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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorBowman
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2018
     
    Evening All,

    At long last we are now looking to start painting - having used Ecos in the past, now Lakeland, also Osmo, Bona, Macpherson etc.

    Any thoughts or recommendations?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2018
     
    What are you painting?
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2018
     
    Paints. Dulux trade

    Wood staines. Sikens

    Sure there are other good products but found both these excellent.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2018
     
    Never use paint from the DIY sheds, I find better cover with the brands mentioned D and McP

    Buying at reasonable prices is the difficult bit, best value is special offer white or magnolia

    I have stopped using both but buy the special,offer big brand whites and mix to the colour I want for ceilings natural calico and walls pm me.
    • CommentAuthorBowman
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2018
     
    Just walls and woodwork djh.

    So far we've used:

    sioo on the external cladding - gives a very hard finish, nasty splinters, nice even fade, expensive, coverage on Siberian Larch much better than advertised, Larch is hard and dense so I assume doesn't absorb so much.
    Valspar for the mist coats - good coverage and finish, no smell, 2 x 5L for £30 at SF

    This started as a "discussion" between Bowgirl and myself on the merits of Farrow and Ball for colour.

    Just wondering whether Lakeland or Earthborn are worth the extra - I'm a little cynical that extra goes more on marketing than the product but found Ecos (forerunner to Lakeland) very good in the past.
    • CommentAuthorsnyggapa
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2018
     
    we used earthborn clay and earthborn silicate in our current place and found them very good - so much that we're going to use them in our next place.

    The clay is a very flat matt though, which may or may not be to your taste. It does cover a multitude of sins though!
    • CommentAuthordereke
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2018
     
    We used Auro paints last year.

    Our decorator thought we were mad. However by the end he was pretty happy with the result.
    His only issue was with the undercoat, the cheaper one did not go on so well.

    A year later and they are wearing well. Really nice earthy tones.
    It cost quite a lot but I think it was worth it.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2018
     
    Any trade paint supplier can mic paint to any colour
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2018
     
    Dulux Trade Supermatt works well as an undercoat and can be colour-tinted if required I think. We used Earthborn clay paint for the top coat.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2018
     
    If going the breatheable construction route, where all layers from inside to out must remain more or less vapour-open without even a one-time one coat lapse, then AFAIK all commercial plastic-based paints e.g. Dulux Trade Supermatt are out. Does anyone know better, or exceptions?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2018
     
    Posted By: fostertomAFAIK all commercial plastic-based paints e.g. Dulux Trade Supermatt are out. Does anyone know better, or exceptions?

    Yes, Supermatt is NOT out. It's one of the very few paints with a published Sd value, as I have mentioned on here before. The clue is that it is sold for application on new plaster, before it is fully dry. Think about it.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2018
     
    That's v gd news
    • CommentAuthorretrofrit
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2018
     
    Teknos is the window industry breathable favourite, not seen it for sale in paint trade though, I've always used Superdec which isn't but seems to last and be easy to use, its not fussy.
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    Keim paints are great for breathable no solvent paint, especially good for kitchens and bathrooms as no mould
    • CommentAuthortheforge
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2018
     
    Rose of Jericho handmade traditional paints (distemper, limewash, eggshell, oil bound etc) in Dorset using powdered pigments. Many of these are fully breathable and a good choice of colours. Good advice too about the most appropriate paints for different substrates/conditions.

    www.roseofjericho.co.uk
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