Welcome to our conservatory where I have spent many happy hours this week and last. I think it smells of paint, and I suppose I may do too, but I'm nearing a good result.
This doesn't make me an expert, but I've had a good chance to compare 5 different paints, so I though you might like to know what I found. Are cheap paints as good as expensive ones? Do the big brands make better paint? Read on.
Here's a close up. You can see the dark grey border is showing the wood grain and needs more to build it up, but it's only one coat so far, the others already have 2 or 3 coats. Nice sharp lines though
Lets look at the old scoreboard. I've used 5 different paints (basically what I had to hand in the appropriate colours) and I'll score each one on ease of application, ability to cover, and resistance to running. Marks out of 5 for each category
1. Blakes Enamel (now sold as Hempel) Bordeaux Red. Ease - 4 good, brushes on easily. Covering - 2 mediocre, but then its a red paint. Run resistance 4 OK it stays put. Total marks 10
2. Wickes exterior wet gloss Midnight Blue. Ease 3 manageable. Covering 3- needs 2 or 3 coats. Run resistance 4 similar to Blakes Total marks 10
3. Dulux Weather shield gloss Country Cream. Ease 2- too thin to control. Covering 2- seems to be v low on pigment content Run Resistance 1 -appalling. Total Marks 5 (I'm feeling generous)
4. Wickes non drip gloss Brilliant White - Ease 3- needs care to avoid lumps. Covering 3 - 2 coats gives a reasonable cover Run Resistance 4 -stays put. Total Marks 10. Seems to take longer to harden off
5. Craftmaster Coach Enamel Graphite Grey - Ease 5 - goes on like a dream and dries fast. Covering - 5 one thinnish coat completely opaque. Run Resistance 4 - helped by not needing such a thick coat and quick drying. Total Marks 14
I am continually blown away by the Craftmaster stuff. OK it's £25 a litre, but nothing compares. I don't know how they get such a free flowing paint to hold so much pigment. The Blakes which is also fairly expensive is fine but not really that much better than the Wickes paint. As to the Dulux - hopeless really. I wouldn't buy it again.