Product Type: Crown household products
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Picasso Eat Your Heart Out
Member Name: kenjohn
Advantages: Easy to apply . Nice smooth finish.
Disadvantages: Really smelly . Doesn't cover in one coat as it claims .
I'm a lazy old sod at heart, and if I can find a handy short cut to assist me to complete a task a wee bit easier and quicker, then that's just fine by me. Add to that the fact that in general 'do-it-yourself' would most definitely NOT be one of my strong suits.
My better half had been nagging (sorry, requesting!) me to paint the woodwork in the halls, stair and landing for simply ages. About a year ago I eventually got around to actually undercoating everything, but the glossing had then been 'put on the long finger', (an Irish expression for put off) as it's a job that I loathe with a passion. But even I'd began to notice that the old undercoat was beginning to show distinct signs of wear and tear, as tends to happen when you have a teenage daughter and her pals rampaging about the house.
So I recently resolved to delay the inevitable no longer, and took myself off to the local builder's providers to obtain the paint required to complete the job. My usual choice of paint for interior woodwork is Dulux 'One Coat' Gloss, and it was this product that I had in my mind as I browsed the shelves. Then my eye lit on a paint I hadn't noticed before. Crown Solo 'One Coat Satin'. (Pure Brilliant White)
"A durable one coat satin finish for interior wood and metal", it says on the tin.
"Quick and easy to use" and " No undercoat required".
So being the lazy beggar that I am, the hand immediately reached for the back pocket, and Euro20.57 went over the counter for a large 2.5 litre tin. A further Euro5 got me a small pack of four brushes, as I always seem to manage to destroy paint brushes every time I use them, by sticking them into an old tin of white spirit to keep them moist, and then forgetting all about them until all the white spirit has evaporated. I'm then left with something that's so hard it could be used as a substitute for a hammer, the next time I decide to use them.
Back home, and a quick raid on the wardrobe unearths a pair of old cords and a tatty old jumper, as no matter how hard I try to be careful when I'm decorating, I always seem to manage to get as much paint about my person as I do on the surfaces I'm painting. (I've destroyed more good pairs of Levis and good sweaters this way than I care to think about!) Sheets are spread, the tin opened and the paint stirred, and off we go.
"Hmmm. Handy stuff this", I think, as I fly through some of the main surfaces in about ten minutes flat.
Put simply, this paint really does go on very easily. In fact, it's so easy that you'd think it was emulsion you were applying instead of a hard "eggshell" finish. Another major plus is that it doesn't run and 'hang' in the same way as gloss paint has a nasty habit of doing.
So on we go, and in the space of a morning I have finished all the main surfaces, even allowing for numerous coffee breaks. (Well, you wouldn't expect me to go without my caffeine fix, now would you?) I then have a spot of lunch, and head back to finish off the job.
"Hold on though. What's this??"
I immediately notice that the surfaces I have already (supposedly) finished are not quite what you would call perfectly flat and even. In fact, there are about a dozen different shades of white!! So much for the boldly emblazoned claim on the tin
"Guaranteed to cover in one coat or your money back".
Further investigation of the directions for use uncovers in the small print a suggestion that IF a second coat is required, that you thin down the paint with white spirit. So an old tin is acquired, and the paint is duly thinned.
To be honest, the second coat of paint actually went on even easier than the first, and when dry I had a lovely smooth, even finish, that 'herself' was absolutely delighted with. (Picasso eat your heart out!)
Being an awkward and stroppy old bugg*r at times, (alright, alright, you don't ALL have to agree you know!) I then investigated the small print that tells you how to go about claiming your money back if the paint doesn't cover in one coat as claimed. You have to claim within 28 days, (phone number on the tin) and you have to be able to prove that you have used the paint strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. (How exactly would you go about proving that, I wonder?!) Crown also reserve the right to send out someone to actually inspect your work before making any refund. This is as far as I took this, as let's be honest, who's going to be bothered going to all that trouble and hassle for the sake of Euro20 or so? And especially since I was actually delighted with the finished paint job once I had applied the required second coat.
One last little crib that I did have was the absolutely overpowering stink of paint that hung about the house for about three days after I finished the job. In fairness, Crown do suggest that you open the doors and windows when you're using this product, to allow the smell to dissipate. But even allowing for this, I think the smell was far more powerful than the Dulux paint that I usually use.
Crown Solo 'One Coat Satin' is made and supplied by Crown Decorative Products Ltd., in Darwen, Lancashire. It comes in a range of different colours, and gives you a "satin" finish to your woodwork that isn't quite so shiny as gloss paint, but can still be easily wiped clean using hot water and detergent.
There are the usual dire warnings printed on the tin, about avoiding contact with the eyes, not drinking it in place of your usual cuppa, not throwing it on an open fire or flame, etc. But you can check those out yourself if and when you buy a tin.
You can either buy it in a large 2.5 litre tin, (as I did) or if the job you have is smaller, then it also comes in a 750 ml tin for Euro9.36.
All things considered, I reckon I was fairly pleased with this product, and will probably use it again instead of the usual gloss paint the next time I'm doing any decorating.
Summary: A good household paint that is easier to use than gloss.