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How to Pick the Right Paint for the Job

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When you’re starting on a new project, it can be tricky to decide on what colour scheme to have. Not only is it hard to pick colours, but also it’s difficult to choose the right paint for the job. Follow our handy tips to make sure you get every paint choice right!

Choosing Colours

If you’re struggling to choose the right colours, try this. Take a minute to look at colour wheels and think about the best scheme for your building. Choose colours that compliment each other. For example, if you choose something bright you may want balance it out with a darker colour.

You also want to consider your other decoration. If you know you’re going to be using a lot of patterns, you may want to go for a neutral colour scheme. Grey, black and white will always go together.

Don’t be afraid to use bright colours. If you’re not too sure consider just painting a feature wall. In a room that has a neutral colour scheme, a bright shade can make it feel more exciting.

When you just can’t decide, the best thing to do is to paint small test areas to see how it looks and get some inspiration from the web.

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Paints Vs. Coatings

As a very general guide paints tend to aim to improve the appearance of a surface with colour and sheen. They can also have protective properties such as corrosion protection, water resistance, mould prevention, etc. A coatings primary intention is to protect and perform to an expected standard with colour being of little importance. Coatings generally tend to be thicker product providing a higher film build on the surface.

So depending on the surface you’re covering, you may need a coating rather than a paint. Some paints can still offer you fantastic protection, so think about what you need to get out of your paintwork. As an example, if you needed something for a heavy-duty floor area in an industrial environment a coating may be more appropriate – but if you wanted to change the colour of the buildings cladding to the company colour scheme then a paint could be more suited.

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Choosing Paint/Coating Types

Surface

Once you’ve chosen your colours and if you’d like a paint or coating, you need to think about the surface your painting. Always make sure you pick the right paint for that surface, or you’ll find it doesn’t last very long!

Function

You also need to think about different types of paint technology. If you need something with good grip, then you want to opt for an anti-slip paint. There is paint or coating available for every task!

Budget and Life Expectancy

Think about your budget for the project and what you want out of the job. Be realistic though, it’s easy to say you want to spend as little as possible and for it to last as long as possible. Remember, before you even start painting, you’ll need to consider primers and preparation which all take time and cost money.

If you’re looking for a quick one-coat job, make sure you don’t choose something that requires a lot of preparation and primers. Also, some paints dry faster than others, so this is something else to consider if you’re wanting a quick return to service.

If you ever struggle to choose the right paint or coating, speak to us and our experts will help.

4 comments

  1. I HAVE A SMALL . I NEED ABOUT FLAT ROOF . LOOKING FOR 6 METERS OF FIBER GLASS AND BITMANS PAINT DO U SUPPLY SMALL AMOUNTS .I NEED ABOUT 2OR 3 TINS OF FLAT ROOF PAINT COULD U GIVE ME A PRICE THANKS
    J DAVIES

    • Hi John,

      The smallest fleece we offer is 810 Reinforcing Fleece (available here) – this can be used with our 801, 802 or 803 roof coatings. The prices for each are available on the product pages (all linked to).

      Is there anything else we can help you with for this project, John?

      Best regards.

  2. Hello, we have a conservatory that has a couple of small leaks,(drips) and also is so hot in the sun. do you do a paint or like that would seal and reflect the sun a bit please

    • Hi Andrew and Sue,

      Thanks for your message. Assuming the roof is polycarbonate (or similar – NOT glass) Bedec Super-Flex would be ideal for this use, it will waterproof the roof and comes in a range of colours including Solar Reflective White and Solar Reflective Silver which can be chosen to reflect unwanted heat.

      Best regards.

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