Review of Johnstones Stainaway

By Roy Forrest

My name is Roy Forrest, I am a self employed painter and decorator with over 40 years’ experience in the trade. I was recently sent a 5 Litres of Johnstones Stainaway to try out and here is my review on the product

Over the last few months Ive been doing a house for a regular customer. They had a faulty gas fire that left the house with a film of dark grey soot all over the paint work so Ive been steadily going through room by room. Most rooms have been stripped of all paper and also reskimmed so the smoke damage wasn’t a problem for me. But in the 2 bedrooms they just wanted to paint them in white vinyl silk for a quick clean up. Both rooms were papered walls in blown vinyl with artex ceiling and painted In a yukky cream colour. In the 1st bedroom I used oil based undercoat to seal in the smoke damage which worked fine but added time onto the job because I had to wait till the next day to let the oil based dry. There was also the smell to consider as well which lingered for a few days. As stainaway is a water based product I can easily get 2 coats or more on in a day and no waiting times or lingering odours

Fast forward a few weeks to the next bedroom and this time I have the Johnstones Stainaway which is not just a stain blocking primer but also can be used as a finish coat. I turned up at 8am to an almost empty bedroom and before 10am I had on the 1st coat of stainaway. It did a fantastic job of sealing in the smoke damage even after one coat and had the customer wanted a matt finish id have been ok to just give another coat of stainaway and that would have been it. The opacity of this paint is excellent and I gave another coat of stainaway shortly after. This was followed by 1 coat of silk finish (all in white) and was absolutley solid on completion. Application is easy and clean up is with water. I will definatley be using Johnstones stain away again on future smoke damage products, as yet ive not tried it on water stains but will report back when I have tried it. Some photos below show the 1st and 2nd coats of stainaway being applied.

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