“ Manufacturer: Johnstone's / Type: Paint „
Recently applied Johnstone's pure brilliant white to primed doors and woodwork around my house. The paint looked white in the tin and when applied. Upon closer inspection, in the light of day and by comparison to actual white - it was anything but white. It was actually a disgusting yellowish ivory colour. I'd followed the instructions on the back and prepared the surfaces ready for painting so the paint is clearly of poor quality. I had to redo all painting again. I paid £3 more for a tin of Crown paint and got what i was looking for - pure white! I covered the same surfaces and more - the difference is amazing and no ivory white insight. I contacted the parent company and they were very dismissive and generally uninterested in my complaint. They suggested it happens and was likely environmental - which it clearly was not. Poor product, poor customer service. For the sake of £3, i recommend avoiding the cheap Johnstone's paint and get a good quality paint - it really is false economy.
Call me crazy. but in the hot spell of weather we've just had, whilst everyone else in the country was probably doing sensible things like gardening, swimming or sunbathing, I was stuck indoors decorating my daughter's bedroom. I'm working against the clock really, so I needed to buy paint that would help me do the job fast & with the least amount of hassle so plumped for Johnstone's Brilliant White Professional Gloss.
It was on offer at our wholesalers at £8.99 for a 1.5 litre can which states is covers 17.5m, as I was painting just picture rails, skirting boards, a door with jam & surround, a windowsill & radiator I was unsure if this would be far too much or indeed enough, thankfully I've still got some left in the can although I've popped 2 coats on everything.
Johnstone's have been making paint since 1890 & so it's no surprise to me that they seem to have their products just right - I know a professional decorator who swears by their paint yet me, as an amateur have never been disappointed with either their gloss or emulsion.
Once I'd levered open the can I found the rest of the job plain sailing. The paint was a great texture, went on smoothly, covered well & there were no lumps or 'bits'. The only criticism I have is that the paint does smell rather strong even with all windows & doors wide open - 3 days later & it's still smelling of fresh paint despite the strategically-placed onions lol.
It was fairly quick to dry - touch dry in around 4 - 6 hours & ready for a second coat after 16 hours. I'm not sure I really needed to put on an extra coat but thought it best to do so & therefore do the best job I could.
There's a lovely sheen to the gloss & it's a pure brilliant white which looks fresh & clean. I didn't expect to have to wipe it down just yet but our cat decided to have a good look around & left pawprints over the windowsill so I can tell you it's easy to clean surfaces down with a quick wipe.
Cleaning the brushes afterwards was fine - I just popped them overnight in turps & rinsed them out for about 3-4 minutes under a running tap & I was good to go.
There are full directions on how to use, how to prepare surfaces, how to clean brushes plus the usual cautions etc are clearly given on the reverse of the tin. The lid was easy enough to seal shut & the contents stayed good & fresh with no residue on the surface.
For the above reasons I'd recommend this Johnstone paint - it does what it says on the tin!
Over the years I've tried most of the leading brands of paint, all the famous household names, but the best from my experience is johnstone's.
Usuallly sold in the smaller retail outlets, if you decide to try the johnstone's products you may have to seek them out. their web site does have an excellent map-based stockists list for all areas, just type in your postcode and away you go.
The paint itself is reasonably priced at around £15 for 2.5 litres and considering the great results I've had with it, it's a bargain.
This is a spirit based paint which not only covers well but applies so easily and smoothly that time taken for the job in hand is reduced. Durability is excellent and discolouration and flaking have'nt been a problem, even on very exposed external surfaces, quite exceptional in fact. The paint is touch dry in 4 to 6 hours and ready for a second coat in 16 hours, though I doubt if you will need it.
I always use this gloss in conjunction with Johnstone's Joncryl Water-based Primer/Undercoat. Two coats of this covers just about anything and provides a great base for the gloss, the paint odour is minimal, considerably less than the gloss, and brush cleaning is not much of a chore, just washout thoroughly with water. Absolutely beautiful paint to use, so smooth, so therapeutic.