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omg i cant believe the stench in the whole house, will i have to repaint to get rid of the smell
I recently promised my significant other that I would re-decorate the house from top to bottom. Fortunately we only live in a small terraced cottage, but still this is no easy task given that I had a week to do the job! A visit from my mother was looming, so the clock was ticking!!
I had heard from friends and also seen the television advertising for a magical paint that turned from pink to white once dry. Of course I had fears of ending up with ceilings that looked like I had left a red sock in the white washing load.
Despite this, whilst loading up my trolley with tins and accessories, I deliberated for a short while in the paint aisle and ended up succumbing to the hype. My wallet took a sharp intake of breath as the tin was rather pricey (approx. £25 for 5L) compared to shop's own equivalent of around £15.
My decorating began in earnest opting to go for a top-down approach, so the ceilings were top of my list to complete.
Rather naively, I decided that the best way to paint the ceiling would be with a paint-brush and so I began. After around an hour and only completing approximately a quarter of the living room ceiling with one coat, the paint had already begun to dry and therefore turn white! The magic qualities were working against my unpreparedness, but at least it proved the formula worked. After another few hours and a rather sore arm, I decided that the paint-brush was not the best tool for the job! I did however have a nice white ceiling, the paint had even managed to cover some hairline cracks on the first coat.
After another quick trip to the DIY store, I returned equipped with a long pole and a set of foam paint pads to tackle the job.
With this equipment, the concept of the pink turning to white really came into its own. I was able to make long sweeps covering vast areas without going over the same patches. Within 20 minutes I had painted the entire ceiling. The beauty of this paint is that you can stand back and look at the whole ceiling, any missed spots stand out a mile meaning you can quickly nip up the ladder to fill in the gaps.
I was very happy with the finish and my ceilings and coving are now sparkly white once more.
In terms of coverage, I was able to give two good coats to three reasonably sized rooms and coving all around. I did buy another back-up tin of 2.5L but did not need this.
I had read some negative reviews on the internet about this paint giving off a bad smell once applied, I must say that I didn't notice this at all. There was a normal paint smell but nothing which I would classify as being offensive, this quickly subsided with a bit of airing.
My only negative point around this paint would be the price. The paint comes at a premium and cost around the same as a coloured wall emulsion, so you are paying for the novelty and convenience of the 'magic' formula.
Would I buy this again? I think next time I would look to buy the store's own brand to try. I have used other non-brand paints before and found them to be of a good quality. I really wanted to err on the side of caution and in this case paid the price for it.
Overall, a satisfactory result. It did exactly what it said on the tin.
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE SAYS IT SMELLS AWFUL, IT'S NOW 5 DAYS SINCE WE USE IT ON OUR LIVING ROOMCEILING & THE SMELL IS STILL DISGUSTING .I SUFFER FROM ASTHMA & I AM HAVING DIFFICULTY INBREATHING & I FEEL NAUSEOUS MOST OF THE TIME DUE TO THE PAINT.I KEEP SPRAYING THE ROOM WITH OUST & FREBREEZE TO NO AVAIL, I WISH I HAD SEEN THESE REVIEWS FIRST.AS FOR PAINTING IT PINK & TURNING WHITE IT WAS VERY HARD TO SEE THE PINK ON OUR TEXTURED CEILING VERY DISSAPOINTED PAYING £25 FOR A VERY SMELLY PAINT NEVER AGAIN WILL I USE DULUX.EVEN THE REAL CHRISTMAS TREE SMELL IS OVER SHADOWED WITH THIS PAINT.HOPE THIS AWFUL SMELL GOES BEFORE CHRISTMAS.SO BUYERS BEWARE DON'T BUY.I HAD TO GIVE IT ONE STAR OR IT WOULD NOT LET ME SEND REVIEW
Please be aware that after paining with the pink to white paint from Dulux the room is left with the most disgusting smell which will not go away as the paint dries. It's 3 days since we painted our ceiling and despite windows being left fully wide open the smell is just as bad as when first painted. In fact I would go as far as to say it's worse. It has the smell of a field that has been spread with manure on a warm sunny day or could, as my son said, be the smell of a washing basket full of dirty smelly socks with a lump of rotten cheese dropped in for luck and left to mature for 6 months. I would definitely not recommend this product unless you have no sense of smell, in which case it does turn from pink to white allowing you to see where you have painted.
I would rate this as 0 star product.
Staff in Homebase, who must be aware of the problem ,did not mention this at the time of purchase.
Painted my bedroom ceiling with Dulux Magic White - what a smell it left - just like rancid sick!! and it would not go away after 4 or 5 days. I took it back to Homebase - they were brilliant and gave me a full refund and I exchanged it for Crown ceiling paint and I had to painted over it again to get rid of the smell.It's a pity as I like the concept of pink drying to white - and that worked well. Are Dulux Technical Department aware of this as I have seen several other reviews with the same comments.
Having just painted my TV room ceiling it smells like 'sick' smell and when I open the patio doors it smells worse. I used Dulux Matt emulsion that I used only three or four months ago. I went to a paint specialist for advice who sold me some more Dulux Matt emulsion as the other may have separated in the cold weather. The paint specialist said they had never heard of this before. I have repainted the ceiling with the new paint and no difference can anyone help please. I always use Dulux paint and have never had this problem before.
It is a week since I painted my bedroom and I can't use it as my room has the most horrible smell. I phoned Dulux and I didn't feel they were very helpful, said it has to cure "whatever that means" I have used Dulux ordinary matt emulsion many times before and never had a problem. Has anybody else had this problem with Dulux Magic White emulsion. Please help!!!!
Oh how I wish I had read the reviews BEFORE I painted my lounge ceiling. 3 days on it is still a horrible smell. Phoned Dulux who said this was normal and would probably last 2 - 3 weeks. Wish they had put some kind of warning on the tin. Hey ho.
It does what it says on the tin -the pink when it's wet definitely helps you see where you've been and makes you feel slightly less 'starry' than looking up at white does. It's good quality - we did two coats on the ceiling but that's just because we wanted a perfect finish, you could do one and just touch up any sections like the edges that any previous paint shows through.A long armed roller makes the whole job much quicker.
Good idea, and helpful on ceilings, but beware... We bought Matt Emulsion and it has dried to a gloss finish - looks awful ! Have told Dulux and they are investigating but will not help the fact that I now face another 4 hours repainting a large ceiling. The tin I bought was produced in July 2009 ( make sure you check the serial number on the lid).
All I can say about Dulux Magic White is that it is a good paint because it has a pink tint to it and you can see where you have been,but I have used this just yesterday and I can safely say that the smell it has left me with is gut wrenching to say the least.
Due to hit and miss ceiling painting,white on off white,and attempting twice to get it looking cleaner with another product,the answer had to be "Buy Dulux Magic White and I will be able to see where I have been for a short while."
After about 20 minutes or so,I told hubby how smelly this was,but checked the paint tub for Low Odour & the only thing I could see that mentioned Low,was the VOCs Content ( Volatile Organic Compounds) which is to do with the contribution to atmospheric pollution.
After 4 hours of working on a 26 ft x 16 ft space,needless to say
I was so relieved to get the job done,but the stench was absolutely gut wrenching.
It smells like I reside In a sports locker that is stuffed to the eaves with 20 year old Trainers and socks that haven't been washed in the entire 20 years!
Doors wide open,windows wide open as they had been all through the application,and after!
My neighbours came in because I was sat outside and when explaining about the smell of the paint and how nauseating it made me feel,thought I was exaggerating and entered at their own risk.
They made a bee line in and was quicker coming out than going in I can tell you!
I was told to cut up an onion and place it in water so that it would absorb the odour and also burn some candles(unscented) to draw the odour away.
Taking in a deep breath,I dove into the kitchen and cut the onion in half,placed the pieces in water and put the bowls in the living room.
Did It help?
Not really,because I spent the rest of the day and evening upstairs in my bedroom unable to eat or drink anything due to the stench.
When I got up today,it was better but still smelly so candles are still burning everywhere just to make it easier to enter the room.
I have contacted Dulux and voiced my feelings on this paint very strongly indeed,and apparently they will contact me in 3 days or so.
So,whether I got a dodgy batch I' not too sure,but the upshot is that I would rather play hit and miss with my ceilings than ever use Dulux Magic White ever again.
72 hours later the remnants of odour is still in the living room,suble but still there..just a farmyard odour to contend with.Oink Oink!
One cold wet Saturday afternoon I went to the local B&Q warehouse with my mother in search of paint, but this was a day that would change my life forever. It started off as a boring trip as me being the eldest child in my family and due to the fact that I was the only one home at the time I was forced into this outing to the hardware store. But all was not as it seemed actually I was out to pick paint for my new bedroom, (well when I said pick the paint, I really meant lift the pot that my mother wanted!), anyway we got to the shop and went inside, and along to the paint section. As it loomed closer and closer I knew that it was going to be about 3 hours of looking at each individual tin of paint, but as we walked up the isle I noticed a display of paint, it was Dulux magic white, I said to my mum that it was quite cheap and that it would be helpful to see where she had already painted. She also agreed to what I said, (I said it was a day that changed my life my mother agreed with me!). So I lifted the huge pot and went to pay for it. This saving me from wasting about 2 hours of my life in one shop looking at all the white paints that there are.
So once home my mother opened the pot and looked inside, she was confronted with a pale pink substance, but after a quick stir the colour increased and quickly became a dark pink colour. My mother started to paint the wall in my bedroom, and the wall looked pink, my brother who I shared a room with came home and when he realised the walls were pink he freaked out and threatened to run away from home if they weren't painted back the way they were. But during the time in which it took the paint to dry, the walls slowly turned white.
Well with my experiences about this paint, it was very good, it painted onto the walls easily, and it didn't drip off the brush or roller. The paint dried a perfect white, and it gave a smooth finish. My mother quoted, "This is the best invention since white bread!" as she could see where she had already painted and that she didn't miss any spots on any of the walls.
The paint itself was in a huge tin about 15-20 litres if I can remember and it only cost £12.99, and the walls really only needed one coat of the paint but my mother painted it twice just to make sure that the walls where definitely covered. The only drawback of this paint is that it only comes in one colour, brilliant white, but I think that it would be kind of odd to have paint say blue or yellow paint, which started off as pint and then turned blue or yellow respectfully as it dried.
All in all this was a good buy and it saved my mother a lot of time, effort and money. As she could see where she had already painted and therefore didn't need to repaint bits that she had already painted, therefore in doing this wasting paint.
After sitting in our dining room and looking at the ceiling after we had just decorated I swore to myself next time we decorated we would most certainly buy the Magic paint - there were missed spots everywhere and it was so uneven!
The next room we decorated was the bathroom so we purchased some of the Dulux Magic White from B&Q.
It says that it goes on pink and changes to white - it most certainly does. My husband was a bit sceptical when we started painting as he had visions of us ending up with a pink bathroom ceiling, but it really does dry bright white.
The paint is the same good quality that you expect from Dulux and personally we find this much easier to apply than other ranges. I always use a roller and a brush and my husband prefers using a painting pad - both methods the Dulux paint provided a smooth even coverage that applied easily.
As you don't need to put masses of paint on for even coverage you also get coverage as stated on the tin.
Dulux now sell their paint plastic pots and the lid is plastic but you can still pop it off with a screwdriver.
A 2.5l tub is around £10.
After redecorating the majority of our rooms and realising that we had missed some bits on the ceiling, my other half requested purchasing the Magic White Matt Paint, as I never was one to fall for a gimmick, I suggested that we save the money and plough it elsewhere into the decorating other than on some paint that you can see where you have painted but he was adamant that this was good stuff and would provide the best finish so off we trotted to B&Q to stock up on our painting supplies.
We were spoilt for choice Dulux, Crown and B&Q all did their version of the magic pink to white paint, I was trying to convince him to get the B&Q own brand which was cheaper but he had his mind set on purchasing the Dulux version as he claimed this would be better and you get what you pay for.
The paint has been developed to help provide a perfect white finish on your paintwork. As you open the tin of paint you discover a very pale pink colour similar to the range of paints you see white with a hint of colour so as you can imagine this is a pretty weak colour.
The paint as with most emulsions can be applied with a roller or a paintbrush, for the purpose of this review we used a roller and our opinion will be based on using a roller.
As we had prepared the area to be painted, we stirred the paint in the tin and poured some into our tray to be applied with the roller. As we tipped the paint into the black tray the pink colour was more noticeable and I was a little disappointed that we were not keeping this colour as I love the colour pink!!!
The paint comes in two sizes a 2.5L tin for £9.99 and a 5L tin for £15.49 as currently priced in B&Q.
*~*How to Use*~*
As with all paint it is vital that you stir the paint thoroughly before use. According to the instructions on this paint you can add upto 10% clean water in hot weather, however as we were painting in January this was not required we definitely didn't need to thin the paint out!
As we added the paint to the roller we ensured that we fully coated the roller before applying to the ceiling and the white colour was instantly noticeable against the old dull white paint on our ceiling, fantastic the colour lasted for about 40 minutes before changing to the final white colour which is plenty of time to cover a small ceiling like ours, I am not sure what it would be like on a large surface area, I would imagine you would certainly have to paint it in record time to ensure that you don't miss any bits!
As the paint was applied it maintained its pale pink colour before fading to the white colour in under an hour. We found that 2 coats was required to ensure even coverage on the ceiling.
Its appearance is no different to a standard tin of white emulsion, apart from the colour as it has exactly the same consistency.
I have listed in my disadvantages that the paint dries a little too quickly, when in reality we all wish paint dries quicker so that we can get more done, the average drying time of the paint is 4-6 hours but if like us you are applying a second coat about 4/5 hours is enough time to leave between coats.
I found this paint to have a low odour something I do prefer in painting products as I end up with a real bad head after the paintwork has been glossed and even emulsion sends my head spinning, but we kept the windows open when applying this paint and the smell was not too strong.
I would recommend the paint as it is ideal in ensuring that you don't miss bits but it's not something that you can leave and come back due to the colour change!
Ideal for dimly lit rooms as well as you can notice the colour change more than just coating with standard emulsion, for once I have been proved wrong and this paint was well worth the money.