Look in any hardware store and you'll see shelves and shelves of paint. Primer, undercoat, exterior, interior, emulsion, gloss, matt, silk . . . . . so many types of paint that the average layman can be totally confused!
Naturally Worthing Painters and Decorators use the best type of paint for every job. But we thought you might appreciate a rundown of some of the different paints you might encounter when painting and decorating your home.
Emulsion is used primarily on interior walls and ceilings. It's water-based, so your brushes and rollers can be washed under the tap.
Matt and flat matt emulsion reflect less light and therefore help to hide imperfections in the surface you're painting.
Silk emulsion reflects more light and is easier to keep clean, so practical for walls that will need wiping. But it does show up imperfections more than a matt finish.
Eggshell comes somewhere between matt and silk, giving a tough finish. Although more often used for woodwork, an eggshell emulsion works well when you're aiming for a "heritage" look.
You can paint woodwork with a satin, eggshell or gloss finish, depending on the look you require. Satin is the wood paint equivalent of silk, and gloss will give you a shiny, practical finish that's easily washed.
Wood paint comes either water-based, which is more environmentally friendly, or oil-based, the traditional paint that many think gives a better finish.
Exterior paint comes in different types, depending on the surface you're painting.
For example, there are wood paints - with a gloss finish being the most popular. But there are specialist paints for metal and masonry surfaces too. Choose the right paint for the job and your hard work will be rewarded.
There are many stains available for exterior wood surfaces such as fences, doors, window frames, etc. These come in many colours from light to almost black.
You can also buy beautiful colour treatments for external timbers that repel water and brighten any garden. Check out Homebase for a good selection of colours.
Primer and Undercoat Paint
Never skimp on primer and undercoat. To get the best finish you need to do the correct preparation, laborious though it may be.
Primer is used on bare wood or metal, then next use an undercoat, which is a matt finish. This gives a good base and key for the final top coat.