The Language of Paint
There are many different options when it comes to interior and exterior house painting. Different applications provide painting and decorating options to compliment your interior design, as well as the exterior appearance of your home. It is also handy to understand the different options that are available in terms of general home maintenance.
It is a fast-drying, water-based paint. It is commonly used for walls and ceilings. It is relatively easy to work with and brushes etc. can be cleaned with water.
These are oil-based paints, often used for timber and metalwork. It delivers a tough, glossy finish. It takes long to dry (often overnight), and brushes etc. must be cleaned with a solvent.
This prepares the surface for the topcoat. It helps with paint adhesion, it improves the topcoat coverage and it ensures a good finish.
A primer seals the surface that is going to be painted and binds the paint onto it. Different primers are available for different surfaces, e.g. plaster primer, wood primer or metal primer.
Bonding liquid is used on friable and porous surfaces, for example raw brick and filled cracks, to ensure the paint sticks to the surface.
A matt finish does not shine. It is often used for ceilings.
Satin & low sheen
This is sometimes referred to as eggshell and is often used for most walls.
Gloss & semi-gloss
This type of paint is generally used on windows, doors and woodwork that experiences a lot of use. It is a hard-wearing paint. It is also used in kitchens and bathrooms because of its ability to withstand water and steam.
This type of paint is ideal for rooms with lots of trafffic, or where walls must be resistant to moisture, dirt and grease e.g. bathrooms and kitchens.