Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Paint
This buying guide for painting is a great ally to assist you when you shop to remodel your room or even your entire home.
Whether for preparation, equipment, different finishes or color choices, refer to the tips below for your next paint purchase.
Determine the different places to paint
Start by making a list of the places you plan to repaint. Are they often used? Are they big? Small? Illuminated? Dark? Are the ceilings straight or attic?
All of these details are essential to choosing the proper paint for the best home design.
Choose the finish of the paint
There are several painting finishes and just as many different styles. If you want your walls to be easy to clean and reflect the light, a velvet finish just like a shiny strand will look great. For the ceiling, we often recommend a matte finish, which cleans well and better masks imperfections.
There is also a finish dedicated to molding and framing, and another for the kitchen / bathroom remodelling due to the presence of heat and humidity in these rooms.
Differentiate oil painting from the water paint (acrylic or latex)
Another point to bear in mind is what the paint is made from (composition). Oil paints, while extremely covering, are also very fragrant and difficult to clean.
We therefore prioritize paints with water (acrylic or latex), which are lighter, but above all softer for the environment.
Gather the best equipment to paint
Choosing the best tools to paint is a guarantee of (near) success. If you have multiple walls to paint, the rollers are needed. They are preferred for short hairs and have a width of 5 mm or more. These painting equipments should be added to the home remodelling costs estimate while you plan to repaint your house.
If you also want to invest in a good brush, forget the models and bet on a quality brush with rounded ends.
Prepare the walls well
Be sure to clean the walls, remove any dust, remove the hotplates and shelves, and dry the walls well when you are ready to paint.
Also, do not forget to equalize the walls with a little plaster and especially to sand it afterwards. The finish will only be smoother!
Coverage of the painting
How many layers are needed to cover a wall perfectly? Ask the local home remodelling contractor on site when purchasing your paint cans, as you may be astonished at the coverage (or not) of the chosen variety.
On average, after the primer, a wall will be covered evenly after 2 or 3 coats. Moreover, let your paint dry between each layer to avoid the backstage!
And the ceiling?
Small trick for a smooth and homogeneous ceiling: always paint in both directions. The first layer should be applied horizontally, and the second layer should be thoroughly applied vertically.
In this way, the layers of paint will intersect and thus give a more uniform finish.
Need paint for the outdoors?
Obviously, the interior paint is not the same as the exterior paint! The first one maximizes finishes, colours and textures, while the second one is much more covering and reacts very well to bad weather.
If you plan to paint outside, do not forget to clean the surface before painting so as not to trap the dirt under your diapers forever!