MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre Fleece Review
By Mark Hilton
MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre Fleece is a non-woven, or “paste the wall” lining paper. This type of paper is designed for easier application to a wall or ceiling, with less waste. The result should be a sound surface which is ready to be painted. You can also use CP 103 prior to hanging a decorative wallpaper.
All you need to do is prep your wall or ceiling, apply paste directly to the surface you’re working on, then apply the Microlith directly from the roll. This product is not only easy to use and strong, but it will also stand up very well to heat, making it perfect for walls close to log burners or other heaters.
You can buy this product online from Eclipse wallcoverings. It comes in rolls that are 25 metres by 1 meter and costs around £30 plus VAT with free next day delivery.
My MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre Fleece Review
Right, let’s get into the nitty gritty! There is a similar product out there that you can buy almost anywhere. It is called Wallrock fiberliner. This is something I have used many times in the past and I’m going to use it as a benchmark for my MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre review.
The first thing to say, is even with delivery, MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre is cheaper than Wallrock from my normal supplier. One advantage the Wallrock does have, is it is available in different widths. Sometimes using a roll 1 metre wide can be a nightmare in a tight room. For that reason, I’d only really recommend the use of MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre Line in larger rooms, or even commercial sized jobs. If you do have a big space to line, you’ll be able to cover it with this product in no time whatsoever. It really is quick to apply on large, open walls.
You can cut this product with ease. In that sense it is an absolute dream to work with. Even splicing the product is easy to get right. Joints butt up well and you will not see the seems once you’ve applied paint over the top of your CP 103. Make sure you use heavy-duty paste to aid with adhesion.
The CP 103 isn’t as thick as Wallrock, meaning you can see bigger imperfections through the paper. That said, there is a heavier duty product called MICROLITH GS 205 Glass Fibre Fleece which does block out everything. It is slightly more expensive, but well worth it if your walls are in bad nick.
One downside of these non-woven lining papers is the finish. It isn’t flat and smooth like it is with pulp paper. I’m probably being picky to be honest, but I put a lot of effort into getting my walls as smooth as they can be. Then by using this product I’m adding a texture again? It doesn’t seem right. This is only a slight niggle and it is an issue with both Wallrock and MICROLITH.
Which is Better, MICROLITH CP 103 Fibre Fleece or Wallrock?
They are very similar products, but I’d say MICROLITH CP 103 is very slightly better. It cuts and splices a lot easier, often making it even quicker to use, whilst maintaining a high standard of very neat work. The other advantage is the price. Other than that, I think both products are pretty much the same.
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