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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Best paint brand and colour for BTL's?

    Valspar did have a problem as you describe, but that’s been long since sorted (at least a year), I think they just put the fungicide back in!

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    Nothing wrong with Dulux trade white emulsion, and it can be used everywhere - ceilings, walls, and even skirting boards!

    You're overthinking this OP, I used to go down the magnolia route until I realised white all over is the way forward for quick retouches or repainting individual walls with no cutting in hassles.

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    I did use magnolia once, when I took over a tenanted flat occupied by a heavy smoker. It seemed futile to use anything else even though it’s one of my pet hates.

    Apart from that I now always use Leyland Trade Contract white which is usually on offer at either Screwfix or Toolstation (they currently have it at £13.88 for 10l) so I tend to stock up in bulk.

    it always looks like it hasn’t covered while it’s still wet, but then dries down opaque. I’ve seen it cover deep pink in just two well applied coats.

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    I've just done all my ceilings with that its a lovely paint to put on. Bought the magnolia equivalent but haven't been able to bring myself to.use it as I am not a fan of magnolia. I think white will look too stark its an old 1930s house and walla have imperfections but I might try with one wall.

    I'm considering getting some neutral shade mixed. Ill get there in the end thanks all for the tips.

    Meanwhile I am panting everything else brilliant white. If anyone has good experience of white paint for woodwork which.lasts and doesn't discolour and goes on like a dream let me know.

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    For woodwork I use Leyland again - Trade Acrylic Primer Undercoat to cover old colours or yellowed paint and then Trade Water Based Fast Drying Gloss.

    Nothing like as shiny as the traditional glosses, but then again doesn’t yellow with age.

    Dries almost too fast to get a smooth finish, especially in warm weather, so I add about 5% water to it to slow it down a bit.

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    That sounds good. I'm not a fan of too shiny as shows imperfections but this sounds like a perfect middle ground. Thank.you.

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    Hi,

    For woodwork, I found Sadoline Superdec soft sheen to be perfect for wood imperfections of a period property. 

    It does not need undercoat and goes on the wood like a dream. It is water based and as such does not discolour with time.

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