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Has anyone tried the Valspar paint from B&Q?

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Morning all. Am starting some painting this weekend, I've always been quite happy with Dulux Endurance Paint but now my local B&Qs are only mixing this Valspar paint, I wondered if it's worth usi… Read More
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3y, 4m agoPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
Morning all.
Am starting some painting this weekend, I've always been quite happy with Dulux Endurance Paint but now my local B&Qs are only mixing this Valspar paint, I wondered if it's worth using?
Obviously B&Q are telling me it's much better than Dulux blah blah blah but when I looked on Google I found quite a few poor reviews, though none from the last year or so.
Am wondering whether I would be better taking a drive to a B&Q who mi the Dulux colours and playing it safe, I haven't done any decorating for 5 years though so I don't know if the Dulux have changed either.

Any advice greatly appreciated, need to buy paint today x
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3y, 4m agoPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
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OadeFred
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Water based paint will Not stick to oil surfaces so sand and prime with water based. 
Decorator from Birmingham
So in other words you cannot apply it on top of oil based paints without a suitable primer? I wish Valspar would make this plain in their instructions which states "... seal new, bare-wood surfaces with Valspar Interior Primer & Undercoat", but does not state that primer should be used on other surfaces.
Having contacted Valspar they NOW tell me that it is better to use a primer (why cannot they put this on the tin) and that more coats may be necessary - I have already applied 3 when the tin says 1-2 coats.

Don't worry, someone from their 'Reputation Management' team will be posting a comment shortly, posing as a professional painter of 52 years... They'll tell us just how wonderful the paint is, how it's the best you can buy, how the pigments are hand-ground by only one-eyed left-handed unmarried girls from a single Inuit tribe, how it's harder wearing than the white lines on the road, that it's tough enough for the space shuttle, Banksy won't use anything else, and that it's kind to dolphins.


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#1
Play it safe. Never heard of but would not risk having to repaint due to poor quality. Homebase also do Dulux paint mixing.
#2
Its fine, its and international paint company.

I decorated bedrooms just last month with the stuff, just give it a good stir if left standing for more than a week or so.

I also used paint from LIDL, really good and cheap stuff if colour not to fussy.
#3
Valspar have around for years. Decent quality.

I used the mix to shade service for some gloss, it was a perfect match and very good paint.

I hate B&Q.
#4
I did not know about Vaspar but chose it because of the large selection of colour choices . Used it today and I am no expert painter but the paint went on well ( slightly thick ) and the room looks beautiful . Shall most definately use again. Only needed one cost too.
#5
ive heard lots of people saying valspar USED to be good but is now poor quaility most b&q's have found switching has backfired as now people gotto homebase for the dulux mixing.
#6
I've never reviewed anything before but this paint is the worst I have ever used! Bought the premier stuff and was told one coat would cover anything!! I've just finished second coat of mustard yellow over white and it is going to need a third coat. The first coat was a joke, if u went over bits that were still wet with the roller it took the paint off. Don't buy!!
#7
lynnhbrett
I've never reviewed anything before but this paint is the worst I have ever used! Bought the premier stuff and was told one coat would cover anything!! I've just finished second coat of mustard yellow over white and it is going to need a third coat. The first coat was a joke, if u went over bits that were still wet with the roller it took the paint off. Don't buy!!

Thanks - what a joke!
I ended up getting the Dulux Endurance I wanted from Homebase and was very happy with it
#8
Appalling stuff.
I've just spent 3 hours straining 2.5l of a custom Valspar mix done at B&Q. It was full of bits of semi-dried skin.
The bits of skin are a different colour from the mixed paint, so must have been in the raw base-colour, before it went in the tinting machine. Also had to scrape and wash down the section of wall we did before it became apparent that the odd flake wasn't just a one-off.
As a paint, it's actually OK ~ but if you intend to use B&Q's Valspar mixing scheme, insist on seeing the tin of base, and its lid, BEFORE they add the tinters.
Fortunately for me, i'm on an hourly rate with this one.... Had this been a priced job, the stuff would have been in a great 'decorative arc' right across the store front by morning...
#9
Valspar mixed paint is truly the worst paint I have ever used. Despite priming the walls cover is patchy even after 4 full coats. It is runny and drippy, with areas neatly cut in bleeding horribly. The roller lifts paint already deposited as you paint the wall. And worst of all, the fourth coat applied did not adhere properly to those underneath and bubbled dreadfully. The whole lot now needs sanding and repainting.

Do not under any circumstances buy this truly awful paint.
#10
epidavros
Valspar mixed paint is truly the worst paint I have ever used. Despite priming the walls cover is patchy even after 4 full coats. It is runny and drippy, with areas neatly cut in bleeding horribly. The roller lifts paint already deposited as you paint the wall. And worst of all, the fourth coat applied did not adhere properly to those underneath and bubbled dreadfully. The whole lot now needs sanding and repainting.

Do not under any circumstances buy this truly awful paint.

When I was considering buying the Valspar paint I couldnt really find any reviews on it whatsoever except a few in the US.
I hope that people stumble upon this thread from Google if they are considering buying it
#11
Plenty of reviews here http://www.diyweek.net/news/news.asp?id=16140 - avoid it. Go to Homebase for Dulux mix.
#12
I have spent a FORTUNE (£300 +) on this paint and I can honestly say that it is by far and away the very worst paint I have ever used...I should have listened to the words of a professional decorator when he told me this just before I started work, but the B&Q member of staff talked me into it...WHAT AN IDIOT AM I !!!...The paint does not cover properly and goes patchy...Although I mixed it well with a electric mixer, it was like trying to paint plaster on and dried the way it looked as I was applying it!...How pig sick am I about the wasted time and money!...I will now have to do it all again !!...NEVER AGAIN so BE WARNED!!!
#13
My father in law is a painter and decorator and he says "this is the worst f*****g paint he's ever used", direct quote.
#14
I am 2 days into what should be a 4 day job painting a school hallway in 8 different colours, 2 coats each, using (client bought) Valspar premium paints with primer. - Turning into a hard slog and didn;t want it to be a case of bad workman blaming her tools- BUT, now I've seen all the reviews I can see this is only going to get worse!! I also agree this is a rubbish product. Only one of the completed 4 blocks looks ok with decent coverage but still shows every mark and not convinced about the claimed "super scrubability" either. I would NEVER use this paint again!!!!
#15
We decided to try Valspar custom mixed paint despite having read all the bad reviews. We thought "It's only paint, surely it cannot be that bad". We have decorated many times before, have used Dulux, Crown and Wickes and never had any problems at all. Well, there is always the first time... This stuff is incredibly thin and despite well prepared walls left a lot of patches, we left it after the first coat as it looked like it would need at least another three. Going back to Dulux, we don't want to waste any more time or money.
#16
Just wanted to contrast a bit of the negativity here. I've done three rooms in our house with mixed Valspar and it's been great. Goes on nicely, good coverage, nice colours, lovely matt finish. The "primer" side of it is rubbish, of course, but that's kinda to be expected. In the kitchen I did have a couple of areas of bare plaster, and I used a separate primer on those first. The rooms look really lovely now (although of course part of that is down to me being very patient and masking off all the edges, rolling in the same direction to finish, and so on).
#17
used this Valspar paint for the first time - truly rubbish! it is taking 4 coats to cover a primed wall - and is stilll patchy. It's runny and difficult to use. A one day job has now taken me 3 days as I have to keep going over the 'patches'. Truly the worst paint I have ever used. Never, never again! shame on u B and Q!
#18
Thanks for all the warnings - we are building our own house & called into B&Q this morning to pick up a Dulux colour chart. Whilst we were there we were approached by a B&Q member of staff wearing a Valspar sash who led us to the Valspar display stand - she demonstrated the "superior" coverage on a piece of black & red patterned wallpaper (hardly a real world test). Whilst we looking at the various colour swatches, we were approached by no fewer than 5 different members of staff (a first in B&Q where it's normally impossible to find anyone to help!
Obviously they appear to be giving it the hard sell, you can tell it's an American company.
#19
All these bad reviews, I am a professional painter and decorator, i have just used Valspar for the first time on a hall over 3 floors. My customer bought the premium range emulsion and i had no problems with it, it is thinner than other makes but you just have to be careful not to overload your roller. I applied 2 coats over three floors and got the whole lot out of one 5Lt tin. The finish is superb, there were no dry bits of paint in the tin and as for the first coat peeling away when applying the second.. well that is simply not allowing the 1st coat to dry properly first. I also used the premium range satin finish wood paint and that too went on a dream but i would describe the sheen level as more eggshell than satin - almost flat and a bit grainy to touch. Luckily my customer seems happy with it.
#20
Thanks to everybody who posted a review. Sounds like a few people got a good batch of Velspar, but most didn't. I've always used Dulux because it's reliable, and I could get a match at any store with mixing facilities. I was shocked at B&Q today to find that they've discontinued it. Homebase, here I come!
#21
Also had similar problems with Valspar paint , only switched from Dulux as Valspar was in B&Q when I went to have some Dulux paint mixed . When I painted using a roller it left track marks immediately that would not brush out and when I went to clean up paint drips from a handrail I had to sand it off and repaint it as It would not clean minutes after painting it . I also found the previous coat of paint started pulling off when applying yet another coat to try to get a better finish and that was one week after the previous coat so it was not too soon and had certainly dried . I contacted B and Q in Leeds and spoke to the dept Manager and quoted some of these complaints (annoyed that they are still selling the paint when they know they had problems with it ) and he said all website complaints were in America and has had no other complaints since they opened Valspar in B & Q Leeds . Id like a bit of help here has anyone complained to B&Q in Leeds ?, I will be surprised if i am the only one.
#22
That horrid paint also stinks terribly. Avoid! My painter used it unbeknown to me and the result is a pure desaster.
#23
I have been really pleased with the Wood & Metal Trim exterior paint, to get a really good long lasting finish i painted 3 coats and cannot fault the paint.
#24
Good luck getting dulux in homebase when it finally goes under!!! Read the instructions and mix well and most importantly when using 2 coats allow the first to dry properly then hay presto its a good product. Number one selling brand in america
#25
Worst paint I have ever used!!!! Initially went to B & Q to buy a Dulux mix to find it is now Valspar they are doing. After the guy working there bullsh*tting me that it is better than Dulux blah blah blah, I went with the super scrub matt finish. Worst decision I have ever made. It went on streaky and patchy with any areas of filler staying a different shade. So far 3 coats and still patchy. Doesn't even match it's own colour when cutting in. I have wasted £28 on what is basically undercoat for the Dulux I am now going to have mixed elsewhere.

Oh and thanks B & Q for f**#ing up our Christmas. I had a few days to paint the dining room for Christmas day guests, but had to make other arrangements now. You've lost a customer...
#26
I can only agree with the 'worst paint I ever used' comments above; very poor coverage, hard to get a smooth, even finish etc. I feel ripped off. For B&Q to replace Dulux quality with this rubbish is the worst possible move and will surely lose them many customers.
#27
Truly one of the best paints on the market,covers well,no splashing. The premium paint has a built in primer it's great for new plaster. The colour matching is excceptional and with over 2.2 million colours to choose from there's plenty of choice. Once you've picked a colour they can even make it lighter or darker too your very own individual tastes. any one who complains can't be doing it Wright. . Get yourself down to BQ Uttoxetet where the staff are great and know there stuff....
#28
peggmister
Truly one of the best paints on the market,covers well,no splashing. The premium paint has a built in primer it's great for new plaster. The colour matching is excceptional and with over 2.2 million colours to choose from there's plenty of choice. Once you've picked a colour they can even make it lighter or darker too your very own individual tastes. any one who complains can't be doing it Wright. . Get yourself down to BQ Uttoxetet where the staff are great and know there stuff....
You don't sound like an advert at all LOL oO
#29
Like you in a dulux fan. Can't stand crown or some of the own brand paints. Have been very pleased with this valspar Matt emulsion, covers well and doesn't spray everywhere. Great choice of colours. I will be doing the whole house in it now.
#30
Dried all patchy I have never experienced paint so bad absolutely the worst paint ive ever used B&Q should be ashamed of themselves for selling this product.
#31
Hope you get a good bonus for posting this drivel, you clearly sell it and never have to apply it. Your paint is as good as your spelling, i.e. shi...

peggmister
Truly one of the best paints on the market,covers well,no splashing. The premium paint has a built in primer it's great for new plaster. The colour matching is excceptional and with over 2.2 million colours to choose from there's plenty of choice. Once you've picked a colour they can even make it lighter or darker too your very own individual tastes. any one who complains can't be doing it Wright. . Get yourself down to BQ Uttoxetet where the staff are great and know there stuff....
#32
Well it's four months since my run-in with B&Q and the Valspar Rep, and the repeated assurances that the lid film "has never come off in the mixer, we do 20 million mixes a year" blah blah blah..

In B&Q today, to find a very p*ssed off couple getting nowhere at the paint counter - why? White-coloured lumps spread through their green paint!! They too were being fobbed off with assurances that "it's never happened" / "you must have done it yourself" / "your old paint is being picked off the wall" - absolute cobblers.

I still had the pictures on me phone from October, which the guy was happy to receive. He's also got the link to this site.

I was then invited to leave the store by a 5' teenage 'security officer' and "banned for seven days"

The only Valspar paint you can be sure of is whitewash.
#33
Well done impvan! My lounge still smells of this paint, some 2 months later. Have been through sacks of onions as this is supposed to suck up smell and toxins. Unbelievable! And, yes, it also has patches, whit-ish and some areas appear more green-ish (supposed to be a type of yellow). Very awful product. Avoid!
#34
It's not discontinued at Banbury B&Q! Picked up sample swatches today, 18/01/15. We've previously done two rooms with the Valspar premium emulsion and it's been fantastic paint, wonder what the next batch will be like??!
#35
I ended up buying Valspar paint as our local B&Q had just changed to this when I went to buy paint for my daughter's bedroom. Typical as she'd chosen one she'd liked from the dulux mix your own range,

In all honesty, we had no problems with it at all - it covered really well, no patchiness or anything. We were really impressed. The colour was a bright turquoise. We were so impressed we used Valspar for the feature wall in our lounge and again had no problems.

We've only just moved so have (had!) every intention of using Valspar paint when a ready made one wouldn't quite be the right colour. Maybe we were just really lucky!
#36
The worst paint I've ever used to be honest. I only had to paint 1 wall and after the 4th coat it is still horribly patchy to the point where it will have to be completely re-done. It's impossible to get any even coverage with a brush or roller. The trouble is it goes on ok initially and you think it's going well but as soon as it starts to dry and you step back to have a look you start to see the problems. Avoid like the plague.
#37
Just done a bedroom using Valspar from B & Q in a brown shade! It's the worst paint we have ever used so thin it's like water. Took 3 coats to cover pale grey walls, kept coming back off on the brush or roller. Got bits of skin in paint tray totally useless would not recommend anyone buying Valspar paints.
#38
Having used valspar on over 10 separate jobs I've found it hard to beat for coverage.
May be it's best left to the professionals
#39
Valspar are a fantastic company and have been successful for 200 years.

There a mixing brand and I have used them in the past when Valspar was around 30 years ago in the uk.
The coverage is fantastic especially on there premium range. As a trader I save money on Valspar as where I didn't before with DULUX.

It seems by the comments on here some people are doing the correct prep. Water based paint will
Not stick to oil surfaces so sand and prime with water based.
Ignore the negativity this paint is the best for coverage and durability and there colour match service is the best - it will make the colour IT scans.

Decorator from Birmingham
#40
Hello, can you help me. I picked up 50 swatches from the Valspar range from my local B & Q Bidston Wirral. Has anyone locally used this paint, as the negative reviews on line outweigh the good. Thank you.

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