why we are here today, and it guides every decision we make. We wish to carry this value right through to our customers by building a community that will help us all to get the right gear we need for our jobs and activities." This kind of talk sits well with us.

Free delivery also sits well with us! PWS offer free delivery no matter how small the order, and if you're spending large, there are discount codes to save you money.

Thank you to the guys at PWS for giving us the opportunity to try out these tools and products. 

Kim Spooner