A coat of paint can really transform the look of any room, floor, doors or deck, and it doest cost you a small fortune to get a new look from some ageing items in your home. But when you see paint on the market ranging from $8 a litre all the way to $20 or more, it starts to raise questions. Are those more expensive paints REALLY worth the money?
One factor that you need to consider, is the type of paint. Oil based paint or water based latex. Oil paints are great for durability and provide a really smooth coat. But they are also a lot harder to clean up. water based latex on the other hand has come a long way with the improved chemistry behind them, and can be cleaned with water.
Another deciding factor in the higher grade, higher priced paints, is application. The higher grade paints contain a titanium in the mix, which gives the paint more coverage and a smoother finish. So it does a better job at covering up those small imperfections that come with time. With a lower grade paint, you may need 3-4 and sometimes even 5 coats to get the same effect as you would with the more expensive paint.
When applied by paintbrush, cheaper paints show brush marks and provide poor coverage due to the thin layers they create. Higher-quality paints provide smooth, one-coat coverage. This will save you a lot of time, and also mean less usage. You may only need 4 litres of a high quality paint, as compared to 12-16 litres of the lower grade to cover the same area with multiple coats.
Another big difference is in durability. The more expensive paints are also more washable and offer greater scrub resistance. If you try washing dirt off a cheaper paint, you're likely to wash off some of the paint itself. And noone wants to see that 1970’s green showing up on your newly refreshed wall do they?
When choosing paint colours, pick a paint chip that appeals to you, and match it to the store's fan deck; the colours are listed alphabetically and numerically. Next, check the light reflective value (LRV) of the paint. This is a scientific measurement of how dark or light the paint will be once it's on your walls. As a general rule, interior paints should have an LRV of 50 percent or more. Keep in mind that the colour will appear more vibrant when you apply it to the walls.
- Feb 16, 2017
We aren't know as the colour specialists for nothing! Paint Place Merrylands have one of the largest ranges of colour with all the major brands in the Painting game. And if you want something just a little different, our specialists can match colours for you with just a swab. Our extensive range includes the full colour libraries of all major paint manufacturers plus over 450 New Look colours. If you're place is in need of a colour change, why not drop into one of our stores and try us out for yourself.
WHAT IS NEW LOOK?
New Look is manufactured exclusively for Paint Place by Wattyl and is a premium paint that is available for interior and exterior use. New Looks paints give you a professional look and finish that would rival more well known brands like Dulux, Taubmans and British Paints. The range includes interior and exterior finishes, preps and undercoats, trim paints and decking oil.
New look interior low sheen and satin is kid tough, washable wall paint. It's low VOC, low odour and gentle on the senses so you can re-occupy your room sooner.
For living areas and bedrooms a low sheen is perfect. Our kid tough formula means marks just wipe away. For wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens a satin is ideal. It withstands the moist surroundings and is scrubbable.
New Look exterior low sheen and gloss offers superior UV block out, does not require a primer on most surfaces, is easy to clean and includes a 15 year warranty.
Check out the whole New Look range on Paint Place http://paintplace.com.au/brands/new-look or come into one of our stores for more information or colour cards.
PERSONAL COLOUR PROFILES
We keep a permanent record of all the paints and colours you purchase, making it easy for you re-touch or re-paint in your favourite colour even years after you first chose it.
SELECTING THE RIGHT PAINT PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR JOB IS CRITICAL
Painting with cheap brushes and rollers will be disappointing and tiring. Good quality applicators will apply the paint more evenly, the brush will feel better in the hand and the roller will leave the ultimate finish.
Our range of quality accessories has been chosen to suit most budgets, but we do not compromise on quality. Paint Place has also developed our own range of applicators in collaboration with Rokset, an Australian manufacturer for three generations.
Come and see us at Paint Place and we will make sure you have all the right products to turn your project into success and because many of our stores are staffed by painters, we can provide you with Step-by-Step guides on various DIY projects. Whether you are embarking on a major home renovation, or simply oiling your deck, we can help.
COLOUR CONSULTING AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Choosing a fresh new colour scheme for your home is an exciting task but can also be daunting. Our staff are specially trained to help guide you through this process using an intuitive and easy method. Paint Place Decorator’s Kit is the perfect tool to get a stunning colour scheme for your home. And we have an interior designer in-house who can come and help you at your place.
The Decorator's Kit will show you step by step how to create your very own mood board, a stunning and perfectly coordinated colour palette that will be the foundation of your home decorating project.
This free kit, complete with a useful wallet folder, will enable you to keep all your colour chips and inspirations together. You can work on your kit in our colour areas with the help of our friendly interior decorator or take it home with you.
Why not share your mood board with us or go to pinterest.com/paintworld for more inspiration and ideas.
- Jan 31, 2017