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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:31 am 
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When I first moved into my house I repainted the coving on ceiling in the white gloss that was there.

I have a Victorian house and this coving was added in the dining room and can't tell what it's made of.

A handy man told me that coving shouldn't be painted in gloss and it should be in emulsion. I duly repainted in brilliant white emulsion (to match the ceiling), but it looks awful. It looks as if I've missed out huge swathes when painting, which I didn't.

Just tried a small section again - it's dried and it still has an uneven finish, despite very carefully painting it and looks so rubbish I think it would be better glossed.

Anyone out there knows (a) should coving be emulsion or gloss (b) what, if anything am I doing wrong? I know emulsion goes on better with a roller (obviously), but can't use one on the coving.

Look forward for some advice.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:20 pm 
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Hi Alora,

Not saying gloss is wrong, but I've only ever seen coving emulsioned. Long brush strokes with watered down emulsion.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:33 pm 
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I have only ever painted coving in emulsion.

The only thing that I could suggest is putting a decent undercoat on the coving. Give it a couple of coats and then use a top quality emulsion. stay away from the sheds own make. Absolutely pants.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:43 pm 
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Talikg of the Shed paints, when I was in the scenery game, did a load of work for what was Texas, they had there own studios in their Watford Head Office. I was allowed to go to the Texas local store and help myself to anything I liked to build the sets. The timber was rubbish, the paint even worse, it was costing me more money in labour trying to get colour on the walls than the cost of paint. In the end, out of my own budget I got my paint from Bolloms and my timber from what was Harcros (swallowed up by Jewson) and sold the finishes as Texas's (if only they and the ASA new about it). LOL

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:04 pm 
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Coving or cornice is always much better when finished with either a emulsion paint usually matt or soft sheen or acrylic eggshell as the other guys have said make sure you use a decent quality trade paint, give it a couple of coats allowing about 3 or 4 hours between coats and it should be fine. :thumbright:

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my mum used to gloss cieling and coving :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:36 pm 
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Hope the gloss was sanded thoroughly before emulsion was applied or it will craze/peel badly.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:16 am 
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My brother in law is going to use gloss didnt work when i tried it lol

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On the can of gloss you will read 'for interior and exterior wood and metal'.
Is your coving wood or metal?
I have only come across some edwardian properties with wooden coving which can be glossed (but imo still looks rubbish). Most victorian have plaster covings and mouldings.


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