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Water vs solvent based products

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using water-based products?

Water-based products are more user friendly and smell less offensive. Brushes are also easier to clean but only dry quickly in the right conditions

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using solvent-based products?

Solvent-based products have a better flow out and a better appearance. However, the odour is stronger and they can take 16 - 24 hours before being over coated.

I have used a solvent-based coating but cannot get rid of the smell?

Ventilation is the key - ensure windows and doors are open to increase airflow. All soft furnishings could be removed before starting as the smell may cling to them.

Smart tips for getting a great finish with Armstead Trade Quick Dry Gloss and Satin

New water-based Armstead Trade Quick Dry Gloss and Satin are the smart choices when you need an affordable, fast drying, non-yellowing alternative to traditional solvent-based trim paints.

You can use all your usual trim painting skills with Quick Dry Gloss and Satin, but here are a few expert tips to ensure you get a finish to be proud of.

Brush and roller selection

Use a good quality synthetic bristle brush - natural bristles absorb water from the paint and can cause brush marks

Use a short pile roller, preferably simulated mohair - foam rollers can reduce paint flow


Dampen bristles to reduce clogging

Lightly dampen the surface with a clean damp cloth to promote paint flow (over-wetting will reduce adhesion)

Apply evenly - over brushing and applying too thinly can cause brush marks and uneven sheen

Lay off using the tips of the bristles and a virtually dry brush. Work in the direction of the grain or parallel to the longest side for an even finish

Leave the paint alone - don't be tempted to go back over drying surfaces as you will spoil the finish

Dulux Trade products are now available in BIM format

Dulux Trade paints and woodcare products can now be seamlessly added to your BIM models as BIM objects - and the process couldn't be simpler. Click the button below to go to the NBS National BIM Library, pick your chosen Dulux Trade product and click the button to download it as a BIM object.

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