Us­ing good qual­ity paint pays off

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

A wall colour you don’t like is hard to live with and as there are so many dif­fer­ent colours and fin­ishes to choose from, it’s im­por­tant to try a new paint first.

It is a good idea to ap­ply a lit­tle of a new colour to each wall, so you get the full ef­fect and can see how it looks at dif­fer­ent times of the day.

Printed colour charts aren’t ac­cu­rate and the same is true of paint colours viewed on­line – al­ways try the paint in the room it’ll be used in.

Once you’ve found an emul­sion you like, you’ll need to work out how much to buy. The paint tin will have in­for­ma­tion on cov­er­age, and you can use an on­line paint cal­cu­la­tor.

Th­ese cal­cu­la­tors take into ac­count things like the size of the walls, win­dows and doors, but not the type of emul­sion you’re us­ing or the state of the walls them­selves.

As soon as you start ap­ply­ing an emul­sion, you’ll be able to see how well it cov­ers and get an idea of how many coats you’ll have to do.

The qual­ity of the emul­sion will af­fect the num­ber of coats, as will the state of the walls. More paint will be needed to cover tex­tured wall­pa­per and lumpy and bumpy walls than smooth ones (new plas­ter should be sealed first to make it less ab­sorbent). Some emul­sions cover bet­ter than oth­ers. It’s worth pay­ing more for a good qual­ity paint that pro­vides ex­cel­lent cov­er­age.

The colour you use can also af­fect how much emul­sion you need. Pale colours may not cover as well as dark ones, and if you’re paint­ing new plas­ter with pale emul­sion, there may be patches you can’t cover eas­ily – use a stain-block paint or a basecoat emul­sion on th­ese. Basecoat emul­sions, which are white and cover bet­ter than most stan­dard emul­sions, are use­ful if the emul­sion you’re us­ing isn’t cov­er­ing well. If you’re paint­ing over dark walls with a pale colour, for ex­am­ple, you’ll save time, ef­fort and paint by ap­ply­ing a basecoat first.

It’s ob­vi­ously bet­ter to have too much emul­sion than not enough, as long as you can re­turn it – most DIY stores will re­fund un­used tins, although usu­ally not from paint-mix­ing ma­chines. Some­times, the same colour can change slightly be­tween batches of paint, es­pe­cially with paints that use nat­u­ral pig­ments, so not buy­ing enough in the first place can be dis­as­trous.

Pic­ture: PA Photo/think­stock­pho­tos

Use sam­ples to check your colour choice be­fore start­ing on the proper dec­o­rat­ing

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