Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the best paint
  • What is the best ceiling paint?

    Our non-toxic, near zero VOC, water based paint works on walls, ceilings, and wood. It goes on smoothly and is touch dry in 30 minutes at a room temperature of 20 degrees C.

  • What is the best paint for furniture?

    Painthouse paint works on walls, ceilings, and wood so is suitable for upcycling wooden furniture. It goes on smoothly and is touch dry in 30 minutes at a room temperature of 20 degrees C.

  • Where can I get Colour Inspiration?

    You can find inspiration and guides to choosing paint colours on both our Colour Inspo page and our blog.

  • How do I choose the right colour?

  • You can find colour inspiration on our Colour Inspo page. For more advice on how choose the right paint for your space, head to our blog.

Ordering paint online
  • How much paint do I need to buy?

    Our paint calculator on each product page is a brilliant tool to help you work out how much paint you need.

Preparing to paint
  • What tools do I need?

    Masking tape will create a clean edge and protect anything you don't want to paint.

    Dust sheets will cover and protect your carpets and furniture.

    Rollers will paint large areas quicker than a brush and create an even finish.

    Paint brushes of varying sizes help navigate tricky corners, edging and cornices.

    Roller extensions are useful to paint high walls or stairwells.

    Radiator rollers are really helpful to paint down the back of radiators.

  • Which type of roller should I use?

    Use a short pile roller to paint interior walls to get a smooth finish.

    Use a long pile roller to paint rough surfaces such as a brick fireplace.

    You can use a mini foam roller as well as brushes to paint doors, woodwork or furniture.

  • What kind of paintbrush should I use?

    Large brushes are useful for painting furniture, doors and areas where a roller won't fit.

    Small brushes or edging brushes are useful for painting corners, edges and cornices.

    Synthetic bristle brushes work really well with our water based paint as the bristles don't expand when they get wet.

  • How should I prepare a room before painting?

    Make sure your surface is clean and dry – no grease, dirt or dust. Get rid of any old flaky paint and then lightly sand. Mask any woodwork you don't want to paint and protect your carpets and furniture from paint splatter and spills by covering them with dust sheets or carpet protector.

Using Painthouse paint
  • Where do I start painting?

    Paint a room from top to bottom. Ceiling first, then walls, skirting, doors and window sills.

  • How many coats should I paint?

    We recommend a minimum of two coats of paint. Painthouse paint has excellent coverage. Using a primer on woodwork will also help you get better coverage in less coats.

    What is the best paint for walls?

    Our non-toxic, emission free with near zero VOC water based paint works on walls, ceilings, and wood. It goes on smoothly and is touch dry in 30 minutes at a room temperature of 20 degrees C.

  • How do you paint behind pipes and radiators?

    First cover pipes and the edges of radiators with masking tape. Then use an angled, long reach paintbrush or narrow radiator roller to paint behind tricky pipes and radiators.

  • How do I clean my paint brushes and rollers?

    Our water based paint is an easy-clean kind of paint. Just wash your brushes and rollers in tap water. Nice and simple.

  • How long after painting can me or my family sleep in the bedroom?

    Painthouse paint is non-toxic and emission free with near zero VOC and is child and pet friendly. It's also touch dry in 30 minutes at a temperature of 20 degrees C. You or your family can go back to sleep in their room as soon as it's dry.

  • How long will the paint keep?

    Painthouse paint will keep for 12 months when sotried in a cool, dry and well ventilated area (5 to 25 degree C).

  • What do I do with left over paint?

    Don't waste paint. DONATE or RECYCLE: Did you know left over paint could be taken to a Community RePaint collection point? Make a difference to someone else at

    Please don't pour paint into drains or watercourses. Help to look after our earth and check your local, regional, national or international regulations to find the best way to do it.

    Or re-use me.

Deliveries & Returns
  • Delivery

    Each one of our unique colours are made to order by our specialist team of Chemists who operate from our Parent Company, Polyseam Ltd. in our West Yorkshire factory.

    Our expert chemists operate Monday to Friday and aim to mix all orders within one day of receiving an order.  Orders received before midday are usually mixed the same day, packed and dispatched the following day.  All paints are mixed to order and the total time from order to delivery can vary from 3 to 5 working days.  Orders placed after 11 am on Friday, or any time during Saturday or Sunday are not mixed until the following Monday.

    We will deliver your paint FREE of charge directly to your doorstep by our preferred courier. Standard deliveries are made by courier within their standard operating hours 8:00 to 18:00. No deliveries are made on weekends or bank holidays.

    If you your order is urgent and you would like a quotation for Express Delivery please email [email protected] or call Customer Services on 01484 421036 for a quotation.

    Please note that our factory and offices are closed on bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year, no deliveries will be made during this period.

    There is no standard delivery facility operating outside Mainland UK, however if you have a specific request for a destination elsewhere please contact us by email stating the details of your order and delivery location. We will respond with a quotation if the delivery is possible.


  • Mixed Paint Returns

    Paints purchased through are mixed to order, therefore Polyseam Ltd. cannot cancel orders or amend once mixed, accept returns or provide refunds on these products in the absence of defects.  For this reason, we advise you carefully check your order for accuracy before confirming your purchase.  Be sure to select the right size, colour and options that best meet your needs.  This does not affect your statutory rights.

    If you receive a paint delivery from us which is not the colour you ordered, you can return your paint unopened and in its original condition within 14 days of receipt. You must get in contact with us via telephone on 01484 421036 or email [email protected] before returning item(s). Alternatively, you can write to us at:   

    Polyseam Ltd. 
    15 St Andrews Road
    West Yorkshire 
    HD1 6SB

  • All items must be returned sealed and in their original condition. Please insure the return shipment as you are under a duty to take reasonable care of the goods and will be liable for damage to them until we receive them. We also recommend that you use a secure and tracked shipper and that you retain proof of sending, in case of a dispute.


  • Damaged Goods

    We take great care to ensure that you receive your goods in perfect condition. However, if your goods are damaged or faulty, in the first instance, please sign and make a record on the delivery note to say so.  Then please call our Customer Services Team on 01484 421036 or email [email protected] within 3 working days for replacement goods to be re-sent free of charge.  Proof of damage is required before we are able to replace your items. No such claims will be accepted after the 3 working days has lapsed.


  • Environmental Policy

Painthouse paints are mixed and tinted by our Parent Company, Polyseam Ltd. Polyseam’s products are manufactured and packed under its own brands and customers’ own brands. The company provides a complete manufacturing service to UK and overseas companies and a close partnership with suppliers to ensure a dedication to quality and service.

Polyseam Ltd. accepts responsibility for the impact its operations have on both the local and global environment and is committed to reducing any harmful effects.

  • Polyseam strive to:

- Continually improve its environmental performance. 
- Foster the commitment of all management and staff to improving the environmental performance of business. 
- Ensure compliance with legal and other requirements. 
- Strive to adopt the highest available environmental standards in all countries of operation. 
- Aim to minimise the use of all materials, supplies, energy and transport.
- Wherever possible Polyseam will use renewable or recyclable materials and components. 
- Aim to prevent pollution produced in all parts of the business and strive for ‘pollution-free’ processes. 
- Measure its impact on the environment and set targets for ongoing improvement. 
- Expect similar environmental standards from all third parties involved with our business - suppliers, vendors, contractors. 
- Assist customers to use Polyseam products and services in an environmentally responsible manner. 
-Liaise regularly with the local community. 
-Include environmental considerations in investment decisions. Assist in developing economically viable solutions to environmental problems in the industry.

Product safety and technical information
  • Is Painthouse paint safe for my baby?

    Painthouse paints are child and pet friendly, non-toxic and emission free with near-zero VOC. Our paints have achieved the best possible emission classifications. It's also touch dry in 30 minutes at a temperature of 20 degrees C, so you, your child and family can go back to sleep in their room after decorating, as soon as it's dry.

  • What about allergens?

    All Painthouse paints are non-hazardous IAC Gold awarded. However they do contain 1,2-Benzisothiazolin-3-one and may produce an allergic reaction.

  • What does VOC mean?

    VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. We know that chemical toxins in paints are huge contributors to air pollution. Our water based, toxin free paint has a rating of near zero VOC emissions - IAC Gold award - which means not only is it kinder to the environment but it's kinder to you, your family and your nose.

  • Downloadable documentation

    Safety data sheet interior matt finish paint
    Safety data sheet interior fire retardant paint
    Technical data sheet interior matt finish paint
    Technical data sheet interior fire retardant paint
    VOC Test Report
    IAC Gold Test Report

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