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Ceiling Paints
Ceiling paints are thicker than emulsion wall paints, so spatter and drip less. They are often solid and come in a tray. Best applied with roller. Coverage per litre: 12 sq.m
Emulsion Wall Paints Walls
(Modern high performance acrylic multisurface paints can also be used on wood and metal)
Quick drying, low odour, easy clean-up paints in matt, silk and satin finishes. Matt finishes tend to hide uneven surfaces better. High quality durable finishes go on evenly and can be wipeable. For touching up ensure you use the same tool used when first applied – this will ensure an even finish. Keep roller reasonably full of paint to ensure even finish.
Coverage per litre: 10-13 sq.m
Textured Paints Walls and Ceilings Textured paint contains sand or beads which provide a thicker paint of rough texture on application. They have the added benefit of covering cracks and minor imperfections. Apply with a roller.
One Coat Paints Walls, Ceilings (emulsions), Wood (gloss) and Satinwood Paint designed to go on in one coat, giving good coverage and saving time. Easy for beginners.
Coverage per litre: 8 sq.m
Kitchen and Bathroom Paints Walls and ceilings in kitchens, bathrooms & high humidity rooms Often referred to as eggshell paints, kitchen and bathroom paints are applied like emulsion wall paints. Contain fungicide to deter mould growth and are wipeable.
TIP: Before painting, remove any surface mould using a water bleach solution (3:1 ratio), then rinse off prior to painting.
Coverage per litre: 10-13 sq.m
Childrens Room Paints Walls, ceilings and wood surfaces Low odour, quick drying paints that are formulated to be durable – Often based on acrylics the painted surface is wipeable for easy stain removal, and is tough enough to withstand knocks and bumps. Allow 2 weeks drying before wiping for the first time.

NOTE: Most children's room paint ranges offer blackboard paint, glitter glazes and heat sensitive paints as additional ranges.
Coverage per litre: 10-13sq.m
Satinwood and Gloss Paints Interior Wood and Metal For decorative and protective purposes, they give a tough, durable finish - both satin and gloss finishes are dirt and water resistant. Can be liquid gloss (usually solvent based) or non-drip (water or solvent based). The non drip gloss will appear jelly-like in the can, but will apply more easily with good covering power - never stir before use. Are also sold as 1-coat paints.
TIP: Clean brushes in white spirit or water immediately after use.
Coverage per litre:10-15 sq.m
Floor Paints Wood and Concrete Tough and durable – to withstand heavy wear and tear. Can be water or solvent based and have a low sheen finish. Apply with roller.
Decorative Paint Effects Wood, Wall and Furniture Involves applying a glaze to the wall basecoat and then manipulating the glaze to create the effect. These are commonly acrylic-based and fast drying.
TIP: Decorative paint effects on furniture mark easily, so apply a protective coat of acrylic varnish on top.
Metallic and Pearlized Paint Wood, Wall, Metal, Fabric Easy to use water-based paints, used to create a feature wall. Apply on primed surfaces in thin coats until you get an even finish – this may require more than two coats. Apply with a brush or roller. Check tin for suitability for exterior use.
NOTE: Make sure wall is flat and dent free as the shimmer effect created will show up imperfections!
Coverage per litre: 8-10 sq.m
Traditional or "Historical" Paints Wall, Wood and Furniture Mainly water based, there are various types including
• Milk paints, giving a matt finish
• Limewash, for an aged effect,
• Distemper, powdery, for use on furniture to create an aged effect, and on ceilings or plaster mouldings -usually produced to order due to a short shelf life ,
Coverage per litre 12-14 sq m.
Specific Use Paints
Heat Resistant Paint Hearths, Radiators, pipes Will not degrade and yellow at high temperatures. Important: these paints are not fire resistant.
TIP: Apply paint in thin layers and do not paint the control valves etc – they need to be free to turn. Never paint a hot radiator, always make sure it is cold when painting.
Paint for non-porous surfaces Cork, ceramic tiles, melamine, plastics Products exist which are often epoxy based often necessary to use in conjunction with a primer.
TIP: For a tougher finish, always roughen up the surface using sandpaper – this will help the primer adhere well before the topcoat.
NOTE: Always read the manufacturers guideline for each product as there may be variations to the general information given in the section

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