Painting Tips and Techniques

Safety information

Basic safety information is included on the labels of our products. For more information, you need to obtain a Safety Data Sheet on the individual product. This information is available from the product sections of this website, or you can call Dulux Customer Service or e-mail us. Please be sure to specify the exact product you require, for example "Dulux Wash and Wear".

In an emergency

If there has been a safety, health or environmental emergency involving one of our products, please contact our Emergency Response service on 0800 734 607 (24 hours). In the event of an emergency, do not e-mail us as our e-mail service is not monitored with the intent to provide emergency response.

Disposing of unwanted paint

Never dispose of unwanted paint by pouring it down household or stormwater drains. Water-based paints can be treated with Dulux Envirosolutions Waste Paint Hardener. This product turns the liquid paint into a solid mass, which can then be placed in household waste. The can, once emptied, can be placed in household recycling bins. Unwanted solvent-based paints can be disposed of by pouring the excess onto an absorbent material such as kitty litter, cardboard or shredded paper. Allow to dry and dispose with your normal household waste collection. For the disposal of larger quantities of paint, contact your local council.

Determining if your old painted surface contains lead

In buildings, which are very old, it is possible that some of the original paint or primers may still contain lead. Lead in old paint flakes and dust can make people sick, and is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women. Lead was common in paint until the 1980s, so if you are removing old paint you should have it tested to see if it has lead in it. Keep in mind that sometimes people will paint over old paint, so even if the top layer is new paint, there may be old lead-based paint underneath. Extreme care should be taken with the removal of these coatings. They should not be sanded or burnt. Independent chemical laboratories can test paint flakes for lead. Alternatively paint can be tested using 3M lead test kits which are available out of Dulux Trade Stores. For further detail on management of lead based paints refer to the following document .