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Painting tips
• Calculate how much paint you need before you buy, never underestimate.
• The colour, texture and porosity of the surface will greatly effect the amount of paint you will need.
• Pebble dash, textured surfaces and embossed wallpaper will require twice as much paint as smooth surfaces.
• Dark colours may take two or three coats of undercoat in order to change to another colour.
• Two coats of gloss are always recommended for exterior painting to better protect against the weather.
• To calculate the amount of paint required for a large area break it down into smaller parts.
• Measure the length of each surface and multiply by the height this will give you the area in square metres.
• Add all the totals together to get the final figure.
• Use the following rough guide to work out the quantity of paint your require:
Primers - 12 Sq Metres per Litre
Emulsions - 13 Sq Metres per Litre
Gloss - 14 Sq Metres per Litre
Undercoat - 16 Sq Metres per Litre
Masonry - 12 Sq Metres per Litre
Choosing the right paint is not complicated.
Your choice will depend on:
•The surface to be painted
•The kind of use the paint must sustain
•The kind of paint finish you wish to live with
Not all paints are created equal. The better quality the paint, the longer lasting and better looking your room will be. Always insist on top quality paint.
One of the most important things to be aware of is that paint is formulated for either interior or exterior use. Interior and exterior paints have totally different properties:
Interior Paint
• Scrubbable and stain resistant
• Good hiding power
• Splatter resistant
• Easy touch up
Exterior Paint
• Colour Retention
• Resistance to fading
• Flexibility to withstand expansion and contraction due to varying weather conditions
• Provide mildew and algae resistant coating
• Do not use exterior paint indoors on the assumption that they are 'tougher' than interior paints, in fact some of the highest quality exterior paints are totally unsuitable for interior use.
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