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How To Choose Paint

How To Choose Paint

Confused about what paint you should use? Want to understand the difference between oil and non-oil based paints. This VideoJug and Aspect Maintenance video will show you how!

My name is Tom. I am a painter and decorator for Aspect Maintenance. I am just going to run through a few quick tips on how to choose paint.

First of all, if you're selecting paint to paint a wall or a ceiling, the first thing to check is that it's not oil based paint because that is usually what you would use to paint woodwork. If you look on the back of any tin of paint it will have a list of various qualities that that paint has. One of which here is how to clean brushes.

If it says to clean the brush in water then it's an acrylate paint. That would be the type of paint you would use on plaster. So walls or ceilings.

If it says to clean the brushes in oil, so if it's oil, you clean the brushes in white spirit. It would say so again on the tin. That means it is an oil paint.

For example, if you are doing woodwork you would start if the woodwork is bare, so it's not been painted before, you would always prime it first. We use Dulux Paint for all of our jobs, but you can get any paint on the market. Dulux is a good quality paint.

This is a primer undercoat. If you had bare wood, you would need to use this first. This is, again if you check the back, it's water based.

So it will dry nice and quick. Usually dry in about half an hour or so. After that, you would then need to undercoat the woodwork.

That's the sort of thing you are after. A white undercoat. Again it says clean the brushes in white spirit so you know that's an oil based paint.

Once you've undercoated it, your top coat will either be gloss, or satinwood, or an egg shell. The only difference between the three, you can choose any three it's pure preference. Egg shell is the dullest finish so it is not as shiny.

Satin wood is in between, and gloss is the shiniest finish. That's egg shell. Again all of the woodwork paints predominantly will be oil based.

It will say so on the back. You will know that once you have painted something in an oil based paint you have to give it a minimum of; I would recommend leaving it at least 24 hours before you put any overcoats on the top. Once you have undercoated it, leave it 24 hours, come back and put your top coat on.

Either egg shell, or satinwood, or gloss. If you are glossing, it usually takes at least two coats to finish it. So keep that in mind.

With the plaster, what you are looking at doing is using a acrylate paint. For an example this here is just a white Matt emulsion. Matt, again, similar to the difference between gloss, and satinwood, and egg shell.

Matt is just a very flat non-shiny finish. So usually you have a white Matt finish on your ceilings. On your walls you can have any color you choose.

Usually Matt finish is what people go for nowadays. If you were doing a kitchen or a bathroom you can also get an acrylate egg shell which is a water based paint but it is slightly shiny and it's wipeable and it's moisture resistant. For wet rooms like bathrooms or in a kitchen were you have a lot of steam that's what we would always finish the rooms in.

You can get it in different colors as well, and it is a water based paint. It is just made for being water resistant. That's how you choose paint!.