Black on black

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: -

QI have used John­stone’s Black Bi­tu­men paint on my 2004 nar­row­boat since new. I won­der whether it would be okay to use other man­u­fac­tures’ black bi­tu­men paint, eg Master Bi­tu­mens. I found this on eBay and it seems to do the same as John­stone’s and costs the same for a five-litre tin. How­ever, Master Bi­tu­mens also does a 25-litre ver­sion which brings the price down by more than 50%.

TONY BAKINOWSKI, via email

TONY REPLIES... The two prod­ucts should be com­pat­i­ble, it’s just bi­tu­men on bi­tu­men. But it’s al­ways a good idea to try a small area first and leave it for a while to see if any re­ac­tion oc­curs. It shouldn’t, but it’s best to be sure.

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