About

We are Australia's oldest paint shop, situated in Melbourne's inner west.

We sell a large range of domestic and industrial paints, what ever your paint requirements, come and see us.
Mirror Paints P/L is a fourth generation family business started in South Kensington around 1890. One hundred and ten years later quality paint is still produced on site to our high standards. The paint department has the extensive Mirror Paints home decorator range that is complimented by Haymes premium quality paint range with its COLOUR EXPRESSIONS colouring system. We can match colours from competitors colour cards or just bring in a colour sample and we will match it. We also have an extensive hydroponic area with thousands of products to make your home growing more successful. We sell a large range of domestic and industrial paints, what ever your paint requirements, come and see us.

We can match colours from competitors colour cards or just bring in a colour sample and we will match it.

We also have an extensive hydroponic area with thousands of products to make your home growing more successful.

I'm Peter and I'm in the store most days, I just love mixing paint and helping people with their renovation projects. I'm one of the Mirror Paints team and we are here to help you.

 

Then

Originally called S. Smith & Co. p/l, we started producing paints and varnishes at in Melbourne around 1890. Mr. Sam Smith, a skilled varnish maker from Birmingham, England arrived in Melbourne to start a new life. He rented a hay and corn store at Browns Hill from a Mrs. Radcliffe. The area is now known as Dynon Road, South Kensington where the present factory is located. Sam, a skilled varnish maker and gum runner, began producing a range of varnishes, driers and oil based paints. The manufacture of pigments such as Chrome Yellows, Prussian Blue, Chrome Green and Carbon Black continued until the late 1950’s. Varnish and resin making was by open pot method over open hearth furnaces up until about the same time. Sam Smith passed on in the 1930’s handing down the business to two members of his family, Sam

Jnr. and Victoria. By the 1960’s a wide range of coatings were being produced. Industrial paints included epoxies, polyurethanes, chlorinated rubbers and many speciality coatings. The architectural range (house paint) included alkyd enamels, acrylics, vinyls and membrane paints.

 

It was around that time Victoria’s son, Fred Funnell took over the Family business. Fred’s management saw the company succeed through the tremendous social and economic changes of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. That time also saw a great diversification in the type of products we sold. The shop now carried a selection of swimming pool chemicals and hydroponics.

Fred’s son, Peter has now been running the business since the mid 1990’s and is determined to see it prosper for another century.

Now

One hundred and twenty years and four generations later quality paint is still produced on site to our high standards. Our industrial paints are use all over Melbourne and through out Victoria.
Our retail shop has all sorts of products for the home renovator and maintenance person plus heaps of hydroponic gear for the avid home gardener.
Ask us about our home delivery service.