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Decorating advice needed please!

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Celeriacacaca Tue 09-Feb-16 15:08:36

I'm about to start painting our hall. There is a lot of beaded woodwork on the understairs area and then the stair spindles, dado rail and original woodwork at the bottom of the stairs which was last done in white gloss. Am I right in thinking satinwood or another type of paint rather than gloss might be better?

Someone has also recommended that I use an undercoat such as Zinsser 123 plus, so that I don't need to sand the woodwork down. Any thoughts on this please?

I want a matt paint for the walls that will last and that will take repeated wiping. I used Dulux Endurance in my son's room and I'm not overly impressed with it. Any other recommendations that can be colour matched please?

wowfudge Tue 09-Feb-16 15:14:47

I have successfully used Zinsser primer and changed from solvent based gloss to water based satinwood on woodwork. It is great stuff. No chipping or other issues. Satinwood isn't better than gloss per se, just much less likely to yellow over time and not as shiny. I avoid sanding if at all possible. I know others with disagree with me and say you should always do it.

As for emulsion - other than in the kitchen I have just used matt emulsion and wiped it down as required. We used to have a dog so would wipe down walls as required and go over with a lick of paint as required. If you use a roller you can't tell you've touched it up as the coverage is thin and even.

MaynJune Tue 09-Feb-16 16:24:40

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt is hard-wearing. I wipe it a lot in the kitchen.

bojorojo Tue 09-Feb-16 16:27:39

Personally I like the finish of Eggshell on interior wood. It is hard wearing and not shiny. Gloss just looks very dated now and is too difficult to apply.

Celeriacacaca Wed 10-Feb-16 19:31:43


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