Painting, decorating and home improvement tips blog
Posted by Adrian
July 15th, 2012
Weather to Paint or Weather to Not!
That is the question here in the UK this summer.
Here in the UK we are having some very wet weather for the season. At Property Decorating this is normally the time of year for our exterior painting work to get into full swing.
Its Raining Again …….
According to the Met office ……
“Met Office confirms wettest June in over a century” ref : http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2012/wettest-June
Apparently the Met Office figures for this June are showing double the average amount of rain fall thus making this year the wettest “June” since their records began in 1910.
Weather to paint
So if you are considering weather or not to paint your exterior there are some things to bare in mind ;
Is it dry enough to paint the surface of your exterior or is it already too wet?
What is the forecast, will you have enough time to get the job done in time? Most paint companies have details of their products drying times so you can at least estimate the time you will need for drying and second coating.
So there are many factors to think about, with Masonry paint for example could simply be washed away with heavy rain leaving you with poor and patchy coverage, likewise Gloss paint can get pitted with heavy rain and not give you the finish you require.
These are just a few points to think about when thinking about ‘weather’ its wise to paint in this unseasonably wet weather.
Umbrella anyone !!!!
Posted by Adrian
February 2nd, 2012
A review of Dulux Trade Ecosure Undercoat and Gloss
Following on from my last review for TradeXpress, I am doing one this time for Dulux’s Ecosure range. Specifically I am reviewing the Ecosure water-based undercoat and water-based Gloss. Ecosure is Dulux Trade paint that reduces the impact on the environment even further than their standard paints by 30%. This means even lower VOC‘s.
I have never been a big fan of water-based topcoats and have not got on well with them in the past, so was interested to see how things have changed and improved.
Dulux Ecosure Water-Based Undercoat
I have been using water-based undercoat for many years now and I love it and I use it all the time so wasn’t too surprised to see this in the Ecosure range. Preparation is the same as for any other undercoat, i.e. abrade the surface, make sure the surface is sound, clean and dry. I applied the undercoat using a synthetic brush as recommended for this type of paint, and I was pleased with the results, I was using white undercoat and going over a cream colour. Coverage was good, with good opacity, for a strong colour change a second coat is advised.
I was slightly disappointed with the drying time of 6 hours, this obviously depends on the situation you are working in but the undercoat I am use to using only takes 1-2 hours to dry, so I had to leave the undercoat to dry fully overnight. Coming back in the morning the undercoat had dried leaving a good surface to apply the Gloss too.
The coverage is around 16m² which is only slightly under the standard undercoat coverage. The smell, well being a low VOC and water-based paint the smell was low. I know a lot of people hate the smell of oil-based undercoats and Gloss so will be pleasantly surprised by this paint.
Ecosure Water-Based undercoat comes in pure brilliant white but can be colour mixed, it comes in 2.5L and 5L tins, prices are around £27 and £47 respectively and a colour mixing starts at around £30.
The datasheet for Ecosure Undercoat is 528.
Dulux Ecosure Water-Based Gloss
Like I said in my introduction, I’ve never been a big fan of water-based topcoats so was a little dubious about what this Gloss could do. I applied the Gloss over my previously prepared and Ecosure water-based undercoated surface that I had left to dry overnight.
Posted by Adrian
August 15th, 2011
Water-based or Oil-based paint? Always read the label
When you buy paint you should always read the label printed on the tin, not only to see what the manufactures say you should do, but also to find out the type of paint you are using.
Sounds like a silly question, but if you are using a gloss or satinwood finish, is it water-based (or acrylic) or is it an oil-based product?
By knowing weather it is water-based or oil-based it will determine a few things, such as drying times, the application method you may want to use, and what you need to use to clean your brushes with, either water or brush cleaner/white spirit.
Things to look out for;
The symbols on the tin. It should have a symbol saying “clean brushes with water” or “clean brushes with brush cleaner” for oil based paints.
The VOC level will be low to medium on water-based paint and high on oil based.
Why do you need to know this information?
Knowing if the paint your using is oil or water based could help you make a decision about what type of paint to buy, if you prefer oil-based paints as you find them easier to work with than water-based paint, or do you prefer water-based as it dries quicker? As you need to get a job done before it rains, or the kids come home!
It also good to know if you can simply wash your brushes in water or if you have to wash then in brush cleaner such as white spirit. You don’t want to be washing them out in the wrong thing, or storing them incorrectly as this will ruin your brush.