Kitchen and Bathroom Paintings buying guide
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What are the components of the paint?
Binders or Resins
What is glycero paint?
Lately, glycero paints are being replaced by water-based paints (this has been a slow process, over the last 10 years). They have fallen out of favour because of the amount of solvent they contain. Using these paints requires good ventilation even as the paint is drying. Making this switch will spare you having to wear a mask while you work.
Acrylic paint: water-based paint?
The main advantage is that they are easier to use (they don’t require any harmful solvents to thin or clean up) and they dry much more quickly, only 30 minutes to be dry to the touch.
The most virtuous acrylics receive a European eco-label which indicates low VOC emissions - Volatile Organic Compounds.
Convenient for cleaning brushes and rollers, you only need water. Obviously, they are suitable for all parts of your home.
Alkyd paint: what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Which finish to choose: shiny, matte or satin?
For most walls, it is preferable to use a satin finish. These offer some of the same forgiveness of imperfections as matte paints with greater resistance to scuffs and scratches.
Finally, glossy paints. While these are the most resilient of the three, any damage or imperfection will be very apparent.
They are recommended for door frames, trim, or bannisters and railings. They can also help enlarge small spaces by bringing extra light to dark rooms.
VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds
These products are believed to be toxic or even carcinogenic. Avoid the use of highly VOC-emitting paints. The lowest level of emission is denoted with an A while the worst is with a C.
In all cases, it is advisable to ventilate well during and after application of the paint. Painting with a mask is an easy precaution against any VOC emissions.
What is an undercoat?
- Porous materials such as plaster, concrete, or wood. This is an economic choice as these materials can absorb a lot of paint otherwise.
- Gypsum board benefits from staying dry. An undercoat provides a protective barrier against wet paint and will help reduce drying time.
- Hardener can be found in select undercoats and helps to stabilise fragile or friable substrates.
- Primer, a type of undercoat, helps to produce a more even and smooth finish.
Why specific paints?
How to reduce condensation on walls
These products are effective but should not be considered as a primary solution. Use a fungicidal product if you can’t reduce or eliminate condensation through proper ventilation.
Painting and colouring: more colours!
If you want more vibrant colours, you will need to use dyes and a good dose of ingenuity to achieve the desired result. If you choose to mix the pigments yourself, pay attention to the dosage if you have to make it more than one batch.
Both kitchens and bathrooms require specific paints given their particular conditions. The application of technical paints is recommended in order not to have premature ageing of the paint. You can, of course, use whatever paints you want. Just don’t be surprised if it starts to peel or bubble.
For DIY enthusiasts interested in knowing how to choose the accessories related to kitchen and bathroom paintings, follow the advice of our editors and discover their Guides:
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- How to choose your brushes
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From a very young age, I was always fascinated by manual and technical work, especially woodworking. When I got my very first flat, it became my own personal DIY playground. I rewired some of the electricity (remember, safety first!) to better supply all my computers and gadgets. I also built partition walls and did some decorating with my wife. We worked on some made-to-measure furniture and came up with little tricks to optimise the space, keeping the original charm of the building in mind. When the little one arrived, I started building bits and pieces for him as well.
We don't have a lot of space, so I don't have a permanent workshop or certain tools I've always dreamed of owning. But with my IT background, I already know a lot about DIY, and I love helping others troubleshoot their ideas!