If there’s one thing I hate above anything else it’s decorating :rage: I wish I could just push a button and it’s done.

On a side note I’ve had to pause painting as the fumes got me high to the point I collapsed and had to crawl upstairs to lie down 🤦 and that was with the windows open.

I’ve now bought a respirator off Amazon that was recommended off various searches for masks to decorate in.

Get one of those paint guns. They’re surprisingly cheap and seem to make painting so much easier.

I briefly looked at reviews on Amazon and there was lots of praise. Although I personally don’t see anything wrong with a roller, it’s cheap, quick and easy enough.

You can also get VOC paint that doesn’t give off fumes. I think that’s what it’s called :thinking:

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I’m using trade paint from crown shop across the road. It must be made differently to commercial home use stuff, I’ve never felt ill from paint before and that’s the only thing I can narrow it down to.

A paint gun :open_mouth: that just sounds like I’d decide to shoot it everywhere :rofl:

I bought one of the guns when we decided to redecorate our entire house in 2 weeks before moving in. Maybe it was me, but it is useless.

The cord is 1.5-2m long so you can paint next to sockets but not anywhere else and it got more paint on the floor and me than onto the wall

It will forever sit in the attic

Could be a me issue though

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They could well be rubbish and I guess there are different types too. I’ve never used one but I read reviews on a particular model that was around £35 - some reviews even had videos and it looked pretty good. Loads of even coverage real quick.

Likely not a patch on those industrial ones you see professionals using but I’ll likely get one when it comes to painting the fence outside in summer. I can then practice to see how it would hold out indoors.

VOC (volatile organic compounds) so ideally you want zero or low.

It should have a sticker on the tin. (But might be written instead, probably on trade tins)


If you are using high/v high you might want a respriator.

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Got one on those coming today from Amazon. Glad I didn’t pay them the £4.99 they wanted, for next day delivery and just went for the free it’ll be with you by Tuesday option. Still getting it delivered next day with no extra postage fee.

This is why I pay something else - a better job and in less time.

I found the data sheet for what I’m using it does say to avoid breathing in the vapour and to wear a suitable respirator. That’s arrived now at least so I’ll be able to finish the job without nearly passing out.

I hate it as well, but the obvious solution is to just pay someone to do it. The decorator will probably use less paint as well, so the overall cost might be more comparable than you think.

Oh hell no, as much as I hate it I’m not paying someone to do it :rofl: