Throughout my time as a professional decorator, I’ve used a lot of paints on a lot of surfaces. But there’s one that consistently makes its way into my toolkit: Bedec MSP (Multi Surface Paint).
Whether I need to paint a vintage toy box, garden fences, or uPVC windows of all shapes and sizes, Bedec MSP has been my steadfast partner in crime.
But what makes Bedec MSP one of my go-tos? Is it the ease of application, the durability, the opacity, or the flexibility to paint almost any surface?
As with any story, there are twists and turns, and my relationship with Bedec MSP is no different. In this review, I’ll take you through my experience with Bedec MSP, the highs and lows, and why I find myself reaching for that familiar tin of paint even after a decade.
With that being said, here’s my Bedec MSP review.
What Can Bedec MSP Be Used On?
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of using Bedec MSP on a plethora of surfaces. From wooden facias and uPVC doors to metallic radiators and even my garden fences, Bedec MSP has proven to be a reliable companion.
A real winner for me has been using MSP on my pvc gutters; no undercoat needed, just a clean and a slight rub-down, and you’re ready to crack on.
When comparing this with Zinsser Allcoat, Bedec MSP emerges as my clear favourite due to its adherence and the lack of necessity for a primer coat.
Dulux Weathershield, while performing admirably on a variety of surfaces, often needs more coats to achieve a similar result and simply can’t be used without an undercoat.
Consistency and Ease of Application
Over the past decade, I’ve found Bedec MSP to be very user-friendly. It’s straightforward to apply, doesn’t drag, and the consistency is perfect for brushing on without any fuss. Even on those summer days when the heat can make paints a nightmare to work with, Bedec just glides on like a dream. A little advice here, always keep your brush wet and give it a rinse when you can.
Interestingly, I found it a lot more forgiving than Zinsser Allcoat, which, while excellent in many ways, was a bit too thick and didn’t flow as easily.
Let’s be honest; while MSP is generally amazing, its white satin variant does not perform as well when it comes to opacity.
The colours, on the other hand, cover brilliantly. I’ve even used anthracite grey MSP on black pipes and gutters, and the coverage was exceptional. But for the white, prepare to give it a few more coats than you’re used to.
Having applied MSP to a variety of surfaces, I can confirm its resilience. I painted windows 8 years ago with MSP, and out of the 25 treated, only two needed minor touch-ups recently.
It stands up well, though the curing time can be quite long – expect a couple of weeks if not more. Once fully cured, however, it offers tremendous durability. I’ve even found it holds up well against rioting kids and a perpetually moving hoover.
That said, I’ve found Zinsser Allcoat to be slightly more durable on interior woodwork, but Bedec MSP takes the cake for exterior applications.
The range of colours available with Bedec MSP is quite impressive. From a soft matt to a vibrant anthracite grey, you’re not left wanting for options. Just remember that dark colours tend to cover better (with their red being an exception).
Pros of Bedec MSP
The standout advantages of MSP include its high versatility, ease of application, and excellent durability. The fact that you can use it on a myriad of surfaces without needing an undercoat or primer is a massive time-saver. Furthermore, its impressive colour range allows you to play with your aesthetics without compromising on performance.
Cons of Bedec MSP
The main downside to Bedec MSP is the less-than-stellar opacity in its white satin variant. It requires a few extra coats to achieve the desired finish, sometimes as much as 5 which is a pain. Also, the long curing time could be a downside for some, especially when compared to Zinsser Allcoat, which fully cures in just a week.
In summary, Bedec MSP has proven to be a reliable, versatile, and durable paint option. Sure, it has a few quirks – like the long curing time and the subpar opacity of the white variant – but the overall package is nothing short of impressive. It has served me well for a decade, and I look forward to many more years of using this splendid paint. Happy painting, folks!