Cheap Paint Helps Nobody

By Hunter Seabass



I’m not really so happy with the way this decorating job turned out. I was subcontracted and on a tight schedule.


The ceilings and walls were freshly plastered and Stevie Wonder wearing boxing gloves could have done better job! It was awful!


If I was carrying out this painting for one of my own clients, I would have got my hawk and trowel out, then skim costed filler over it all. It’s the only way this job was ever going to turn out well.


But as I said. I was under instructions from the main contractor and on a tight schedule. I can only do what I’m told to.


I did spend a few hours filling the worst of it. This was extra prep at my own expense, but I couldn’t just paint over what was there. My professional pride wouldn’t let me!! Sorry kids, we’ve only got rice to eat this week, but Mrs Jones has flatter walls!!


I applied a mist coat, filled then used my dustless Sanding kit. Then I applied two coats of Valspar V700 in white to the ceilings, and a tinted colour to the walls.


The gloss I’d been given was Dulux retail!! Nasty stuff, no opacity and turns yellow over a very short space of time!!


All paints were supplied. I have to stop this lark of letting clints supply the materials. I’m a professional decorator, I should only use trade paint!!


Cheap paint helps nobody! The finish is poor, you need to apply more coats, you use more paint anyway and your finished paint job will not look new for very long. Yellowing woodwork and walls which are easy to scuff will have your room looking tatty again within the year.


So folks, it’s a false economy getting cheap paint.

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cheap paint helps nobody. This was done using valspar v700 emulsion

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