Being an ex-decorator, friends sometimes ask me for painting advice oblivious to the fact that I have a website with all the information they need without the need to ask…I wonder why I bother sometimes?

Anyway, in this instance a friend had recently had some pipework boxed in and wanted to paint it to match the existing finish on the walls. He already had the paint for this but the problem was that his boxing-in had a melamine-type finish to it and he was worried that regular emulsion wouldn’t stick to it.

I suggested he use Zinsser Bulls-Eye 123 since it sticks to just about anything and, being water-based, is quick and easy to apply and will be compatible with most other water-based finishes – such as his vinyl matt emulsion,

So, he asked me the best place to buy it and I suggested he look online since he doesn’t have transport and a trip to the local B&Q was pretty much out of the question.

To save him the bother I offered to order it for him and have it delivered to his address. I decided to give the usual suspects a miss since none would offer next day delivery at that moment in time so I tried a company called MyPaintBrush.

Although I haven’t bought anything from them before, I know that MyPaintbrush is popular with the trade. Based in Cosby, Leicestershire they (as you’d guess from the name) specialise in supplying paint brushes and rollers from all the top brands including Purdy, Wooster and Axus to name but a few.

MyPaintbrush also stock a range of specialist paints and primers including Zinsser so I decided to give them a try.

The price with delivery was comparable to most other online options, and £5 cheaper than B&Q too.

The package arrived the next day by courier and my friend got the job done in no time at all. The boxing looks like it belongs there rather than sticking out like a sore thumb and he has enough primer left for any similar jobs when the need arises.

The company also offers free delivery for orders over £49.99 which is a pretty good deal if you are also in the market for some nice brushes, roller sleeves or painting tools. You will have to do the ordering yourself though.

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