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Painting your walls can either be an easy or complicated task depending on how you plan it and how you carry out the plans. You must know that there are actually different types of wall paints and you do not want to risk using the wrong ones for your walls.
Choosing the right type of paints
How this affects you and your renovation works is that choosing the right type of paint will save you money and stress in the future. Knowing the different types of paints and what they are used for would be a good start.
Gloss paint is the one with the highest shine effect. When you use gloss paint, any imperfections on the surface can be easily seen. As such, it would be the right type of paint to use on woodwork and not on every surface you can think of. Take note though that gloss paint takes longer to dry than all other types of paint.
For your interior wall, matte paints would be the most popular, and perhaps common too. As the name implies, matter paint can be quite bland. What you will not expect would be shiny or glossy finish to it. As such, they make perfect colors for your walls without much hassle. However, you must take note that matte paint cannot be completed with a single coat. In most cases, you might need to make a few layers. Besides that, matte paints are easily applied using a standard roller or a brush. There is however a disadvantage to this where matte paint walls can be easily marked. As such, you might have to monitor and make touch-ups regularly.
If you are looking for something more expensive and durable, you could use matte enamel. Think of this as matte paint with better quality material. While matte paint needs regular touch-ups, matte-enamel needs lesser maintenance. Applying the paint is quite similar (using a regular brush or roller) but if the wall gets marked, you can easily wipe them off with a damp cloth. Matte enamel paints would be perfect to be used for kitchens as you would be wiping the walls quite often.
Eggshell paint is good if you have an imperfect wall. This type of paint gives you a subtle finish but it does not give you the satin finish smoothness. Painting is very easy when you use eggshell paint as you probably need only a single coat. This makes it very cost-effective with a good outcome. Comparatively, you will use less egg-shell paint as compared to matte and matte enamel. <
One of the very popular indoor options is semi-gloss paint. This is the type of paint which can be effectively used for trims. In most cases, you might not want to use semi-gloss paints for walls where you can get the shiny effect without using too much. This is one of the types of paints which only require a single coat to achieve the desired outcome. If the surface gets stained or marked, a wipe using a damp cloth will do the trick. Applying semi-gloss paint can be quite complicated as you might need to prime the surface before putting the paint on. This type of paint would work best if you have perfect surfaces.
If you are looking for a glossier and soft sheen finish, then satin paint could well be your option. Satin finish paint is quite common and sold in most hardware stores but not many people know how it works. Satin paint looks very nice on perfect walls which means that if you have any irregularities, then it might not work. You can think of satin paint to be something between matte paint and gloss finish where it is not too bland and not too shiny. As such, this would be an ideal option to be used on both perfect and imperfect surfaces.
Popular Paint Brands in Malaysia
In Malaysia, you will find several types of paint brands that are sold in hardware shops. Below are some of the top brands to consider when you are shopping for paints.
- Dulux – This is one of the most reputable and established paint brands in the world as well as in Malaysia. The name from the Netherlands is known for its broad color palette and the different types of paints for both interior and exterior surfaces. In fact, Dulux is known to have more than 2,000 different colors available.
- Nippon – This name has been around for more than 100 years and is among the most actively marketed brands in Malaysia. In fact, Nippon paint has been one of the strong advocates in promoting cultural projects in the country.
- Jotun – This paint originated from Norway and has been growing to become one of the top paint brands globally. It boasts of being the preferred paint used for iconic landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers, the Burj Al-Arab and even Eiffel Tower.
- Kansai – This paint is from Japan and is one of the oldest names having been around for more than a century. Kansai is very well-known for being used in very specialized areas like decorative coatings, automotive coatings and marine coatings. This makes them the experts to paint jobs in all other areas as well.
- Mr Paint Man – While most people would take the foreign brands, Mr Paint Man is absolutely local. Using environmental-friendly material in production and technologically-advanced processes, Mr Paint Man has grown to become one of the preferred paint brands, especially among Malaysians.