A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PAINTING
Don’t know the difference between primer and satin? Unsure which works best where? Here’s our guide...
A thick paint with a shiny finish that reflects lots of light. Gloss works well in high-traffic areas and on surfaces that get brushed and bumped regularly, such as skirting boards and door frames. If using on plaster walls, they need to be in good condition, as any imperfections will show. SATIN AND SILK
Available in wall paint, wood paint and metal paint, silk and satin are mid-sheen paints (silk is associated with walls, satin is for woodwork). A great choice if you want a paint with a slight shine that’s easy to wipe clean. Better at hiding surface imperfections than a high gloss.
This paint has a more delicate sheen than satin and is better at resisting moisture than matt. Suitable for most surfaces, including walls and primed metals, such as radiators. It’s also particularly good for giving woodwork a classic look.
Smooth and non-reflective, matt paint is excellent at disguising the flaws in less-than-perfect walls – it creates a soft, natural look. PRIMER
An undercoat that can be used to prepare bare wood, plaster or metal surfaces before painting. It increases paint durability and stops the paint being absorbed into the wall. Different types of surfaces, such as metal or wood, require different primers. BRUSHES
Choose the width of your brush based on the area that you’re painting: 50mm for smaller areas such as skirting boards, door frames and architraves; 100-150mm for ceilings and walls. A synthetic bristle is best used with water-based paints for a fine finish, while a natural bristle is ideal for solvent-based paints.
These are excellent for painting any large surfaces in your home. They come in short pile (for fine, flat surfaces), medium pile (for smooth surfaces and most walls) and long pile (for textured surfaces). Foam rollers are best for gloss paint and varnish.