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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between primer and undercoat?

Primer stops residue from seeping out of a substrate, thus preventing discolouration once the topcoat has been applied. Undercoat helps level the surface of the substrate and also helps block out strong colours before application of the topcoat.



When and why is using a primer important?

Priming a surface blocks out stains, provides a good base for a topcoat and ensures maximum adhesion to the surface being painted.

In general, priming is essential when:

    - The surface is porous in any way (i.e. it absorbs moisture such as wood).
    - The surface has never been painted before.
    - The surface contains substances which can bleed through (e.g. dirt, tobacco stains, tannins in woods such as mahogany).


Can Wickes Durable Matt be used in Bathrooms?

Yes, just like Wickes Bathroom, Wickes Durable Matt is fully scrubbable and moisture resistant and can therefore be used in ANY interior room. The key difference is on the finish – Wickes Bathroom has a soft sheen whilst Wickes Durable Matt has a matt finish.



Can Wickes Liquid and Non-Drip gloss be used on radiators?

No. For radiators we would recommend using Wickes Radiator Enamel which has been specially formulated to withstand extreme temperature changes.



What Wickes paints can be used on plastic?

As long as Universal Primer is applied first to provide a good adhesive base, then any solvent-based Wickes Gloss or Satin can be used to paint plastic material.



Is it necessary to buy a tester pot before buying paint?

Paint shades can vary depending on the material being painted and the amount of light in a room so it's always best to try some of the paint first so you can see exactly how the wall or ceiling will look. Tester pots are available for all Wickes Emulsions (excluding Trade).



Which paint is best for uneven wall surfaces?

Firstly you will need to prepare the surface with Wickes Smooth Skim, which uses advanced lightweight polymer sphere technology to help conceal cracks, creating a smoother surface to paint on. When selecting your topcoat, avoid shiny finishes - opt for a matt finish as it is less reflective and will absorb light to help hide imperfections. Try Wickes Vinyl Matt or for an ultra flat matt look choose Wickes Chalky Flat Matt.



When applying a new coat of white to a white wall, I have trouble maintaining an even coverage. Is there a product that can help with this?

Painting white over white is always a little tricky – however, it doesn't need to be difficult. Those in the know use indicator paint - a handy emulsion that is pink when wet and dries to a Brilliant White, so you can always see where you've painted! We recommend Wickes Pink to White for an even coverage, with no mistakes.



Which paint should I use for my bathroom which is quite steamy? I want a finish that lasts...

Wickes Bathroom has been specially formulated for high condensation areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. It resists the damaging effects of moisture to provide a durable finish that lasts longer. The finish is also fully scrubbable making it extremely hard-wearing. This practical paint is available in 20 colours, so you won't have to compromise on style!



I want a stylish colour scheme but need something that's easy to keep clean and can withstand the wear and tear of a busy household.

You don't have to sacrifice a fashionable colour palette for practicality. Wickes Durable Matt is available in 30 stylish colours and is specifically built to last. Extremely tough and hard-wearing, this paint is fully scrubbable, allowing marks to be scrubbed away without spoiling the finish or causing the colour to fade.



How do I prevent stains from seeping through to the topcoat?

Stains should always be treated as part of the preparation process. Wickes Interior Stain Cover is formulated to cover and lock unsightly stains caused by nicotine, smoke, marker pen, wax crayon and graffiti. Once the stain has been treated you can apply a topcoat without fear of the stain showing through. For a fast solution on isolated stains, try Wickes Quick Drying Stain Cover Spray.



What should I use to paint new plaster?

Wickes Trade Matt Paint for New Plaster has been specifically designed for effective cover of new plaster, concrete, brick and plasterboard. This high quality matt emulsion is based on a blend of polymers which allow the substrate to breathe so that the drying process may continue after the paint has been applied.



What should I use to paint interior wall tiles?

Wickes Mould Resistant Tile Paint offers a quick way to create a new look for your kitchen and bathroom without the need to retile. This advanced formulation can be applied directly to glazed ceramic tiles, and does not require a separate primer or undercoat. For a fast, easy-to-use solution, try Wickes Quick Drying Tile Spray Paint.



What should I use to paint MDF cupboards?

Wickes Hardwearing Cupboard Paint is a quick and easy way to transform tired melamine and mdf cupboards. This advanced formulation dries to a tough sheen finish and can be applied directly onto cupboard surfaces without the need for a separate primer or undercoat. For added convenience try Wickes Quick Drying Cupboard Spray Paint.



How do I prevent my radiator from yellowing?

Normal house paints are prone to discolouration when introduced to heat, so when painting your radiator it's essential that you use a heat resistant paint to avoid yellowing. Wickes Radiator Enamel provides a finish that's heat resistant up to +120°C and contains non-yellowing resins to ensure it retains its original bright finish. It's also available in a choice of gloss or satin finishes.