Vegan + cruelty
Child + pet safe
Using our paints.
There are some essentials you need to know and then there's the detail. So, here's the top-line to get you going, and you can find more information about our paints and lots of other good stuff below.
We recommend using sustainable, locally sourced high-quality synthetic brushes. Look for NFC certified where you can.
Use a high-quality lint roller instead of foam to avoid bubbling.
And always decant your paint.
Don't paint from the tin. You might inadvertently contaminate your paint, which is bad for not only painting but also might degrade your paint if you are storing it for a rainy day or touch-ups.
Make sure your surfaces are clean and smooth before painting.
That might also mean sanding down some areas to get them just how you want them.
Painting with primers and furniture.
Our paints are usable on furniture, but remember to prep in the right way. A quick guide for application is to sand and apply first coat, lightly sand then apply the second coat. Allow that to dry (don't sand it again) and then apply colour.
Make sure the room you are painting isn't too hot, otherwise your paint might dry too quickly and it will be harder to get an even finish.
No glad rags, this is going to get messy. But our paints are nice and thick, so there's no splattering.
This might seem obvious, but natural daylight is best for painting. It's harder to see where you've been, and where you are going in the dark. Naturally.
Measure your wallspace and then use our handy calculator that you'll find dotted around on our website.
Matt paint for walls, ceilings and woodwork (varnish top-coat recommended for woodwork).
Eggshell for woodwork and high-traffic areas for maximum durability.
Keep your paintbrush wet when painting.
If painting on fresh plaster for best results use an acrylic primer undercoat or seal wall with one coat of paint with 25% water.
If using a roller choose a high-quality lint roller instead of foam for walls, and vice versa for woodwork or metal work.
COVERAGE AND TIMINGS
15m2 per litre.
4 hrs drying time.
2hrs for recoating.
Colour is a function of light and the perceived colour can depend on the substrate, the thickness of the paint, angle of viewing, etc. The method of application can also affect the observed colour, paint applied by brush can look to be a different colour to paint applied by roller.
Additionally the colour seen in daylight can differ to that seen in artificial light (this is known as metamerism). Therefore it is important that the colour is checked in the normal lighting conditions that will prevail for the particular coated substrate. For these reasons ‘touch ups’ should always use the original paint.
Any colour differences will be most noticeable with high sheen (high gloss) deeper shades, and therefore touch ups could result in the need to completely repaint the area and not just touch it up.
PIGMENT AND COLOUR QUALITY
Our pigment levels are 40% – 60% higher than normal paints to give greater opacity and coverage.
We’ve used the latest materials, tints, pigments and colourant technology from leading manufacturers in the automotive paint industry - controlled to some of the highest standards - to create paints with outstanding colour quality, vibrancy and depth.
Our batch to batch consistency is held to a tighter tolerance than other brands - as we control our own colourants, pigments and keep our supply chain local.
So, if you finish painting on a corner and start painting again with paint from a new batch, it'll work out just fine. Also, if ever needed you can mix batches together.
MADE IN THE UK
More than 99% of our paints ingredients are sourced in the UK including using pristine water from the Lake District catchment area. This means that our paints get the best start to life possible.
As our paints are made to automotive standards (the highest possible)our paints are exposed to a wide variety of harsh environments, and undergo rigorous testing for durability, environmental stresses and UV testing. This all means your colours stay as good as the day they were painted for longer.
VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds.
VOCs are produced naturally in the environment, by plants, animals, humans as well as by processes such as cooking, making alcohol or indeed making paint.
Because of this VOCs can always be detected in the air outside as well as inside - just by nature itself, doing what it does.
Our paints are 0% Added VOCs and are the lowest possible VOC rating, along with exceeding all industry emissions regulations for the UK/EU.
EU Limit for this product: 2004/42 IIA WB (A) 30
Contains less than 0.005kg/L VOC.
NPES & APES
Our colourant technology is APE and NPE free.
Some paints contain surfactants known as APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates) and NPE’s (nonlyphenol ethoxylates) that are harmful to us - especially babies -the environment, and aquatic life. We’ve completely removed these from our paints.
All our packaging is fully recyclable, or made from recycled materials - including our delivery boxes, wrap, labels, delivery bags and sample jars.
Our paints exceed the following regulations for:
Well Building Standards
Toy Safety Standards - EN71-3
BREEAM & BREEAM Exemplary
LBC Red List
VEGAN AND CRUELTY FREE
Our paints contain no animal derivatives and never undergo any animal testing.
UV FADE RESISTANT
Our pigment technology means our colours are less susceptible to fading/yellowing over time - which is important for whites and light colours in areas with lots of sunlight.
Our ingredients are 99% UK sourced
100% Made in Britain (accredited)
100% Water-based using pristine water from the Lake District catchment area
All paints exceed UK / EU safety regulations
0% Added VOCs
100% APE and NPE free
100% Vegan and cruelty free
Child Toy Safety Certified (BS EN 71-3:2013 Certified)
EU Limit for this product: 2004/42 IIA WB (A) 30
This product contains less than 5g/L VOC
Contains 2 preservatives: 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one [EC No. 247-500-7] and 2-Methyl-2Hisothiazol-3-one [EC No. 220-239-6] (3:1)
The lack of smell is a huge thing for me. Some brands just feel so toxic and it takes a long time to dissipate. Not with YesColours.
Easy to use, amazing depth of colour and colours that are super fresh. And that’s not just it, you should have a read up on their eco credentials.