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    • sooty&sweep
    • By sooty&sweep 8th Oct 17, 10:50 AM
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    Paint
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    • 8th Oct 17, 10:50 AM
    Paint 8th Oct 17 at 10:50 AM
    Hi
    We've got an entire house to paint & it's new plaster.

    We're busy poring over the various colour charts but they all have similar colour ranges.

    Does anyone have any knowledge as to which are the best to apply or which to avoid ?

    The likes of Wilkinson paints are cheaper but does it give as good a coverage as say Dulux? No point buying cheaper paint if you need twice as much !

    Cheers

    Jen
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 8th Oct 17, 1:38 PM
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    Paints we’ve used in our house, a quick review:

    Little Greene Intelligent Matt - very nice paint, expensive, lovely colours, is wipeable as claimed but not scrubbable. Relatively easy to apply but needs good technique to avoid roller marks.

    Little Greene Eggshell - used on all of our woodwork. Really nice finish. Easy to use.

    Valspar Premium - great coverage and good value. Looks patchy after first coat, excellent after second. Is indeed scrubbable and having had to repair some wall damage it touches up invisibly (light colours do anyway). Easy to apply.

    Earthborn Clay Paint - lovely paint to use, lovely colours and beautiful flat matt finish. Has absolutely zero durability. The slightest mark will stain. You cannot touch up dark colours without it showing but you can touch up light colours reasonably well. Would not recommend if anywhere it could get marked. They now have a wipeable “lifestyle” paint and I’m about to repaint our dining room after only 2 years with it (same colour). Would not generally recommend.

    Dulux standard vinyl matt - only used white, seems ok. Nothing special.

    Overall I’d happily recommend either Valspar or Little Greene.
    • Debbie Savard
    • By Debbie Savard 8th Oct 17, 3:02 PM
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    Farrow and Ball every time
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 8th Oct 17, 9:03 PM
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    Johnstone's professional/trade.

    They will match other manufacturers colours - including Farrow and Ball
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 08-10-2017 at 9:06 PM.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 8th Oct 17, 9:46 PM
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    Whatever you use, don't be afraid to add water, even on the final coat. Dulux matt emulsion is so thick and gloopy it's horrid and after adding probably around 30% water it worked really well and looks great. Goes on smoother too.
    • Cats are great
    • By Cats are great 9th Oct 17, 10:38 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 10:38 AM
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    For new plaster even if it's just skim coat I would mist coat with Leyland Superleytex or Johnstones Jonmat, this will allow the plaster to fully dry out.

    If it was just a skim coat I would then go for the final finish paint, as mentioned earlier most big manufactures can copy colours, I have farrow and ball charlottes locks on one wall in my kitchen but Johnstones decorating centre mixed it up for me at a fraction of the cost and arguably better quality. If you want the flat farrow and ball finish Johnstones do a flat Matt too.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 9th Oct 17, 10:55 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 10:55 AM
    Farrow and Ball every time
    Originally posted by Debbie Savard

    Great for its colour range. Expensive. I've found it quite poor at covering.
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 9th Oct 17, 11:18 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 11:18 AM
    Farrow and Ball every time
    Originally posted by Debbie Savard
    Farrow and ball is the only paint i would tell people to avoid. At least when you buy a £2 tin from wilkos you dont expect much. A £50 tin from F&B and you expect something to be given the same quality paint as the wilkos stuff.

    Not dissing wilkso stuff in the slightest, its an ok paint. But you pay cheap prices. F&B is an ok paint with a nice colour range but you pay extortionate prices.

    Top tip, take the f&b colour card you want to B&Q and get a tin of the stuff mixed in valspar. Good colour, fantastic paint and you havent spent 70% off your money on marketing and branding. Its a kin to apple and phones.

    If you want the best paint go with valspar. If you want ok paints get any, theres not many paints that are truly rubbish any more. If you want to pay too much get F&B.
    Don't be angry!
    • Piggywinkle
    • By Piggywinkle 9th Oct 17, 11:22 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 11:22 AM
    We recently had trouble finding the exact shade of mustard I wanted for the living room - we eventually stumbled across some Bergere paint in Home Bargains! It went on lovely and was great value. My husband (the poor bloke was the one who actually painted) said it was better than some mainstream brands (Dulux/Crown etc.) If you have a larger Home Bargains store near to you, it's definitely worth a look.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 9th Oct 17, 11:27 AM
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    I wouldn’t put too much faith in colour matching services. There’s more to a paint’s colour than what an optical scanner will detect - the pigment content and paint’s finish can have a big impact on the final result. If you’re happy with close-ish then fine.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 9th Oct 17, 1:48 PM
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    I wouldn’t put too much faith in colour matching services. There’s more to a paint’s colour than what an optical scanner will detect - the pigment content and paint’s finish can have a big impact on the final result. If you’re happy with close-ish then fine. Posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    Even the original colour won't look exactly the same once it's on the wall.

    We have exactly the same colour in the lounge and dining room - but as the rooms are linked and face east (dining room)/west (lounge) each room looks to be a slightly different colour.
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