Welcome to the Thorndown Paints Press Office

Welcome to the Thorndown Paints Press Office

Products from this company are shipped to: United Kingdom and are located in: United Kingdom

About

Thorndown is an award-winning specialist paint manufacturer that creates technically excellent, eco-friendly water-based wood paints and innovative peelable glass paint, perfect for shading and art and crafts.

Inspired by the beautiful countryside and heritage of the West Country where the factory is based, the husband-and-wife team behind Thorndown, Ben and Caroline Thornborough, blend their passions for art, design, science and the natural world in their ecologically advanced paints.

Founded on the principles of creating the best possible products with leading ingredients that both respect and work with the natural environment, Thorndown has taken time to source the best raw materials to create cutting-edge water-based eco paints with virtually no VOCs.

Thorndown’s Wood Paint is available in 72 colours and a UV Clear, while the Peelable Glass Paint is available in 24 opaque colours and 14 translucents.

Colour matching is also available.

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Mercury Grey Wood Paint on Hutton Log Store

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Hartlake Blue Wood Paint

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Hartlake Blue with Whey White Trim Wood Paint on Shed

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Hartlake Blue Wood Paint

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Press releases

12/05/22

The Power of Paint














































Caroline Thornborough, co-founder of Thorndown Paint, on how a great paint job using the right paint, can transform tired garden fixtures.

Garden accessories have a lot to contend with; not only do they have to stand up to everything the Great British weather has to throw at them, but every day use can take its toll over time.

And while wooden fixtures might look beyond their best, a specially formulated exterior paint, a decent paint brush and a little TLC could be all you need to give them a new lease of life. 
 
Thorndown's Wood Paint is specifically engineered for exterior use. Its high performing acrylic resin creates a durable water-repellent coating, while its VOC-free exterior grade colour pigments are made to stay strong and true for many years.

Caroline said: "This Hutton Log Store was really mucky but the timber and structure were still in perfect condition. Our transformation shows how something can seem incredibly worn yet easily look brand new again with some fresh paint."






























































Here Caroline talks through her transformation of the tired timber log store. 

1. Our log store had been neglected for years. The old oil-based coating had worn and faded a lot, and there was a heavy build-up of dirt and algae. Our first job was to give it a really good clean. You can use a soapy water solution and scrubbing brush to do this, but as the build-up was so thick, we used a pressure washer.

2. After power washing we left it to dry then checked it over. There was still some old loose coating and stubborn dirt and algae so we used a power sander to strip those elements off. Then a final dust off to remove sand dust and any loose elements, then it was ready to paint.

3. I chose Mercury Grey as it’s a lovely strong grey and would work perfectly with the grey colour palette of our decking area.

4. The first coat always takes a lot more paint and with a slatted product, is more time-consuming as you have lots of area to cover and gaps, nooks and crannies that you need to make sure to get the paint into, especially on the roof. 

5. Although Thorndown Wood Paint is a lovely consistency and easy to paint with, holding to the brush and flowing well onto the surface so drips are rare, it’s always good practice to check over your area once painted to tidy up any drips. 

6. Leave to dry. Drying time is really quick and on a nice fine dry day it can be ready to overcoat within 30 to 60 minutes. On cooler days leave for one to two hours.

7. Once dry, I painted on a second coat starting with the roof so that by the time I’d finished the second coat on the rest of the log store, the roof was dry enough for me to paint on a final booster third coat. Horizontal surfaces, including roofs, suffer from a lot more wear and tear and exposure to the sun, rain, freezing ice and snow, so coatings will degrade a lot quicker than on vertical surfaces. Hence a third coat making the surface even more durable and extending the time between maintenance coats.

8. Leave to dry for 24 hours allowing the coating to properly fix and cure. 






















13/04/22

Sustainable summer makeovers from Thorndown Paints














































Sustainability is one of the hottest trends in interiors right now and eco-paint specialists Thorndown are showing homeowners how to breathe new life into tired outdoor fixtures.

Here, Ben Thornborough, Thorndown's co-founder, shares his top tips for those looking to transform tired outdoor furniture in time for summer:


Select your colour palette based on shades that will fit with your existing garden design and your plants, and most importantly, bring a smile to your face.
Use sample pots to make sure you’re getting exactly the colour you want and always go with a wood paint that has been specially formulated for exterior use. This will ensure your chosen colours last longer. At Thorndown, we use exterior grade colour pigments, meaning that the colour you chose is the colour you’ll see for years and years.
Preparation is key when it comes to the perfect finish, so before you consider painting your old, tired furniture, sand off any rough patches or loose old coatings that will show or affect the finish.
Wooden furniture may need preserving with a wood preserver. If your furniture is made with treated softwood, remove any surface residue from the pressure-treatment process. 
If your furniture is old, make sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned. Wash off any dirt with soapy water or use a pressure-washer to blast off persistent dirt or algae. Washing with a light bleach/water solution will also help to kill off algae.
Don’t rush to start your paint job. Make sure your wood is dry otherwise coatings won’t fix properly to the timber, affecting the paint’s performance and longevity.
To ensure the perfect finish, apply a knotting agent or stain-blocking primer to prevent possible tannin staining of the paint coating. However, if you’re a fan of all things natural, don’t worry about it and let nature take its course.
If there is any rust on fixings treat the metal surfaces or use paint with flash rust inhibitor like Thorndown Wood Paint to stop rust from forming on non-galvanised metal or metal screws/nails other than stainless steel.
And one last thing before you start applying your paint. Check the weather to make sure rain isn’t forecast for at least 24 hours. This will allow plenty of time for the paint to dry and fix/bond properly.
Apply your first coat of wood paint using a high-quality paint brush, roller or sprayer and leave to dry for one to two hours. If you’re leaving the paint to dry in the sunshine, it will dry much quicker. After you have applied a second coat, leave this to dry for at least 12 hours. While it might feel dry, the curing/fixing process takes a lot longer and the more time you give it, the better.”


Thorndown's Wood Paint is £20 for a 750ml tin and is available from thorndown.co.uk


















































GOOD TO KNOW


Some lighter colours or semi-opaques can look better with a third coat as it will increase the opacity and richness of the colour. The majority of Thorndown colours only need two coats, giving you great colour coverage and full exterior protection.
Horizontal surfaces on garden furniture take a real beating from the sun, rain, backsides and prosecco so give extra attention here and maybe an extra coat of paint for good measure. Additional coats will give it extra strength and it will be even longer before a maintenance coat is required.
Grab something nice and cold to reward yourself with after and admire your work.


























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