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Got a question about painting? We’ve answered the most common questions we get asked in-store.
For long-lasting, vibrant results, it’s vital to choose the right paint for the job.
For walls and ceilings, you’ll need emulsion. Emulsion is a water-based paint and can be applied directly onto previously painted walls, lining paper or textured wallpaper. It usually needs at least two coats and if you’re painting over darker colours or new plaster, maybe more. Emulsion comes in these finishes:
Gives a flat, non-reflective finish that works well with uneven surfaces. Our range includes washable matt paints too.
This is our trade paint. It’s thicker than other paints and produces a durable, soft sheen finish.
Creates a subtle mid sheen finish that can be wiped clean.
Great for small rooms, this shiny, light reflecting emulsion helps to create an airy, open feel and can be wiped clean.
For walls and ceilings, it depends on the surface you’re painting on.
You can either use specialist emulsion for new plaster or you can do two mist coats. This means watering down a white or light-coloured emulsion, to consist of 40% water and 60% paint:
If you paint unthinned emulsion straight onto bare plaster it dries too quickly and doesn’t bond with the wall properly, so the finish won’t last as long. If you ever see bits of paint peeling off from newly painted walls, it’s unlikely that mist coats have been applied. After the mist coats, you will need two or three topcoats.
If you’re painting over a light colour, you should be able to use two coats of any topcoat colour. If you’re painting a light colour over a dark colour, it’s best to do one or two coats of white emulsion first then two coats of your topcoat.
If you’re painting over bare wood, you will need to use one coat of primer first to seal the wood then one coat of undercoat before one or two coats of your topcoat. You can buy 2-in-1 primer and undercoatwhich can negate the need for a separate undercoat. On already painted wood, it’s still advisable to do one coat of undercoat before one or two coats of topcoat.
If you use fine sandpaper to sand between each coat, it gives the paint a better surface to attach to and results in a good, long-lasting finish. This is known as creating a key for the next coat. Also, if you’re painting onto bare wood, give this a light sand before painting with primer.
Cutting in is the term used for painting areas that are too small for a roller. This is normally where two different paint colours or types meet, often where the edge of a wall meets the ceiling and skirting or woodwork. A smaller, angled paint brush will make cutting in easier.
Yes. Kitchen paints are designed to resist heat and steam better than standard paints plus they’re generally grease proof so you can wash splashes and stains off more easily.
Yes. Due to the nature of bathrooms, bathroom paints are mould and moisture resistant and they can be wiped dry without damaging the finish.
We recommend you follow this order:
It’s best to paint top to bottom to avoid any paint dripping from the ceiling onto the walls or drips from the walls landing on the skirting or woodwork.
Once you’ve finished the job and cleaned the brushes and rollers, wrap them in cling film, cardboard or kitchen foil and store them flat. If you stand brushes up, you risk the bristles bending out of shape.
Before you start, gently work the bristles with your fingers or against a wall to get rid of any dust or loose bristles.
We recommend using mini rollers with long handles as these are designed to fit behind most radiators.
Absolutely, but you’ll need to roughen the surface with sandpaper first to remove any trace of sheen.
Rollers are great for painting large areas, especially ceilings. The type of roller you choose depends on the wall surface. The rougher the surface of a wall, the longer the hair on the sleeve should be.Shop all Woodwork Paints
These perform well on flat surfaces (such as newly plastered walls).
Good for slightly uneven or textured surfaces.
Best for heavily textured surfaces.
These have an extra long pile and are well-suited for very rough surfaces.
Great for oil-based paints.
Always wash new rollers before use to remove any manufacturing residue or dust.
If using the next day, place brushes in a jar of water so they don’t dry out. To store your brushes, rub excess paint onto newspaper then rinse under cold water. Clean with a little detergent and warm water then rinse well and pat dry.
If you’re using the brushes the next day with the same colour paint, wrap them in cling film. For storage, use white spirit to clean them then press them dry with paper towels.