“ Interior Paint „
My brother in law is a painter, he makes painting a room look exceptionally easy and can do a whole room extremely quickly using any paint. He had most of a bucket of B&Q value white emulsion left over from when he painted his own house so passed it on to me when I was painting my own house. I am not a professional painter and decorator and need all the help I can get when painting and the B&Q paint made the job a lot harder for me than it needed to be.
This is a very thin paint, some paints like Dulux are almost solid but this is about the consistency of double cream. This does mean that it is easy to pour into the roller tray but means that it is a nightmare when you are applying it. When you are painting the paint splatters loads of little drips everywhere, much more than most paints I have used. Using this paint on the ceiling is particularly difficult because so much of it ends up dripped onto your head. The splashing leads to more cleaning up than would be needed using a more expensive paint since there are so many mini splodges to wipe up. The paint odour seems about average with it taking no longer or less time to disappear once the job is finished.
The paint does go onto the walls easily but the finish is fairly uneven and you will need at least 2 coats if using it on a ceiling or even more if painting over a darker colour. The finish is good, every bit as good as Dulux with the white being nice and bright. The paint dries reasonably quickly letting you get on with applying the second and third coat without too much of a wait.
Whether or not you will decide to use the B&Q value emulsion will depend on how skilled you are as a painter. Someone like my BIL who is a pro can use any paint and end up with a brilliant result. Someone like me who is your average home decorator will end up spending twice as long painting and cleaning up using the value paint and end up getting frustrated in the process.
The price of paint has rocketed over recent times and buying 10l of paint for £11 might seem a great deal but that depends on whether you value your time and sanity. I'm going to stick to Dulux and get the job done a lot quicker.
As some of you know, I am currently having my bathroom remodelled and after mentioning to one of the lovely workmen that my ceiling needed painting he kindly offered to do it for me before putting in the shower cubicle. He recommended the B&Q Value Silk Emulsion and said it was very reasonably priced and overall a decent product.
After going to B&Q I realised it really was extremely reasonable in price at only £3.98 for a 2.5 litre tub, although for reasons quite beyond his control the workman wasn't able to paint the ceiling so I called in my son in law to do the job.
Initially he was very impressed at the bargain paint I had found, although this euphoric feeling soon disappeared as he realised he was going to have to give my ceiling no less than four coats of paint - and be speckled with paint as he was doing it!
The problem is that this paint has the a consistency only slightly thicker than water, it's very milky in appearance and doesn't grip the bristles of the brush at all leading to splatters and drips of paint every time you move the brush.
After the first coat you could see where the paint had gone on but only because it was so smeary that you could see the original paint on the ceiling through it. It put me in mind of how closing down shops used to white wash their windows, you know that thin appearance of the paint which meant you could ALMOST still see through the window if you got close enough! Bear in mind that my son in law was painting white paint over white paint so this is proof of how very thin this particular emulsion is that you could still detect the white underneath!
Luckily each coat dried fairly quickly and he only had to leave around an hour and a half in between coats. Personally I don't think the ceiling started looking nice until the third coat was starting to dry, by then the paint had covered itself nicely and the result was a smooth and bright white ceiling.
My bathroom is rather small so even doing four coats meant I only needed this one tub and as the finished result is excellent I am honestly glad I plumped for this emulsion compared to the other one I was looking at that cost over £10. The paint drips caused by it being so thin were easily wiped up with hot soapy water and a scouring pad, my son in law gave his hands a good wash in Fairy Liquid and washing powder and this removed all evidence of paint on his skin - although his hair didn't fare quite so well and he ended up having a buzz cut when he got home!
If I were the one to be painting so many coats I'm quite sure I wouldn't have liked this emulsion as much as I do. In my previous house I remember using a Dulux emulsion for the ceiling and it was done in one coat, so in this respect having to do four coats is bordering on the ridiculous really. As a spectator though I am impressed with the finish of the paint - after all, it wasn't MY blood, sweat and tears which got the ceiling done in the end!
I'm currently living in a mess at the moment, I have four rooms currently work in progress and to get them finished I will let of a sigh of relief. DIY when doing it on a big scale can be a costly expense, however I have been trying to work on a budget and I am getting there slowly but surely.
In order to to reduce costs when I saw B&Q value emulsion, 5 litres for an extremely good price I couldn't help but buy some. I have always stuck to what I know in the past, Dulux and Crown etc, purely because they are the best and they do a better job. Initially I thought the B&Q won't be that good but it can't be that bad either so I took the plunge hoping that I could get the ceilings in majority of my rooms done with just the one tub.
When I buy paint I can't leave it sitting there I have to get stuck in straight away, so as soon as I got home, I thought I would get my brushed out and start in one of the smaller rooms, the bathroom and start painting the ceiling. 20 minutes later and I had given the ceiling it first coat however it did need a second coat which as a rule you normally have to do a couple of coats anyway to get the best results, however after two and then three coats I decided to give up.
I used this paint on one of my doors and to get the results that I wanted I had to do at least five coats and I ended buying a better quality og paint in the end.
Its not completely useless, it's good for an undercoat and then do a top coat with a decent paint however if you want to cut costs this is not the way to do it. It's a waste of money as you use a great deal more of it to get the results you want, spend more than time than you actually want to do the job and more money because it gets used up a lot faster than the likes of Dulux. After a while it does start to discolour a lot easier than more expensive paint so not good to use in rooms such as kitchen and bathroom where there is excess steam.
Better to send a bit more and get the job done quicker and more cost effective.
Value Silk emulsion flows smoothly and dries to give a Silk finish.