Product Type: Dulux in Homeware
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Easy to use, pink shade ensures you miss no spots.
Dulux Magic White
Member Name: Averagejon
Dulux Magic White
Advantages: Does what says it will do. Easy to spot where you have missed
Disadvantages: Expensive option.
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.
Summary: Clever idea which works, pay the premium for the priviledge.