Matt Finish

Just about to decorate the hall and stairs after stripping off the wallpaper. SWMBO has suggested painting the walls.
I like a really good flat matt finish and we have chosen some matt paint. Any tips on how to maximise the flat matt finish. Are some rollers better than others in this respect? Any tips for brush finishing around the edges to maintain a matt texture?
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John




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John wrote:

The best way to get a really matt finish is to use Farrow and Ball paints.
What you put them on with is (almost) irrelevant. Nothing else touches them for dead flatness and solidity of color.
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paint.
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This isn't the first time that I've heard this. I really must try them sometime.
Aren't other traditional paints such as distemper also known for their flatness?
Apart from being hugely expensive and difficult to find, I'm not sure about other downsides.
This place looks interesting.... http://www.realpaints.com
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RichardS wrote:

Possibly.
Not hugely expensive - about +30% on a decent paint, and I have even seen them in the sheds...homebase?
They are actually CHEAPER per unit pigmentation. Two coats useually does for ANY color. rather than three for some 't4rade whites'

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wrote:
(re Farrow & Ball paints)

We found that a darker colour (we used their "book room red" in a dining room) took three coats. Indeed, had we not been forwarned by the (specialist) shop that we'd bought the F&B from we might have given up after the first coat, as the dark red over white coverage was pretty poor. After three coats, though, the results are stunning.
Some of the top-of-the-range Dulux emulsions come close to F&B in terms of their flatness (but not quite).
Julian
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Julian Fowler wrote:

Had exactly teh same problem with 'Etruscan red' Reds are teh wosrt. Most of te paler colors went on fine in two coats.

No, not quite.

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wrote:

I tend to agree. Their paints are really nice (and easy) to work with and the colour ranges effective.
Homebase have most of the colours and types, but F&B also sell direct. .andy
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Andy Hall wrote in message

IIRC they still "edge grind" their pigments in the traditional way. This results in a larger particle size than the modern mills
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F&B will send you a beautiful brochure with everything you could want to know in it. They have ALL their range of types, Homebase do not come close. And F&B don't make a delivery charge.
I think I used F&B after someone eulogising about them on this ng and wouldn't now use anything else.
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ah! I knew that there had to be a downside to these traditional paints.
Not knocking F&B, btw, have heard good things, and intend to try it sometime.
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paints.
Distemper may be flat, but it isn't a best wearing surface. Somewhere like the hall and stairs you may find it comes off on your clothes. We had it in a hall when I was young and my bro, 13 and six foot, used to jump the stairs crash into the wall and get the distemper on his brown school blazer. Of course that was the 1970s maybe there are more 'modern' distempers. Sounds like a contadiction though...
If you have wains or teenagers I'd advise SWMBO (the decision maker) to go for satin finish. OK its not very flat, maybe not even flat at all, but at least you can wipe marks off easily.
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Suz wrote:

Thats why I recommebned F & B. It is as flat as distemper, but its an emulsion.

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