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Psst! - It's not real wood, you know.
Ronseal Paint & Grain
Member Name: Bellroyd
Ronseal Paint & Grain
Advantages: Looks a bit like a real wood finish
Disadvantages: Doesn't look enough like a real wood finish
I first used this about 10 years ago when we were looking to refurbish our kitchen units on the cheap. A predecessor had painted the cupboard doors sunshine yellow and we had become thoroughly sick of them.
I was intrigued by the product and it seemed a good way of getting a wood finish without having to replace the doors which were otherwise in good condition.
The product comes in a range of wood colours and we chose a medium oak colour. The boxed kit contains two tins of paint plus two tools of which more later.
After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the surfaces for painting, you apply the base coat - depending on the colour you require, you may need two coats, allowing plenty of time for each coat to dry. This base coat goes on quite thick and we found it gave good coverage, so we only used the one coat.
When the base coat which is a lighter colour is dry, you apply the much thinner and much darker top coat and run one of the two 'combs' through the paint before it dries to give the finished product the grain effect you require. It will pay you to practise a little first on some spare wood, but before long you will get the hang of it.
When the job was complete, we had certainly changed the look of the kitchen, but it didn't quite look right. It seemed quite dark, but we got used to it. To me, it never looked quite authentic although the neighbours were complimentary in their comments. I think it had something to do with the fact that it was a large expanse of painted surface. It may also have had something to do with my unpractised hand.
With the leftover paint, I decided to try a metal window frame. We had had double glazing installed in the main house but had not gone to the expense of getting the porch window included in the deal as the eventual plan was to knock it down and replace with a conservatory.
With narrower surfaces, the effect did look more authentic and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
We never did use the product in any other location and now we would always opt for a proper wood finish.
If you decide to try it, I would suggest that you carefully follow all the instructions and have a bit of a practice before you start on your chosen project.
Summary: It's OK I guess, but it's not for us