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So why Opt for Trade Paint?

Trade Paints cover more effectively and possess greater opacity than retail store paints - usually 1-2 coats from a properly applied Trade Paint is the same as 3-4 coats of cheaper retail store paint. The more resilient Trade Paints (acrylics and washable paints), will perform considerably better as time goes by when compared to a retail brand. Trade Paints can be purchased from our Northampton store in a broad colour range, and colour reliability is more predictable. Pure Brilliant Whites are typically significantly white in colour.

ADS only supply trusted top quality Trade Paints, enabling you to be certain you're buying the highest quality paints in the marketplace currently.

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At Abington Decorating Supplies we carry a huge stock of trade paints from Dulux, Armstead, Crown, Leyland and Sandtex. We offer the entire range of Trade Standard decorative, industrial and specialist trade paints from the major international producers to domestic and trade clients in Northamptonshire and across the UK.

Trade Paints

There are lots of significant distinctions regarding Trade and Retail paints. Trade paints have to have a longer lifespan and be much more functional, while satisfying the higher requirements of all commercial painters as well as their clients.


Listed here are the primary contrasts:


If you are considering a redecorating project, which kind of paint should you buy - Trade paint or paints to choose from in any good DIY shop?

What is the big difference regarding the two kinds, perhaps even paints from the exact same manufacturer?


You might have suspected, even if you're a new visitor to our website, we’ve been selling to the painting and decorating trade sometime now. Actually we began supplying trade paints back in 1982 and we constantly get feedback from our customers on all types of paints.


Our larger clients have  been employed worldwide, and have decorated homes and companies of all types and with great results. To execute a good painting project, inside or outside, you have to begin with the appropriate paint, a great paint!


How come there are two different types of paint?


It is puzzling for the amateur DIY’er to discover there are two distinct kinds of paint, and we are not really referring to emulsion or gloss, we really mean “trade” paint and Do-it-yourself paint.


You will be familiar with many of the retail (non-trade) paints if you have visited your local Wickes or B and Q to buy paint. This might be to decorate a lounge or a hall or for the more experienced amongst us, an external wall surface, but is retail (DIY) paint actually as good as the TV adverts make it out to be?

Seemingly not because if retail paint was really good, for sure all of the professional painters and decorators would be working with it. And so what’s happening then? Are paint manufacturers conning the average person? It appears so.


Most contract painters and decorators, will head for a trade paint store such as Abington Decorating Supplies for their paint rather than B and Q, but why?


Trade paint Vs DIY paint


To begin with, a painter working with trade paint will need the very best for their customer, so when employed by another person rather than decorating your own property, a good deal is expected of you (the tradesman) and your business is at risk, which means that investing in cheap paint is the indication of a less than professional approach and any decorater using cheap products regularly is better steered clear of.


A good reason a professional decorator based in Northampton would head to Abington Decorating Supplies to by trade paints is that they will purchase larger quantities of paint at any one time, which means they are going to obtain it at a better price.


This is also the same concerning the size of the paint tins because it’s not unusual to buy very big tubs of emulsion, perhaps up to 20 litres, that a contractor uses for even more than a single project or an entire property, as opposed to the DIY customer that might just need to redecorate a single room or living area.


Guarantee’s, and maybe track record as well, tend to be elements that the decorating contractor will have to think about when buying paint for a project. If he makes use of low-cost paint, the work will never be of the same quality, not to mention he will not obtain a great deal of referal work.


The caliber of trade paint is much better because the paints contain more pigment (the tinted chemical dyes) in them, which means that the DIY paint will require 3 or more applications whilst the Trade type is only going to need two and possess a greater opacity, which means more profit and a superior finish.


What is the “opacity” of paint?


Opacity is connected with the quantity of light that will go through a thing, however in relation to paints, it signifies the capability of a layer of paint, once applied at a specific thickness, to cover up the surface, the wall underneath, or even the old layer of paint from view.


A retail paint, particularly a s called “one-coat” or “self priming” one usually offers an inadequateopacity and as a consequence after the work is completed, there is a possibility that the paint below could show through, resulting in a really low quality finish.


Home decorating fads are also a consideration in retail paint


Fads and fashions appear and vanish and Do-it-yourself paints go along with these as the consumers alter their preferences usually based on what’s “in” for a specific season, so retail paint is usually based on temporary advertising driven campaigns.


A case in point is one-coat paints, that do not perform well but save the DIY painter some time and the majority of DIY’ers in all honesty won't recognize an effective paint job anyway.

Color styles are another issue and the more vivid and unusual tones that the general public call for are extremely hard to achieve and frequently tend not to last because they are so tricky to produce, particularly paints which depend on lots of blue pigment that is not as colour fast as less heavy tones and the general population are constantly searching for the most up-to-date colour to decorate with.


Should you only buy “Trade” paint?


Watch out! There are a few DIY stores that have have apparently relabelled a number of cans as Trade when the ingredients are identical to the DIY type.

It is advisable to talk to someone with long term experience of the way paints function once applied (such as ADS) who are able to assist and give you advice on the most effective paints to choose for the job you want to accomplish.


Make sure you don’t visit your local discount shop and shell out pennies for a can of gloss and expect your decorator to apply it because it is more than his reputation may be worth to work with low cost paint, resulting in a sub-standard job that will start peeling, cracking, or discolouring in no time.


In conclusion trade paint is much better, in our view, and less costly than retail DIY paint in the long run. So ensure it is what your painter and decorator applies in your household.


Decorating correctly requires groundwork!


As a last thought, on top of that it is obvious the decorator should never ever ignore the value of good prep work prior to decorating because, if that element is bodged, the best paint on earth won't work as it should do and the final results are going to be lousy. Therefore no matter what products you decide to work with, always prepare prior to painting.

Brand new plaster needs to be allowed to dry out before you apply the fresh paint and older plaster needs to be sanded and freed of dust, together with correct crack repairs and elimination of any older leftover paint.


There are lots of trade paint brands to consider such as: Dulux, Armstead, Leyland, Sandtex, Farrow and Ball, Crown, etc.  to mention a few.