When planning a decorating project a key factor is the number of coats that will be required. The amount of paint you need to complete the project will be dictated by the number of coats you apply and there are many variables that can make it difficult to estimate exactly how much paint will be needed,
Painting similar colours to the existing colour usually 2 coats would be sufficient or if just freshening up then 1 coat is likely do the job i.e. magnolia on magnolia.
When painting a new colour then most likely a minimum of 2 coats but of course this will depend on the original colour that is being covered up and the new colour that is to be applied. Generally speaking the darker the colour then the more coats will be needed. Painting a dark or bold colour over a lighter colour may take 3 or more coats and when painting a light colour over a dark colour could require 4 or 5 coats. In some cases it may be necessary to apply a primer before any top coats are applied.
Paint quality is a key factor to consider as cheap paint has lower performing ingredients so will therefore not only require more paint but may give an inferior finish.
We always advise that a good quality trade type paint is used such as Dulux.
Matt emulsion - Best for internal walls and ceilings
This water-based emulsion is perfect for use on indoor walls. It’s available in different levels of toughness, including a super-durable finish that’s ideal in high traffic areas like hallways or kids’ bedrooms. It also does a great job at disguising surface imperfections, such as in older homes or on walls where you’ve recently taken down wallpaper. You can touch up matt walls easily, and some varieties have the added benefit of being washable so you can wipe the walls down too.
Vinyl Silk is a washable emulsion providing a tough, mid-sheen and slightly shiny finish. It is suitable for all normal interior walls and ceilings.
There are many important differences between Professional and Retail paints. Professional paints need to last longer and be more versatile, whilst meeting the high demands of all professional users and their customers.
Traditional non-drip gloss
Non drip gloss has a long-lasting protection and is easy to use thanks to its non drip formulation. It is self-undercoating, hard wearing, wipeable and suitable for use on interior and exterior wood and metal, including radiators.
Apply 1 or 2 coats with a brush, leave at least 16 hours between coats.
Quick dry gloss
Quick drying gloss is a is self-undercoating, wipeable and non-yellowing paint and is suitable for use on interior and exterior wood and metal (excluding heated surfaces). Thanks to its Quick Dry, low odour formulation it is both convenient and pleasant to use.
Satinwood creates a mid-sheen satin finish, providing a subtle, attractive alternative to gloss. It is self-undercoating, wipe-able, non-yellowing and suitable for use on interior wood and metal (excluding heated surfaces). Thanks to its Quick Dry, low odour formulation, it's both convenient and pleasant to use.
Generally requires 2 coats with a brush and needs at least 6 hours between coats or longer during cold or damp weather.