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      02.10.2012 18:31
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      Adequate paint from B&Q but not hassle-free

      Since moving into my home I've had the job of renovating each and every room to bring them up to a standard that I could stand to live in. The previous occupiers who lived here clearly didn't care what they slapped up on the walls and I've had to re-do all the decorating in every room, fortunately I've had help with the bigger jobs but for painting my skirting boards and wooden doors I've had to become rather familiar with a trusty paint roller and a tin of white gloss. Usually I'd just buy Dulux or Johnstones paint, it's a no-brainer for me as to their quality and compared to cheaper brands I always think either one of them gives the best coverage. However in an aim to save a few quid here and there on the cost of my decorating I decided that I'd go for a cheaper brand of paint for the skirting boards around my home as the majority of them have furniture obscuring them from being seen, so instead of buying Dulux I bought B&Q's One Coat Satin White. My 2.5 litre can of paint cost a little under £10.00 from my local branch of B&Q, roughly half the price of the Dulux equivalent and teaming this up with a paint roller, brush and tray I set to work renovating my skirting boards. B&Q state that this paint "requires no undercoat which covers in just one coat. It resists drips and runs which makes application quick and easy. A tough, high quality satin finish suitable for interior and exterior wood and metal. Mid sheen finish. Extra hiding power. Easy and quick to apply". And these claims seemed realistic to me, I wanted a paint that would brighten up my skirting boards quickly and easily and if I could do the job with just one coat of paint then all the better. Naively I believed the claims, opened my tin of paint and got cracking. A quick word about the paint itself before I continue, it's white and gloopy when poured into a paint tray, nothing out of the ordinary and exactly how you would imagine white paint to be apart from the smell which is, I have to say, very strong. I hate gloss fumes, they give me a headache so my first mistake in buying this paint was not to check that it was low-odour - this isn't. Battling on though I made sure my living room was well ventilated and started to apply the paint to the wooden surface of my skirting boards and at the start I thought it was covering quite well. The paint easily transferred from both my brush and roller onto the surface I was painting and at a close distance it seemed to give a nice, even coverage. It was only when I stepped back after a while that I discovered it was actually drying quite streaky and that it was plain to see that one coat wasn't going to be enough to successfully brighten up my skirting boards - so much for being 'one coat' paint. The problem was then made worse when I came back round to adding a second coat of paint for me to discover that the original coat seemed to be taking an age to dry. Compared to other paints I've used in the past I have to admit to being disappointed with this offering from B&Q, on the positive side the paint is nice and bright and when it eventually does dry it does have a nice satin finish which has really make my skirting boards look clean and well cared for. On the other hand though the paint smells, is very streaky and takes ages to dry and whilst it is cheaper than some of the big brands I can't say for certain that the savings you make are worth the cost both in terms of the additional work needed to get an even coverage and any time saving. I'd simply describe this paint as 'adequate', if you've got a small room that needs freshening up, maybe just the windowsill or skirting boards then perhaps give it a try. I used my tin up around my home but switched to Johnstones for my doors as couldn't face them looking uneven and streaky, sometimes it is worth paying that little bit more for a brand you know is going to give you excellent results and this taught me that lesson. Overall B&Q's one coat paint was a disappointment for me and only gets a 2 star rating. Thanks for reading my review.

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        21.03.2009 04:56

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        B&Q One Coat Satin - I had plenty of time to regret this purchase when applying a 3rd (yes 3rd!) to 9 door frames and 2 radiators. Also the tin says the paint needs 16 hours to dry - after 24 hours in a warm house, it still had not dried. That meant what should have been a job that could have been done within a day, had to be extended to 4 days. I still have the 3rd coat to do and I have a horrible feeling that I will still be seeing the original coat (which wasn't a particularly bright colour). I will NEVER buy this brand for Satin paint again - I only bought it this time because I needed the colour and couldn't get it in another brand.

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        15.04.2008 19:44
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        I went to B&Q for some paint to do up my eldest's room a few weeks ago. I wandered around for a bit before deciding to choose the one coat version for speedy application. I knew I wanted a one coat paint though when it came to shopping for it, I decided on B&Q over Crown and Dulux because it was so much cheaper in price. It was just under £12 for 2.5l which is even better value when you realise that standard multi-coat paint costs just under £11 for the same sized tub. There was only a limited range of colours to choose from but I found a blue my eldest liked. I got it home and set to work the next day with some paint pads and a paintbrush for the skirting boards. It went on really smoothly and was obviously a nice, thick paint. Coverage was very good and I really did only need one coat. One 2.5l pot covered a small room, about 12ft by 11ft, though I did find I had to go back and touch up some places where one coat application meant I missed some small areas. When I was all finished, I couldn't really clean the paint tray and pads I'd used which was a shame. With normal emulsion paint I find I can just wash everything off with water but this stuff wouldn't come off completely even with white spirit. I guess that's a bit of a downside to it really but I still paid a good price even with the one-use paint pad and tray. I also noticed that this paint didn't smell very strongly during application though there was a lingering smell for a few hours afterwards that meant my eldest insisted on sleeping on the sofa downstairs for the night! I like this paint and would use it again.

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          23.11.2006 22:00

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          Very disappointed - next time I'll stick to the traditional gloss. Sadly, even after 2 coats I can still see the off white prmer grinning through on my door. One Coat.... should be One More Coat!

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          14.04.2002 01:03
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          An excellent one coat option from B&Q is Everwhite paint. As far as I know it comes in matt and satin. Our walls were in pretty bad repair, so after much sanding and preparation we whacked on as much cheap paint as we could (recommend B&Q value paint for this - it's pretty good). We used the Everwhite as a final coat. The coverage was brilliant. It's quite thick and gloopy too so you get minimal drips and it's really easy to handle - especially if you're a messy decorator like me! Apparently, it is non-yellowing. Well - we did the room that I am in now last year and it looks pretty bright to me! It's not the cheapest paint in the world, but I think that it will pay for itself in that you may not need to decorate so frequently - I hope so anyway. Oh and a final point - I have painted my skirting boards bright blue using gloss paint and made a bit of a hash of it - paint bleeding onto the white paint on the walls. My husband went over the tops of the skirting boards with a fine brush using Everwhite and it covered the blue gloss! Anyway, see what you think!

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            07.07.2001 06:55
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            Painting is not my favorite pastime,in fact i used to dread it,as have an allergy to the fumes of gloss paint in common with a lot of other people,it makes breathing difficult. So this year i suggested we try B&Q Low Odour Everwhite gloss..Its great to use No Smell & dries in this weather in about half an hour. I have 5 dogs & decorating as you can imagin can be a nighmare trying to keep them all away from the normal wet gloss.as it takes ages to dry,but this year it was simple The only drawback is that the gloss isnt great, more of a sheen, so if you want a high gloss forget it.Also it took 3coats to cover magnolia..one good point is that it doesnt use much so 3 coats is equivilant to two coats of ordinary, which also means if we keep it white then each application will be better in later years. size tin 2.5litres £10.98 So all in all we think its great,so if normal gloss makes you feel ill,or theres babies in the home give this a try.

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              27.10.2000 14:28
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              We have recently deacorated my father in laws house and B+Q being the nearest DIY store hit it with a venegance. We found the own range of B+Q paint absolutely wonderful, their coulours are fresh and bright with a pretty good selection on colours. The majority of paint work in my father in laws house was pretty dull and drab, last being done abut 15 years ago, so we figured on at least 2 coats would be needed to obtain the right colour and good coverage. We spent over £120 on paint alone for all the house, but as it was a wednesday got some off for my father in law being an oap. Thus armed with paint we started work. To our amazement the paint covered the dark green walls with one coat, and given that we had gone for a lighter colour and needed no second application, so we had loads of paint to return, B+Q refunded the cash with no quibble. A really good paint that goes on well and easily, covers well and looks great, at £7.49 it is inexpensive also.

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                03.09.2000 18:33
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                I cannot rave enough about this paint! I recently spruced up our house prior to selling it and as my taste is somewhat on the zany side I 'neutralised' many of the brighter and darker colours by going over them with paler brighter colours. My bedroom was mid to dark blue colourwash with great big white daisies with pink centres as decoration. There was also a large 'big top' wiggly pink painted border round the room near the ceiling. I chose B & Q one coat as there was such a delightful range of colours to chose from. Very bright, light and funky. The range is also slightly cheaper than the two major well known paint brands. Chosing Pale Terracotta (which is cream really) I took the paint home and didn't, to be honest, think the paint would cover such dark tones in one coat ..... BUT IT DID! The paint is FANTASTIC. Very 'gloopy' - you know, a thick texture which literally obliterates the underneath colour. I used two tubs of paint, as the bedroom was the master fo quite large, but the time and effort I saved by not having to paint two coats! Fantastic, Brave B & Q!

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