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Cheap And Does The Job
B&Q Value Matt Emulsion Paint White
Member Name: Tracy_1127
B&Q Value Matt Emulsion Paint White
Advantages: cheap, looks good when finished, stores for years
Disadvantages: none for me
Eight years ago my partner and I bought a house and decided to completely redecorate it before we moved in. All the ceilings needed painting and we spent hours in B & Q buying paint, rollers, brushes and other parafanalia to use on ceilings and walls and came away with several pots of this B & Q Value Matt Emulsion. It costs £9.98 for a 10 litre pot so is very cheap compared with other brands.
At the time I remember having no problems with it and all the ceilings came out fine with a couple of coats and I also used it on the walls in one room which still look bright white now after eight years. We had the majority of one pot left and this got tucked away in the attic and forgotten about until recently.
This year my partner and I have split up and the house we bought together is going back on the market so I've found myself dragging out all the bits of paint we had left from the first time and walking around the rooms writing a list of things that need doing before we sell. One of those things was the bathroom ceiling. As this paint isn't a bathroom one and isn't waterproof the ceiling had areas where the paint had thinned and left patches so this weekend just gone I decided to see if the Value Matt Emulsion had survived the eight years in the attic.
The tub nowadays for this product doesn't have the red background anymore so if you go to B & Q in search of this don't be looking for red. It is now a mostly white tub and is still at the same price of £9.98 for a 10 litre tub and £5.98 for a 5 litre tub. I notice there are mixed reviews about this paint and I think it depends on what you expect from it. It won't do the job with just one coat and does take a couple and isn't shiny at all as it's matte.
So armed with rollers, brushes, paper for the floor and an extender for the roller handle I opened the tub not knowing if it would be ok after all that time. The lid is plastic so easy to prise off with no tools and there's a handle so you can carry this around but the large tubs are pretty heavy so you won't want to carry it far! The paint in our tub had separated a bit and had a watery layer over the white paint and had also developed a skin in places on the top so I removed the skin then gave it a thorough stir. Amazingly it all came together like new so it can be stored for a long period of time as long as the lid is securely on.
I poured some into the roller tray then did the edges of the ceiling (I hate this bit, I like the roller work where big results happen fast!) and the paint went on fine, it takes me a while to do the edging and the paint didn't separate again while I was crawling through this task. Then onto the roller part. The paint went onto the roller no problem and the first few strokes across the ceiling showed me just how dingy it had really got against this bright white paint. Our bathroom isn't very large so the rolling process only took me about half an hour and I could clearly see a patch I'd missed because it stood out near the new paint.
I applied two coats in total and was left with a lovely bright, matte effect ceiling. The best way to see how it looks though is in daylight. I've been back into the bathroom this morning examining the paint and it looks good, a very fresh white ceiling with no patchiness and no missed areas. I'm very pleased with it and really don't think this paint performs any worse than other brands despite the fact I've seen a few reviews from people who weren't happy with it. I've never used an emulsion that didn't require 2 coats and I've tried several brands out including one that stated it needed only one coat but didn't. Perhaps that's the issue with other people and this paint? I personally found it covered the ceiling well and there's no trace of the dinginess I could see before.
As it's emulsion the roller and brushes needed just water to clean them and that went ok too. My lad (cat) came to help and managed to get a white stripe down his side which I washed out with baby shampoo and water and can confirm it came out of my boy's fur ok too!
This paint is what I used first time around and it lasted years before any sign of wear was evident, bathroom ceilings are going to look patchy quicker than other rooms because of the steam in them and yet this still looked fine until recently. I have no doubt this time around it will last as well despite the fact I won't be living here to see it so I've got nothing bad to say about this paint. It's cheap, does the job well, lasts years when stored as long as the lid is on and is readily available at B & Q. What more could you want from an emulsion?
Summary: Highly recommended
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