Benjamin Moore paint.

Jul 29, 2018
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Huddersfield. UK.
United Kingdom

I've mentioned how good American Benjamin Moore paint is previously but it's worth mentioning again and this time I can add an old picture of previous paint failure for comparison.

Above is the Benjamin Moore paint I use on exterior woodwork; Aura Exterior Satin here on sale through Shaw's at an eye watering £91 for 1 x US gallon.

I used five and a half gallons whilst giving our bungalow a comprehensive makeover in 2016. I had always wanted the paint Americans used on their clapboard (siding) houses which appeared to withstand all kinds of extreme climate but the paint wasn't at the time available here in the UK. I was overjoyed when I found Shaw's had started to sell Benjamin Moore paint here in the UK and immediately contacted Shaws having found the colours we wanted after browsing many American houses online; I emailed the chosen house image to Shaw's who kindly matched the colours and we bought the paint. Shaw's are brilliant to deal with; my wife and I have absolutely no objections to recommending Shaw's. The paint is very expensive but actually is the cheapest long term due to its longevity in service.

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Here is a close up picture of the front bedroom bottom window glass wooden beading; for almost 30 years I struggled yearly to get paint to protect this beading always failing and absolutely fed up of the annual fight; I tried soft and hardwood beading; I tried all kinds of paint I could get hold of; I even tried engine manifold paint; I tried a layer of filler smoothing this out; oil based paints just curled up and died as seen in the picture; this is Johnstone's oil based gloss; Johnstone's oil based gloss is excellent paint and I used a lot of it with success but every paint I tried on this particular bead failed within a year of application. This window is subjected to extremes of weather; ice in winter blistering sun during our two day long summer's; often under water it drove me mad with frustration.

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I've just popped out and taken this picture of the same window but the beading was painted using Benjamin Moore paint in 2016; it's withstood four years to date and as seen it still looks new. The cladding is actually an 8' x 4' WBP plywood sheet at 18mm thick routed to look like cladding; this too was painted using Benjamin Moore paint four years ago; I add the plywood was fully painted to both faces and all four edges before installation; we don't half catch the weather here on the steep valley side where the bungalow front is fully exposed many times to wind driven horizontal heavy rain; what a surprise; heavy rain is forecast AGAIN for today.

This paint is incredibly easy to apply; I spent a great deal of time on preparation as I always do; I removed all the plastic rainwater guttering and downpipes etc allowing full access to fascia boards. This paint dries rapidly in fact no sooner has it been applied it's dry enough not to be troubled by rain; I know because after an heavy painting session down came the rain just as I finished; this really did annoy because it happens so frequently; it never rains whilst primer or undercoat is applied but as soon as the top coat goes on the rain just can't resist upsetting me; I was amazed to see the paint unaffected in the least and this really did cheer me up.

I wasn't after the usual high gloss obtained with oil based paint; this time I used a combination of synthetic paint brush and roller; the roller speeded the job up no end and I enjoyed doing this makeover.

Having spent so much on paint I splashed out and bought a Wooster Pelican paint kettle these now sold in the UK at Screwfix and I also bought a dozen kettle disposable liners. These kettles are amazing quickly allowing swapping between brush and roller; the roller hooks over the lip of the kettle the brush is held inside the kettle by a magnet; touching in edges with the brush then rolling was very quick indeed especially along the fascia boards and the cladding.

Above link is where I bought my Wooster plus roller. Out of interest on another job I had a lot of narrow borders to paint which would have been very tedious using a brush; I spent ages looking for short rollers and to my delight found these which were perfect;

These are also available as the lambswool type; I bought a good supply of both together with correct handle.

I'm not a professional painter and decorator but I've got many years experience and I'm just passing on where I am at the moment in my endeavours fighting our dire climate. I never bodge or skimp on materials doing my very best at all times; our softwood window frames are now about 56 years old and original still in perfect condition. Why spend forever on preparation only to slap on the cheapest paint which falls off at the next shower? Pay for best quality paint and cry but it's worth it long term. What a difference between both pictures of the beading.

It's another miserable dark morning hence I'm playing at being a keyboard warrior.

Time now for a mug of tea; I've rambled on long enough.

Kind regards, Colin.


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