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Edward Bulmer FAQ's

 

Orders, deliveries and returns

 

Can I purchase sample pots in any finish?

Sample pots are available in all 48 colours in emulsion ONLY.

We think it is best to paint out an A4 piece of card or lining paper in your chosen colour, then you can move your painted sample around the room at different times of day and hold it up against fabrics and furnishings. That way you can appreciate more fully how the colour will look in your room.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint are extremely rigorous to ensure accuracy of colour. The Modern Oil Eggshell is the same colour as the emulsion. It may look a little darker in some lights as the pigment is suspended in linseed oil but under controlled light, there is no difference.

 

What size paint pots are available?

Emulsion: Available in 2.5 litre and 5 litre tins. The emulsion finish is also available to purchase as a 60ml sample pot.

Modern Oil Eggshell: Available in 1 litre and 2.5 litre tins.

 

Do you deliver Edward Bulmer paint internationally?

Unfortunately, at this time, delivery of paint is to UK mainland addresses only.

 

What is the cost of delivery?

Delivery of sample pots is free of charge.

Delivery of full-size tins (1 litre, 2.5 litre and 5 litre) is at our standard delivery charge of £6, unless this is part of a larger OKA order, in which case paint delivery will be free of charge.

 

How long will my paint take to arrive?

Up to 5 working days.

 

I am an OKA trade customer - Does my discount apply to Edward Bulmer paints?

Yes.

 

Are paint pots refundable?

NO sample pot returns, No returns to OKA stores.

Returns of unopened re-saleable items are accepted within 28 days from date of purchase.

Any customer wishing to exercise this right must notify OKA by telephone 03330 042 042 or by email to [email protected]

As a further condition of the right to return, customers must also arrange (at their own expense) to return the goods in a saleable condition to Edward Bulmer Ltd, Court of Noke, Pembridge, Herefordshire HR6 9HW. If the vendor pays the return cost then this will be deducted from any refund. The goods will be deemed returned when actually received by the vendor at the said address.

Refunds for goods returned are subject to a restocking fee. This fee is set at 20% of the price of the goods as charged to the customer.

 

Is Edward Bulmer paint low odour, non-toxic and safe for children?

Yes, Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is actually odourless. It is child and pet safe.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is made only from naturally occurring raw materials of plant origin, like linseed oil, and from mineral raw materials such as chalk, earth and mineral pigments, plus lots of water. It does not contain dangerous solvents, pesticides, herbicides or toxins. It contains no harmful VOCs with a very low VOC rating of (< 0.2%).

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint declare all the ingredients in their paint, so you know exactly what you are putting on your walls.

 

Choosing the right colour and finish

 

Are paint colours shown accurately on my computer screen?

Whilst we have made every effort to show colours on screen as close to the actual paint colours as possible, all screen monitors vary in brightness and resolution. With this in mind, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an exact colour match and would highly recommend you purchase a sample pot to try at home first.

 

What's the difference between modern oil eggshell and emulsion?

All 48 colours are available to purchase in either Modern Oil Eggshell or Emulsion finish.

Emulsion: A superior quality, water-based, natural paint which creates a luxury, matt finish. Ideal for use on interior walls and ceilings.

Modern Oil Eggshell: A truly modern oil/water hybrid eggshell made exclusively from plant oils, minerals and natural pigments and water. Ideal for all interior woodwork and metalwork (ferrous metals) and the ideal complement to emulsion paints.

Please note, this finish is not appropriate for galvanized steel or nonferrous metals but it can be used on radiators.

 

Sheen, breathability and coverage

Coverage

Emulsion: 10m2 per litre, depending on the surface.

Modern Oil Eggshell: 12.5m2 per litre on smooth surfaces. Please note more paint will be required for rough or absorbent surfaces.

Sheen

Emulsion: Low sheen, matt finish (2% sheen)

Modern Oil Eggshell: Mid sheen, soft creamy finish (25% sheen)

Breathability

Edward Bulmer paint is microporous which means it lets walls and woodwork breathe naturally. The paint does not contain any plastic and so it does not form a plastic film on your surfaces which traps in moisture and mould. Breathability is measured in Sd value, with breathable paints ranging from 0.02 to 0.5% Sd

Emulsion: Sd value <0.05%

Modern Oil Eggshell: Sd value 0.5%

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is 20 x more breathable than modern acrylic paints.

 

Practical Advice

 

How should I prepare and prime the surface I am painting?

Interior Walls And Ceilings (Emulsion)

Preparing the surface

  • The surface must be clean, grease-free, dry, sound and free from staining substances
  • Previously painted surfaces should be rubbed down and washed with water
  • Glossy surfaces should be rubbed down with sandpaper. Carefully reseal wallpaper seams and remove paste residues
  • Fill holes, cracks and imperfections with a suitable filler before any paint products are applied
  • Any and all sanding should be completed, and all dust removed, before starting painting

Priming

  • No need to prime previously painted surfaces
  • For absorbent surfaces such as fresh plaster, unpainted lining paper, surfaces with extensive areas of filler or surfaces of widely varying absorption, apply one coat of Plaster Primer diluted 1:1 with water.

 

Interior woodwork (Modern Oil Eggshell)

Preparing the surface

  • The surface must be dry, clean, solid and coatable
  • Existing coatings that are non-recoatable or unstable should be completely removed by sanding or stripping
  • Grey or spongy wood should be sanded down to the level of the pitting

Priming

  • Bleeding knots on bare wood should be pre-treated with knotting solution
  • Suitable wood fillers should be applied before application of any paint products
  • Raw wood may be primed with a diluted coat of the top coat paint. Dilute with water up to 20%. Allow to dry thoroughly and sand lightly before applying the first coat of paint
  • Previously painted wood should be sanded thoroughly before applying the first coat of paint
  • For composite wood materials (e.g. chipboard, MDF, OSB), woods with high levels of tannin (e.g. oak, chestnut), woods with high levels of oils or resins (e.g. tropical species, larch, red cedar) or pressure-treated wood, a suitable primer should be used before applying the first coat of paint
  • Remove any corrosion off metal work then sand the surface
  • Prime with a rust-protection primer if necessary

 

Interior metalwork (Modern Oil Eggshell)

Preparing the surface

  • Remove any corrosion off metal work then sand the surface

Priming

  • Prime with a rust-protection primer if necessary

 

How many coats of paint should I use?

Emulsion: Only two coats are required, though a third coat is sometimes necessary with darker colours or a light colour over new plaster.

Modern Oil Eggshell: 2/3 coats should be applied evenly and in thin layers. Sand lightly and remove dust between coats to make sure it is dry enough to reapply.

 

How long should I leave paint to dry between coats?

Emulsion:

Recoat only when the previous coat is thoroughly dry after four to six hours. This paint dries very quickly so always work to a wet edge.

Modern Oil Eggshell:

On woodwork: touch dry after approximately five hours, best to leave overnight before applying a second coat. Handle with care until completely dry and protect from dust. Sand lightly to check the surface is dry before recoating. Always wipe surface before painting to make sure it is free of dust.

On metalwork: touch dry after approximately five hours, best to leave overnight before applying a second coat. Handle with care until completely dry and protect from dust. Sand lightly to check the surface is dry before recoating. Always wipe surface before painting to make sure it is free of dust.

 

What should I use to apply the paint?

Emulsion

Stir paint thoroughly and apply by brush, roller or airless spray equipment. Apply plenty of paint on the first coat and ALWAYS work to a wet edge. This paint dries very quickly. Do not go back over when applied. Wait until dry and then recoat.

Modern Oil Eggshell

Thoroughly stir and apply at least two coats evenly and lay off in the direction of the grain, using a synthetic or mixed-fibre brush or fine-pored foam roller. If necessary, thin with up to 10% water. Do not go back over paint once applied. Lightly sand between coats to make sure the surface is completely dry. You must wipe down to remove any dust on the surface between coats.

Modern Oil Eggshell is also suitable for spraying, for which we offer the following as guidance only: High volume low pressure (HVLP) mist reduced 1-2mm nozzle size, 2-4 bar pressure (29-58 psi); High pressure systems 1-2mm nozzle size, 3-5 bar pressure (43-73 psi)

 

Coverage Guide

  Sheen
(%)
Coverage
(Per Litre)
No. Coats Breathability
(Sd Value)
Sprayable
Emulsion 2 10 2-3 0.05 Yes
Modern Oil Eggshell 25 12.5 2-3 0.5 Yes