Painting FAQ

Some frequently asked questions regarding painting applications.

Ideally, the walls you plan to paint on should be clean and dry at bare minimum.

If the wall hasn’t been painted before, a primer will be need before painting takes place;  if it has been painted previously, then the surface will need to be cleaned with soap and water, then rinsed. Scrubbing, patching and sanding may have to be applied as needed, depending on the state of the painting surface.

It will hold the paint better and minimise brush marks created when applying coats.

It usually helps to visualise how the finished product will look upon completion. With that in mind, examine the colour stock samples provided and see which colour combinations work best for you. Avoid colours that clash with each other if possible.

These labels refer to how reflective of light the various paint types are. High gloss, as the name suggests, is highly reflective. The following breakdown shows the percentage of gloss in each type of finish:

  • Flat (1–9% gloss)
  • Low Sheen (10–25% gloss)
  • Eggshell (26–40% gloss)
  • Semi Gloss/Satin (41–69% gloss)
  • Gloss (70–89% gloss)
  • High Gloss (90%+ gloss)

Bear in mind these terms, while in wide use, are not standard; ask your stockist if you’re not sure.