One of the most effective ways to transform a room is to give it a fresh coat of paint. But before you get the brushes and rollers out, you need to be confident that you’ve selected the best paint for your requirements, and that involves more than just looking at colour charts.
To help you choose, here’s our handy paint guide to the major interior paints and their uses.
The pigments in a tin of paint are held together using either an oil-based or water-based binder. Oil-based products include alkyd and linseed paints. They’re hardwearing, making them popular choices for skirting boards and other areas that are particularly vulnerable to damage. However, they produce a strong odour (good ventilation is vital) and take several hours to dry.
Water-based alternatives include latex and acrylic paints. They smell less than oil-based paints and dry faster – usually within an hour. While coats of water-based paints don’t look as smooth as oil-based ones, they’re less likely to crack. As they contain lower levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), they’re safer too.
If you’re working with a previously unpainted surface, start by covering it in primer. It encourages paint to adhere to the surface without sinking in. Primer is also ideal for surfaces that have been repaired or are stained.
Use undercoat paint before painting with your chosen colour to prevent the surface’s original colour from showing through. For light colour schemes, use a pale undercoat. For dramatic ones, a dark undercoat works better.
There are two main kinds of topcoat paint: glosses (robust and ideal for woodwork) and emulsions (duller and less durable, but perfect for walls and ceilings).
Make sure your primer, undercoat and topcoat have the same binder (for example, if you use latex paint, the other products should be water-based too) to avoid problems.
Topcoat paints offer a wide range of finishes.
There’s a lot to think about when you want to paint one or more rooms in your home and we hope you’ve found our paint guide helpful. If you’d like more help, why not let our experienced team make the process easy for you?
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