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Send Emulsion Paint

Sending emulsion paint need not be difficult or expensive, we have been sending paints and emulsions for the last two decades. Emulsion paints are extremely popular and are typically used for interior walls and ceilings, are water based and contain vinyl or acrylic resins added for durability. They come in Matt, Silk and Satin finishes, with the silk and satin varieties providing more durability. Brushes and rollers are simple to clean, washed in water, without the need for brush cleaner or turpentine solutions. They are also far less odorous than oil-based paints. Pretty much every homeowner has used emulsion paint at some point. Other popular water-based paints include clay and chalk paints. These are more eco-friendly, as they do not contain oils or acrylics. They come in a wide range of colours and earthy tones and also have a matt finish. These are very popular for furniture and do not require an undercoat or primer.

So why is it so difficult to find a courier for emulsion paint? Most couriers tend to stay away from shipping emulsion paint, due to past experiences of lids coming off and paint going everywhere. Far easier to avoid them all together. However, with a little thought and care when packing emulsion paints, you can significantly reduce the risk of any damage during transit. We have put together a definitive guide on how to pack emulsion paints, which can be found here. Please note that Overland Express, or our carriers, will not accept any responsibility for paints damaged in transit.

Working in partnership with DHL, we can send emulsion paints worldwide, along with any other water-based paints, fully tracked and signed for, door to door.

Oil-based paints, varnishes, spray paints, radiator paints, sealers and lacquers cannot be sent with DHL, as they are flammable and need to be sent on the UPS Specialist road service.

The easiest way to determine if you have water-based paint, is to read the cleaning instructions on the outside of the tin. If it says that you can clean your brushes out in water, it is water based. If it says that you require thinners or turpentine solution, it is oil based. Traditionally, all gloss paints, fence paints, undercoats, varnishes and sealers were oil based, todays modern varieties are often water based. If you are in any doubt, ask the supplier of the paint, or check the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS also contains shipping information and will indicate any restrictions applicable to that particular product. If the packaging contains any flammable, or hazardous labels, it cannot be sent with DHL and must go on our specialist service.

Please take a look at our quick quote tool above, to see how much we can save you when shipping emulsion paint.

We have listed below some frequently asked questions relating to sending emulsion paint by courier.

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Specialist Areas

If you are sending standard parcels, liquids, perfumes or wheels, please press the tile below that best suits your requirements.

Why Choose Overland Express?

Save Money

If you are looking for an affordable parcel delivery service, we can provide you with some of the lowest rates available. We have negotiated large discounts for sending parcels through the major carriers and pass these onto our customers.

Save Time

Fast, easy, and efficient online booking with our send a parcel tool, allows you to quickly compare courier prices and choose the delivery service that suits you.

Wide Choice

We partner with industry leaders, such as DHL, UPS, DPD and FedEx, giving you a wide range of choices when sending documents and parcels, on an express or economy service. With timed delivery options for more urgent items.

Fully Tracked

We provide you with full tracking details, to allow you or the receiver, to track your parcel throughout its journey.

This includes SMS text messages to advise you when the parcel will arrive.

Alternatively, you can use the tracking page on our website to provide the current location of your parcel.

Specialist Areas

Besides traditional parcel delivery, we specialise in niche areas, such as sending musical instruments, alloy wheel delivery, paints, perfume’s and electrical items containing lithium batteries, including mobile phone and laptop delivery.

Be sure to use the correct page when sending these items, this is to prevent prohibited items from being sent through the wrong service.

Customer Service

You can easily contact us by phone, email or live chat. We are always available during working hours, to answer any enquiries.

With over a quarter of a century of experience, we offer the highest level of customer service and make sure that we exceed our customer’s expectations, by providing industry leading solutions to their needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am returning Farrow and Ball paint for a refund, can I use the box that it came in?
A. Please read our packing instructions, as Farrow and Ball packaging is not sufficient for transit.

Q. I am still not sure if my paint is water based or not, can I still use this service?
A. If you are in any doubt, please use our specialist road service, not DHL.

Q. Can I insure my delivery of emulsion paint?
A. We cannot insure paint or liquids against damage unfortunately, please read our packing instructions thoroughly, to minimise any possibility of damage.

Q. Do I need to complete Customs paperwork to send emulsion paint to Europe?
A. As of 1 January 2021, a commercial invoice is required for anything other than documents sent outside of the United Kingdom. We complete these for you free of charge. Duty and import charges may be payable in the Country of delivery.

Q. Where can I get an MSDS for my paint?
A. These are easily found online, or from the paint manufacturers website.