Decorative paint buying guide
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- Special effect
What different types of decorative paints are there?
Primer or base coat
Metallic effect paints
Which decorative paint for which application?
Or, if you're more of a rationalist, you can begin by considering the surface you plan to apply your paint to.
Application on walls
To properly apply a decorative paint on your walls, especially if it's transparent, you'll usually need to start by applying first coat of primer. Only then will you be able to apply your decorative paint for optimal results!
In some cases you can finish off with a coat of protector that will improve the durability of your decorative painting. Consider the availability of this kind of finishing product when choosing your paints!
Important: don't paint on wallpaper unless you want a disaster on your hands. Also, don't forget to sand, degrease, dust, wash and dry your walls before painting.
Kitchen and bathroom application
Application on furniture or ornamentsPatina, gold leaf and glittery varnishes are often applied to these less typical painting surfaces. You can use a brush to colour such smaller areas, although spray paints will make your work much easier and also give a cleaner result. The wide range of finishes and colours available in aerosols lets you be as bold as you like, on just about any material. You'll also find available in aerosols technical paints and varnishes specially designed to decorate radiators, pots, heating pipes, lamps, DIY tools, bicycles, motorcycles, electrical appliances etc. There are even temporary spray paints for the undecided!
Finishes and protection
You can also choose to protect a surface that's already been painted or has a feature you like - an aged look, hand drawn details, etc. In this case, go for a transparent protective lacquer or varnish (also available in an aerosol), letting you preserve the original appearance while giving it added protection. For the more adventurous, you can even get glittery protective varnish.
Not all paint products are applied with a brush or a roller. For example, you might have to contend with a trowel, a spalter (a large, wide brush), stencils or aerosols that require dexterity to be used properly. Pay attention to the instructions for use on your paint products to make sure you're happy with the necessary tools and techniques. Of course it's never too late to learn a new skill!
Final advice for choosing your decorative paints
Once you've made choice, check the compatibility of your product with your intended surface (especially its adhesion) and use a primer if necessary.
Once again, make sure that you're definitely happy with the application technique. In most cases, just read the instructions and you can't go far wrong. All you have to do is spread it all over... But no overspill!
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The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!