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I have recently (nearly) completed doing up my house. My husband and I purchased it and it was a total shell. Every single room needed full and total refurbishment. Obviously over the last year, we have purchased at LOT of paint!
And a lot of that paint has been Dulux, but why do I think Dulux is such an excellent brand in paint (and I do!)
1. Choice of Colour
For me Dulux is absolutely the best brand in terms of colour choice, and if they don't have the colour you want, most larger DIY stores can mix it for you if you take a sample colour in (it can be a cushion, bit of wallpaper or anything really). It's closely followed by Crown, but I find Dulux has more themed colours - colours of nature, timeless classics and so on.
Generally you can find Dulux on offer at least somewhere, my favourite offer being the 2 x 2.5 litre cans of paint for £20 making them £10 a can and cheaper than own brands - brilliant, when you see this offer, stock up.
You only have to go to a DIY store to be more or less guaranteed that they will sell Dulux. With Crown you need a larger store I find and of course with any own brand paint like Wickes or B&Q you're then tied to that store for extra paint and so on.
In terms of importance this is number one. Cheaper paints are a false economy, the quality of Dulux paint is excellent, thick and creamy and needs two coats at most. Cheaper paints are watery and need three coats I have found, also the colour never quite seems to look the same as on the tin or the colour chart.
It's so easy to apply whether with a paint pad, roller, brush or even Dulux's own Paint Pod, and gives a lovely creamy smooth finish which dries quickly without too much unpleasant paint odour - the last matt wall I painted hardly had any scent to it and it dried in an hour. Excellent.
I've recommended Dulux to everyone I know who is doing DIY because in all honesty for me it is the best paint out there. I include outdoor paint in this too, and specialist paint, it just cannot be beaten.
Overall I highly recommend Dulux paint as the paint of choice for all DIYers as you know you will get a beautiful professional result. It's hassle free DIY which is what we all need!
I've re decorated on a number of occasions throughout the years and I've gone through a range of brands of paint from B&Q and Homebase's own brand paint to cheap tins of paint in retail stores. I've come to find that Dulux paint has proven to be the best paint for me personally as it gives satisfying and fresh results. The price seems reasonable in certain stores however some seem to over charge for it but once you find yourself a deal on dulux it's worth it even more.
The amount of colours available are unreal as I've seen that they offer hundreds of different shades which gives you the most accurate match to the colour you initially have in mind. Also, what's even better you can get your own colour mixed especially for you so you get it exactly right - which is fantastic because despite the fact that they have hundreds of colours to offer you; they may not have that precise colour you are after.
Providing you have relatively decent quality painting tools, I have come to find that you generally only need to use a single coat of dulux paint when covering walls which is less tedious for a start and also better value for money as you're not having to buy more paint than necessary to do a consecutive number of coats.
My preference for dulux is closely matched by crown paints - however I will always try my best to find the colour I love by dulux before I settle for anything else as it's just that reliable.
I am always first call if anyone in the family needs painting and decorating done it's not my profession but I just did it once and then it stuck as my place in the family.
Over the years we've tried various different paints in varying price ranges but Dulux is always the main company that we always go back to and it has now become the paint of choice when ever we need something done.
Dulux is always a little more expensive than the other paints available but it tends to end up costing less because where as you could buy 2 tins of a cheaper paint you could get one tin of Dulux and it would cover the same area just as well or even better.
The 1st thing you notice when opening the tin is the paint is really thick unlike some of the others available this doesn't make it difficult to paint with at all though it just means when you apply it to the wall you get more on and it also spreads a lot more evenly and you get an equal tone across the wall instead of patchy areas once it has dried. I rarely find I have to do more than one coat with the Dulux paint where as I used Wickes paint and I had to give 3 coats just to get an even tone across the whole room.
Another important plus is with Dulux I have always got the colour that is on the tin with the same Wickes paint I mentioned I ended up with a room about 3-4 shades darker than what I originally planned.
It's not a strong smelling paint which is great because it's not nice when you have to do a main room and sit inhaling the fumes for a day or two till it has completely dried and aired out.
Overall I would recommend that anyone just grabs a tin of Dulux rather than 2 of a cheaper option it really makes a huge difference and makes life so much easier.
Thought I'd give our windows a bit of TLC, thinking of doing it properly. And, saving some time in the long run as DIY is not my favourite pasttime. Dulux Weathershield promised the goods - wouldn't crack and give up to 7 years of maintenance freedom. I think the clue is in that "up to", and then they could alwyas claim you didn't do exactly as instructed. But yes I did, and just a year later the cracks are if not plenty so existing. And worse, since the rest of the paint is this thick, inpenetrable plastic layer, the wood can't breath and even small amounts of moist that gets into the cracks stays in there and makes huge damage. As in decaying wood and mould. I now have a big job putting right what Dulux put wrong. Will never use again.
I have been decorating my home for around 2 years now with various pieces getting done bit by bit. Painting is the biggest problem I never find the right combination or a paint colour which suits the room style I have created.
I wanted a vibrant red for a bedroom I had and it was meant to create a warm feeling when you entered and I was searching forever until I was told about the Dulux book. This book had many colours to choose from and it was done in a chart format.
You had all the blues and greens together with little squares which are coloured and with a name underneath of the paint used to paint that square. I found one instantly I wanted and it was called Roasted Red.
The paint sample I got to test was sadly on in Matt which left me angry so I had to take a risk and purchase the bigger 2.5 litre Silk coat for £16.
At first it felt a lot of money because paint can go either way. You either have to much or you have to little. Dulux is a big brand in the paint world and most people know who they are and they always seem to get great praise.
This red I had chosen in the book and the paint tin it came in was a red but the sort of red you see on peanuts sometimes. I decided to put a small amount onto a white wall which was plaster board.
After about 10 minutes of painting this huge square I found the first coat very dark and it looked to be the complete opposite of the paint colour on the tin but after an hour of drying it turned into a lighter shade and it was almost a replica to the colour in the book.
I decided to paint the entire wall and it was the size of a mattress standing up this wall. I found that around three quarters of the paint needed to be used in order to finish the wall. I had to put many coats of paint on top of the white plaster board and it was annoying.
I found with each coat that the colour remained the same but it was always very thick the paint so I was using far to much when applying and this was the same even after stirring the paint inside. I think the price I paid I would have hoped for much better results when it came to applying this to the wall.
When I found a wall in another room which had blue wallpaper there I decided to use the rest of the paint on this just to see how it faired and I found it took very little to coat over the blue paint and the wallpaper. I think if you want to paint wallpaper on a wall then it works great but a bare wall it can take forever to complete.
I love the fact there was such a range of colours to choose from and it was a replica to the colour in the book and it was a shame they had no samples of the bright silk effect but only matt.
This paint I had was only available in the 2.5l container and yet some of the other paints can be brought in bigger sizes and prices can vary as well. I would also point out that compared to the B and Q own paint there was no bubbles left behind or blotches and by this I do mean the paint.
When I have used paint in the past there has been areas where some paint has formed solid lumps but with the dulux paint it was a smooth paint which was applied really easily.
Having just bought a new house I have very little time to spare as I'm busy packing/unpacking, organising deliveries as well as looking after a 1 year old. One of the tasks which we have just had to do is painting Hope's bedroom and I didn't want to spend a long time on this as we were working on a strict time scale but at the same time I wanted it to look good and not cost the earth.
I chose Dulux emulsion because mainly I liked the colour- sugard lilac- and also because I know that Dulux is a trusted brand. I have used shop's own brands before and not been happy with the quality- the paint has taken a lng time to dry, the colour looks nothing like the picture and about three coats have been needed.
There were a lot of choices from Dulux in terms of colour. We wanted a pale purple and the paint sample charts had lots to chose from but we just nought one of the ones already on teh shelf- sugared lilac it was called. The colour is a nice, warm pale purple which is really nice and bright on the wall and the colour displayed on the front f the tin is not far off what the actual colour of the paint is itself which makes a change!
The tin was easy to open using a flat head screw driver to prize the lid off. I sometimes struggle with this but it wasn't difficult to do at all. The paint looked a bit funny at first as it had separated out a bit so before using it I made sure it was mixed up properly.
The paint was easy to apply using a roller and brushes and it went on the walls very smoothly. I found that this didn't have a very strong smell at all which was good because of having a baby in the house and once it had dried the smell pretty much went away too, it wasn't a lingering smell like other paints.
The colour began to dry quite quickly and it looked as though another layer would be needed as it was a little patchy. Once the whole wall was dry it was obvious that it needed another coat. Once the second layer was applied the following day it looked much better and we were happy with the results.
The negatives I can think of when using this paint is that a little does not go a long way. You do realy need to be liberal with it and I was suprised by how much was actually needed to do quite a small room. It was also a bit messy pouring paint into the tray and then it dripping down the sides of the tin, it would be nice if somebody could invent a kind of pouring mechanism instead! We needed to use 3 tins of this for the room and we used two coats.
The positives with this paint is that it was good quality, after it had dried and we admired the walls we were impressed- the paint wasn't patchy, it was a nice colour and it wasn't strong smelling. I also like that there was a lot of variety when chosing the colour. The colour itself is a nice warm one which looks nice on the walls, I was worried that it may make the room quite dark but it doesn't, it just livens it up!
I was very happy with this paint and do prefer it to other cheaper brands that we have used before.
Dulux is pretty much a tried and tested name in home decorating.
I quite enjoy DIY, but the one thing I find really tough is painting ceilings. Precarious up the ladder, dizzy looking up, back ache, neck ache, patchy finish, more paint on top of head than on ceiling...the list goes on. I need a paint that will get the job done as quickly as possible so I can move on to the much less daunting prospect of painting the vertical surfaces.
To this end I have been using Dulux Once as it promises to cover in just one coat and gets the ordeal over and done with. I am a real Farrow & Ball girl through and through, but all the ceilings have to be white to reflect light nicely into the rooms, so this is a cheaper option and one that does what it promises to do.
Dulux Once comes in a plastic tub as opposed to a tin. I paid £22.00 for a 4.5litre tub. This is a lot of paint when you are only using one coat. If you are just going to use it for ceilings like me this will do several rooms. It comes in several colours, all whites with a hint of something else or subtle pastels. I have only used the white one coat matt finish. Dulux guarantee that it will cover in one coat or they will give you your money back. If you use it and want to make a claim, there is a contact number on the tub and ICI will assess your claim within 28 days. Not sure how easy this process would be!
Every time I have used this paint, I have only needed one coat, so it has lived up to it's claim. It is very low odour and is labeled as having Minimal VOC content. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) contribute to atmospheric polution.
I have just painted the outside of my house with Dulux Weathershield textured masonry paint. This paint contains an acryylic resin which guarantees protection from all types of weather for up to 15 years. It can be bought in 2.5l or 5l tins. Normal price for a 5L tin is £23.99 but it is on offer in June at Focus for 3 tins for the price of 2. It can be used on dry exterior rendering and masonry and even brick and is mould and algae resistant. It comes in a range of colours apart from white. I chose Sandstone. Each 5L tin covers about 45 square metres and is rainproof in 30 minutes - something to consider with the British climate! However, it usually takes about 4 hours to thoroughly dry. The texture of the paint is like double cream and can be applied with either a roller or brush. However it is important to remove any loose or flaking paint and repair any surface defects before the paint is applied. As the paint dries it becomes lighter than when its first applied. The only disadvantage is the spills and drips.
i have got a twelve year old chihuahua who up until a few months ago was starting to show signs of slowing down.Ihave tried all different kinds of medicines which did not work very well.Four wekks ago i bought sdme pedigree joint care sticks,in just four weeks the transformation is remarkable not only is she more active but she has started playing in the garden again and chasing the kitten all round the house.They contain omega3 and glucosamine and are maximum strength this is probabley why they work so well.Iwould recommend these to anybody who has a dog that is getting old or has moobility problems or one that just needs a pick me up.For just over three pounds a week you can greatly improve your dogs mobility and give him a new lease of life.I recommend these sticks to anybody with a dog that is starting to show signs og aging
When it comes to paint, in my experience Dulux always comes out on top. For quality and sheer range of beautiful colours, I must say that I have yet to come across a brand that betters Dulux. The Dulux brand has been a household name in the UK since the 1950's. Made famous by it's traditional Old English Sheepdog mascot, Dulux in now renowned across the world as a leading paint manufacturer, and is widely used in such countries as South Africa, Canada, Australia, Germany and Malaysia to name but a few.
During my recent re-decorating project, the living room, I decided to try the Dulux Once range of paint, and opted for the Natural Calico colour in Matt Emultion. The Dulux colour guide in-store at my local Homebase was very useful, displaying Dulux's vast array of colours, nicely arranged, and with many colour scheme ideas. I have to admit, I don't like choosing paint colours, as to this day I have yet to see a colour in print look the same as it does on the wall .. I'm not sure why this is, but that's just my own personal experience.
The obvious advantage to using Dulux Once paint is that you only supposedly need a single coat to finish. The obvious disadvantage is that it is more expensive. A 4.5l tub of the Dulux Once paint cost £29.99 at Homebase, which was double the cost of a regular 2.5l tin. So the Dulux Once did work out slightly dearer, but not by much. In reality, I found that there was very little to choose between the Dulux Once and the regular range, so for ease of use I went of the Dulux Once, since a single coat is far less work than two coats. However, I did find that a single coat wasn't always enough. The living room walls were previouslya terracotta like colour, and since the Natural Calico is an off-white, I found myself having to touch up many parts of the walls. Possibly had my new chosen colour been darker, there would not have been a need to touch up, but thi is certainly worth considering when buying a light coloured paint.
The finish was, as always, superb. The colour is beautifully natural, and I couldn't be happier. I also found that the thickness of the paint meant that there was very little splattering of paint, and so kept mess to a minimun when painting. A 4.5l tub claims to cover 9m2 per litre, and I found myself using about a tub and a 1/4 co completely paint my living room, which is a decent size. I was very impressed with this, and this was evident with the amount of coverage I was able to paint using a single rollers worth.
Dulux Once is most definitely a paint that I would recommend, and I will certainly be using the range again for future decorating. I firmly believe that there was better value to be had using the Dulux Once range compared to the regular range, and the qualtity of the finish is most certainly second to none.
When it comes to DIY I give everything a wide berth apart from the painting, I love painting and for years insisted that my long suffering husband parted with lots of cash and bought me Dulux paint to paint with. Dulux always seemed to be the best looking paint when the job was finished, they always seemed to offer the best range of colours and Dulux always seemed to apply better than other brands.
I would say for around 15 years I painted with nothing other than Dulux paint for glossing and emulsioning and I would still stand by the fact that Dulux is an excellent brand of paint to use. The trouble is that Dulux is very, very expensive and a lot of the other brands and store brands have caught up with it quality wise yet are still a fraction of the price.
If Dulux was on offer I would still choose it over any other brand but if it is at full price then I tend to go with either Focus DIY own brand or Homebase own brand, both of which do an excellent job and both of which offer a huge range of colours now too.
The application factor still leaves Dulux out in front with Homebase a close second but once applied all three of these paints give an excellent finish so for me it is save some pennies time and downgrade to a less expensive paint (hubby is pleased)!!
****Dulux rich matt sugared lilac-for walls and ceilings****
The last time i painted my room i invited a few friends around and we had a bit to drink whilst painting,meaning the end result wasn't that great. I decided to do it again but this time properly .
**Picking the colour**
Dulux have a wide range of paint so at first it can be hard picking the shade you want-the last time i had a bright pink shade on 2 walls with purple on the other two.This time i decided to go for a lighter shade and went for sugared lilac.With a lot of options you might think you have loads to choose from but a lot of them are similar shades so its really a matter of do you want pale purple or pale pale purple...
As with all paint make sure the room is well ventilated..i know someone who didn't fallow this and went a bit "funny" with the paint fumes. The shade i selected was lighter than my previous colour but i still only needed one coat of paint-i did paint over one wall white first but in my opinion you can't tell the difference.
In my opinion i would say use this even though it is more expensive as you only have to put on one coat and with cheaper paints you would probably need two.
We bought the Dulux One Coat Pure White to cover skirting, picture rails and window frames (which we had newly stripped of old paint). We thought that spending a fair amount of money would mean no problems. Wrong. In less than 3 months, the 'pure white' is now cream. Called Dulux who tell me that no direct light on the paint will mean it goes a yellow colour. If I had know this, we would never have chosen Dulux! Waste of money and time.
I do a lot of decorating being a property developer and here are a few useful things I have found.
B and Q Paint Everywhere Satin for wood work. Beautiful. Much nicer finish than gloss and piece of cake to apply. Also startlingly white. So fresh.
Most testers will come out way different than you imagine.
Buy a tin of the paint you think you want. Buy a bucket of Dulux Matt pure brilliant white. Mix until you get the desired shade.
Dulux Light and Space. Great for contrasting walls if you have a darker feature wall. Makes everything "ping"
Crown cupboard paint. Awesome. I transformed a desperate kitchen with this. Looked completely new. apply with mini roller not brush.
Radiator rollers. Great for edging ceilings, rolling along skirting, touching up."
Stain Stop" as an undercoat for nicotine, leaks, weird brown patches. Like painting with concrete but does the job.
Forget your crack filling, bump reducing flaw disguising specialist paint. Sandtex Masonry paint for ceilings in Brilliant white. OMG. Covers a multitude of horrors!
If you mix your own paint always mix 2.5 litres more than you think you need. Nothing worse than running short.
Got to say. You can't go wrong with Dulux and Crown. B and Q Paints everywhere good. Homebase good. Wickes? More coverage pissing up the wall. Never buy cheap paint. Pointless, pointless, pointless!!
Dulux Magic White Rich matt emulsion seemed to be just the thing I was looking for. I was trying to emulsion a really awful, bumpy ceiling and the light was bad in the room, as it faces north.
So, I went to Wilkinsons and thought I had made a very clever and economical purchase. The emulsion was £8.99 for 2.5 litre can which is good for a quality product.
It wasnt long before I wished Id never heard of Dulux Magic, let alone started to emulsion the ceiling. Let me start at the beginning so that you can see that I did everything correctly but still ended up in a mess.
First of all I read the instructions on the tin.
All surfaces to be painted should be clean and sound check.
The paint should be stirred well..check.
I found a selection of brushes to use as I am a liability with a roller.
It says on the can that this product is spatter free, but I was fully aware that I could quite easily make non-drip drip, so I would have no problems making spatter-free spatter, blob, run, drip and plop all over the carpet. Any way I draped the carpet and myself as far as possible in protective covers. I looked as though I was preparing to perform some dangerous scientific operation in my white painter's overalls. (No, I didn't take them off a painter!)
Then I set to work. The emulsion is a pale pink colour so that you can see where you have painted. I had no problem with that, I could see exactly where it had landed, on the window sill and in my hair. As the paint dries it turns white. I have no problem with this at all and I found it useful when I turned to look at the ceiling and could see exactly where I had been.
I even watched as the baby pink spots decorating my trainers and the dog, turned to a brilliant white. I had more pink blobs than Mr Blobby. This is all quite normal when I brandish a paint brush.
So far, so good. I even noticed that there was hardly any odour to the emulsion which is excellent because I am asthmatic. I had no problems with this emulsion,
As I progressed with the job I started to slow down. This is when I began to have problems with the product. It was not very warm in the room but it was drying too quickly. I had to work top speed to stop it going sticky on the brush and starting to dry on the walls. The problem was so bad that I had to be very careful not to touch the area I had just painted with the edge of the brush as I applied the next stroke.
Each time I tried to blend the next bit in, the brush stuck to the previously painted wall and pulled the paint off. This left raised edges around what appeared like scars on the wall.
I was not at all impressed. The idea is a good one but the drying time is much too fast. I could have understood it if the room was very warm but its a mildish October day and there was no heating on.
Washing the brushes posed another problem. The emulsion was like sticky, rubbery, stretchy strands of elastic and it took ages to pull them off the brushes.
I now have to try and remove all the ridges where the brush dragged the emulsion and recoat it tomorrow. I think Ill go back to a regular emulsion and just guess where Ive been.
Did I like it? Well, apart from the pretty colour, what do you think?
Some parts on my ceiling have been repaired with paintable tape. I painted over it without problem but those bits haven't changed colour. They have dried pink!!!! Help!!!!