Dulux trade supermatt watering down

21 Oct 2014
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West Midlands
United Kingdom
Freshly skimmed walls and ceiling are dry and have had a mist coat of cheapo Leyland contract with 10% water. Could have probably diluted further as the paint was dry in a minute - but that was the instruction. The walls will be receiving colour, but the ceiling will have further coats of white.

Chose a decent paint for the ceiling top coats... Dulux trade supermatt. Not like me to spend £35 on 10L of white emulsion, but I thought I’d go balls to the wall this time. The instructions on the pot surprised me. Talks about diluting for a mist coat up to 3:1 (not that I’d use the good stuff for that), but then talks about the top coats being up to 5:1 paint to water. What’s that about? I could certainly do this but seems strange that a paint suggests diluting before using.
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Yes, those are the instructions. You are right, “up to” 5:1 dilution.

The paint does seem very thick, just wondering why I’d do this? Does it roller on better a little looser? Anyone used dulux trade suoermatt? What have they done?
Any decent emulsion will roller better if it's "eased" with water. That's been done in the trade for years;) In other words it's supplied thicker to allow the Dec. to judge
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Trade paints are basically more concentrated versions of the same paint you would buy in the big sheds. So that is why they are more expensive and call for a greater dilution factor. I generally find them to go much further and produce a similar job to the cheaper alternatives.

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