Some of Your Decorating Questions Answered

April 6, 2017


As a general builders merchant, we often get asked questions by our customers. Some of these concern painting and decorating.

In a recent issue of Professional Builders Merchant magazine, our supplier, Leyland Trade, offered their answers to some frequently asked questions. And they’ve given us permission to use some of them here in the TBS Blog. Thanks, guys!

Q: I’ve been washing stubborn dirty marks off walls that were recently painted with Vinyl Matt. The patches now look shiny. What’s happened?

A: This isn’t unusual with matt emulsion paints. The vigorous rubbing action has resulted in some of the surface paint being removed and the surface has become burnished and polished. Matt emulsion is fine in most locations but in high traffic areas, Soft Sheen, Silk or even Acrylic Eggshell could be used.

Q: Why do I need to prime bare timber?

A: It’s essential, in fact! The primer soaks into the timber, creating a good bond and stopping any further absorbency, so you have a sound base for the next coating.

Q: There are new paints out there like High Opacity and Flat Matt. What are they?

A: Leyland High Opacity Matt is an emulsion designed to achieve the appearance of a two coat application in just one coat. It is water based and easy to use and dries to a tough hard wearing matt finish. Johnstone’s Flat Matt is a non-reflective emulsion with only a 1% sheen and a dead flat finish. It’s ideal for hiding minor imperfections, and being wipeable, it provides a long-lasting quality finish.

Q: What’s the best paint to apply to new plaster?

A: Some paints, if applied to plaster that isn’t yet fully dry, will blister because of the remaining moisture. The answer is to use a breathable coating like Leyland Trade Contract Matt Emulsion, or Leyland High Opacity Matt Emulsion. These are specially formulated to let remaining moisture escape. You can use them when the outer surface of the plaster has dried (going from dark brown to pink). They give you a high opacity coating and a dense finish, while still being quick to apply.

Q: I’ve never used Floor Paint before. How do I apply it?

A: Use it exactly as you would emulsion a wall. Cut in the edges with a brush and apply the rest with a roller. TIP: if you use an extension pole, it makes the job a lot easier. Work in equal sections and keep an open edge. The rougher the texture of the floor surface, the heavier will be the pile of roller that you use.

5L Acrylic Primer Undercoat Redrawn

TBS holds all the paints and accessories mentioned here, so pop in and get stocked up! We’re also open to any other decorating questions you may have.


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