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Member Name: juicy_lucy
Advantages: Great coverage
Disadvantages: quite expensive
It's started...loft conversion finally completed and now just the rest of the house to renovate. It did mean, however, that I could( start to paint the hall and stairs. So, with this in mind, it was down to the local diy store to select my paint. I knew exactly what I had in mind...more brown than yellow...more cream than pink. So, on to perusing the shelves, and ever taken in by marketing, I found this one, Natural Hessian.
Over the years and after many house moves (itchy feet) I have tried almost every paint there is on offer and am always amazed at the prices they charge for a bit of colour. So, although this was quite pricey, being £27.99 for 4.5l, it was nowhere near the price of some of the period paints, which is what I usually go for. Since I needed lots of tins I decided to try to be prudent and also get the colour I needed.
Back home, hubby got handed a tin and I started on one myself.
As mentioned before, I am talking 4.5l tins so they are not so much tins as buckets. There is the usual Dulux marketing logo and the fluffy dog on the front and instructions on the back. The tin (?) is actually easy to open- no knife needed. It's just a plastic lid which peels off easily to reveal undernath, a very nifty little device. Yes, budding decorators, there is a little tray which has to be left inside and the paint kind of squelches up through the holes ready for you to roll the roller along and then paint. Much disgruntlement from hubby as he complained that this is what we were paying for!!
This paint promised to be:
ready to roll
guaranteed one coat or your money back!!
Not to wax too lyrical about a paint, but this is excellent. It really is what they say it is a one coat thick matt paint. The colour was an almost exact match to that shown on the tin; something which really annoys me is when you buy a paint and the colour is nothing like that shown
**How to use the paint...**
There are lots of instructions on the back and on the side of the tin, telling you EXACTLY what to do.
Firstly, you have to make sure there is no flaking paint and that the surfaces are clean and dry.
Once you are ready to paint, you have to make sure the in built tray is sitting on the surface of the paint, and then cover the entire surface of the roller with paiint. It suggests that a medium pile roller will cover a square the length of your forearm (whose forearm exactly??).
When you get to corners and edges, you are allowed to use a paintbrush and if you miss some bits during application, touch them up rather than covering the whole area. If you fail to apply correctly, then a second coat may be required.
Phew!! When I sat and read the instructions, I felt as though I was on trial, especially when it staes that the guarantee is NOT applicable if all instructions are not followed to the letter. How exactly would they know if you had followed them?
** Money back guarantee**
If all the instructions are followed and it does not cover the area in one coat then you can get your money back. In this situation, call Customer Care Centre on 01753 550555 within 28 days of application. I suppose an inspector will arrive to assess the mess and if it is deemed to be the manufacturer's fault, then you will get a refund and have to paint it all over again.
Considering the size of the hallway and stairs we had our fingers crossed that it would work!
1. Ensure good ventilation
2. Avoid contact with skin and eyes
3. Keep out of reach of children
4. Be careful if using over surfaces which could contain lead
Can't see the dog on it anywhere!!
This "little" project took us a full two days and the end result is, though I say it myself, and with a smug smile, excellent. We did have newly plastered surfaces which had been well prepared with several undercoats so the walls were ready for this paint...were we ready to paint? I didn't exactly read the instructions and take note to the 'nth degree, just satisfied myself that I knew what to do with the snazzy roller tray, then we were off. Ten big tubs later, we can look at a job well done. The paint is very easy to use and a big advantage is that you are carrying one tub and a roller around rather than a tin and a tray. Ok, so it's not that big a deal but tipping paint from a tin to a tray is always a messy activity. The paint went on easily and had good coverage although we didn't try the forearm test! It does take quite a long time to dry; i think longer than normal paint but that's probably because it's thicker than other paints I have used.
I don't know how it would perform covering a dark colour, but on these walls, it performed magnificently, or perhaps it was Picasso and Monet who did that and the paint was merely a tool for the talents of the artists.
Yes, very pleased with the paint, but if I had to claim a refund and do it all again, perhaps it would be a different story.
Great paint for ready to cover walls as long as the rather stern warnings on the tin don't scare you off!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Excellent paint for ready to cover walls.