tips on paint types

Paint: It’s more than just colour samples

As we mentioned in our recent post which provided some  TIMELY PAINTING TIPS, the approach of Spring means that a lot of Victorian homeowners will be studying their colour charts as they prepare to tackle a few paint jobs around the house.

However, if you are thinking that repainting is a way to change the look of a room or the whole house that requires no planning, think again. In fact, without a bit of research, even the process of selecting the right type of paint can be confusing, let alone reaching agreement on the colour. So here’s a few insights on some of the terms you’ll find helpful before you head to the paint shop…

Paint types:

Acrylic (water based) – A popular choice as acrylic paint usually has less fumes, and brushes can be cleaned in water.

Oil (solvent based) – Some people say oil-based paint is harder wearing, so it may be preferable for doors and trims.

Think about your surface – Avoid trying to paint over oil-based paints with an acrylic without prior sanding or undercoating.

Paint finishes:

Flat – Also known as matte. A fairly forgiving paint that covers surface imperfections well. Popular for ceilings and interior walls.

Low sheen – This one’s a popular choice and is more easily washed than a flat surface.

Satin – Also known as semi-gloss. Its washability and moisture repellant properties make it well suited to window frames, skirting boards and bathrooms.

Gloss – Sometimes called high gloss. Less popular nowadays than a semi-gloss.

Think about usability – The general rule is the higher the gloss, the more likely it will show up any underlying flaws in the surface or your finishing skills.

Other factors:

Texture – Typical examples are lime-wash finishes for a Mediterranean look or render type finishes for brickwork.

Reflectivity – This is a factor in exterior paints as a reflective finish help to insulate the home. Keep in mind that lighter colours are more reflective than darker tones.

Low VOC – ‘Volatile organic compounds’ are gases emitted into the air by paints and other materials. This can be an important factor if you have an allergy sufferer at home.

Lead – If you are painting an older home, make sure you check if lead-based paints have been used in the past. These were very common prior to 1970 and can require careful handling to protect your health.

Finally, if you are planning to paint to prepare your home for sale, be sure to chat with one of the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you start. Not only can we save you money by advising you on what the buyers are likely to respond to, (and what they won’t), but in some cases you might be better off selling your property without the update.

Of course, if you’d like more helpful tips on selling your property, you’ll find our free booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, a source of lots of helpful tips. Feel free to download a copy while you’re here.