Best makes of paint

I need to buy some paints: interior wood work and ceilings atm. I haven't bought paint for many years, so really out of touch (and a bit shocked by the prices!).[1]
I used to like Crown, but also had v. good results with some B&Q water-based gloss.
I quite like the idea of satin rather than gloss - what's it like on large areas? If it's similar to silk emulsion it could be OK.
I saw in here a while ago that Dulux's Once wasn't really; Crown 'guarantees' 1-coat coverage - does it manage that?
As for emulsion, something that needs only 1, or at most 2, coats would be handy - see below.
Are any of the sheds' 'own brands' or 'trade' any good?
[1] I've just been using some Toolstation matt emulsion (just inside cupboards etc.); got it just for convenience with an order. It's easy to use, but needs 2 coats over 'slightly grey' walls and would need 3 coats on a ceiling!
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PeterC wrote:

They all 'promise' 1 coat, but T&C apply etc. Most of the time it works, but it obviously depends on what its covering. Matt covers better than silk.
I always use 1 coat emulsion & gloss, doesn't make sense to use anything else IMO because the labour cost is always going to outweigh the paint cost.

I've used Wickes own brand 1 coat & it seems OK.
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:49:55 GMT, The Medway Handyman wrote:

And 2 coats will also be more expensive than 1 of '1-coat'. I'll probably get some Crown from B&Q (on Wednesday, 10% off and, if the fields are frozen, a nice 9-mile walk).

Looked at that yesterday. The 'Trade' was quite a bit more - was that the one that you used?
Thanks for the feedback.
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PeterC wrote:

IIRC it was their 'Master' range.
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The Medway Handyman wrote:

Their Master range masonry paint is fantastic stuff. I do my brickwork every eight years and it never fails in between.
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:03:13 +0000, PeterC

Only one candidate in my opinion. Leyland paints. Google for a stockist near to you.
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wrote:

The basic trade emulsion they sell at Screwfix (is this Leyland? I can't remember..), if you've got one near you, is very good. In my opinion far better than Crown, Dulux etc.. It's thick, easy to apply and covers very well in less coats - for example, brilliant yellow lounge walls (yuck!!) done in one white and two magnolia. Only comes in basic colours, white, magnolia, etc., but I would recommend it.
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Screwfix certainly stock Leyland trade paints:
http://www.screwfix.com/cats/101644/Paint/Trade-Paint
I used their undercoat white/gloss brilliant white along with a no- name primer on new pine - and got my best paint results ever. A smooth coat that over the next few weeks thoroughly hardened.
When I cut to size some of the pre-painted moulding pieces I made up for window repairs, I was particularly pleased with how it adhered with no sign of chipping.
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 07:51:52 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gglz.com wrote:

Well, that's a good point - durability is very important, especially for handrails and the like.
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:32:19 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@blueyonder.co.uk wrote:

Well, there's Screwfix in town, but some of the reviews on Leyland paints aren't good - but some are, so they don't help a lot. I do wonder how the same product can 'vary' so much (apart from 9in0competence in use, of course).
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On 10/01/2010 10:03 PeterC wrote:

Dulux seems to work better than Crown at the moment. YMMV.

I used satin on all our internal doors. I repainted with gloss within six months as the dull look the satin gave it made it look grubby. Elder daughter prefers the satin.

Two words I never believe on a tin of paint: 'one' followed by 'coat'. It's never worked for me unless it's overpainting in the same colour.
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:55:00 +0000, F wrote:

Yes, I can imagine that effect over a large area if one's accustomed to gloss.

Add 'guaranteed' to that!
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One of the best emulsions is Macpherson .... it has a high amount of solids, and thus great covering.
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Dulux & Leyland
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On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:29:40 -0800 (PST), NT wrote:

There seems to be convergence here: Dulux, Leyland and Wickes' Master.
Many thanks for the info. - looks as if I need to do some shopping.
I'd like to get some of this painting finished but, with the cold weather and some instructions containing 'warm' and 'well-ventilated' (mutually exclusive atm!), there might be a delay - roll on Spring!
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PeterC wrote:

The basic Toolstation/Screwfix paints are as good as any IME. You only need to shuffle round the sheds if you want a wider colour range
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I tried their 40 litre barrels of paint (or was it 25?), and won't use it again. Kingstonian iirc. It wears quickly, and the finish isn't that great.
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