Having purchasing our first every home back in November 2014 my husband and I are very new to DIY but there is plenty for us to do. In particular we have had a lot of painting to do as our front room as re-plastered and much of the other paintwork was really tired and tatty and required touching up.
Looking for paint we headed straight for B&Q and ere really surprised at the price of gloss paint. I would say that the majority of 2.5 litre tins were about £20. However, in B&Q we spotted their own brand White Value Gloss at just over£10. This was nearly half the price and so this is what we purchased.
We found the gloss really easy to apply and use. However, we have found the paint at times a little thin and so more than one application has needed to be used even though we are just going over old paintwork with this gloss. Maybe needing more than one coat is normal, being novices at painting I am really not sure.
We found that this paint has gone really far. We have painted the woodwork in our lounge, kitchen, bathroom and our banister and there is still half the paint left. Reading the paint tin it does detail that the time covers up to 35m² on average.
I would say that this paint seems very slow to dry. The tin says to leave 16 hours in between coats. I would say that the paint feels dry to touch after around 10 hours as long as it is not applied too thickly.
I found that this paint was a great price and definitely did the job. I will definitely be buying this paint of I need more white gloss in the future it would just be nice if it dried a little quicker and if it was a little thicker.
Decorating your house from top to bottom, or should I say changing your whole house completely can be a costly exercise, especially in this current economic climate, however certina products and shops help and some products and shops hinder.
With B&Q Value Gloss I am not quite sure whether it helps or hinders, I think in the first instance it helps and then give it a month or two it starts to hinder and you wish you dahn't actually bought it.
The B&Q Value Gloss is extremely well priced. It comes in a no frills tin, basically which cuts manufacturing costs. It claims to be non drip, and when you actually use the product the claim actually proves itself right and it goes onto your surfaces really smooth. In addition one coat is all you need, therefore no extra thickness when you are applying it by having to do two coats.
The only downside that I have with this product is that it doesn't actually stay brilliant white for long, give it a couple of months and it starts to fade and go slightly off coloured which then you have got to think about restarting the surfaces again.
Its a great quick fix for the short term, however for the long term its a no go I'm afraid.
For interior and exterior wood and metal