I am about to decorate the flat, and have a simple question about gloss
paint. I know that 'normal' mat wall/ceiling paint must be a specific
bathroom type in order to cope well with condensation, splashing. However,
what about gloss ?? I am thinking of using the same gloss throughout for the
woodwork, probably dulux, and dont want to have to buy seperate 'types' for
the bathroom (expense, colour variation, hassle etc).
IMO "kitchen and bathroom paint" is a huge con and waste of
time and money. Ordinary good quality emulsion is perfectly
OK - if you *need* an anti-condensation paint (rare), then
buy a proper one.
Oil-based gloss is absolutely fine. Prepare the surfaces
properly before painting, this is a must. I wouldn't use
water-based paint in the bathroom (or anywhere else, for
that matter, on my property).
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The Kitchen and Bathroom 'type' branded retail products use little more
than standard vinyl emulsion formulation. So you can avoid them and save
yourself some money.
For commercial projects such as laundries, kitchens you'll tend to find
Acrylic Eggshell and Solvent-borne Eggshell used, as these do offer some
benefits in environments with alot of moisture. For problem areas
similar products may be specified, but these may be formulated with an
added biocide to prevent spores germinating on the paint coating film
and thus preventing mould/mildew growth.
For internal areas any good quality gloss which takes you fancy should
be fine. I'd still tend to stick with a solvent-borne type as these dry
to a harder film than the water-borne types currently available, this is
a useful quality for resisting abrasion and mechanical knocks and bangs.
Max Bone Decorating Direct Ltd
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