Product Type: B&Q household products
Newest Review: ... 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... more
A bargain paint
B&Q Value White Emulsion
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
B&Q Value White Emulsion
Advantages: good finish
Disadvantages: very thin
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.
Summary: I'm sticking to Dulux