All You Need To Know About Paint

Painting is the one thing that we can all do successfully without messing up (usually). It is a simple process that is sometimes even a bit therapeutic, if you are not allergic to any paint fumes that is. Splashing colour on the walls of our home is quite often fun and easy enough to do but do we really understand what exactly we are purchasing and spreading all over our walls. Do we really understand what any of this stuff is? Well no need to worry because here is a brief explanation of the world of paint.

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First off remember that if you do know how to do it yourself then just call a local company and hire some Adelaide painters to help you with your walls. Because let’s face it, we can’t all be pros at everything. So if you do not know the art of brushing your walls, then there is no shame in hiring the experts to get it done. But if you feel you can coat your walls by yourself then there are a few things you need to know.

Water or oil based paints

So there are different kinds of paint to keep in mind. One is water-based, meaning it uses water as a solvent, and is usually referred to as ‘latex’ (even though it has nothing to do with latex). And the other is oil-based, which has paint-thinner or alkyd resin as a solvent. Water-based or latex paints are generally used for homes due to how well it cleans up, how quickly it dries and also how many colours it is available in. Oil or Alkyd paint is used is the more wet areas of the home like the bathroom or areas that need a lot of heavy-duty protection, like trimmings. Each of these has its own set of pros and cons, so when you go to hardware store ensure to ask a sales assistant about each one and which is best for your home.

Primer and sheen

Primer is basically the first thing you use. It is a used as a base to seal off the surface of the wall thus preventing the new colour that is applied to the wall from getting discoloured or looking inconsistent. Primer is vital as it ensures that the new coat of colour is protected from any issues with the wall itself. Primer is usually a greyish white colour that is used to fill in holes and smooth out the surface of the wall. Once the primer is applied you can then begin to paint. Remember that the sheen of the colour you have selected can change as the paint dries thus creating either a glossy or flat finish. So always check the sheen factor of the paint you purchase.

Although this explanation is not exactly a comprehensive one, I hope that it has still gives you a far better understanding of what you are applying on your walls. It should also help you with all your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home painting projects. So all the best!

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