“ Manufacturer: Wilkinsons / Type: Paint „
I am not quite sure how Wilkinson's do their pricing but I got a couple of real bargains on their gloss paint a few weeks ago. I am on a very tight budget so I have been researching gloss paint for a good while now and noted down the prices which varied from £10.99 to £6.50 for a 750ml can. I needed a pale grey and a white gloss and they showed prices of £7 and £5 respectively but when I went back Wilkinsons had them for £4 each so I just had to buy them both. I have used their paint before and find it to be good and I wasn't let down this time - although Wilkinsons are cheap I have never been disappointed with my purchases and have to wonder, in this case, why more well known brands of paint are so high in price? Both cans I bought had really tight fitting lids which is good ( I once managed to spill black gloss paint in a taxi and was verbally abused by the driver) yet prise off without bending a standard kitchen knife and close easily thus protecting the remaining paint. There was hardly any film or residue on the top of the paint and my brushes coated really well as the paint is just the right consistency being neither too thick nor too watery. I had expected the paint to smell 'cheap' but it doesn't - it is not too strong - but you have that 'just been painted', 'good as new' smell in the room which I rather like. I painted 3 doors (either side) in the white and there was just enough in the tin whilst I did the paintwork in my bathroom and bedroom in the light grey (called pearl grey) giving the window frames two coats. I was pleasantly surprised by the good coverage of this internal/external gloss as I'm not too good at converting 10sq metres into window frames and doors! The colours were true to those shown on the tin and there were very few brush marks on my work (except where I was careless) and all in all I am pretty chuffed at the finished decorating which is in the most due to the quality of Wilkinson's non-drip gloss. All the relevant cautions are printed on the back of the tin plus surface preparation, how to use, coverage, disposal etc. There are also clear directions on how to clean brushes and the drying time (16-24 hours) which I found to be accurate. Wilkinsons are even kind enough to offer a returns policy in their 'Wilko Promise' :)) I was really pleased with my paint purchases and have to award 5 stars because I did exactly what it said on the tin(s).
Whenever I am decorating and I am looking around for decorating products such as paint, I always look for mainly 2 things. The cheapest paint around and also that it is non-drip paint. When I say cheapest I would also add that it needs to be of acceptable quality as well, on both of these points Wilkinsons deliver with their own brand paint. I was looking around for some white gloss paint. Anyone that has ever done decorating and used gloss paint will know the most annoying thing is when the paint drips. When the paint drips it will start running down you paint brush on to your hands, it drips onto the floor and it also tends to run on the surface you are painting leaving horrible lines where the paint has run. So because of this I will always look around for non-drip paint. When I was shopping around I visited Wilkinsons and saw their own brand for sale. It stated that it was non drip so that was good and I compared the price with another well-known brand of paint. The well-known brand was for sale at £11.95 for a 750ml tin and the Wilkinson own brand was for sale at £ 6.95. So incredibly £5 difference! At that much of a saving I thought the least I can do is give it a try. Anyway, when I got it home and tried it out it was so easy to use. No annoying drips when I was using it. When I was applying to the wood it went on so easy and it was also easy to use when I painted long strokes to get rid of any excess paint. The finished product was great giving a clean white appearance. I cannot see how I would have got a better finish using the well-known brand which was £5 more expensive. In conclusion I can give this shop brand of paint 5 stars as it gives a great clean appearance finish, it is non-drip and its £5 per can cheaper than other well-known brands.
Last summer I decided to change the decor in my bedroom. It was looking a bit faded and I wanted something a bit more fresh. I didn't have much of a budget so decided that paint would be the cheapest option. I went along to my local DIY store and found that they wanted quite a bit for a decent brand of paint. It worked out that to get everything I would have blown the budget and so I out it off for a while to save up a bit more. My brother had just done some decorating and told me that he had used all wilkinson branded paints and that they were just as good as all the tops brands. So I went to wilkos. At wilkos I was able to buy everything I needed and still had money left over. The prices were so much cheaper then other shops, I wasn't sure if it would be good quality though. All of the paints I brought were brilliant and covered really well. When I got to the woowork I used this gloss paint and thought it was great. Really glossy, non drip and covered in one coat. My dad who was helping me said that he was impressed too. This gloss paint is very reasonablly priced. In another shop the cheapest gloss paint I could find was £8.99 for 750ml. This cost just £4.97, which is almost half price. I am all for spending money if you need to and going for quality, but this is honestly a very good quality gloss paint and the price is a bonus really. Nearly a year on and the paint looks great still. No problems or patches and still lovely and glossy and shiny. It's also so easy to clean, just a damp cloth and it's done. Having now tried wilkinsons paints I will never again pay the ridiculous prices that some stores and brands charge. Well done Wilkos, you've done it again!
When I decided to reinvent my bedroom and create a shabby chic boudoir to die for I had just one little problem in realising my dream. This darn credit crunch we are going through meant that I needed to carry out a drastic transformation on a limited budget. And this is where Wilko's non-drip gloss came to the fore and saved the day. Coming in at £4.97 for a 750ml tin, I was certain that with a little gloss and a lot of imagination I could carry out a transformation so drastic, it would make Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen look like an amateur. Now I realise you may not all believe me here, and there were moments I doubted myself, but after almost a week of hard work and flair, I have succeeded ,with the help of the aforementioned non-drip gloss. So, I shall start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start. Up until a week ago, my DIY and interior design experience was limited to say the least. I had the concepts but had never put the time and effort into making them a reality. Since I already had a hand me down bed, wardrobe and chest and drawers, I couldn't justify investing in any new furniture so I decided that gloss was the way forward to create a Parisian boudoir befitting a girl such as me. As I scoured the shelves of Wilkinson's I went for the cheap option. The tin is simple and to the point. Wilko's non-drip gloss is suitable for interior and external wood and metal. I was painting inside, and the furniture included a pine bed. I was sold. The choice of colours was limited. There was pure brilliant white or magnolia. I was hoping to achieve an antique white finish to my furniture so decided magnolia would just have to do. For the more experienced decorator, you might not need a non-drip gloss. I on the other hand am an impatient and haphazard decorator who admits to needing all the help I can get. Non-drip gloss seemed the most idiot proof of the glosses on offer but that's not to say it's impossible to go wrong. Having done a little research on the internet prior to my furniture decorating marathon, I was aware of the need to sand and prime the furniture first, particularly the modern beech veneer wardrobe and drawers. Having read various reports online, it would seem applying any gloss directly to a veneer is just going to result in tears as it has nothing to stick to. Obviously, I knew I should sand and prime but sanding furniture is such hard work darling, so I stuck to priming only but ensured 2-3 coats for an even coverage. And then to use the gloss. The instructions on the tin, although short and to the point, really are useful. Apply the non-drip gloss with a brush direct from the tin (I'm liking this as there's one less thing to wash after), don't mix or stir the paint (well that's saved me some physical exertion) and don't overspread the paint. Hmmmm. That was the ambiguous one which I only fully understood after overspreading the gloss. This gloss is a dream to apply, you need to load up the brush (although not too much as non-drip isn't true of large dollops of paint clinging precariously to the end of your paint brush), and apply to your surface. A few strokes of the paint brush and you'll achieve an even and drip free finish. Unfortunately, if you get overzealous and keep painting over the same area, you will 'overspread' and end up with a rather streaky looking result. Fortunately, a second coat applied correctly rectified the problem and saved the day for Wilko's non-drip gloss. The tin advises to allow 16-24 hours for the paint to dry and between coats. I ignored this and found 4-6 hours between coats was sufficient, although I did allow my bed frame nearly a week to dry before putting the mattress back on. Gloss is a deceptive thing in that it appears dry but will still mark or smudge of you apply pressure. I found the best way to check if the gloss is dry is to press in an unnoticeable area and see if you leave a mark. You need to be able to apply a lot of pressure or even attempt to stick your fingernail in the paint to know it is completely dry. I doubt this is a technique professional decorators use but, what the hell, it worked for me. In terms of value a 750ml tin of this gloss claims to cover 10 square metres. I have no idea of the size of area I covered but to give you an idea, I painted a double pine bedstead (2 coats), a 5 drawer chest of drawers (2 coats) and half of a large double wardrobe (just the first coat) before having to crack open tin number 2. Not bad for £4.97. In fact, that really is exceedingly good value for money if you ask me. So, for the finishing result? Well it's gorgeous and I couldn't have hoped for better. Obviously a change in the wall colour and some other design choices have completed the look but the furniture looks fantastic and better than I could have hoped. Just for those who are curious, some beading and vintage handles and drawer knobs also contributed to creating the shabby chic look. Alas, Wilko's non-drip gloss, although amazing, is not a miracle worker! The magnolia colour is far nicer than I had anticipated too and actually dries paler than when applied. In fact, it looks to me just like the antique white colour I was hoping for. If you're looking for a cheap, cheerful and very nearly fool proof gloss, you really can't go wrong with Wilko's non-drip gloss. It's easy to apply, cheap, has a great finish and, despite several knocks and bumps already with the hoover, has stood the challenges I have thrown at it and failed to chip. What more could a girl ask for?