Top Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint

Painting Services | November 27, 2020

Choosing the right paint for your home can often feel daunting, especially if you have never had to select paint on your own before. Consulting with an experienced house painter like the ones from Dunbar Painting will help ensure that you are purchasing the best paint products for your home. In order to make the paint selection process smoother, our team of professional painters has also put together a list of top mistakes made when choosing paint for you to avoid.

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1. Not Buying High-Quality Paint

Is buying high-quality paint worth it? While it might seem like a good idea to try to save money upfront by buying cheaper, lower quality paint products, doing so will lead to more time spent painting because using low-quality paint will require more coats of paint to be applied. This is because high-quality paints can hide the previous colour better than low-quality paints can, which means less coats on big colour changes. Higher quality paints, while more expensive upfront, provide better adhesion compared to lower quality paints and tend to be thicker, which can mean better protection.

2. Picking the Wrong Paint Sheen

Paint is available in a selection of different finishes or sheens, such as flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, etc. When selecting paint for your home, it is important to keep in mind that the higher the sheen, the glossier the paint will look once it is dry and that higher sheen paints will show more imperfections due to light reflection than lower sheens will. In some cases, selecting a paint sheen is a matter of personal preference; however, certain sheens might look better in some areas than in others.

It is also important to keep in mind that higher sheen paints tend to be easier to clean. Even just using eggshell paint instead of flat paint can make a big difference, unless the flat paint says that it is washable. Make sure to consult with a professional painter about which type of sheen will work best in each area of the house.

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3. Assuming Paint Colour Looks the Same Everywhere

Since paint colours can look different depending on the lighting, it is important to keep in mind that paint colours may not look the same in the store as they will in your home. Before selecting a paint colour, consider taking colour samples home to see how they will look when illuminated by the natural lighting in the space you are wanting to have painted.

4. Assuming Price Indicates Quality

While purchasing high-quality paint is a great way to ensure a longer lasting finished product, it is important to note that price does not indicate the quality of paint. A professional painter will be able to recommend higher quality painting products that will work well within your budget.

If you would like to learn more about the top mistakes made when choosing paint, or if you are interested in one of our painting services, please contact Dunbar Painting at 604-788-3382 or by filling out a contact form on our website.