FAQ

General Query:

1. What is the standard procedure of re – painting?

Putty touch up, followed by a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint application, provided walls are in good condition without any cracks or water seepage. Priming can be skipped if matte finish paint is used. However, it is always advisable to have an under coat of primer if a gloss (sheen) finish is desired or when painting a shade way lighter or darker than existing.

2. What is the use of putty?

Putty is often used to prepare a smooth, even surface prior painting. It fills in minor cracks and holes and removes any undulations on walls.

3. What is a primer? What is its use?

A primer is a substance that is used as a pre-coat before paint application on any surface - walls, wood or metal. Primer improves adhesion of paint onto the surface and enhances paint durability.

4. Should primer always be used before applying paint?

Priming can be skipped while repainting using a flat paint (matte finish), though it is always advisable to apply paint on well prepped and primed surface.

But never give it a miss when
1. Fresh painting a surface/drywall
2. Using gloss/high sheen paints
3. Painting a drastic colour change - lighter shade over a darker one and vice-versa.
4. Painting on repaired walls(patched areas) or walls in bad condition – paint flaking/peel off
5. Painting wood surfaces

5. What are paint finishes available?

Paints are available in following dead flat to high gloss finishes:
· Matte
· Semi Gloss or Satin or Soft Sheen
· High Gloss or Super Sheen or Silky

6. What is a matte finish?

Matte finish is opaque and does not reflect light at all and thus can cover up minor imperfections. It is not washable or stain resistant, so only way to get rid of scribbles or stains, is to paint over them. Matte paint is least expensive of all emulsions and is the most economical solution for houses on rent.

7. How do I choose paint finishes for my house?

Rule of thumb says higher the sheen, higher the shine, more durable and easy to maintain it is and higher the cost.
But, high sheen also reflects more light and hence imperfections like patches or reworked areas are easily noticeable.
Gloss paints can be used in areas that demand attention and easy maintenance, like high traffic living room, kids room, kitchen and bath.
If you have to impress your tenants with your freshly painted apartment and also save good cash, go for matte paints. They are easy to be painted over and do not show up minor imperfections as well.
A smart tip is to use combination of paints: Matte finish on ceiling and products of desired sheen on walls.

8. What paint should I use for kitchen?

High gloss paints are well suited for kitchens because of their high washability and stain resistance.

9. Can I use enamels for kitchen and bathroom walls?

Enamels, primarily used on wooden and metallic surfaces can also provide easy to maintain surfaces on walls. But due to their very high gloss, even paint brush or roller marks become visible. It is hence advisable to use enamels, only on smaller area on walls.

10. What are the most economical paints available in market?

·Tractor Emulsion of Asian Paints
·Bison Super Emulsion of Berger
·Beauty Smooth of Nerolac

Painting:

1. What is the standard procedure of re – painting?

A coat or touch up of Putty , followed by a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint application, provided walls are in good condition without any cracks or water seepage.
Priming can be skipped if matte finish paint is used. However, it is always advisable to have an under coat of primer if a gloss (sheen) finish is desired or when painting a shade way lighter or darker than existing.

2. What is the use of putty?

Putty is often used to prepare a smooth, even surface prior painting. It fills in minor cracks and holes and removes any undulations on walls.

3. What is a primer? What is its use?

A primer is a substance that is used as a pre-coat before paint application on any surface - walls, wood or metal. Primer improves adhesion of paint onto the surface and enhances paint durability.

4. Should primer always be used before applying paint?

Priming can be skipped while repainting using a flat paint (matte finish), though it is always advisable to apply paint on well prepped and primed surface.
But never give it a miss when
1. Fresh painting a surface/drywall
2. Using gloss/high sheen paints
3. Painting a drastic colour change - lighter shade over a darker one and vice-versa.
4. Painting on repaired walls(patched areas) or walls in bad condition – paint flaking/peel off
5. Painting wood surfaces

Products:

1. What are emulsions?

Emulsions are essentially water based paints wherein paint pigments and their binders are carried by solvent water. Emulsions also called acrylics or latex paints, are contained in water, they are easy to apply and dry up quickly as well. Emulsions come in different finishes and are more versatile and widely used.

2. What is the difference between distempers and emulsions?

Distempers contain chalk/lime, unlike emulsions which contain polymeric resins. Lime when mixed with colouring pigments, glue and a solvent like water or oil, can be applied on to surfaces. Distempers do not produce long lasting effect and slowly flake off and colour fades away. Low cost emulsions are better alternatives to distempers for household painting and offer much more value for money.

3. What are enamels?

Enamels refer to paints that produce hard, glossy finishes.Enamels are mostly oil based paints,and are available in semi-gloss (satin) to highly glossy finish, with heat resistant properties. They are widely used on metal and wooden surfaces. Since, they offer easy maintenance and washability, they can also be applied on kitchen/bathroom walls.

4. What are polyurethane (PU) coatings?

Polyurethane coatings are enamels specific for wooden surfaces. They,like regular enamels impart hard and glossy finish on wood, thus enhancing beauty and life of wooden surfaces. PU coatings are mostly oil based, however water based PU finishes are available as well these days.

5. What are oil based and water based enamels?

When the medium(solvent) that carries paint resins, pigments and additives is an oil, enamels are called oil based and when its water, they are called water based. Also , resin used differs on the solvent.
Oil based enamels produce hard,durable and glossy layer. However, oil based paints take longer time to dry. While water based enamels dry quicker, they produce less glossier finish than traditional oil based ones.

6. What is the difference between satin and gloss enamel?

Gloss levels are different - Satin enamels produce smooth-satin (fabric) like sheen, while high gloss enamels are extremely glossy.

7. What are the finishes in which paint products are available?

Paints are available in following dead flat to high gloss finishes: · Matte · Semi Gloss or Satin or Soft Sheen · High Gloss or Super Sheen or Silky

8. How do I choose a paint product for interiors of my house?

Rule of thumb says higher the sheen/gloss, higher the shine, more durable and easy to maintain it is and higher the cost. High sheen also reflects more light and hence imperfections like patches or reworked areas are easily noticeable.
Gloss paints can be used in areas that demand attention and easy maintenance, like high traffic living room, kids room, kitchen and bath.
If you have to impress your tenants with your freshly painted apartment and also save good cash, go for matte paints. They are easy to be painted over and do not show up minor imperfections as well.
A smart tip is to use combination of paints: Matte finish on ceiling and products of desired sheen on walls.

9. What paint should I use for kitchen?

High gloss paints are well suited for kitchens because of their high washability and stain resistance.

10. Can I use enamels for kitchen and bathroom walls?

Enamel can provide easy to maintain, washable surfaces, when used on walls. But due to their very high gloss, paint brush or roller marks may become visible. It is hence advisable to use enamels, on smaller area on walls.


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