05 Jan 2018

Dulux Trade reveals the key to achieving the right finish

With decorators, self-builders and renovators facing increasing time pressures, finishing a job on time has never been so important. At Dulux Trade, we dedicate a huge amount of time to understanding appliers and specifiers’ real needs to ensure that the products we produce facilitate the best results and allow the decorator to work with optimum efficiency.


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Through research and development work, our technical team have worked to improve the application properties of our products for an even better finish and easier application, while still delivering excellent opacity and texture. Decorators don’t want to have to thin paint before it is applied. At the same time they want a paint that can be used for a variety of application methods, whether it’s with a brush, spray or roller, whilst still delivering great results.

When making preparations to start a decorating job, make sure surfaces to be painted are sound, clean and dry (in particular, new surfaces must be fully dry) and remove all loose and defective paint. Special precautions should be taken during preparation of pre-1960s paint surfaces over wood and metal as they may contain harmful lead.

Where necessary, wash the surface to remove dirt, grease and powdery or dusty residues. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Seal surfaces that remain powdery after thorough preparation with an appropriate plaster sealer.

If needed, rub down and then wipe off with a damp, lint-free cloth to avoid dust. Any surface defects should be filled with the appropriate Polycell Trade Polyfilla.

We would recommend the new Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt for all normal interior wall and ceiling surfaces. It has an improved in-can consistency that can be applied with or without thinning. The new formulation has a smooth flow for easy application and the benefit of reduced fly-off for a more enjoyable and efficient decorating process, making it an excellent choice for self-builders. The improved consistency also supports the delivery of a high-quality uniform finish, whilst continuing to deliver outstanding opacity and coverage.

Suitable for all normal interior wall and ceiling surfaces, the formulation offers great colour retention, and as a low-sheen matt, it is ideally suited to covering imperfections for a consistently brilliant finish with a coverage rate of up to 17m²/l.

The paint has been put through rigorous testing processes, both in the lab, through the Dulux Academy and with numerous professional domestic and commercial appliers to ensure that what we’ve delivered will meet their expectations.

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