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B & Q Colours Range
Member Name: Shazzy
B & Q Colours Range
Date: 14/02/02, updated on 07/02/05 (34764 review reads)
Disadvantages: Uneven cover, Comes off when washed
When you paint your walls with emulsion, what do you expect the result to be like? You expect a nice smooth, evenly coloured finish don’t you? In that case, we have something in common because I expect the very same thing.
I’ve plans to decorate the whole house, but where most people would go for the living room first, I decided to start on the loo. It’s a little room, but also a fiddly room with all those pipes running here, there and everywhere so I wanted to get it over and done with. I’d collected lots of colour charts and spent a few evening musing over the blue tones. The choice fell on what I thought was a nice, deep blue vinyl silk finish emulsion from the B&Q Colours range. I liked the colour, and B&Q own brand paint was cheaper than the recognised brands.
Off I went to my local superstore and came back armed with a clear, plastic bucket of paint. What a great idea, putting paint in a clear bucket so that you can actually see the stuff. Gives you a much better idea of what you’re getting than one with just a little 3 x 2 splodge of the colour printed on it. I was well pleased and prepared myself for the job in hand with plenty of enthusiasm.
The lid came off easily. You just pull a little tab up, ease it up a bit all round and off it pops. Very easy compared with the lids of some paint brands.
The paint seemed a little thick though, and stirring didn’t help much. I stirred and stirred but it was still a lot thicker than any emulsion I’d used before. It’s about 4 years since I last used any emulsion so I presumed things had changed since then and this thick mass was probably just a result of improvement.
I tipped the bucket and watched as the paint globbed into the paint tray. It was so thick it didn’t even run out to the sides of the tray. I had to wobble the tray about a lot to get it to cover the bottom, ready to load my paint pad and get some colour on the
As I let the pad slide across the wall, my first thought was that the paint had very good coverage, but seemed a bit bubbly. The bubbles didn’t seem to matter though, they evened themselves out as the paint settled on the wall and for a while I was a happy bunny, painting away and looking forward to my transformed toilet.
Then it happened! Once I’d got one wall covered, I stood back to admire my work, expecting to be able to give myself a pat on the back. As I looked at the wall, my mood changed. That gorgeous blue was streaky! It had horrible greeny blue and greyish streaks in it. Yuk, yuk, yuk!!!
Needless to say, I was disappointed. It wasn’t supposed to look like that! It’s supposed to be all even and lovely. I must’ve been feeling particularly optimistic that day (somebody had probably said something nice to me earlier) because I figured that it would sort itself out as it dried and pressed on with the remaining three walls.
Later that evening, I went in to see the dry result. I opened the door, turned on the light and voila! It still looked awful! But the optimism remained and I thought that a second coat would undoubtedly be the answer. It was probably looking streaky because it hadn’t completely covered the apricot colour that’d been there originally. More paint was tipped into the tray, and off I went again, giving the whole thing it’s second coat. This helped a bit. The streaks were slightly less obvious so I decided to give it a third coat, feeling sure it’d look great once I’d done that. Well, I was still feeling stupidly optimistic. But I was disappointed again; my toilet walls were still streaky. Bum, bum, bum! Bugger and blow!
People have asked whether I’m sure I stirred it enough beforehand, and I can assure you that I did. I’ve done plenty of painting in my time and know how to do it. Take the lid off, grab a stick or other sui
table utensil (in my case, it was a broken coat hanger) and stir, stir, stir. Pour into tray, take roller or pad and spread over the walls. Not exactly rocket science is it? And before you ask, yes, I did wash the walls down before I painted them.
I should’ve taken it back to B & Q really, but by this time I’d put so much of it on the walls and really didn’t want the hassle. I just wanted my toilet decorated. It does say on the bucket that the product carries a guarantee of satisfaction or your money back, so I should’ve gone back, but I’d used almost the entire 2.5 litre bucket by this time and figured they’d expect you to bring it back immediately you discovered a fault. In the end, I washed over the top over with white, stuck a border around the middle and now it looks reasonable. It could’ve been better, and I’ll probably end up decorating it again once the rest of the house is finished, but for the time being, it’ll do. It looks better than it did before I started, and that’s the main objective really. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway, but I have to admit that it annoys me a bit whenever I go in there.
It’s now about three weeks since I finished the loo, and guess what? It’s not even washable. It comes off! Yes, it’s true. I washed it down with warm water and my cloth went bright blue. Worse still, some of the apricot underneath started to show through! I couldn’t believe it! I admit that I didn’t use bathroom and kitchen paint, which I perhaps should’ve done in a room where splashes are inevitable (that’s splashes from the sink, should you be wondering), but surely you should be able to wipe down any painted surface with a damp cloth? Or is it just me that has this ridiculous idea that you should be able to keep walls reasonably clean? We’re not talking scrubbing, just a simple wipe down.
Anyway, a week or
so ago, I was visiting a friend who’s also in the throws of decorating. She had a bloke come in to give her a quote for the ceilings and while he was there, we got chatting about painting in general. He said, without any mention of the matter from me, that B&Q paint should be steered clear of. His opinion was that it’s s**t. Other own brands are fine, he said, but you can stuff B&Q where monkeys stuff their nuts (wherever that may be). Needless to say, I won’t be going anywhere near the stuff again. Maybe I was just unlucky, but I’m not about to take the chance. I want my house to look nice, and this stuff just doesn’t seem up to the job.
Coverage: 12 square meters per litre
Cleaning of equipment: Warm water
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