Putting paint through its paces

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, Johnstone’s Trade invited an experienced group of painters and decorators to its head offices to test out Aqua Guard, the manufacturer’s new durable, water based trim paint. During the day, the group had the chance to discuss common issues they experience on the job, experiment with the application of Aqua Guard and ask the PPG technical team their most pressing questions. David Baines, technical specification manager at PPG, explains how the day went…

What decorators think of the latest product from Johnstone’s Trade
Aqua Guard Durable Water Based Satin is the latest product from Johnstone’s Trade. It’s a brand new, water based satin paint designed to defend interior wood and metal surfaces against everyday wear and tear. Developed in line with the needs of today’s professional painters and decorators, Aqua Guard has been formulated with Surface Protection technology to ensure a long-lasting, pristine finish to any trim surface.

Gathering insight
To kick-start the day, the group of painters and decorators gathered to discuss the common issues they experience when it comes to the application and durability of paint, and the benefits of using water based over solvent based coatings.
When it comes to durability, we discovered from the group that wear and tear is most commonly an issue on kitchen floors, doors, banisters or any surface that is touched frequently. This is because the natural oils that come from people’s hands can cause most paints to soften.

However, with Aqua Guard’s Surface Protection Technology, a barrier is created to prevent this, ensuring ultimate resistance.
  When we were discussing application, the biggest issue the decorators said they face is visible application marks. We asked the decorators, Chris and Matthew Green and Nick Torrano Harling, to apply Johnstone’s Trade Aqua Guard to see how it compares to other paints.

Nick commented, “My first impression of Aqua Guard is that it’s simply a fantastic paint. One of the downsides to using other water based paints is that you typically get a lot of visible brush marks, but this isn’t the case with Aqua Guard. It applies and leaves a finish just like an oil based product, but with all the benefits of water based. It will also stay whiter for longer, which will be a major benefit for my customers.”
  Adding to this, Chris Green said, “The application and finish you get from using Aqua Guard is everything we as decorators are looking for. It’s the best trim paint I’ve ever used.”

The day was a great success and the decorators really got stuck into putting Aqua Guard through its paces. For us, the insights and feedback we received were highly beneficial – it’s always good to catch up with professionals to get their thoughts on the wider industry and the challenges they’re facing, to ensure we’re developing solutions that will directly resolve their problems and make their lives easier.