Buying guide: An everyman’s manual for choosing the right paint

You have a choice of color for your project in your head, but hesitate to go ahead with it as your final choice? Alkyd, acrylic, matt or satin paint? Maybe try to speak with professionals to gain their opinion on the matter!

You would like to repaint one wall of the living room with a nice vibrant color, dress or the kitchen with a tonic and greedy hue? Yes, sure, but what paint should you use exactly? A matte finish, gloss or satin, glycero or acrylic?

To guide you through the jungle of formulations and make the right technical choices, follow this manual of advice from the pros!

Prefer painting with alkyd or acrylic paint?

To make a choice, it is necessary to distinguish the various existing formulations. There are two main types of paint on the market:

Firstly, solvent-based “glycerophtalic” paints. These paints are formulated oil based and are diluted with white spirit. Known for their resistance to any event, they are nevertheless difficult to clean and have a strong odor. Moreover, they are less and less represented on the market.

Acrylic paints are for their part composed of water and acrylic resins. They now constitute the bulk of the mass market. Virtually odorless, durable, they are also much less polluting than alkyd paints. They meet the new standards against indoor air pollution, which, since 2010, establish a rate of less than 30 grams of VOC per liter of paint.

Encouraged by these new standards, manufacturers have greatly expanded their range of water-based paints. Blended with specific resins, they assume technical skills previously reserved for “alkyd”. Acrylic paints can cover tile, floors, melamine surfaces without undercoat. It is now possible to paint all media with these formulas. At V33, we suggest including an acrylic cross-channel, called” Colorissim “can both cover the walls, woodwork and radiators in all living rooms.

Focus on green products

Over time, manufacturers have also developed specifically ecological acrylic murals. Thus, the Tollens brand has developed after years of research, the painting elements.

Formulated from vegetable resin and inorganic pigments with very low VOC rate, elements meets the air quality requirements of modern dwellings and thus, preserves the health of its users and its occupants.

Other ecological innovations include dépolluante paints. Designed for walls and interior trim, these crafty formulations capture the ambient air pollutants (mainly formaldehyde) and purify the indoor air. These paintings are available in any good DIY store.

What paint to any room, what medium?

When you decide to repaint room, first your should think in terms of color. But even before making a choice of color, should be the question actually form part of the decision of the job, consindering the surfance in which you intend to paint on? Yes and yes.

For walls that are matt, satin and glossy; what should you choose?

Your project concerns Does it dry-piece or a pond? Your wall is it placed in an area heavily used by passages such entry or hallway?”Just keep a few major rules in mind to avoid mistakes,” reassures Christophe Blondelle:

Thus the bright paint are intended mainly for wet rooms and woodwork. They offer a tense finish that perfectly reflects the light but does not tolerate imperfection. This avoids using these paintings on the damaged media and traffic areas.

Trendy, flat paints are as cozy and enveloping, whilst providing a powdery finish. They are perfect to hide the defects of the walls. If these forms of paint were previously used in rooms with heavy traffic, this is less true today. Manufacturers have indeed developed new formulations more resistant matt and especially leachable. In the image of the painting “Flat hydro Mat velvet” Tollens, a versatile velvety matt for walls, ceilings and woodwork or collection “Décolab Mat 100% resistant and washable” in V33.

Manufacturers have indeed developed new formulations of a more resistant matt texture, which are particuallary likable. In the image of the painting “Flat hydro Mat velvet” Tollens, a versatile velvety matt for walls, ceilings and woodwork; perfect for work or home.

Finally, gloss paints are a little like the Swiss Army knife of murals; they are equally inviting in every room of the house, the living room to the bathroom. Easy to live with, they are very resistant and have generally declined in the range of the largest color manufacturer.

Renovation paintings

For renovation painting, the point of choosing the right paint also ensures that it will support its decroative function, consisting of vertical and horizontal styles. For even the most basic of renovations, home paints tend to be more versatile, although some advertising can be misleading.

For tiles, however, the same formula will not always apply; whether a vertical tiles (such as a kitchen splashback), a tiled floor (in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry) or at work (for example, in a commercial kitchen). Therefore, always read the labels.

Estimate the amount of paint needed

It is generally considered that 1 liter of paint is needed for an area of 10 meters squared. Remember that to determine the surface area of a wall is to multiply its length by its width, and thereby obtaining its surface area squared. Depending on where you purchase your paint, it can get quite expensive.

If you’re sourcing from overseas and need to pay in foreign currency, you might consider trying using a foreign exchange service like TransferWise. If you want to see if it’s right for you, check out Kristopher’s TransferWise review.

The monolayer paints, does it really work?

The monolayer paintings allow the application of a single layer instead of the usual two layers. But can we rely on this name? Of course, provided that the surface is properly prepared with a suitable undercoat. Without this preparation, the surface area will use more of the paint, leading to a much larger amount of paint required to finish the job.

Good surface preparation is required

Before applying the paint, it is indeed recommended that proper preparation of the walls be undertaken for a suitable and acceptable aesthetic result.


If your walls are damaged and/or have already been painted before color application, it is necessary to prepare the surface. First step: wash the wall. After having plugged any holes and cracks in the coating and spatula, allow it to dry before proceeding with a light sanding.

Finally, it’s time to apply the undercoat suitable for the type of wall to renovate – depending on if it’s plasterboard, concrete etc. This will block the gaps, unify support and facilitate the adhesion of the paint.

For renovating other media

Floor, tiles and furniture; The procedure in cleaning each depends on their condition; and may even involve stripping or sanding if the paint was previously laid or if the presence of rust is observed. If there is a wooden cabinet to repaint it, you may need to fill in the cracks with wood pulp.

Brush or roller; the choice is yours

When choosing tools, you should thing about the size of the area to be painted and its nature.

For large areas like walls, it is advisable to use a roller. Choose a short option for a smooth result. You may prefer a longhaired model for irregular surfaces such as plaster or glass cloth. To trim and very smooth surfaces, use a paint roller; it will create a perfect texture.

If you work with a brush, choose a quality model. Cheap models tend to lose their hair very quickly. Practical options have a rounded end. Brushes with nice handles are perfect for painting the corners of walls, around windows and moldings.

To add varnish or lacquer support, think of using a graining brush. Wide at its end, it allows you to work large areas with unsightly blemishes.

Radiators are complicated to repaint without special equipment.T o revamp them with ease, use an angled brush for hard to reach areas and a roll for flat surfaces.

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