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Recently applied Johnstone's pure brilliant white non drip gloss 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.
I've been having a big clearout & been reorganising the house now that my youngest daughter has moved out to go to uni. My older daughter decided to help me out by buying some paint so we could do up the spare bedroom as a study & generously came back with some Johnstone's matt paint.
I've always been a Dulux woman but the sight of the Johnstone's logo on the tin (I'm calling it tin but it's actually a hard plastic) immediately brought memories back of when my late Mum used to religiously decorate the house every 2 years.
The container has a sturdy plastic handle & the well-sealed lid is easy to open yet no problem sealing tight after a paint session. The colour match on the front was very close to the actual paint & this particular one is suitable for walls & ceilings. The colour we decided on is called 'soft cream' which is similar to magnolia, the directions for use are well explained in words & pictures & the safety information is easy to read.
Coverage is approximately 32.5 square metres from this 2.5 litre container which cost around £12 & in my opinion it's worth every penny.
The paint itself is non-drip & low odour & was a pleasure to use as it didn't go gloopy or runny - the paint at the bottom was the same consistency as that on the top - it was a pleasure to use.
I'm not good with painrt rollers so my daughter did the walls whilst I did the fiddly bits (corners & around the windows) & we both agreed that it worked well both using a roller & different sizes of brushes. I needed to pop an extra coat on as we were covering a rather colourful wallpaper but it was worth the effort as the room looks so nice now, doesn't smell & looking at it in different lights there's no sign of the wallpaper!
The drying time for each coat is only 1-2 hours which means that this paint does the job quickly but effectively & I'll certainly use Johnstone's paint again - they've been making paint since 1890 so they must be doing something right!
I've got some paint left over so I wonder which room I can tackle next...........
I found the best smear free window cleaning product, I have been using it for years now and I swear by it. Cornflour and warm water cheap and effective. I use one teaspoon of cornflour added to 3 parts warm water using a sponge and wipe all over the window or glassed area. I then use 3 microfibre cloth's (that wash and are reusable) you could use newspaper or kitchen roll. I use the first cloth to wipe off the water, the second to wipe off any access water, then the third to buff and shine. I find it better than any other window cleaning product. You can buy cornflour it most supermarkets at about 99p for 750g and that amount goes a long way. Cornflour is known to be used for thickening sauces gravy and custard and it is an essential part of any cupboard. Try it out and let me know what you all think.
For the past 2 weeks I've been helping my girlfriend decorate her new house. We've used mainly Johnstone's and Dulux paints (I forget what make one of the emulsions was but it was rubbish - you get what you pay for). Anyway, I just want to say that in future I will not even bother with Dulux, normally I just buy Dulux and get on with it. But this time, my girlfriend's parents were raging about Johnstone's being far superior, I thought "yeah, yeah, paint's paint" but actually they were right. I don't want to run the risk of sounding like a Johnstone's sales rep, but it went about three times further than Dulux. Where Dulux needed 3 coats, 2 was more than enough with the Johnstone's. I was impressed ( imagine being impressed by paint?! I must get out more) Also, can't speak highly enough of the Johnstome's emulsion either - don't even bother with a supercheap one from the supermarket, I put about 5 coats on one ceiling, it was like water - you WILL have to fork out a bit more dosh, but it's definitely worth it, to save you messing about re-painting the same surface when an informed purchase in the first place will give you grand results!
PS This is the first time in my life I've been excited about a brand of paint :-S
He shouldn’t have said it! We’d been living together for five years and it was obvious he hadn’t listened to me! Morty should have known better. For the last few Christmases he had happily invited a houseful of friends on Christmas Day, on Boxing Day, and sometimes both. I’d always pulled all the stops out, laying it all on, but I wanted a year off. I wanted friends to ask us over for one of the special two Christmas days and let them do the work and spoil me. Even more importantly than that, I wanted a Christmas Day on our own. Just the two of us. To slob out together; eat a whole box of chocolate brazils each; enjoy a splendid meal; laugh at ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and above all! No Christmas Day lunchtime pub session. He shouldn’t have said it! It’s Christmas Eve and we’re down the pub with our crowd, both giving it large. I’m conducting my usual multi-faceted conversation with eight people at once, whilst all the time my ears are finely tuned into radar mode in order to earwig any other interesting snippets of worthwhile exchangeable gossip. I freeze! ~~Best Mate to Morty~~ “Alright then Morty? The six-seater’s booked to pick you and your Doris up at 11.30am for the Christmas Day lunchtime session at the ‘Dope & Wanker’ (aka Hope and Anchor) ~~Morty to Best Mate~~ “ Yeah mate! Haven’t told the Doris yet, but I’ll sort it!” My next two hours in the pub were spent in a purple haze. We took our taxi home and back to our pre-prepared Christmas Eve supper, ‘Here’s one I made earlier’ A whole fresh cooked salmon, resting invitingly on the kitchen worktop. Morty never got to eat it! He wore it! Sadly so did the three feet thick white emulsioned stone walls of the cottage. In spite of the ‘Wearing Your Dinner’ ceremony. we made up, relaxed and had the Christmas Day I wan
ted. I dab the fishy stains off the walls with the remainder of a tin of white emulsion and a stubbly paintbrush that I found in the garden shed. I didn’t know about Johnstones Coverplus Vinyl Matt Emulsion Brilliant White did I? The cottage is very forgiving. I use 40watt peach light bulbs and candlelight at night. Other lighting fitments are up-lighters, no harsh 100watt bulbs for me. The salmon stains settle in. He shouldn’t have said it! A year passed by and he hadn’t listened to me..again! Morty should have known better. We’d bought tickets for a live band gig in town. We are, by habit, early evening drinkers, out at 6.00pm and always back home for dinner by 9.00pm. On special nights out it’s different. Morty plays golf and always has a couple on the 19th hole. That’s fine. Always home by 4.30pm with plenty of time for a shower, change of clothes and then out by 8.00pm for our ‘Musical Soiree’ evening. He shouldn’t have said it! The phone call from the pub at 7.00pm confirms my worst fears, ~~Morty from Pub~~ “ Got caught up babe! Get a cab will you? I’ll meet you in the ‘Dope Takers’ (aka Rope Makers) to watch the band” I did as ordered, I went to see the band. Meeting your partner, the person you love, when they’ve been on the juice for four hours and you’ve had nothing to drink just doesn’t work does it my friends? We were on different planets! Later that night: Morty wore his lasagne and sadly so did the three feet thick white emulsioned walls of the cottage! I dab the lasagne stains off the walls with the remainder of a tin of white emulsion and a stubbly paintbrush that I found in the garden shed. I didn’t know about Johnstones Coverplus Vinyl Matt Emulsion Brilliant White did I? But I do now! There are countless brands of emulsion paint in the numerous DIY sto
res all over the country. They all advertise and have become household names. Living in a small town as I do, all the DIY stores I have access to are independent retailers, meaning when I walk in and ask for an emulsion paint that is required to cover “Salmon and Lasagne stains on rough, natural plaster walls, and a one coat application please” I always get given first class advice, bearing in mind the retailer also sells the market leaders. I had never heard of Johnstones paint. I was told by the manager that it was a trade paint and the one that builders use to great effect. I bought a big pot of Johnstones Coverplus Vinyl Matt Emulsion Brilliant White, a brand new emulsion brush, as I considered the stubbly one had gone on, and was assured that one coat would cover all. It crossed my mind that he hadn’t seen my walls. It worked. I began in my Galley Kitchen, and when I moved the cooker, I prayed I didn’t drop down dead right then and give anyone the chance to see the state of my walls as my epitaph would then be “ What a dirty cat!” A quick wipe down and I began painting and I can assure you all, the paint lives up to its name, Coverplus. No dripping, which matters enormously as I never cover anything up when I decorate, and the coverage was instant. The rest of my cottage was covered with stencils. Very ‘90s indeed wasn’t it? I had this philosophy, if it didn’t move, then stencil it, and now I was regretting it deeply. They were everywhere. I’d gone wacky with them, I had a virtual stencilled tree creeping its way up the staircase and ending in a burst of canaries and bumble bees on the landing. The bathroom had butterflies winging their way to escape through the windows. To make matters worse, I’d cheated and used car spray paint canisters to get the bronze, gold and luminous effects. How was I going to cover all that? Why! With a big pot of Johnstones Coverplus Vinyl Matt Emu
lsion Brilliant White. I steadily worked my way through the cottage. The transformation was instant. The paint doesn’t drip at all. It dried so quickly with a soft, matt finish that reduces the unevenness of the plaster and stone walls. The salmon and lasagne stains disappeared magically. This is a superb emulsion and I would urge anyone to use it, as surely there’s nobody else out there with such history up their walls? Remember the name Johnstones, the next time you buy emulsion or gloss paint, and see if it’s a choice for you. I’ve painted the whole cottage right up to my attic, with a beautiful result, and for very little cost. One 5 litre tin costs about £12.00, with one tin of 500ml gloss costing about £6.00. Johnstones quote on the tin ‘No Ordinary Paint’ and they are correct. Then I reached the bedroom. The sunlight hits the windows very early in the morning and wakes us up. Even with heavy curtains, the light penetrates through at the crack of dawn along with the noise of screeching seagulls. I felt the need for a dark bedroom, womb like, embracing, flattering to the complexion and inductive to romance. I have to leave you now as I am painting the bedroom with Johnstones Vinyl Coverplus Matt Emulsion in Burgundy! Morty is a little concerned as it is very deep red and reminiscent of a Tart’s Boudoir. He doesn’t know it yet, but the name of the gloss paint manufactured by Johnstones, in a suitable co-ordinating contrast shade suitable for the woodwork is called ‘Buff’’ Well, it is a bedroom innit?
Having got bored of our living room, looking at the same decor for nearly 2 years we decided on a dramatic change. I do mean dramatic. What once was a burgundy carpet with matching creamy colour combined with burgundy patterned wall paper, matching border and mahogany varnished wood work. Has now become beach laminate floor, white glossed wood work and a purple and cream living room finished with dado rail. Oh and not forgetting our metallic lavender ceiling which will complete the room this Sunday. After we decided on the colour scheme to use, we then had to find a nice combination of shades to compliment each other. We searched every DIY shop online that we could think of to gather idea,s till we narrowed it down to a few choices. Buying the cream was easy as we didn't want it to look too white and at the same tome too yellow as some cream shades often do. It was whilst looking at a local decorating shop in the city centre that we found the perfect shade, not too dark, not too light, not too brown, yellow or white. The paint shade was what's called seashell and came in a 2.5 litre plastic can for the price of £7.99. There are many colours to choose from and from what I seen on the shelf they had matt and silk finishes to choose from, I am also sure that they had a bigger size can but as to what the price for larger sizes was, I am not too sure I would say that it would probably be around £12.99. Well that's the cream sorted and now for the tricky bit, purple. With purple being such a wide spectrum of colour and a variety of shades there was no definite pre-produced shade that we thought would reflect our personalities. Off to look at the colour charts and have a shade we liked made up. After some time we had decided on a colour or shall I say shade, please don't ask me what the name of the colour is has we no longer have the colour chart cards but what w do have is the shade number wh
ich is S2050-R50B. The actual colour is a cross between a deep purple, plum and violet, I know what you may be thinking what a girlie colour but it isn't and is actually easy on the eyes, not too light and not too dark. To buy the paint mixed in the shade and colour of your choice does cost a little more and the can sizes have a slight less quantity than standard paints. The do get mixed in the finish you want i.e matt or silk as the lady who mixed it did ask us what finish we wanted. They also come in a variety of can sizes 0.98 litres will cost £5.99, 2.34 litres for £9.99 and the next size up which I can only guess would be close to 5 litres for £17.99 but thinking that we would only need the average size can we didn't go for anything bigger. General info on the paint ------------------------- *** This is for Johnstone's Seashell paint in standard 2.5 litre can: The paint it's self is tough and washable perfect for Johns little chocolate coated fingers. That is one reason why we choose a silk finish the other being we were to paint on embossed wall paper and matt finish paint would get soaked into the wall paper too easily making it not so cost effective. It is suitable to use on both walls and ceiling as for bathrooms and kitchen where a lot of steam is accumulated I am not sure, you would need to seek advice from a decorating shop for advice if you are considering using this paint for either of these rooms. *** For Johnstone's Glomul mixed vinyl silk paint purple colour: As above but because it is a premium quality vinyl silk it is also resistant to fading and yellowing. Preparation ----------- *** For both paints: As with most paints the surface should be dry, free from grease and any flaking bits of old paint be removed before you paint. Application ----------- *** Seashell: Ensure that you stir well before use. <br>The paint is easy to apply using a brush , paint pad or roller, you just slap it on and spread evenly. If you need to you can apply a 2nd coat of paint after 4 hours but we found that 1 coat was sufficient with a bit of touching up in places, don't you just hate painting embossed wall paper. It does say that the paint is touch dry in 1-2 hours but found it to be much quicker. *** Purple: Again stir well before use. The drying times are as above for touch dry and 2nd coat. How ever to apply you can use a brush or roller but if you use paint in a sprayer then this is also suitable to use in one. Coverage -------- *** Seashell: It states on the can that it will cover up to 30 square metres depending on the nature and porosity of the surface. Here's what we got out of our 2.5 litre can: Our room is in carpet size terms 15ftX13ft, the height of the room is of standard height. We painted our room half and half in both the seashell and purple although we painted a few inches higher in the seashell as we painted the Coaving in the same colour to make the feel of the room larger and to add more depth. All was going well till we had a bout a quarter of the wall left to do when we ran out so had to buy another can, but bear in mind that it was painted onto embossed wall paper so we knew that the coverage wouldn't be as stated on the can. *** Purple: As this is a slight difference in consistency of the paint with it being a mixed paint we found that it actually covered a bit further than the seashell, we was still a little short and a tester pot would have finished the room off. We had to settle for a 0.98 litre can. It states on the can that it covers 10-12 square metres per litre and again depending on the surface conditions. The actual size of the can we purchased was 2.34 litres. Cleaning brushes and rollers after use of the paint --------------------------
--------------- Cleaning is really easy by just using warm soapy water and the rinsing with plain water. Pollution --------- Both cans of paint contain a low VOC content of anything between 0.30-7.99%. VOC's stand for Volatile Organic Compounds that contribute to atmospheric pollution. Where can you buy Johnstone's paints ------------------------------------ SCOTLAND -------- EDINBURGH, FALKIRK, GLASGOW (KINGSTON), GLASGOW (KINNING PK), INVERNESS NORTH EAST ---------- GATESHEAD, MIDDLESBOROUGH, NEWCASTLE NORTH WEST ---------- BLACKPOOL, BOLTON, CARLISLE, CHESTER, LIVERPOOL (NORTH), LIVERPOOL (SOUTH,) MANCHESTER (OPENSHAW), MORECAMBE, PRESTON, SALFORD, STOCKPORT YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE ------------------------ BRADFORD, HULL, LEEDS, LEEDS (MEANWOOD), SHEFFIELD (BURNGREAVE), SHEFFIELD (LOWER MANOR), YORK EAST MIDLANDS ------------- DERBY, LEICESTER, LINCOLN, NOTTINGHAM (CARLTON), NOTTINGHAM (RADFORD) WEST MIDLANDS ------------- BIRMINGHAM (CITY), BIRMINGHAM (SMETHWICK), BURTON, CHELTENHAM, COVENTRY, COVENTRY(GOSFORD), HANLEY, LEAMINGTON, SOLIHULL, TELFORD, WALSALL, WOLVERHAMPTON, WORCESTER WALES ----- COLWYN BAY EAST ANGLIA ----------- CAMBRIDGE, IPSWICH, PETERBOROUGH SOUTH EAST ---------- BALHAM, BOW, BRENTWOOD, BRIGHTON, CROYDON, EALING, ENFIELD, GREENFORD, HOVE, KINGSTON, LUTON, MAIDSTONE, OXFORD, READING, SOUTHAMPTON SOUTH WEST ---------- BRISTOL, EXETER, PLYMOUTH, SALISBURY IRELAND ------- NEWTOWNARDS For more details and addresses of retailers please cheack out http://www.johnstones-paints.co.uk Conclusion ---------- I have been happy with this paint for overall performance, value and choice of colours. Several times we have had to u
se a damp cloth to wipe away traces of our little ones chocolate fingers and on each occasions the shade has remained the same as when it was painted and in no way has been effected. It is easy to apply with no 2nd coat needed apart from the odd touch up job where we missed in the first place but like I say that was on an embossed wall paper so smooth surfaces may differ.