Your friendly local independent paint and decorators merchant

With over 200 years of combined experience - built proudly on the legacies of Bromborough Paints, Trade 1st and Kent Blaxill, and supported by the specialist expertise of Promain Industrials - PaintWell is a one-stop shop for painting and decorating supplies, materials, tools and accessories for DIY, trade and specialist industries.

We pride ourselves on our huge range of all the big brands, but even more so on our friendly and knowledgeable team who really care about helping you get the job done.

We have a UK-wide network of 53 branches that stretches from Carlisle to Kent and beyond, with ambitious plans to open even more. We also have an extensive online business offering next day delivery - so wherever you’re working, you can count on us to be there.

Quite simply, when it comes to paint, we’ve got you covered. It’s no wonder we’re rated ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot.



Paint, Tools, Accessories and More - we’ve got everything you need at competitive prices

We’ve got all the essentials and more for any painting and decorating project, available to everyone at competitive prices. With products to clean, prepare and protect surfaces (and workwear to keep you clean too!) as well as a vast selection of trade and designer paints, brushes, rollers and tools plus wallpaper and specialist industrial coatings, we’ve got everything you need to get the job done.

All the big name brands available mixed into millions of colours

From A(mstead) to Z(innser) and everything in between, we’ve got all the big brand names you know and trust, so you’ll always find your favourite go-to at PaintWell. And with our advanced spectrophotometer scanning and mixing stations, we can match and mix your favourite into almost unlimited colours and finishes whilst you wait. We’re also proud stockists of Farrow & Ball and Little Greene designer paints.

Specialist industrial coatings offering specification to application for any specialist project

Part of the PaintWell Group, Promain offers specialist industrial paints and coatings supported by a team of technical experts who can help you with everything from specification to application advice for those out-of-the-ordinary jobs. Whether you’re painting roofs, floors, barns or swimming pools, marking lines or need protective, thermoplastic or antibacterial coatings, we’ve got you covered.

A friendly knowledgeable team who care about helping you get the job done

Our fabulously friendly team of local experts really care about helping you get the job done, with the know-how to offer any advice you might need and a can-do attitude to deliver what you want. They’ll make sure you leave PaintWell with a smile and never want to go anywhere else.

We also have big hearts and like to help a good cause. We’ve donated paint, time and money to support numerous local charity projects as well as Children in Need’s DIY SOS. We even turned PaintWell pink for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Shop in-store, online or by phone with local branches nationwide & next day delivery

Working with us is easy. You can shop online 24/7 at paintwell.co.uk for thousands of products with next day delivery and a dedicated trade account portal, or find your local branch for a more personal service. With branches stretching from Carlisle to Kent and beyond (and ambitious plans to open even more), we’ve got a nationwide network of local branches that are all across the country but also just around the corner - so pop in or give us a call!



The PaintWell brand is built proudly on the legacies of Bromborough Paints, Trade 1st and Kent Blaxill and supported by the specialist expertise of Promain Industrials.

Bromborough Paints and Trade 1st

In 1948 Harry Wellings established Bromborough Paints, selling paint and wall coverings from a modest local corner shop based on the Wirral. The company went from strength to strength to become the largest independent decorators’ merchant in the North West.

In 2015, Bromborough Paints acquired the e-commerce website www.trade1st.co.uk, extending their ability to serve customers across a bigger geographic area throughout the UK.

Kent Blaxill

Kent Blaxill has served the Colchester area in Essex since 1838, when it was founded as an oil and glass business on the town’s High Street. The family-owned firm then expanded throughout the East of England and the Midlands, offering paint, timber, glass, ironmongery, tools, landscaping and building supplies. They were also well known in the area as a leading kitchen and bathroom specialist.

Promain Industrials

Promain has been established for over 30 years, offering expert advice as well as specialist paints, surface coating technologies and concrete repair materials across a wide range of specialist industrial applications.


Becoming PaintWell

In 2021, Bromborough Paints and Trade 1st were acquired by Cairngorm Capital and rebranded to ‘PaintWell’ to better reflect the modern ambitions of the company. 

In 2022, Kent Blaxill and Promain also joined the PaintWell family.

In 2023, the Kent Blaxill builders’ merchant division was sold to IBMG, an independent builders’ merchant network, enabling us to focus exclusively on our core offer of paint and decorating supplies,and the KB decorator centres were rebranded to PaintWell.

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