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  • Dulux Design Effects in your chosen colour
  • Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss in your chosen colour
  • Dulux Duramax® in your chosen sheen and colours
  • Undercoat/stain blocker (if required)
  • High quality synthetic brush for cutting in
  • Medium nap (10-18mm) synthetic roller for walls
  • Short nap (5-10mm) synthetic roller for toy box
  • Paint pot – for cutting in
  • Roller tray
  • Roller extension pole
  • Drop sheets
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Cloth

What to consider before you start



  1. Follow the preparation steps.

  2. Start by cutting in around the edges of the wall with a brush – these are areas the roller cannot easily reach.

  3. Load the roller in the tray with a reasonable amount of paint.

  4. Start rolling the wall in an ‘M’ pattern. Start closest to the natural light source. Continue over the same section until the wall is evenly covered.

  5. Using an unloaded roller begin in the top left corner of your wall and gently let the roller roll down to the baseboards in a straight line with no pressure. A lightness of touch will prevent new roller marks from forming. Repeat this action only this time, slightly overlap your last movement so your roller rubs away the line created by the previous stroke. Continue this across the area you have painted. This is called laying off.

  6. Reload your roller and apply a second and third coat. Stainless Steel Effect always requires a third coat.

  7. For a brushed finish, lay off lightly with a wide brush.
study room walls

Dulux Design Stainless Steel Effect

Gives a sleek, stylish stainless steel appearance to feature walls, architectural features and home accessories.

Desk & Drawers

study desk and drawers
  1. Follow the preparation steps.

  2. For technique, start by cutting in around the edges of furniture piece.

  3. Apply paint to the surface using short, horizontal brush strokes.

  4. Smooth over the painted section with long brush strokes. Do not reload the brush when you do this. Don’t brush it too much – a few strokes should be enough to smooth the surface.

  5. Use a roller to paint in the middle section.

  6. Repeat this process until complete. Allow to dry, then give the surface a light sand with 400 grit sandpaper and repeat for a second coat.

Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss

Dulux Aquanamel can be used in place of traditional oil based enamels, which not only saves time, but has the added benefit of paintwork not turning yellow with time.


  1. Follow the preparation steps.

  2. If using Dulux Duramax Black Satin and Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish Silver apply in multiple light, mist coats.

  3. Follow after spraying instructions on this guide.

  4. Now, admire your transformation! Great job!

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study ornaments

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