OK so I have some samples from Little Knights to try and I wanted to look at the gloss first because finding a real eco friendly gloss is really difficult. Looking at their web pages they have some good credentials and have even defended (successfully) their claim of zero VOC when they were accused by a certain other manufacturer of false advertising. The marketting is a bit curious because when you look at the products, the gloss comes under their wall paint section even though it says it's for wood. Odd. I had a long conversation last week with the company MD who is actually the tech expert and he told me a lot about what they do. The ingredients seem to be a close guarded secret but what he did say is the paints are made with natural ingredients as much as possible but in order to get a paint to perform and not degrade, it is necessary to use synthetic elements sometimes. However, the claim is that, once in the water system the paints are broken down into harmless component parts. In other words you don't need to dump paint at the landfill, or wory about separating the solids to chucl them away. It all goes down the sink safely. They also have a claim that their paint will absorb and neutralise formaldehyde. If that's true it's certainly a plus point. The anti microbial they use is a non toxic chemical with a similar structure to honey. Obviously a totally natural paint without additives can be subject to decomposition over time so some protection against that is required. All the products are non toxic in use and after use. And if there is any doubt to the company ethics, the MD recently purchased a large area of woodland to preserve as a nature reserve. The issues I have with some manufacturers is they try to sell us 'green' paints simply because it's a trendy market. Little Knights seem to be coming at it from the right direction though so I am happy to spend time checking out their stuff. The price falls pretty much in line with premium trade paints but they only keep the costs there by selling direct to the end users - if they pushed it out through retail outlets the additional margins the retailers demand would make the stuff too expensive. Ok so on to the performance of the gloss. They say the paint has obsolutely no odour. I would dispute that, if you hold the tin right under your nose you can smell the paint. Having said that, it's a pleasant aroma and when you're working with the paint you don't smell it so yes it is pretty much odourless if you don't stick your nose right in it. I thought it looked a bit thick in the tin but after a quick stir it looked about right and I wanted to try it first without any thinning. I think it might level a little better with a drop of water next time but as it is, straight from the pot, it flowed nicely and levelled off pretty well. It does need laying off properly (but quickly) to avoid marks and for anyone who struggles with brush marks in water based, this might be a challenge. Recoat time is pretty fast, I left it over night simply because I put the first coat on late in the evening. But #i think a recoat will be possible well within 2 hours. The test was done on a new bit of skirting that was primed with a couple of coats of BIN, just because I had a tin handy and couldn't find the Bedec! And talking of undercoats, apparently the solid content is high in this but the first coat going over BIN (bin from a tin seems to dry off white) I was a bit unsure of the opacity but when it dried it looked ok. Second coat covered easily. But I'm not sure how it would manage if existing paintwork was just sanded and cleaned. I will be happier using an undercoat first but over 123 or BIN it still means a pretty fast turnaround. The finish is as good as any other w/b gloss I've used. I want to put some on a vertical doorframe somewhere and see how thick I can get it on before it runs. Floating on a flat piece is not really a good test in that respect. Before the top coat I sanded and the paint was already pretty tough. I'll give it a week and then drop a few things on it to see how tough it really is so watch this space.