My dog has injured himself so it’s a day of admin with the odd bit of home decorating.
On the advice of others on here, I decided to try the Optiva 5 from Tikkurila on a new project for a client. She was a friend of a friend and was really disappointed by the previous attempts on her hallway. I had a look at it and informed her she needed to get the old paint off, get the plaster repaired and then use a proper primer and paint to get the finish she needed. We agreed a price and I set about removing the old paint first.
I spoke to the guys at Valtti and ordered some Optiva 5 in a custom colour. They were so quick to help me and next day the paint arrived.
I like the type of lid they use on the tin, it has a plastic tab which you lift and this breaks the seal. You can then remove the lid easily. Because it sits over and around the tin it means you don’t get a skin forming on the edge which can be damn annoying when you use the tin next time. I gave it a good stir and poured some into a Wooster tray. I made the mistake of pouring over the tab area - note to self…don’t do that again! Okay so it was only a bit messy but it is much better to pour it away from that tab.
The paint has a creamy consistency and is low odour, it reminds me of a paint smell from years ago. I know that may sound a bit strange but it definitely evoked memories of my Dad painting the house.
I took a 9" Arroworthy 1/4" nap roller, loaded it up and tried a small test patch. The paint covers very well and is very easy to apply. I tried to push too hard and obviously it looked poor but a quick roll with correct pressure and it produced a good finish. The paint is very workable and once you get into a good rhythm it covers fast and even.
I allowed it to dry and found most areas were touch dry in about an hour. It advises 2 hours on the product sheet for the first coat to dry and 4 hours before applying a fresh coat. I did the first in the morning at around 09:00 and then applied a second coat at 14:00 the same day. The second coat was a delight and the lady was very pleased. It was a light colour, Nutmeg White, but you could see a consistent coverage and colour across the walls.
Obviously I do not have the experience of some on here but this is the easiest paint I have ever used. It seems impossible to get a bad finish on walls and when you consider it is scrub resistant it is great in high traffic areas like hall and stairs.
I would highly recommend this paint, 5 Stars from me!