Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Re-painting procedure for interiors?
The re-painting procedure for Interiors includes the following steps:
1) Check surface for dampness or water seepage.
2) Rectify the water seepage problem at the source. This could mean repairing leaking plumbing or cracks in the exterior walls.
3) Any loose plaster should be removed from the wall. Check for loose plaster by tapping on the walls. Any hollow sound means the plaster is loose.
4) Masonry work to be undertaken to fill up all cracks and repair broken plaster.
What should be taken care of while painting?
While Painting you need to keep in mind some Tips:
1) To save on costs, buy paint in the largest pack possible.
2) Stir and strain the paint thoroughly before application.
3) Rectify existing surface problems like cracks/seepage, etc before the actual painting process.
4) Ensure that the paint is bought from an authorised dealer.
5) Ensure that the shop has an additional quantity of paint in case you need it later (of course, at our dealers, you will not find this problem.)
6) If you are using thinners, primers and undercoats, ensure that they are of good quality.
7) Always clean spilt/splashed paint with a recommended thinner while it is still wet.
What precautions should be taken while painting?
While painting, one must take a few precautions, such as:
1) Do not use cotton rags for cleaning, use soft synthetic or muslin cloth. Otherwise, threads will stick to the surface leading to a patchy, uneven finish.
2) Do not apply the next coat without the first one drying, otherwise you will have a wrinkly, patchy finish as well as loss of gloss.
3) Do not sandpaper very hard, otherwise there will be scratches, roughness and poor gloss.
4) Do not apply very thick coats, otherwise there will be a thick rough finish, resulting in slow drying.
5) Avoid mixing paints yourself. Buy readymade paints as far as possible, otherwise there will be patchy and inconsistent columns in the finish.
Should primer always be used before applying paint?
Priming can be skipped while repainting using a flat paint (matte finish), though it is always advisable to apply paint on well prepped and primed surface. But never give it a miss when
1. Fresh painting a surface/drywall
2. Using gloss/high sheen paints
3. Painting a drastic colour change - lighter shade over a darker one and vice-versa.
4. Painting on repaired walls(patched areas) or walls in bad condition – paint flaking/peel off
5. Painting wood surfaces.
What are paint finishes available?
Paints are available in following dead flat to high gloss finishes: · Matte · Semi Gloss or Satin or Soft Sheen · High Gloss or Super Sheen or Silky.
What is a matte finish?
Matte finish is opaque and does not reflect light at all and thus can cover up minor imperfections. It is not washable or stain resistant, so only way to get rid of scribbles or stains, is to paint over them. Matte paint is least expensive of all emulsions and is the most economical solution for houses on rent.
How do I choose paint finishes for my house?
Rule of thumb says higher the sheen, higher the shine, more durable and easy to maintain it is and higher the cost. But, high sheen also reflects more light and hence imperfections like patches or reworked areas are easily noticeable. Gloss paints can be used in areas that demand attention and easy maintenance, like high traffic living room, kids room, kitchen and bath. If you have to impress your tenants with your freshly painted apartment and also save good cash, go for matte paints. They are easy to be painted over and do not show up minor imperfections as well. A smart tip is to use combination of paints: Matt finish on ceiling and products of desired sheen on walls.
What paint should I use for kitchen?
High gloss paints are well suited for kitchens because of their high washability and stain resistance.
Can I use enamels for kitchen and bathroom walls?
An Enamels, primarily used on wooden and metallic surfaces can also provide easy to maintain surfaces on walls. But due to their very high gloss, even paint brush or roller marks become visible. It is hence advisable to use enamels, only on smaller area on walls.
What are the most economical paints available in market?
Tractor Emulsion of Asian Paints ·Bison Super Emulsion of Berger ·Beauty Smooth of Nerolac.