Residential & Commercial Painting Resources
Fundamentally, paint is made up of pigment (that determines the colour), resin (it is how it binds to the surface) and a carrier (an additive that enables it to spread the paint to the surface painted).
These 3 fundamental mixtures make up what we call paint. We can brush it on, roll it on or spray it on.
There are other ingredients which give it other characteristics such as the controlling factor for the paint’s sheen. Other secondary solvents are added to help to give it’s glossy properties and drying factors.
Paint is a science onto itself that controls the it’s behaviour and properties. It is a material that accompanies all of our living and working environments. The only place you won’t see paint is either in the deserts, mountains and heavy jungles of the world.
Not all paints are of equal value. Based on the ingredients, the higher the quality part used the more pricey paint becomes.
Oil and alkyd paints that use odorless mineral spirits as a carrier can cost more than the regular solvents.
Vinyl-acrylic latex paints are by far the least costly in the latex paint category.
High quality and high performance interior paints are generally 100% acrylic. These types of paints generally have better colour retention and they stick well to walls and surfaces.
Generally, high quality exterior paints are either alkyd modified or are 100% acrylic in nature.
This term refers to paints that requires one-coat to hide the previous paint when applied correctly.
This property of a paint is set according to the level of titanium dioxide it contains . The higher the titanium dioxide the better the hiding factor.
be careful when selecting cheap paint with high hiding factor. These types of paints generally fall short of scrub-ability.
This rating indicates the toughness of the paint’s film, as well as its ability to withstand physical pressure on its surface.
Flat paints for interior usually have low scrub-ability rating. Scrubbing the wall wall with a cloth will remove dirt but will also expose pigments that in turn can damage the finish. The way to avoid this is to choose paint with high scrub-ability value.
It is a term used to indicate the lustre of the paint. This attribute is expressed with a label indicating dullness to shininess. Eg, the paint’s sheen could be flat, pearl, satin, semi-glass or gloss.
A paint with less pigment and more resin will be glossy and reverse is true for flat paints, where the resin is minimal.
Enamel is also a term used that gives the property that indicates extra-smoothness and hard surface coating.
Just note: the glossier the finish, the more durable and washable it is, thereby giving the paint a longer life to withstand the surrounding elements.
Interior painting can be composed of 3 types of paint work:
- flat paint for ceiling,
- egg-shell for walls
- and semi-gloss to gloss for doors and trims.
Generally, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms tend to be more occupied and used compared to the rest of the home. These rooms require paint that is more durable and easy to maintain without damaging it.
Other rooms like the living rooms, master bedrooms or dining rooms require appearance as the motivating factor.
So, when choosing the right one for each specific room one should keep these in perspective. Choose the type and the colour according to it’s use. Choose high quality paints so that your paint work will last much longer.
How much paint is required for each can vary according to the properties of the paint. For example, some paints may require 50% more paint compared to others.
There are so many factors that needs to be considered when choosing the quantity. The spread-ability of the paint and the area it needs to be painted play a role. It is a matter or knowing these and other paint properties, including the original surface properties that will determine how much paint is required.
Call us, we can give you estimates based on paint properties and the surface area needed to be painted.
Just note, anyone can use a brush, the roller or hold the spray gun, but it takes expertise and professional hand-eye coordination to bring out a professional workmanship finish. So, a professional does a better job at finishing the work always!
We start by repairing any damaged surface prior to any work. Once that is clear, the surface is cleaned and only then can we prime the walls and using rollers and brushes. Each surface has a different property and will require a different tool to finish it off. Some surfaces only require brushes, some rollers and some spraying. It varies.