Product Type: Crown household products
Newest Review: ... and I haven't been able to wipe this off, I will have to get more paint to touch up. Crown paint does come in the one coat only variety, ... more
I don't think I'll get a Crown for this Crown review!
Member Name: nykied
Advantages: Easy to apply, brilliant colour
Disadvantages: Does drip, takes a long time to dry
Having bought some Ikea stools on ebay, I was keen to paint them to match our decor, so a trip to the DIY centre was in order. Once there, I was faced with a massive array of tins of paint. Having narrowed it down to gloss paint, I then had to choose a colour and brand. Knowing nothing about any brands, I opted to choose my tin based on colour.
A beautiful yellow colour was chosen and the tin happened to be a tin made by Crown Paints. It was a non-drip gloss paint, suitable for painting on wood or metal and cost £10.49 for a 1litre tin. I thought this was a little bit on the expensive side, but if it was non-drip, then it was going to be worth it.
Arriving home, I sanded down the seat and back areas of the stools and decided also to paint some easel picture frame stands. Because these were bare wood, I applied a primer to them first, then opened the tin of Crown paint to begin painting.
The tin opened quite easily, with the aid of a screwdriver. There's no need to shake or stir this paint, but the tin does warn that there might be a liquid layer on top of the paint, which you need to pour off. Pour off where, I have no idea, but luckily my tin didn't have a liquid layer.
The paint itself is very thick, although when you are applying it to the item to be painted, it glides on quite easily and gives good coverage. I found that I needed a second coat, but I expected to have to apply another coat, as the surface I was painting on was bare wood. The tin said that the paint dries to touch dry in about two hours, but in order to apply a second coat, you need to wait for 16 hours. However, when I'd waited over 24 hours before I attempted to apply a second coat, my fingertips still made an imprint in the painted surface. I waited another 24 hours and it was fine.
Once the second coat was on, the coverage was complete and looked perfect. It's a very glossy gloss and the colour is really vibrant. The paint was easy to apply and it covered a large area. One tin should easily be enough for a door.
One niggle I had was that it's not non-drip, or it's not in my experience. Admittedly, I was painting items that had a lot of corners that could scrape paint off the brush, so that could have been my problem, as the paint itself didn't drip at all when it was on a flat surface with no corners, but to be fair, how often does one paint one side of a totally flat surface?
So in conclusion, if I wanted to paint something else, this is one of the brands I'd consider, but I'd look at other brands as well.
It's glossy, thick with good colour, but it takes a long time to dry and it does drip, despite the claims on the tin!
Summary: Not bad if you don't mind the drips...