Product Type: Dulux in Homeware
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Dulux Paint Silk
Member Name: katykicker
Dulux Paint Silk
Advantages: Goes on well, only one coat needed, decent price, good strong packaging.
=== The product ===
Dulux silk paint is designed for walls & ceilings. This is available in 72 different colours and the one that I purchased was 'Lemon Pie' which was shown on the packaging as a medium shade of yellow.
=== The packaging ===
This paint comes provided in a strong plastic pot. The lid can be removed by poking something in one of the three little chip out sections and then run around the edge of the lid to lift it up and remove it. The lid is about 1 inch away from the actually edge of the pot to ensure that you can stir this easily without paint splashing out.
=== How to use this ===
Before using this product it is advisable to ensure that this is stirred thoroughly. If you are going to be using more than one pot then it is also advisable to either mix the paints together or to stop painting with one pot in the corner of a room before using the next pot. This is simple enough to achieve and I simply used a thick piece of wood that we received in a decorators kit in the past, I gave the paint a stir in the pot for a moment or two and once I was satisfied that the paint was mixed in I began to paint.
My preferred paint method is to use a paint brush rather than a roller as I used a roller previously and while I liked it I found that it made a lot of mess in my bathroom and I ended up with paint spatters on my bath, sink and toilet as well as paint in my mouth, hair and in the keypad of my phone. I used four sizes of paintbrush to do my hall but obviously the type and size you use will be dependant on your room size and how quick you want to get the job done.
I found that this was very easy to apply with a bristle paint brush. I purchased ones that promised to not lose bristles and therefore the results were quick and perfect first time. While it advised on the packaging that the walls would require two coats a minimum of four hours apart I only coated my walls once. They were beige to begin with and they were only plastered a year ago so no prep work was needed other than placing masking tape along the ceiling and skirting boards. One coat was enough for all areas of the wall and all I needed to do second coat wise was touch up a few small areas that I had missed when painting around the ceiling and skirting boards which I did with a very fine paint brush.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous places but I purchased mine in a 2.5 litre container from Wilkinsons for £13.00. I believe that this was a special offer which brought the price down from around £16.50 (August 2011). This offer is also available on the Wilkinsonplus.com website but it does not state on there what the full price was before.
=== Overall opinion ===
The quality of this paint was fantastic. I purchased a 2.5 litre tin and found that this was more than enough for painting my hall, probably because I only needed one coat. I did not even used half a tin of paint to coat all of the walls so there would have been enough for a second coat if my walls needed it and it means that I have plenty of spare paint for touching up mistakes in the future, also, I can now paint my two large hall cupboards the same colour and still have plenty of paint left over.
The paint pot was easy to open, even by myself with a little brute force on a wooden paint stirring stick. It had a fantastic large rubber style handle. This was comfortable enough for me to hold and because of the brilliant design of the top of the paint can I was able to get up and down on a chair to reach the high bits without worrying about paint slopping out of the pot.
The finish of this paint is very nice, it has finished with a silky kind of shine to it and this is serving the purpose of making my hallway look brighter and more spacious without being overwhelmed by the yellow colour either. The final colour that my walls ended up was a little bit stronger than that on the paint pot but only a small amount. As I used a tester before I painted the walls this was not a problem for me though as I was well aware of the final colour that I was going to get and it was just what I wanted.
Overall I was very pleased with the quality of this paint. It applies very well, with no drips, it did not run and was the perfect thickness to stick to the walls with no problems at all. One coat was perfect for all areas of the walls and when the paint had dried it was an even colour throughout with no patches or other problems. There were several dirty marks and scratches on the walls that had not damaged the surface and these were covered perfectly also.
Summary: A fantastic paint from Dulux.
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