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lagi
lagi Posts: 590 Forumite
Can anybody tell me what type of paint they are using on their ceilings? ie. matt, vinyl

I am ready to paint my kitchen ceiling which has never been painted (but is prepared and ready to now), i would also like to use the same throughout the house. I don't require any special kitchen paint just wondered what people are painting theres with nowadays as its been a while. This paint will also do the coving too.

Thanks.

Once this is done i shall be painting the walls, so any advice what to use on the walls there too. This is not a kitchen that is going to get steamy , so again i won't be buying specialist kitchen paint.

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  • TomsMom
    TomsMom Posts: 4,251 Forumite
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    We've just had a whole house painted (following renovation). It's all been done in vinyl matt. It's personal choice really whether you like a matt or silk or soft sheen finish.

    This is the first time we've had matt, we've always had silk or soft sheen before on paintable wallpaper (blown vinyl or anaglypta type). This time the majority is new plaster, just two bedrooms have paintable wallpaper. I like the look of the vinyl matt but am a bit disappointed that it does mark easily, e.g. if you brush against it (especially hitting your head on the sloping roof of the loft room :rotfl: ) it can show marks that would not have been seen with silk.
  • lagi
    lagi Posts: 590 Forumite
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    Thanks, that really eliminates vinyl matt then as all of upstairs has sloping ceilings as its a chalet bungalow and one of the new rooms the ceilings slope very low. As this is going to be the main bedroom its certain i am going to put my hands on the walls/ceiling when i come in drunk.

    Silk or soft sheen then. Which is the milder of the two, (not so shiny).

    just looked up, soft sheen is about half as shiny as silk but just as washable. Probably going to go for this unless anybody points me to something different before tomorrow when i go and buy some.
  • TomsMom
    TomsMom Posts: 4,251 Forumite
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    According to Johnstone's (we used that make in one room) Johnstone's Soft Sheen Emulsion is a more contemporary and subtle finish to silk, great for walls and ceilings where a satin finish is required.

    The majority of the paint in our house is Leyland, which our decorator prefers. I don't know if any other make in matt would fare better and not mark so easily. Perhaps we've been unlucky :confused: . The kitchen was done in Leyland Durable Matt (probably like Dulux Endurance) which hasn't marked like the ordinary vinyl matt. Perhaps someone else will come along and give their opinions. If you like matt, and that's what seems to be in at the moment, perhaps you can try some testers and see if anything is suitable for your needs.
  • rachbc
    rachbc Posts: 4,461 Forumite
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    I'm using matt everywhere because I hate shiny walls and ceilings - the kitchen is being done in Little Greene co ultimatt washable matt
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  • lagi
    lagi Posts: 590 Forumite
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    Thanks rachbc, after doing a bit of research i have now seen there are washable matts out there.

    Going to have to sleep on it and make a decision by the morning.
  • markie1980
    markie1980 Posts: 300 Forumite
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    I was advised not to use anything with a shine on a ceiling by a plasterer but that may of just been because he wasn't confident in his work as it would show up imperfections more than matt.
  • misgrace
    misgrace Posts: 1,486 Forumite
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    markie1980 wrote: »
    I was advised not to use anything with a shine on a ceiling by a plasterer but that may of just been because he wasn't confident in his work as it would show up imperfections more than matt.

    Could have been one reason, but you shouldnt apply silk or soft sheen on new plaster, always apply a mistcoat of mat, then you can use your silk or soft sheen.
  • misgrace
    misgrace Posts: 1,486 Forumite
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    lagi wrote: »
    Thanks rachbc, after doing a bit of research i have now seen there are washable matts out there.

    Going to have to sleep on it and make a decision by the morning.


    Go into the Dulux website, and read up on thier paint called 'realife' or 'endurance' its matt, and 10 times tougher than ordinary matt, Its excellent stuff, and definately does do what it says on the tin.
  • lagi
    lagi Posts: 590 Forumite
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    I had been reading about endurance and real life earlier, seems the washable matts are about double the price of normals.

    This is probably what i am going for.

    Hope it goes on ok.
  • Doozergirl
    Doozergirl Posts: 33,862 Forumite
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    Hi lagi,

    got your message, sorry I was wee bit blurry eyed last night and immediately forgot!

    Matt, matt, matt for me. Not too bothered about the washable stuff - you can wash normal emulsion a few times before you need any kind of touchup as long as it isn't the 'value' ranges as they do wash off quite quickly.

    I have an eight nearly nine year old dirt monster. I have wiped a few walls down!
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