Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell

Which rollers and brushes will help me achieve a great finish?
It is often better to clean and sand at the same time using a wet and dry type sanding pad or sheet. This keeps dust particles down to a minimum, and produces a finer finish. Once achieved rinse with clean water, allow to dry and paint! Sugar soap solution is a fantastic cleaner and degreaser for painted surfaces prior to painting.

For the best finish using water based paints, a high quality synthetic bristled brush is advised, and size is dependent on the surface you are painting.

Rollers for walls is down to two choices:

  • Short pile (polyester or microfibre) – if your wall is in great condition and flat, this will provide the best finish

  • Medium pile (polyester or microfiber) – a good all-round choice if painting over either flat walls, or a slightly textured surface, such as pattern embossed wallpapers. 

Rollers for woodwork or metalwork, should be short pile polyester or “glosser” type microfibre.

Do not use foam rollers with water based paints, as they do not apply enough paint.


Does this paint help with bathrooms that suffer from bad condensation?
Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell has stain and moisture resistant properties, and it can handle extreme condensation, so much so it is often specified to be used in commercial kitchen/bathroom and swimming pool environments.
Is Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell scrubbable?
The Leyland Trade Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell emulsion is a highly durable product and is rated as 'scrubbable', however due to the formulation, dirt, grease and grime do not penetrate the finish, meaning a quick wipe is usually sufficient. Its easy clean properties means that it is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas, for example a hallway. A 7 day curing (the drying and hardening of paint) period will be required after application of this product, essentially this means the time it takes for the product to achieve full durability. Once fully cured your customers will be able to clean the surface without effecting the appearance of the coating.
I'm applying the paint to bare plaster, any tips?
When applying to bare new plaster, it is vital to ensure the plaster is fully dry – as a rule of thumb, for every inch of wet material applied, it requires a month to dry. Skim coats can be dry in around a week.  If in doubt look at the colour of the plaster, wet plaster is usually deep brown to pink colour, dry plaster is a very pale pink colour, you need to ensure the whole room is this colour.

Once fully dry you will need to apply a mist coat, for this you have two options:
  • Dilute the Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell by adding 10% cold clean water, then give a thorough stir. For example, you would add 500ml water to 5 litres of paint.
  • Apply a single coat of Leyland Trade Acrylic Primer Undercoat, there is no need to thin this, but if required you can add up to 5% clean cold water. For example, you would add 250ml water to 5 litres of paint.
Once dry (usually around 3-4 hours) you can start applying your first coat of Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell, undiluted. Once dry follow with one further coat.

Please note, if applying to an existing glossy surfaced wall, such as a wall previously applied with Vinyl Soft Sheen or Vinyl Silk,  it is recommended that you lightly sand the wall, then apply a single coat of Leyland Trade Acrylic Primer Undercoat.

Click here to watch videos covering tips and tricks for applying Hardwearing Acrylic Eggshell

Click here to go to find out more about the product