Frequently Asked Questions : Painting Related

01. How do I figure how much paint I'll need for my project?
02. Does it really matter whether I buy an expensive paint or a less expensive one?
03. What is the difference between a water-based latex paint and an oil paint? Which should I use?
04. What is the difference between a flat, high-gloss, satin, and eggshell finish?
05. Can I repair a tear in my wallpaper without hanging a whole new strip?
06. Is lead paint really a concern for me and for my family?


1. How do I figure how much paint I'll need for my project?
Many factors determine the amount of paint used in a project such as, the type of surface being covered, the colour of the existing surface, and the colour of the chosen paint. A general rule is to calculate the square footage of the surfaces to be painted and divide by the number of square feet that your selected paint indicates it can cover. For best results, talk to one of our project managers or take your measurements and paint information to your local paint retailer.

2. Does it really matter whether I buy an expensive paint or a less expensive one?
When it comes to paint, at the retail level, you get what you pay for. More expensive paints have better quality ingredients, and this accounts for the difference in price. By using better ingredients (and higher-priced paint), you will generally get better durability, flow, and overall quality. This will help to keep your painted surfaces in good condition for a longer time; which saves you time and money in the long run.
At the wholesale level, due to the large volumes that we purchase, we are able to get you the premium paint product at significantly discounted prices. This means that you will have top of the line products on your building without having to pay higher retail prices.

3. What is the difference between a water-based latex paint and an oil paint? Which should I use?
Water-based paints are generally easier to clean up and to use, so they are generally preferred by do-it-yourselfers. High performance latex paints have better adhesion and higher resistance to bleaching and fading. However, both types of paint will do an excellent job for everyday use. When choosing the right type of paint, the compatibility with the existing paint becomes an important deciding factor. Don’t let this worry you; we have a whole array of paint products and primers that can solve all of your paint problems. On top of that, we are just a phone call away. Please feel free to consult with our project managers.

4. What is the difference between a flat, high-gloss, satin, and eggshell finish?
These terms indicate the sheen or gloss level, the degree of light reflection, of the paint. Basically, these are terms that are used to describe paint’s shininess.

Gloss / high gloss
Where to Use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, bannisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and window sills.
Comments: More durable, stain-resistant and easier to wash. However, the higher the gloss, the more likely that surface imperfections will be noticed.

Semi-gloss
Where to use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, hallways, children's rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim.
Comments: More stain-resistant and easier to clean than flat paints. Better than flat for high-traffic areas.

Satin or Silk (Range overlapping eggshell and semi-gloss)
Where to use: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell.
Comments: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell.

Eggshell
Where to use: Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Can be used in place of semi-gloss paints on trims for a less shiny appearance.
Comments: It resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.

Flat
What to use: For general use on walls and ceilings. Hides surface imperfections. Comments: Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, non-reflecting appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas.

Matte Same characteristics as flat.

5. Can I repair a tear in my wallpaper without hanging a whole new strip?
Yes! Simply place a larger piece of pasted wallpaper over the tear so that it makes an exact match with the wallpaper on the wall. Use a razor knife to double-cut through both layers around the tear. Remove the layers and then clean the exposed wall area. Re-paste the new outer piece into the area.

Note: An irregular, wavy cut following the design in the wallpaper will make your cut less noticeable.

6. Is lead paint really a concern for me and for my family?
Yes! Until 1978, lead paint was commonly used in paints on the interiors and exteriors of homes. Today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that about 38 million homes in the US still contain some lead paint. When the paint begins to deteriorate it can contaminate a household and cause lead poisoning. Even if the paint in your home is in good condition, remodeling and renovation activities can break down the paint and cause the lead to emerge. When working with lead-painted surfaces, it is important to contain any debris and clean thoroughly. People working in those areas should also take precautions to protect themselves from contacting the paint. Personal belongings including furniture should also be protected when working with lead paint. If you know your home has lead paint, always inform the remodelers and painters about it.

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