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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:06 pm Reply with quote

We decorated a room about 5 months ago and have noticed that the white eggshell on the skirting boards etc has already started to yellow. I have seen it loads of times in the past with white gloss so hoped eggshell might be better. icon_cry.gif

It's not a cheap make and it was a brand new tin when we did it. Any ideas how we can make it stay whiter for longer or is there a particular make of white eggshell that is better than Dulux?

Many thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:10 am Reply with quote

All oil/solvent-based (white) paint will yellow after a while , even more so if theres no natural (sun)light in the room..
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:35 pm Reply with quote

......i think the above was someone spamming the site.

How about this, hope this helps you.

Its tricky to say for sure without seeing the job but here are my two pennies worth...........

1. Did you thoroughly MIX the paint? before using it? I know sounds daft saying it, but sometimes people dont mix it, and therefore the resins in the gloss have appeared as they weren't amalgamated into the paint.

2. Is there a HEAT SOURCE (hot water or heating pipe, vent from flue or aircon unit, radiator etc) near the stained wood as heat can discolour paint.

3. Did you PREPARE the surface before painting, by sanding the old paint, getting shot of the dust from that, and making sure the wood was CLEAN before painting?

and finally

4. Did you use a BRAND NEW brush to apply it or was the brush stored in turps, or used for a darker colour previously?

Hope the above is helpful to you.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:07 pm Reply with quote

I had the same issues with white oil based paint
It will go yellow very quickly if it does not have natural daylight, the less light the quicker it wil happen.
Either use a water based gloss, they dont go yellow, but give a crap finish as they dry too quickly or choose another colur other than white
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