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Which paint to use in your home

Posted by Wall Treats on April 16, 2020

If you are one of those who visited the paint stores and other home maintenance retailers before lockdown, you will probably be carrying out DIY now. This is a good time to complete the jobs around the house that you’ve been meaning to get to.

One of the simplest DIY activities is interior repainting, especially if your interior surfaces are in a reasonable condition. It is amazing the difference a coat of paint or two can make to a space! As award winning Auckland Master Painters, we know a thing or two about painting and would love to help you make your project a success.

A key way to maximise the longevity of your paint finishes is to ensure that you apply the correct type and sheen level of paint.

Which paint to use for ceilings

Ceilings are generally coated in either flat or low sheen acrylic (water-based) paint.

It is important to apply water-based enamel paint to wet areas, such as a kitchen, bathroom or laundry. These paints react better to moisture and steam, and in our experience last best in these areas.

If you have a bathroom that is particularly prone to mould, we would suggest first applying one coat of an oil-based sealer, followed with two topcoats of an oil based enamel paint.

In open plan spaces, such as those where the kitchen and living area share a ceiling, we would apply water-based enamel paint to the entire ceiling.

Which paint to use for walls

The minimum sheen level we would apply to walls is low sheen. However, if you would like the option to wipe your walls without scuffing them, then a semi-gloss sheen level is ideal. A word of caution though, higher sheen levels do magnify wall imperfections.

These defects usually happen because of gib boards shifting slightly from house movement, or general wear and tear. No amount of sanding can perfect these walls. The only way to remedy the flaws is to skim coat them to a level four or five finish. However, a competent plasterer is best placed to achieve this result.

An acrylic paint is almost always applied to the walls in dry areas. We would only apply water-based enamel paint to the walls in wet areas such as the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen.

Have you ever seen streaks of water on bathroom walls, akin to tears? This is the consequence of surfactant leaching. To prevent this, allow at least 48 hours for the water- based enamel paint to cure in the bathroom before you use the shower.

Which paint to use for trims

Use enamel paint for trims. You can choose water or oil based semi-gloss or gloss enamel, however you should be consistent in your choice.

Many of our customers choose a semi-gloss finish for their interior trims and a gloss finish for their exterior trims. We recommend a gloss finish on both, and preferably the same water-based or oil-based finish.

Have you found timber windows and doors sticking after being freshly repainted? People tend to think it is because the new coats of paint add more layers. Each new coat of paint is about 40 microns - a micron is one millionth of a metre. This means it is unlikely that the new coats of paint are the cause!

In our experience, the real culprit is water-based paint applied to the interior trims, while oil-based paint has been applied to the exterior, or vice versa. The sticking almost always occurs at the juncture where the two different types of paint meet.

Oil-based enamel paints are tricky to work with and are best left to the professionals. Without careful application, unsightly brush marks can easily result.

 

Remember, while we cannot be painting your houses right now, we want to offer our help, at no cost, with any home maintenance DIY that you may wish to do. 
 
Email us if you have any paint or painting related questions. We read our emails daily and will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

Also email us if you have any repairs or building related questions. We have an excellent collaboration with Craig, the franchise owner of Hire a Hubby Mt Eden/ Westmere/ Grey Lynn. He is also committed to helping you, and we are more than happy to forward your queries to him.

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