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Is there any paint I can use on my previously stained decking, that can go straight on without the need for sanding or strippi . . .

We would suggest Blackfriar Anti-Slip Deck Coating here, test a small area first to ensure compatability, appearance, adhesion etc. before doing the whole area.


Hiya, I have a liquid rubber roof on top of a bitumen coated roof, it’s wonderful except when the sun beams on it, then it s . . .

Thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we wouldn't have anything to offer to combat this problem for you.


I have a back yard that was once part of a car park. The tarmac is rough in places and appreciate that I may need more than on . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum Tarmacoat which can be applied directly to clean, dry tarmac and is available in a range of standard colours. It is not designed as a levelling coating but if you apply a couple of coats it may assist in filling in very shallow depths.


Hello I have exposed steel beams in my extension and require a grey fire proof paint to around 10 sq m. Can you offer products . . .

Assuming this is standard universal beams and columns in a domestic residential property with steels located in interior, dry environments needing 30 minute protection we would recommend Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 30min System for Steel.


Hello sir'so I want to paint my motorcycle cylinders with silver paint,got to be heat resistant,gloss and smooth. Can you help . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C for your application which is available in a metallic Aluminium finish.


Hi. I am looking for a fire resistant spray to use on a headboard I am reupholstering for a holiday let. Would any of your pro . . .

We would need to know the composition of the headboard so that we can match it as closely as we can to a test?


Hi there, I was planning on repainting old floorboards with a white wash paint but the floorboards are coated in what seems to . . .

We would recommend Hydron AG4 Graffiti Remover to assist in removing the existing bitumen from the floor before applying any paint coatings.


Hello, I have some open grid style ceiling tiles on a grid that I'd like to paint with fire retardant paint, prefereably as a . . .

Unfortunately we don't have any fire retardant paint for ceiling tiles.


Hi, I’m looking for a white exterior non slip paint for some newly laid concrete steps . Would be grateful for your advice p . . .

We would recommend Smartkote Protectakote UVR for this application but new concrete must be left a minimum of 28 days to cure before painting. 


Hi, I have a client who has painted an exposed steel before applying any fire protection. Is it possible to apply a clear intu . . .

It isn't. Assuming more than just a primer was applied to the steel we would have to recommend complete removal before re-application of a coloured intumescent system.


What is your best metal primer for cast iron Pergola,also your best system for top coats please.Has some bad rust in few place . . .

We would recommend bare rusty surfaces be primed with Rust-Oleum 769/780 Damp-Proof Rust Primer which is left for 24 hours before overcoating with Rust-Oleum CombiColor.


Can a wooden loft ladder be made fire resistant enough.

This would depend on the level of fire protection required (i.e. Class 1, Class 0, 30min, 60min, etc.), the type of wood the ladder is made from and whether it is bare or previously coated?


I need a coating/paint suitable for external masonry that is capable of withstanding extreme heat and will protect the render . . .

We're able to offer a waterproofing, flexible and crack bridging product in way of Rust-Oleum Mathys Murfill Waterproofing Coating. This can be applied to old, sound paintwork following thorough brushing down. If the surface is bare or the paint surface is chalking, you wuold need to first prime the surafce with Mathys Pegafix. Any cracks larger than 0.5mm would need filling with Rust-Oleum Mathys Elastofill. The system will not necessarily prevent further cracks in the substrate but the flexibility in the coating will prevent cracks from showing.


I need a clear intumescent paint to cover painted doors to achieve a 30min protection. What paint do you recommend and dose it . . .

If the doors are already painted we would recommend Envirograf Door Upgrade Paint System. If the doors are bare timber or previously stained/varnished then you could use Envirograf Door Upgrade Varnish System.


i am looking for Envirograf products 83 EP/FS/P 83 EP/FS/IN Cant find them on the web site

We do offer these products but not for purchase on the site due to the need for a specification to be issued prior to use.

If you wish to recieve a specification please provide us with as much of the following information as possible;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. 30, 60, 90min, etc.)
  • Each steel section dimension (i.e. 254x146x37 UB)
  • Quantity and length of each section (or overall meterage for each section)
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Number of sides to be painted (all sides, 3 sides, 1 flange, etc.)
  • Environment (internal, external, car park, chemical exposure, etc.)
  • Application on site or in shop

Alternatively you can just forward us drawings, fabrication/cutting lists and we'll extract the information from them but in that instance we'd need some guidance as to what to allow for i.e. all steels on first floor, etc.


Hi, I am looking to paint an under-stairs cupboard floor area of about 2 sq m that has just had levelling compound on it, ther . . .

Blackfriar Professional Polyurethane Floor Paint comes in small 1 litre tins which would be plenty for 2m² but we would suggest you check with the manufacturer of the levelling compound you have used that it can be over painted first.


Hi, I need to intumescent paint an emulsion ceiling to add 30 minutes fire resistance, please advise products. Kind regards Cl . . .

Hi, can you tell me if I can use your combicolour paint mixed in with Raptor tintable underseal paint as I'm looking at unders . . .

We have no experience of this but we wouldn't recommend it.


I’m look for anthracite grey paint to paint over new precast concrete sill outside at the bottom of my new patio doors. Need . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum 7200 Floorcoat PU.


I work in a preschool and we have a shed that we store equipment in. Our local council sent a fire safety officer out and he s . . .

Assuming a Class 1 or Class 0 finish is required we'd recommend Thermoguard Timbercoat BS Class 1/0 & EN Class B System for a coloured paint finish or Thermoguard Fire Varnish BS Class 1/0 & EN Class B System for a clear varnish finish.


I am looking for a paint for a copper gas fire hood. I’d like to change it to a pewter/gunmetal grey colour. What would you . . .

Unfortunately we wouldn't have anything to offer for this application.


I have a couple of sofas which have been brought into the UK from Europe. They presently do not meet with the UK legislation f . . .

Unfortunately we wouldn't be able to offer any products for your application as although we could offer a product to protect the outer fabric, the internal foam wouldn't be compliant.


Hi. We have a retail project with a standing seam roof which we need to overpaint to extend the lifespan as we don't want to r . . .

I would assume from the description that this is a metal substrate? If so our initial suggestion would be Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde. If you contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] with some further information - size, images, etc. then they would be able to provide a more detailed specification for your project.


Good morning. I have a condensation issue on my main bathroom interior stud partition wall which has been painted in a hard-we . . .

We would recommend applying Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint. Thoroughly clean down the surface, lightly sand to remove the sheen on the existing paint and apply 2 - 3 coats. This can then be left as a finish or over painted with your own paint/colour if required.


We would like to paint a brand new UPVC door, before fitting. Would Bulls eye 1 2 3 primer followed by Zinsser all coat exteri . . .

Yes, this would be our recommendation. Ensure to thoroughly clean, degrease and lightly abrade the surface prior to applying the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and use the water based versions of Zinsser AllCoat Exterior in suitable conditions.


Hi Can the metal paint be mixed to a Ral code? And can I buy in 5LT cans

You haven't said which product you're asking about but somethng like Rust-Oleum 7500 Alkythane comes in 5lt tins and can be mixed to nearly all RAL colours.


Hi I am after some paint for below waterline to roll or brush on what do you recommend. Thanks Paul

We are assuming this is for use on a boat and an antifouling paint is what you require? If so, see our antifouling options HERE.


Can I use as a white wash on timber for wall cladding?

You haven't mentioned which product you're enquiring about but assuming the walls are internal something like Timberex Aqua may achieve the appearance you're looking for.


Is the paint flat black? Or does it have a sheen to it? Thank you, Steve

Can you advise which product you are enquiring about please?


I am buying a larger factory for my brewery. The walls are currently painted brick but it is quite dirty with areas splattered . . .

We would suggest something such as Bradite HD Floor + Wall, make sure previous coatings are sound, well adhered and compatible. If you check on the data sheet full details of application to wall area is included - downloadable from the 'Attachments' tab.


Hi, The house I live in in a 1930's ex council and does not have a cavity wall. This means that in the summer the sun heats up . . .

To retain heat in the summer you could apply Thermilate InsOpaint Interior Emulsion internally, and to reduce excessive heat gain in summer apply Thermilate PRO Insulating S-Flex Coating to the exterior wall surfaces in white.


I want to buy some metallic silver paint for a metal fence that has already been painted before. I was told to look for rustol . . .

Hi at work we use a hot plate to melt pipes together but the hotplate flakes and the plastic ends up sticking to plate do u ha . . .

Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint can tolerate temperatures up to 750°C but we have no way of knowing whether it would do what you require in this instance so you would have to test it.


which paint would you reccomend ? I want to repaint my black gates with a high gloss black paint. There is no rust involved as . . .

Assuming the galvanising is still unpainted we would suggest Rust-Oleum 3302 CombiPrimer Adhesion followed by Rust-Oleum CombiColor. Download and read the product data sheets for each product from the attachments tab on each page for details on preparation and application.


We are building a part in flame retardant ABS (off-White), but the client wants it painted Grey. What would be the best flame . . .

We don't have any products with specific data for use on ABS, so unfortunately it would be a case of testing a product for adhesion, performance, etc. you can see our range of flame retardant topcoats here: https://www.rawlinspaints.com/flame-retardant-topcoats


Hello I am looking for a paint to apply to modular walling I am installing. The wall is made of metal primed posts and the pan . . .

We would suggest considering Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Matt (Water Based). If you provide the size of your area to paint we can provide a guide on how much would be required and a reduced price for quantity.


Hello, I am looking to use some thermal paint inside a thermal vacuum chamber that will go to 5 torr and will reach temperatur . . .

Due to the specialist nature of this application I would suggest contacting our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 or [email protected] with more details of your requirement so we may advise accordingly.


I need anti slip paint for tiled steps which will be gentle on bare feet

Smartkote Safekote would be our recommendation.


Hi, I am trying to specify a protective coating for a steel frame in a swimming pool area. it will need protection from high l . . .

Providing the steel won't be subject to high levels of humidity during the cure process and assuming the steel does not require a decorative finish, you can use the below specification.

Environment (Defined in ISO 12944-2:1998) Category C4 -  Industrial Areas and Chemical Plants
Durability (Life to first major maintenance - see notes below) Up to 20 years
Surface Preparation Blast Clean to Sa2½ BS EN ISO 8501-1:2007
Surface Profile Within the range 50-75 microns typical
Coat Material d.f.t. microns
Primer / Buildcoat Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy C400V3 275

Notes on this specification;

  1. ISO12944 states that Durability is not a guarantee time. Durability should be considered as the coating design life, where regular minor maintenance should be scheduled to achieve the required life to first major maintenance
  2. Dry film thicknesses (d.f.t.) quoted are NOMINAL as defined by BS EN ISO 12944-5.
  3. The same material is used for site touch up following suitable cleaning and re-preparation of affected areas.
  4. All materials should be obtained from Rawlins Paints and must be applied in accordance with the technical data sheets.
  5. Coated steelwork should be protected to prevent prolonged contact with water, e.g. ponding.
  6. Limited range of primer shades.
  7. All epoxy coatings will discolour and chalk progressively. Later application (site touch-up) may be noticeable.
  8. Stripe coat all edges, welds and areas of difficult access, to ensure full film thickness.
  9. For fire protection systems, please contact the Technical Department.
  10. This specification is offered as guidance only. To ensure that the most appropriate materials are used please contact Rawlins Paints with the project details.

With regards to a woodcoating system for use on Oak cladded steel in a swimming pool environment the below issues need explaining to your client. 

  • High humidity which can lead to black tanning on oak.
  • Colour of translucent finish required (using a clear coating is not advisable)
  • Ensuring all end grain timber is sealed to minimize moisture ingress which will distort the timber and turn Oak black. 

We have sent you a seperate email with some further information attached which may be of use. We can provide a system but its important your customer is made aware of these issues.


What's the best steel primer for a rusty steel rudder? I will be using 2 pack epoxy as the top coat followed by an antifoul pa . . .

You would need to consult the manufacturer of the 2 pack epoxy you intend to use to ascertain what their requirements would be as a primer and/or preparation required to the rudder before application.


Can Thermoguard CladCoat be used internally on Cladding liner sheets? If so does it have a good ‘surface spread of flame’ . . .

Thermoguard Cladcoat is for the exterior face of corrugated cladding.

For the internal liner panel either;

i). Existing surface is Plastisol coating - Apply 2 coats of Thermoguard Wallcoat Smoke & Flame Retardant Topcoat

OR

ii). Existing coating is hard smooth powder coating - Apply 1 coat of Coo-Var Prime-All OR abrade for key and then apply Apply 2 coats of Thermoguard Wallcoat Smoke & Flame Retardant Topcoat


I have two metal plates which cover a couple of pumps in a water feature in my garden. The plates are painted black but are no . . .

After preparation in accordance with the product data sheets we would advise Teamac Metaclor Underwater CR Primer followed by Teamac Chlorvar Chlorinated Rubber Paint. Allow 21 days minimum before submerging and bringing back into use.


Hi Im looking for a suitable fire resistant paint/coating for EPS (polystyrene). Do you have anything suitable? thanks jay . . .

Unfortunately not sorry.


HI ARE THERE ANY FIRE RETARDANT SPRAYS ETC FOR A HDPE/OXFORD MATERIAL BALCONY PRIVACY SCREEN OUTDOORS MANY THANKS V </bod . . .

Not from ourselves, sorry.


Hi, I am looking to paint the external staircase leading to my front door, and was wondering which paint would be the best to . . .

I am assuming you require something for slip resistance? If so, assuming the staircase is concrete we would recommend our 501 Anti Slip Floor Paint.


Hi, I have an apartment in spain which has a terracotta flat roof. I think its the old style rolled fiber glass type. What typ . . .

Britannia Aquashield High Build should be a good choice for this as it is recommended for use on GRP/Fibreglass.


I’m looking for anthracite Grey heat resistant paint for a wood burning stove brush on form

Unfortunately for this type of application we can only offer black or silver/aluminium as colours. Something like Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C would be our recommendation.


Hi I've got permanent black marker all over my living room wall and I tried to cover with paint but didn't work. Can you indic . . .

We would suggest trying Zinsser Cover Stain, some permanent markers could bleed through so you will need to do a test first, 2 coats may be required.


I have a corrugated asbestos roof that needs to be waterproofed. There are several cracks to be repaired and some damaged area . . .

I would suggest Rust-Oleum Mathys ElastofillRust-Oleum Mathys Primer 44 HS and Rust-Oleum Mathys Dacfill Waterproofing. Obviously we can't quantify what you'll need for the cracks using Elastofill but based on 1,842m² you'd need 185 litres of Primer 44 HS and 2,763 kilograms of Dacfill Waterproofing Coating. Please contact us for special pricing on 0113 2455450 or [email protected]


Hi I’m looking for a black paint that I can use on a quarry tiled hearth. What would you recommend please? </h . . .

We wouldn't have anything specific for this, but assuming it will need to withstand high temperatures you could try Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C but there would be no guarantees.


I am looking for a fire retardant clear varnish exterior to over paint a bamboo gazibo

Assuming a BS Class 1/0 system is required then we would recommend Envirograf ES/VFR Clear Class 1/0 & EN Class B System for Wood (Exterior) for bamboo.


I am looking for a single pack, water-based epoxy floor paint for decoration of good quality interior concrete floors having l . . .

We offer Rust-Oleum 5200 Epoxyshield Ultra which is an epoxy-modified acrylic but as this is primarily designed for industrial application I would make you aware that scuffs and scratches can still occur


Have a gas fire naked open flame, what paint do I need for the inside wood surround, it looks like just 3 planks of wood which . . .

Please click our following Blog Post which will offer information on your application - Blog Post


I need a paint product that can be applied to exterior aluminum decorative panels that once painted will not be hot to the tou . . .

At present, we do not have any products that would be suitable for your application.


Hi, I will be installing new grey cement fibre sheeting to my garage apex roof and would appreciate your recommendations avail . . .

Bedec Super-Flex offers a flexible waterproof finish that can be applied directly to cement fibre sheets. The 1st coat should be thinned 30% with clean water followed by an undiluted coat


Hi, could you please advice me about paint I can use to achieve 30min fire protection on structural steel. Its 254x254x89ukc, . . .

We would recommend Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 30min System for Steel to achieve 30mins fire protection on compatible, primed internal steel. The packs contain an intumescent coating and a flame retardant topcoat which we can tint in most RAL and BS colours. 


I have an exposed I-beam in my flat that I would like to paint with a fire protection paint. Can you recommend a particular pr . . .

Assuming your steelwork is primed with a compatible primer only and all internal, we would recommend Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 30min System for Steel for 30mins protection or Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 60min System for Steel for 60mins protection - both systems are available in Black as a finish in either Eggshell or Gloss


Hi, I'm looking for some cromadex paint. I cant see the whole code on the Tin but its called lilac sparkle and the beginning o . . .

Cromadex 222 One Pack Fast Air Drying Alkyd Topcoat is available in 222V7000 Lilac Sparkle but isn't available as a colour selection on our website so please contact our sales team on 0113 245 5450 who will be happy to process an order for you


I am looking for a good paint for my kitchen vinyl floor

We currently have no products we could recommend for this application


Hi. I need to repaint the bricks behind my log burner. Gets very hot. Decorator painted 2 years ago but this is peeling. Pleas . . .

Please click the following link and read through our Blog post on Painting the Walls Around A Fireplace or Multi Fuel Stove which should assist you


hi what is the best product for vertical expansion joint filler on top of the backer rods (25mm dia foam) you sell i am assumi . . .

We would recommend Sikaflex AT Connection for standard vertical connection joints to offer a flexible, over-paintable finish. If you could provide us more details on your specific application we may be able to offer an alternative - please email [email protected] with further information


,Hi, what type of Jotun paint can i use for commercial ship decks?

Assuming an anti-slip finish is required then we would recommend Jotun Jota Armour


Can rustolem be used in a spray gun for spraying gates ect , if not what would you recommend , cheers jase </htm . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum CombiColor for application on to metal gates be it bare mild steel or previously painted. Rust-Oleum CombiColor should be thinned 10-25% volume with Rust-Oleum 7301 CombiColor Thinner when applying by conventional spray.


Hi Can you suggest the best epoxy floor paint for a workshop floor. The floor is smooth concrete inside an old barn with likel . . .

We would recommend 402 Damp Proof Coating for your application as this will provide a tough, durable finish as well as dealing with any damp in the substrate. If the concrete is a smooth, polished finish we would recommend the it is prepared with a diamond floor grinder to create a key or alternatively you could use an acid etch to prepare the surface, something like Rust-Oleum Mathys 108 Surfa Etch Solution but this would need to be thoroughly cleaned away with plenty of water before application of the paint system.


we are painting our downstairs customer area in the shop, its next to the kitchen. we have put plasterboard on the ceiling but . . .

Assuming no fire protection is required then bare softwood timber should be primed with Zinsser Cover Stain before applying 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior which you can have in most RAL & BS colours in either a Matt or an Eggshell finish.


Hi I am looking for a clear anti-climb paint that can be used on a ceramic statue that will be constructed outside Thanks . . .

Unfortunately we currently cannot offer a clear anti-climb paint - all anti-climb products we offer are available in a range of standard colours such as Coo-Var Vandelene


Hi there, just bought a new build, not sure how long the garage floor has been laid, but probably more than 6 months. What pai . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum Epoxyshield Garage Floor Coating Kit which is ideal for your application. Each kit comprises a concentrated cleaner, 2 pack epoxy coating, decorative flakes, stir stick, instructions and a DVD making it a simple, user friendly product. If possible, do not apply to smooth/dense concrete, or to concrete containing a curing compound, as this will prevent a good adhesion.


Hello, our shop is accessed via a metal 'diamond treadplate'-style staircase which can get very slippery in wet weather. We ar . . .

Smartkote Protectakote UVR would be our recommendation however with the addition of Smartkote Protectakote 2K Metal Primer if bare metal and Smartkote Protectakote UVR Accelerator added to the Smartkote Protectakote UVR to speed up drying/curing.

The following table shows approximate drying times of Protectakote UVR at various temperatures with and without the use of accelerator:

Temperature (°C) Drying Times
No Accelerator 1 Dose 2 Doses
23 1.5 Hours 1 Hour 55 mins
20 2 Hours 1.5 Hours 55 mins
15 2.5 Hours 2 Hours 1.5 Hours
10 3 Hours 2.5 Hours 2 Hours
8 4 Hours 2.5 Hours 2 Hours


we have previously used Envirograf 80 single pack intumescent coating for electrical cables and would like to know if you can . . .

We do supply this product, it can be viewed/purchased HERE. We do not however know what you are referring to by 'FM approved' - please contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 or [email protected] to discuss.


Is this paint slippery and is it suitable to paint an ASPHALT kitchen floor without using a self leveling screed first </ . . .

You haven't mentioned which product you are enquiring about here, please contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 or [email protected] to discuss your requirements.


I want to paint the inside of a brick fireplace, any advice would be welcome. Thanks

Please see our blog post on Painting the Walls Around a Fireplace or Multi-Fuel Stove for assistance with this enquiry.


I recently had a wood burning stove fitted behind which is a vermiculite fireproof board. I painted this with a Matt emulsion . . .

Please see our blog post on Painting the Walls Around a Fireplace or Multi-Fuel Stove for assistance with this enquiry.


I have a 17 foot fishing boat which has been painted a dull orange can you recommend a primer and topcoat please regards Steph . . .

Teamac Marine Undercoat and Teamac Marine Gloss is a popular choice available in a wide colour range.


Can you please tell me which of your products is recommended for concrete roof leak? Thank you, Mrs penni. </htm . . .

Need something for three small holes in my tarmac driveway

Rust-Oleum 5410 Asphalt Repair or Rust-Oleum 5478 Asphalt Restorer. Small pits and fissures can be filled with a stiff mortar consisting of dry sand mixed with Rust-Oleum 5478 Asphalt Restorer. Pits and fissures should be primed with Rust-Oleum 5478 Asphalt Restorer before trowelling in the mortar.


Hi I want to seal the concrete floor in my garage, then paint it. I will be working on cars in the garage. What is the best st . . .

Hi, I’m looking for a grey floor stain for my freshly sanded oak flooring, wondering if you guys have a product like this? N . . .

Please can you advise which products are best suited to coat beige patio porcelain tiles, The tiles are treacherous in the wet . . .

Glazed tiles must be cleaned and treated with Smartkote Protectakote Clear Primer Treatment for adhesion followed by Smartkote Safekote.


Do you have a black decorative layer? I want to fire protect a ceiling, but I want to do it in black... Can you products help? . . .

We can provide our fire protection systems in nearly all colours but you will need to advise our Technical Team on what surface you are trying to protection and to which level of fire protection - 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected]


need to paint an outdoor toilet floor what paint is best please ?

Assuming bare concrete, and small residentail unit we would suggest 402 Damp Proof Coating.


Hi, I need some intumescent paint to coat my support beam in my loft conversion and need relevant certification to satisfy my . . .

You haven't advised what level of fire protection you require or the size of your steel but assuming it is a small residential domectic project then Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 30min System for Steel would be a good starting point.

If you wish us to confirm this would be suitable we would require the following information;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. 30, 60, 90min, etc.)
  • Each steel section dimension (i.e. 254x146x37 UB)
  • Quantity and length of each section (or overall meterage for each section)
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Number of sides to be painted (all sides, 3 sides, 1 flange, etc.)

I am wanting to hand paint my rover using cromadex AQ60 can you give me approx drying times between coats, also would it be be . . .

Cromadex AQ60 Two Pack Waterbased Polyurethane Topcoat isn't normally overcoated but you can apply another coat after 6 hours and within 14 days. If left longer than 14 days then abrade with either P240 or P320 and clean with Cromadex 678 Spirit Wipe. As the product is very durable and abrasion resistant in its own right, a clear topcoat wouldn't necessarily need be applied.


Looking for java teak exterior wood paint

Jotun previously offered a couple of products which were available in Java Teak but they are no longer available. We would recommend Zinsser Allcoat Exterior Satin (Water Based) which we can mix in most RAL or BS colours but you would need to view a colour chart to ensure you are happy with the colour before ordering.


Hi I wish I’d seen your site earlier rather than just listening to our builders advice! We’re exposing our steel and paint . . .

Before applying Thermoguard Thermocoat W we would recommend bare mild steel to be primed with Thermoguard High Build Metal Primer. Intumescent paints by nature are very thick so we recommend that the paint be kept in warm conditions prior to application and the paint be mechanically mixed to improve fluidity. We'd also recommend applying a number of thinner coats rather than thick coats to improve the appearance.


Hello, I’m looking to buy a tarmac paint for my driveway. I’m interested at grey colour. Have you got something ? I’m lo . . .

We would recommend Rust-Oleum Tarmacoat for this application which can be applied directly to clean and dry tarmac and is available in 2 shades of grey.


Dear Rawlins Paints, I would like you guidance and advice please as to which products are suitable to line a food grade epoxy . . .

We would recommend Jotun Tankguard Storage for this application which is suitable for and resistant to cane molasses up to 50°C.


Have an existing compressor room in a manufacturing building. Roof is made out of Metal decking, insulation and roof material. . . .

Unfortunately metal decking is usually too thin for us to be able to provide an intumescent paint system that is able to acheive any level of fire protection.


Hi there, I'm going to need some intumescent paint for three steel RSJs I have in my home. Ideally we want to get the paint in . . .

Acheiving a matt, anthracite grey finish is no problem but getting one product that does all is not possible. Your steel needs to be suitably primed and then you can apply Bollom Brosteel Ultra 60 to acheive the level of fire protection and then Bollom Flameguard Ultra Vinyl Matt to achieve the anthracite grey matt finish.


Hi, regarding fireproof paint for wood, I’m building a property constructed with wood in Sicily. I’m interested in white a . . .

Thank you for your enquiry, please provide our Technical Department (0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected]) with as much of the following information as possible;

  • Size of surface area to paint
  • Timber thickness
  • Level of Fire Protection required (Class 1, Class 0, 30min, 60min, etc.)
  • Type of timber (i.e. pine, mdf, plywood, etc.)
  • Type of Timber surface (i.e. T&G, feather edge / shiplap cladding, solid panels / sheets, etc.)
  • Use (i.e. floor, wall cladding, ceiling, etc.)
  • Bare or previously coated?

Please note we do not export outside the UK.


I have a small flat roof over my bay window. It is a PVC roof covering. The roof paint is peeling but no water leaks I want to . . .

Once timber is painted with fire retardant product, does it need redoing every so often? If so how often? </html . . .

This depends what product you use, something like Zeroflame Fire Retardant Treatment would remain effective for the lifetime of the substrate. Please provide our Technical Department (0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected]) with as much of the following information as possible;

  • Size of surface area to paint
  • Timber thickness
  • Level of Fire Protection required (Class 1, Class 0, 30min, 60min, etc.)
  • Type of timber (i.e. pine, mdf, plywood, etc.)
  • Type of Timber surface (i.e. T&G, feather edge / shiplap cladding, solid panels / sheets, etc.)
  • Internal or external
  • Use (i.e. floor, wall cladding, ceiling, etc.)
  • Clear or coloured coating required?
  • Bare or previously coated?

We have used Brosteel Ultra 60 and are looking to obtain the certification. Please advise Thanks, Lee 07907196179 . . .

How to get Fire Certification

It’s simple, just keep proof of purchase, batch numbers of the products used along with site details and contact Bollom Customer Services Department on 0191 410 6611 with the information and they will send you the relevant Certificate of Supply within 5 working days.


Hi I am looking for temperature resistance paint to coat tumble dryer drum or cage. (laundry Dryer) Due to non usage for a whi . . .

Rust-Oleum CombiColor is heat resistant up to 90°C (dry heat). We have no experience of this product being used for what you are suggesting but as long as the areas you are intending to paint remain dry and don't come in direct contact with the clothes that will be placed in the drier then it should meet your requirements.


Can intumescent paint be applied to the underside of a metal roof deck to obtain a fire rating?

In certain instances where the deck has concrete poured on top, yes. You would need to contact our Technical Department on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or email [email protected] to discuss your project requirements to gain a definitive answer/specification.


I'm looking for copper paint for my kettle Toaster ECT

Unfotunately we don't have anything to offer for this at present.


Hi I'm looking for fire retardant paint for some exposed steel I beams for an extension I see that you do it but what colours . . .

We can offer nearly all RAL, BS and NCS colours apart from fluorescent and metallic shades.

To enable us to recommend the correct product and quantity please provide us with as much of the following information as possible;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. 30, 60, 90min, etc.)
  • Each steel section dimension (i.e. 254x146x37 UB)
  • Quantity and length of each section (or overall meterage for each section)
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Number of sides to be painted (all sides, 3 sides, 1 flange, etc.)
  • Environment (internal, external, car park, chemical exposure, etc.)
  • Application on site or in shop

do you ship to usa?

No, we do not export. We only deliver to addresses in the UK.


Hi do I get a certificate with the paint so I can show building inspector thanks

You haven't said which paint you're looking at but nearly all our fire protection products come with some form of certification to provide to your authority.


I am looking for a paint to use on a concrete yard I want to use a base colour and stencil a simple design on top in a contras . . .

We would recommend Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint for this application as it is water based, available in most RAL and BS colours and can be applied directly to clean and dry concrete.


Looking for heat resistant paint(not black) for outside of pottery kiln, with recently rebuilt steel casing - to prevent corro . . .

Most of the heat resistant paints we offer are avaialble in only black or aluminium. If you are happy with a metallic aluminium finish then we would recommend Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C for this application.


Hi, we are currently constructing a 5 bay cart lodge for a client which will be used for cars, agricultural machinery and as a . . .

The concrete must be at least four weeks old, completely dry and free of surface laitance, contaminants, ice, water and previous poorly bonded coatings. Remove grease, oil and all other surface contaminations by alkaline or high pressure (steam) cleaning in combination with appropriate detergents. Sand previous coatings which are in good condition to remove gloss and to roughen the surface slightly. A trial area is advisable to test compatibility with previous coatings. Very smooth concrete or concrete with surface laitance (a weak dusty layer) should be abraded or etched with Surfa-Etch 108 to ensure adequate adhesion. The concrete should be thoroughly washed down and allowed to dry after. Powerfloat Epoxy Floor Primer 3366 is recommended on powerfloated surfaces. Below 5°C it may be necessary to avoid processes which involve wetting the floor due to the difficulty in drying. A good sweep or mechanical brushing may be sufficient. Do not apply outside if rainfall is imminent.

Once the above preparation has been carried out, apply 2 coats of Rust-Oleum 9700 Coldmax Rapid (Standard) directly to the surface at 10m² per litre/per coat.

This would mean for 180m² you would require 36 litres in total.


I have a ceiling to repair/paint in a restaurant where there is a very large dishwasher halfway up the wall.. apparently it ge . . .

Clean down the area to coat, remove any loose and flaking paint, if back down to bare plaster on any areas prime with Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent-Based). Then apply 2 - 3 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior Satin in the colour of your choice. Dries in 2 hours, however we would recommend waiting at least 48 hours before using the dishwasher. Do not scrub the new coating for 7 days.


Hi... I need to paint over some galvanised rod on my beach hut. is there a suitable matt silver product you could recommend? M . . .

Can it be used outside for a concret driveway? Is there a matt version?

You haven't advised what product you're enquiring about here, but Rust-Oleum Tarmacoat is a matt finish product suitable for use on concrete driveways.


What is the delivery period

Our available delivery terms and pricing can be found HERE.


Hi I am looking for fireproof paint that can be used to paint on a felt roof. Regards Daniel

Tor Elastaseal Z systems have external fire exposure roof tests meeting "EXT. F.AA". We would advise you check this is suitable with your authority and if accepted, contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] to obtain a specification for your project.


Morning do you do a White paint I can paint home storage heaters to fresh them up Thanks Gary 07801 630071 </htm . . .

Blackfriar Quick Drying Radiator Paint will take a temperature up to 150°C and is available in a white semi-gloss finish. As we don’t know what actual surface temperature the storage heaters will get up to we can’t say for sure if the paint will be OK on any particular storage heater, it could depend on the model, type etc. You will need to check with the manufacturer to find out what the surface temperature of their particular heater will get to during use. If it is below 150°C then Blackfriar Quick Drying Radiator Paint could be used.


Please provide MSDS for Jotun paints in control for metal top coatings.

All product data sheets are available to download from the 'Attachments' tab on each product page on our website.


Dear Sirs I am looking to repaint the outside of the house, part of which is wooden clad. The timber is in good order and only . . .

We would recommend Zinsser Cover Stain be used to prime the timber once it is clean and dry before applying 2 coats of Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin (Water Based) which is available in most RAL and BS colours. This would offer a 15 year life expectancy.


We are surveying a development that has existing metal cladding and the developer is looking to apply a spray paint finish to . . .

Thanks for the enquiry, we currently wouldn't have anything we could offer for this application I'm afraid.


Do you have a paint that is suitable for exterior heavy duty rubber please?

Please contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] with more information.


i am looking for paint for a dividing wall to stop cattle urine seeping through concrete blocks

Providing you can get the current substrate clean and free from surface contaminants then we would recommend a primer coat of Rust-Oleum 5401 Epoxy Impregnation Primer followed by 2 coats of Rust-Oleum 5500 Solvent Free Epoxy


I am trying to remove fire retardant from the ceiling , the ceiling ( interior ) is fabric canvas. the canvas had fire retarda . . .

Removing any fabric treatments that we offer is normally done through a number of washes. We wouldn't have any products we could offer to assist in removal I'm afraid.


For a 60 min fire rating what is the wet film thickness for this? How it works for 30 min, 60 min 90 min and 120 min what are . . .

You haven't told us what product you are enquiring about here, assuming you are trying to protect steelwork, in order to enable us to provide a specification please provide the following information;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. 30, 60, 90min, etc.)
  • Each steel section dimension (i.e. 254x146x37 UB)
  • Quantity and length of each section (or overall meterage for each section)
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Number of sides to be painted (all sides, 3 sides, 1 flange, etc.)
  • Environment (internal, external, car park, chemical exposure, etc.)
  • Application on site or in shop

Alternatively you can just forward us drawings, fabrication/cutting lists and we'll extract the information from them but in that instance we'd need some guidance as to what to allow for i.e. all steels on first floor, etc.


We are just having a twin garage and workshop built and am looking to seal the floor after it is finished. Ideally the floor w . . .

After preparation (read the product data sheets), we would suggest priming your floor with 402 Damp Proof Coating followed by 503 Easy Clean Anti Slip Coating.


Hi do you do an enamel paint suitable to use on an AGA cooker ? If yes do you have a colour chart ?

We currently have no enamel paints we could offer for your application due to the required heat resistance within the paint. 


Hi Im a landlord and one of the recommendations from fire inspection is to paint a panel adjacent to the ground floor staircas . . .

We are assuming both panels in question are made from timber, if so please provide us with as much of the following information as possible;

  • Size of surface area to paint (for both areas)
  • Timber thickness (for both panels)
  • Level of Fire Protection required (Class 1, Class 0, 30min, 60min, etc.)
  • Type of timber (i.e. pine, mdf, plywood, etc.)
  • Internal or external
  • Use (i.e. floor, cupboard door, ceiling, etc.)
  • Clear or coloured coating required?
  • Bare or previously coated?

I am looking for a specification for 1/2 hour fire protection to a structural galvanised steel bay pole. The poles would be pr . . .

We are assuming the sections in question are lightweight galvanised cold rolled sections. Intumescent would not be suitable for this because: 

  1. The steel thicknesses are usually very low giving the section a very high section factor.
  2. They are strain hardened because of cold rolling which pushes the steel to its yield point to extract the extra strength in steel beyond its elastic range. The yellow book also describes that the limiting temperature for cold rolled steel sections will be lower than that of carbon steel sections.

If this is not the case, please contact our Technical Team to discuss your requirement further on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or email [email protected]


When using solvent based flame retardant paint can it be thinned with thinner

You would need to advise which exact product you are using/intend to use to enable us to be able to comment.


I’m looking for a waterproof paint that can be applied by brush or roller on to old fleet as the roof isn’t safe to stand . . .

We're assuming you mean old felt here, however our waterproof roof coatings suitable for felt need the roof to be in a sound condition prior to application. If the roof is not safe to be stood on then you presumably would not be able to gain access to carry out the necessary preparation/application of a product and the roof coating would not provide any structural integrity to the roof. Additionally a roof in this state would seemingly need to be replaced rather than overcoated.


Can rust-oleun universal all surface paint and primer in one be painted over varnished front door

Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Paint should go over a well cured varnish surface no problem without sanding as long as there is no wax or spray polish on the surface. Wiping the surface down with Methylated Spirits would be good preparation. If the varnish is recently applied i.e. less than a month, then a test area should be done first.


Good morning How many litres in the Blackfriars anti climb paint please

Blackfriar Professional Anti Climb Paint is available to buy via our website in 1lt, 2.5lt and 5lt sizes.


what can I use to stop my metal carport from having condensation

Unfortunately we don't have anything for exterior applications to prevent condensation.


Hi there. I want to paint a metal table base I have at home. It has previously been powder coated and has a couple of spots of . . .

We need to paint a concreate workshop floor where we use a 5 ton pallet truck to move large machinery around. The issue we hav . . .

We wouldn't recommend a paint at all for this application. It doesn't matter how expensive, this is a very heavy duty category and paints are not just equipped for that. We would instead recommend an epoxy screed such as RSL Resucrete.

This FERFA guide link supports this https://www.ferfa.org.uk/guidance/product-and-applications/


Looking for suitable epoxy paint for Boat water tank

We would need to know what the tank is bening used for - i.e. drinking water, ballast, dirty/grey water, sewage, etc.

Assuming it is a ballast water tank then we would recommend Jotun Jotamastic 90. If this is not the case, please contact our Technical Team with details on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] 


Hi with reference to which epoxy paint to use The tank is on a boat it is a fresh water tank but I don’t intend to use for d . . .

Jotun Tankguard DW - please download and read all product data sheets from the 'Attachments' tab on the product page before purchase/use. Please note this is a specialist product requiring specific preparation of surfaces and requires professional use/application only.


We are a museum in Seaford which is around 50 metres from the sea. The museum has metal fire doors that are exposed to the har . . .

We would suggest Rust-Oleum 9200 Rust-O-Thane - Remove grease, oil and all other surface contamination using alkaline or high pressure (steam) cleaning in combination with appropriate detergents. Sand previous coatings that are in good condition to remove gloss and to roughen the surface slightly. Assure that the previous coating is compatible with Rust-Oleum 9200 Rust-O-Thane by making a test application. Remove bad adhering coatings by scraping, wire brushing or sanding. (Spot)prime with recommended Rust-Oleum or Mathys coatings. The surface must be clean and dry during application.


I need light reflecting for gypsum wall board

Not quite sure what you are asking here but Blackfriar Professional Solar Reflective Paint White may be a good place to start?


Hi, I’m looking for the right product to fire protect the external glassing of a garden room building that we have - it’s . . .

Unfortunately we do not have a product that can offer fire protection to glass.


I have a large galvanised industrial roof to paint-360 sq Metres and I need a grey roof paint that’s easy to apply preferabl . . .

Assuming the roof is aged/weathered and not brand new - after cleaning Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde Pegarust can be applied directly in just 2 coats by brush, roller or spray.


Sorry I’ve just realised by last question autocorrected it was wooden cladding. Hi, I’m looking for the right product to f . . .

Assuming the timber is bare and requires Euroclass B (BS Class 0) Fire Propagation and Spread of Flame fire protection we would suggest Zeroflame Fire Retardant Treatment.


Thank you got your response - we have a new building that this would be perfect for but an existing building too. Do you have . . .

Looking at painting our cladding , found one I like on your list 5L for £102 but then it says minimum order of 50L? Is that r . . .

You haven't said which product you're referring to but if it says the minimum order quantity is 50 litres that that will be correct. Assuming it is metal cladding you are wanting to paint, something like Bradite Cladit comes in 5lt tins and has no minimum order quantity.


Hi, I have 160 m2 surface which want to be dark grey fire retardant paint , less than 1/3 is metal and more than 2/3 is plaste . . .

Thank you for your enquiry, for the steel you have to fire protect we require the following information;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. 30, 60, 90min, etc.)
  • Each steel section dimension (i.e. 254x146x37 UB)
  • Quantity and length of each section (or overall meterage for each section)
  • Orientation (horizontal or vertical)
  • Number of sides to be painted (all sides, 3 sides, 1 flange, etc.)
  • Environment (internal, external, car park, chemical exposure, etc.)
  • Application on site or in shop

For the plasterboard areas we require the following;

  • Level of fire protection required (i.e. Class 1, Class 0, 30, 60, etc.)
  • Use of area (i.e. wall, ceiling, etc.)
  • Size of area to coat (in square metres)

I watched a programme that used epoxy paint to cover a tiled kitchen worktop. Do you do something like this? </h . . .

The only product for worktops we do is Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit.


Do you do a paint suitable to coat a charcoal gret slate effect large shower tray. Thank you.

The only product we offer for use on shower floors is Smartkote Safekote.


Heat Resistant paint 750 degrees 1x 1ltr metallic gold 1x 1ltr metallic rose gold Do you stock this or are you able to produce . . .

Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C is only available in black or aluminium colours.


Hi I want to paint an ugly faux marble laminate back board around an inset gas fire. Do you sell something that would make the . . .

Unfortunatley not sorry.


Is this heat resistant paint available in Australia?

We do not ship outside of the UK.


I have an aluminium, Jamie Oliver black fire pit table. The paint on a few areas has come away exposing the Aluminium. Can you . . .

Rust-Oleum Heat Resistant Paint 750°C may be OK but you would have to test an area and ensure it is not in direct contact with flames or food.


Hi! Do you have a selection of matte paints in indigo blue? Or can you mix a paint code in a matte finish? Many thanks. < . . .

Cromadex 233 One Pack Air Drying Alkyd Topcoat can be produced in nearly all RAL and BS colours and in matt, eggshell, semi-gloss and gloss finishes.


I have a heavily rusted agricultural slurry tanker which will be shot blasted or rust removed by rotary wire brush. what would . . .

Slurry can be quite aggressive and we would normally prefer a tank lining like Jotun Tankguard Storage to be used, however this requires dry abrasive blast cleaning to Sa 2½ (ISO 8501-1) using abrasive media suitable to achieve a sharp and angular surface profile. If that can’t be achieved, we could only suggest Jotun Jotamstic 87 applied at 200um DFT followed by 100um DFT of Jotun Tankguard Storage.


Faq Sections

Product Application
Hi, can you tell me if I can use your combicolour paint mixed in with Raptor tintable underseal paint as I'm looking at unders . . .

We have no experience of this but we wouldn't recommend it.


Hi. We have a retail project with a standing seam roof which we need to overpaint to extend the lifespan as we don't want to r . . .

I would assume from the description that this is a metal substrate? If so our initial suggestion would be Rust-Oleum Mathys Noxyde. If you contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] with some further information - size, images, etc. then they would be able to provide a more detailed specification for your project.


Good morning. I have a condensation issue on my main bathroom interior stud partition wall which has been painted in a hard-we . . .

We would recommend applying Thermilate InsOpaint Anti-Condensation Paint. Thoroughly clean down the surface, lightly sand to remove the sheen on the existing paint and apply 2 - 3 coats. This can then be left as a finish or over painted with your own paint/colour if required.


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Technical Acronyms
What does MMA stand for?

MMA stands for Methyl Methacrylate, and it is typically used in heavy duty interior and exterior floor products - for high traffic areas on suitably primed concrete, bitumen, tarmac and asphalt. 

Methyl Methacrylate

As a reactive resin, MMA's polymerised form can be found in a range of products at Rawlins Paints and wider afield, including:

Benefits of using MMA products, include:

  • • Increased stability and durability on medium to heavy use surfaces and substrates
  • • Additional shock and impact resistance
  • • Improved resistance against scratching and dulling of the surface sheen
  • • Rapid curing, even at low temperatures
  • • Corrosion resistance

What is a TDS data sheet?

Technical Data Sheets cover a wide range of important information for products at Rawlins Paints, including:

  • • Product description
  • • Features and benefits of using the product
  • • Recommended uses
  • • Typical properties, including chemical resistance for example
  • • Colour options
  • • Available pack or unit sizes
  • • Coverage rates
  • • Surface preparation advice
  • • How to mix and prepare the product for application
  • • Application guidelines
  • • Application equipment cleaning recommendations
  • • Curing or drying times at differing temperatures
  • • Storage recommendations
  • • Product limitations
  • • Health and safety advice when using, storing or cleaning the product from equipment or surfaces

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

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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 further into:

  • • Wood preparation
  • • Interior wood finishes
  • • Exterior wood finishes
  • • Wood floor finishes
  • • Decking paint

 

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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Problem Solving
How do you treat rising damp?

What paint should be used on a wood burners and stoves?

Is there any paint I can use on my previously stained decking, that can go straight on without the need for sanding or strippi . . .

We would suggest Blackfriar Anti-Slip Deck Coating here, test a small area first to ensure compatability, appearance, adhesion etc. before doing the whole area.


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Fire Protection FAQs
Hello I have exposed steel beams in my extension and require a grey fire proof paint to around 10 sq m. Can you offer products . . .

Assuming this is standard universal beams and columns in a domestic residential property with steels located in interior, dry environments needing 30 minute protection we would recommend Zeroflame Aquasteel WB+ 30min System for Steel.


Hi. I am looking for a fire resistant spray to use on a headboard I am reupholstering for a holiday let. Would any of your pro . . .

We would need to know the composition of the headboard so that we can match it as closely as we can to a test?


Hello, I have some open grid style ceiling tiles on a grid that I'd like to paint with fire retardant paint, prefereably as a . . .

Unfortunately we don't have any fire retardant paint for ceiling tiles.


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