Featured Questions

HI Can you supply Combicolor in L90D?

Rust-Oleum Combicolor Original is available in many RAL and BS colours, unfortunately we cannot match automotive paint codes.

Building control have requested that the timber door leading to my basement has 30 mins fire protection can you recommend a pa . . .

Providing your doors are suitable then Envirograf Door Upgrade Paint System or Envirograf Door Upgrade Varnish System may be suitable.

I've cut the handles off a huge enamel dish as it wouldn't fit into the oven. I'm left with four rings of raw steel which I wa . . .

Unfortunately we do not have a product to recommend for this application.

Faq Sections

Product/Project Question
Good afternoon. I would like some advice please, on the best products to buy to prepare/paint the concrete floor in my busy ca . . .

Thank you for the enqiury, please can we request some pictures of the floor and the information below are sent to [email protected] then we can assist with a specification.

Environment - interior or exterior
Substrate – concrete, power floated, porous? Timber or metal
If screed applied what is it, also provide TDS if possible
Location – garage, warehouse, domestic
Condition – bare or previously painted
Exposure – foot traffic, vehicles, forklifts, chemicals
Size of area to paint
Colour required
Finish required, matt satin or gloss
Application- who will be applying it>
Application timescale
Level of preparation prepared to undertake – grinding floor prior to application?

hi im looking for upvc paint that would be a close match to golden oak upvc colour.. could you recommend a match please regard . . .

Unfortunately we cannot recommend a colour choice, but these paints can be mixed to many RAL and BS colours.

We would recommend viewing a RAL or Bs colour chart in persion to ascertain colour suitability for your application.

Assuming the UPVC is clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the technical data sheet we can recommend the Kolorbond uPVC Painting Kits.

Hey I have a 40m2 concrete floor in a photo studio and I'm trying to work you the best cost effective covering for it. I am us . . .

Unfortunately we do not have a floor paint that can insulate the floor to make it feel warmer but assuming the floor is clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the technical data sheet we can recommend Bradite Floor-It.

This is available in many RAL and BS colours in a semi-gloss finish.

For application to a prepared bare absorbant concrete 3 coats will be required with the first coat thinned 20% with clean water.

For 40m² you will require approximately two 5ltr tins.

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Problem Solving
How do you treat rising damp?

Our blog post "Treating Rising Damp" shows you how to spot the problem, ways to solve it, and the products to use.

Sirs, Paint on the upper surface of my oven door was damaged by chemicals whilst being professionally cleaned - and needs to b . . .

Unfortunately we do not have a product to recommend for this application.

what is the remedy removing gloss patches on matt finish two pack polyurethane applied on pacquet floor

As the previously applied coating wears gloss patches will occur, to correct this assuming the floor is clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the Technical Data Sheet we can recommend Rust-Oleum 4900 Polycoat 2K.

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Product Application
May your anti-climb "paint" also be used against e.g. martens squeezing in under roof slates destroying the insulation materia . . .

We have no information on any anti-climb paints being used for this kind of application as they are purely used as a non-drying coating to prevent vandals having ease of access.

advice please. I am planning to paint my wood fire place. It has a wood burner in situ (30 years old). It has had a fire resis . . .

We do not recommend painting these areas, however please see our detailed blog post Painting the Walls around a Fireplace or Multi Fuel Stove.

Dear Sirs, I am currently renovating a Thai Takeaway , and require a food grade hygiene paint that is washable for the Ceiling . . .

Assuming the walls and ceiling are previously painted, well adhered, dry, clean, sound we can recommend Rust-Oleum Biosan Aqua.

This is available in many RAL and BS colours in a matt, satin or gloss finish.

If this is to be applied to bare plaster, prime with Rust-Oleum Mathys Pegalink Universal Adhesion Primer first.

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Product Mixing
When choosing Ral colour 7037 is not available Can it be mixed ? I need 10 litres

Could you advise which product you require this colour in please?

Do you supply paint in spray cans?

Yes you can see our range of aerosols HERE.

Hi , I am looking for a sika gard paint b/no 3001342574 article no. 428963 hopefully you can help thanks

This information relates to Sikagard 206 W (Sterimatt) in BS 14C31. Sikagard 206 W (Sterimatt) has been discontinued by the manufacturer and has been replaced with Sikagard 406 W which is also available in BS 14C31.

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Surface Preparation
Hi, I would like to re-paint a powder coated cast iron radiator. The current coating is in perfect condition but is the wrong . . .

Assuming the powder coated radiator is clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the Technical Data Sheet we can recommend Rust-Oleum CombiColor Original.

This is available in many RAL and BS colours in a satin or gloss finish.

Hi I want to paint my outdoor, uncovered, concrete patio slabs, a dark grey/near black. What is the best primer to use for thi . . .

Assuming the concrete slabs are bare, clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the technical Data Sheet we can recommend Coo-Var Acrylic Floor Paint.

No primer or sealer would be required but the slabs should be prepared by acid etching, abrading or grinding.

one of our sites want to allow young adults t o graffiti a couple of walls internally. would we treat the surface for future e . . .

Assuming the wall is clean, dry, sound and prepared as detailed in the Techncial Data sheet we we would recommend an anti-graffiti coating to provide a surface where the graffiti could be easily removed at a later date such as Hydron Nu-Guard AG.

This is an anti-graffiti coating available in a range of colours or clear.

This would mean any graffiti could be removed with soapy water when desired.

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Technical Acronyms
What is a MSDS data sheet?

MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet, SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet. It is a vital read before starting your project to ensure you are carrying out the application in the safest way possible. It includes information such as:

  • • Identification of the substance
  • • Hazards identification
  • • Composition of ingredients
  • • First aid measures
  • • Handling and storage
  • • Accidental release measures
  • • Personal protection
  • • Safety equipment
  • • Chemical properties
  • • Reactivity and stability
  • • Toxicological information
  • • Ecological information
  • • Disposal considerations
  • • Transport information
  • • Regulatory information
  • • Emergency contact information
  • • Firefighting measures

What do FD30 and FD60 mean?

FD30 and FD60 are often referred to when discussing fire protection for doors. FD30 would suggest a 30-minute fire door or fire door set; in other words, one that offers at least 30 minutes of protection against fires.

What does SB stand for?

SB usually stands for solvent-based. These paints can be hazardous, so be sure to check the Safety Data Sheet before applying.

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Technical and Specialist Knowledge
What are the different types of paint available?

There are vast types of paints available for all sorts of specialist projects. We have tried to simplify your search on our website with comprehensive categories and sub-categories.

If there is a specific paint or use you are looking for, you can also use the ‘Search’ tool which will prompt/suggest products you may be looking for.

Each header has a dropdown box, and then each category has further subcategories that appear to the right when the cursor is hovered over the category name.  

What are the different types of wood stains and varnishes available?

We have a designated ‘Wood Finishes’ category under ‘Paints & Coatings that categorises our wood stains, oils, varnishes, and paints further into maintenence, pre-treatment, preparation, and protection, for:

  • Exterior wood surfaces:
    • Barns and farms
    • Cladding
    • Decking
    • Garden furniture
    • Joinery (windows and doors)
    • Shed, fence, and summerhouse
  • Interior wood surfaces:
    • Doors and trim
    • Floors
    • Furniture
    • Walls and ceilings
    • Worktops and tabletops
  • Industrial products:
    • Acid catalysed
    • Pre-catalysed


We stock a comprehensive range of wood varnishes, stains, oils, protective finishes, and wood paint for both interior and exterior uses – pretty much every project you can think of is covered by a product in our range. Whatever you need, we can provide advice on the best wood finish to use, from heavy duty floor varnish to opaque wood paint, decking oil to Danish oil, and water-based or solvent-based.

What is a primer and when should you use it when decorating or restoring a previously decorated surface? . . .

A primer is a preparatory product. It creates an extra layer between your paint and the substrate, helping it last longer, bond better and often smoothing out the surface for optimum lifespan and performance. To look at it a different way, makeup primers are used for the same purpose in cosmetics!

Primers can also be used to add more specific extra protection, such as using a UV primer, a waterproofing primer or a penetrating primer.

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Fire Protection FAQs
How frequently do I need to repaint external wood surface (wall) with fire retardant paint? Thank you

If you are to use a system with a separate basecoat and topcoat then the topcoat must remain intact to protect the intumescent layer.

Providing the topcoat is regularly checked and maintained then you shouldn’t need to re-apply the intumescent, only the topcoat where needed.

Hi there, I need some intumescent paint to cover an internal painted RSJ. Could you let me know what you would advise for this . . .

Thank you for the enquiry, we have contacted you directly for more information.

Good Afternoon I am wanting to purchase Intumescent paint in black for steel beams internally. They are installed and the stan . . .

Assuming this is for Universal Beams or Columns then we could recommend Bollom Brosteel Ultra 60 - 60min System For Universal Beams & Columns.

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