Frequently Asked Questions

Paint Questions

What Is Gloss Paint?

Gloss levels correspond to different levels of reflection, in other words, how shiny the pain will look. Manufacturers will use terms such as gloss, semi-gloss, high-gloss, flat/matt and satin.

What Is Oil-Based Paint?

Containing thinners and resins that evaporate when paint is dry, this type of paint takes longer to dry but forms a hard coating offering a tougher surface.

What Is Matt Paint?

Sometimes referred to as ‘flat’ paints, these are good for ceiling and walls.

How To Choose A Good Paint

The best type of paint contains a higher volume of solid materials, which will enable you to cover more square feet. Some paints contain additives to reduce the effect of mildew.

Paint Coverage

In general, one gallon of paint will cover up to 400sq ft, depending on the type of surface you are painting. The information on coverage is generally printed on the tin. If you have an existing strong colour you wish to paint with a light colour, you may need more than one coat of paint, therefore it will seem your paint is not covering up to 400sq ft.

Eggshell Finish

This paint is generally easier to clean and compared with a matt paint, has a soft sheen to the surface.

Tool Questions

Paint Brushes

When choosing a paint brush, use a natural bristle brush that will give you a smooth finish with less brush strokes. Inexpensive brushes can sometimes shed bristles and can be difficult to work with. If cleaned and stored correctly, a good paint brush can last for years.

If you wish to paint on a rough surface a synthetic brush will be your best choice.

When choosing the width of your brush, choose one that you are comfortable using. Although a bigger brush means more paint coverage more quickly, it may be harder to control.

Paint Rollers

When choosing a roller for walls and floors, the rollers can vary in nap length and pile. A smooth roller – 3/16” or ¼“ nap is regarded as the best choice. For sand textured walls a medium roller – 3/8” or ½“ nap is recommended. For masonry floors and light stucco walls a rough roller – ¾“ or 1” nap will be required and for heavy stucco, brick and block, an extra rough roller – 1¼ “ nap is best.


When applying varnish, it is best applied in thin layers from two to four coats. Ensure each coat of varnish is fully dry before applying the next coat. You will find drying times on the container. Varnish can protect your wood together with highlighting the beauty of the grain.

Wood Stain

If you wish to change the appearance of wood or enhance the grain, you can use a wood stain. Wood stains provide colour not a finish so it is always best to apply a finish to your wood when you have achieved the desired look.

Removal Of Wallpaper

A good tip is to lightly score the existing wallpaper taking care not to damage the plasterwork underneath, soak the wallpaper with warm soapy water and using a wallpaper scraper, scrap the paper from the wall.

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