Why choose a Silk finish for your walls and ceilings? Silk is a great choice for enhancing texture and relief on your walls and ceilings. So if you are overpainting a blown vinyl you will achieve greater definition on showing your patterns off.
If you've got a darker space, using Silk Emulsion reflects light which may aid your room to appear lighter and Silk Emulsion washes down easily and resists marking, this makes it a great choice for high traffic areas.
What is a Silk finish?
Vinyl Silk offers a high sheen level, this in return gives you added light reflection and increased washability with resistance to marking.
How many coats of paint will I need?
You should apply two coats onto a previously painted wall to get an even coverage of paint and colour. Extreme colour changes will require additional coats.
Does Silk Emulsion contain vinyl?
Yes, our Johnstone's Emulsion paints contain equal levels of vinyl, often referred to as Vinyl Silk this paint is one and the same. This allows the surfaced to be wiped/cleaned in a gentle manner using a diluted soapy water mixture (water soluble stains/splashes only).
Do I need to prepare my walls in a different way to use Silk Emulsion?
If your walls have previously been painted in a Vinyl Matt finish? Then, no. Simply fill any holes, rake out and fill any cracks with an all purpose filler and allow to dry. Sand down any rough patches from filling or elsewhere that you can see, wipe away any dust left on the wall from sanding with a damp cloth and allow any dampness to dry. Then you are ready to paint!
If your walls have previously been painted in Vinyl Silk or Vinyl Soft Sheen Emulsion paint? You will need to lightly sand each wall to reduce the level of sheen before applying a new top coat of Silk Emulsion. You should still repair any holes/cracks or rough patches as advised above.
If your walls are bare and untouched by paint? You can thin the emulsion by 10% for a base coat and then proceed with two coats as a top coat. If any surface blemishes are apparent after you have applied the base coat, repair them accordingly as above.
Yes, the greater reflectivity of a Silk Emulsion reflects light in turn offering greater illumination from your lighting, if you've got any surface texture this will further define any patterns or swirls (or flaws) you may have on your walls and ceilings.
Johnstone's Sheen Levels Explained
The term Sheen Level refers to the glossiness of the paint finish. Colours can differ in appearance depending on their sheen level. For every Johnstone's wall emulsion or interior wood paint, you can identify its sheen level by using our numerical scale.