Why does my paint peel, crack or bubble?

There are important differences between interior house paints and exterior house paints. Not knowing the differences and using in interior paint on the outside of your house, you will get peeling, cracking and bubbling – particularly on exterior walls that are exposed to direct sunlight. Although you do get some ranges that can be used for both interiors and exteriors, many of the best polymer-blend acrylic house paints are now highly specialised, increasingly requiring the use of specially designed paint for different applications and surfaces. So, if are you tempted to use that unfinished tin of interior house paint to brighten up an exterior wall, read on: Exterior house paint Exterior house paints are designed to withstand sun, rain and mildew. They are also specifically designed to adhere to exterior walls and surfaces such as stucco. This is all achieved through higher concentrations of resins, pigments and other ‘preservative’ additives in the paint. Very importantly, exterior house paint is fairly ‘flat’ and porous. This is not something you can see, but it’s important because it allows moisture to escape from the wall instead of bubbling under the paint. Interior house paint Interior house paint is usually finer in texture and therefore more delicate than exterior paint, with design elements focused more on subtle colour effect with less pigment. Another important aspect is lower concentrations of air pollutants. Interior house paints are also designed to be more resistant to sharp marks and abrasions. Theoretically, you can use an exterior paint inside, though you may get more air pollutants from it, it’s really the other way around that you want to avoid. Other reasons why your paint won’t adhere or degrades There are other reasons why the fresh paint on your wall or other surfaces may look good for a few weeks before it suddenly starts to degrade – to peel, crack or bubble. Lack of surface preparation e.g. the application of a primer if required Damp walls Painting over old paint instead of scraping it off completely Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products, and we’ll be happy give you painting tips and help you choose a paint colour for your interior wall and...

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Decorative painting tips, inspiration and ideas

There are no limits to what you can do with decorative painting, but inspiration and creativity are not enough, and if it’s your first foray into decorative painting, you need to brush up on some painting tips. Decorative painting can be a lot of fun, provided you are properly prepared from the start. It’s also worth the time and investment to add character to rooms, or value and good looks to furniture and homeware. There are so many things you can do with decorative painting, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the various paint effects that you could employ, how to achieve a certain effect or look, and some ‘do’s and don’ts’. There are too many to cover here, so let’s start with a few of the most important painting tips: Top painting tips for decorative painting Choosing a paint colour: Always use a colour chart to plan your colour combinations. Sketch out your design on paper first, and if you are a first timer, keep it simple. If you are going for an intricate design, draw it out on the wall first with a pencil. Invest in some good quality artists brushes for fine work. Choose matt acrylic paint for decorative designs as shine may alter the final look. Make sure that you have all your tools ready before you start. Let your expert paint supplier advise you on which paints to use for which effects and on which surfaces. Equally important is the advice you’ll get on what and what not to use, where and why. Even if your design is not intricate, it’s important to get advice on the right interior house paint for your decorative project. Finding inspiration and ideas There are thousands of sources for inspiration and ideas on decorative painting. Start with your bookstore. The hobbies and crafts section is sure to have a range of publications full of inspirational ideas and point-to-point instruction on technique and painting tips. Pinterest is a great website for inspiring painting ideas and if you find something wonderful you need advice on achieving, you know what to do next. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for decorative painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best house and decorative painting products, and we’ll be happy to help get you started on your painting...

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