A friendly welcome and introduction from the team led today by Chris who, after showing us the updated Paint Expert app (quite impressive visualizer enables you to colour the room with the Dulux range of 12,000 colours to see how it looks - live!), took us (me and two other decorators) upstairs to look at various products and finishes on external and internal wood trim.
The highlight was of course the new Dulux Trade Quick Drying Gloss and undercoat (a three coat paint system for internal trim - u/coat & 2 x top coats) that is a hybrid between solvent and water-based paint, that stays white longer, with improved flow out properties, has a longer open time (wet edge), plus the high sheen and durability of a gloss. I had a try and it was certainly easy to apply and I look forward to applying some soon - I need to compare some samples to see if there is much difference with BEDEC Aqua (an equivalent product that I have recently been using with great results).
Any decorators should register at an event near you and benefit from some expert tips, demonstrations plus a goodie bag with a 1 ltr sample of the gloss and undercoat as well as a Dulux Trade beanie hat & fingerless gloves and pad and pen if you want to takeaway, unfortunately the iPads we used to try out the visualizer have to stay. Sessions are about 45mins.
The Ultimate Skills Tour will visit 26 local Dulux Decorator Centre stores between Monday 22nd September and Friday 24th October 2014.