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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How house paint can help make small rooms feel larger

Many people are living in small spaces these days, but the problem with tiny rooms is that they often feel cluttered and closed in. Updating your house paint is not only an easy way of reinventing your decor, it can also be used to make small rooms appear larger. Take note of these house painting tips for making small rooms feel more spacious: White on white White will always be the number one interior house paint colour for making a room appear larger, as it creates the illusion of light and disperses shadows in small spaces. Painting finishes such as window frames and doors in gloss white acrylic paint enhances the effect, and is also stylish and modern. Soft and bright If all white is too minimal for you, then light, bright colours are your next best bet. Note that the key word is bright and not bold, as you want to create light and not overwhelm with too much colour. Good shades are soft pastels in green, blue or rose; or light citrus colours such as lemon yellow. If you want to include bolder colours in your decor, bring these into your accessories as accents – but don’t use them on the walls in a small space. Monochrome walls and trim When house painting, many people are tempted to paint trim in white and walls in colour to create a striking effect. However, too much contrast between the walls, window frames and mouldings visually breaks up a room and makes it seem smaller. When everything is the same colour however, the walls and trim recede, which in turn makes a room feel larger. Use good quality paint The quality of the house paint that you use also makes a difference when it comes to making small rooms feel bigger. Poor quality paint can leave a chalky, uneven finish that is very obvious in small spaces. Luxury house paints may cost a little more, but the end result is a far superior, smooth and even finish. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of interior and exterior house paint. For more information, please contact us...

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Painting a nursey? You need eco-friendlier acrylic latex paint!

When preparing a nursery for a new baby you want every element to be as safe as possible. Warrior Paints is proud to supply eco-friendlier acrylic latex paint and it’s an ideal choice for any baby’s nursery! This type of paint is low VOC, low odour and available in either a matte or luxurious sheen finish. It’s washable, durable and has enhanced stain resistance – ideal for a baby’s room. Selecting a paint colour for the nursery walls can be challenging, even if you think you know exactly what you want. There are so many different shades of acrylic latex paint to choose from that you may find yourself unable to decide. The colour experts at Warrior Paints are always happy to assist you in any way we can and we’ll gladly offer our professional advice on which colours might suit the nursery best. Benefits of eco-friendlier acrylic latex paint include:  Being suited for high-traffic areas or areas prone to staining. Any new parent can tell you that this is an important factor! Being easy to clean. If there are any messes – and there will be messes – walls coated in this paint are simple to clean. And Due to its low odour and low VOC, it’s suitable for nurseries and rooms for the elderly as there are no harmful side effects. If you’d like to know more about the eco-friendlier paints available from Warrior Paints, stop by one of our locations and our staff will be happy to give you more information. We not only sell paint but all the supplies you need to get the job done such as rollers, paint brushes, painter’s tape, protective coverings and more. Contact us today and learn more about acrylic latex...

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Wall Paint Essentials: A new wall was born, wrapped in an Eco-friendly Undercoat

A new wall is a simultaneously intimidating and inspiring sight. With expert advice on choosing the right wall paint colour to finding an eco-friendlier undercoat, your brand new room will be given the sleek, professional beginning it deserves in an environmentally friendly way! Because plaster is made up of various combinations of lime, gypsum, sand and water, your newly plastered wall will be a medium-dark brown colour and susceptible to water damage. This means that you need to protect it and lighten it, as the dark colour makes it difficult for lighter paint colours to show up properly and give you the best possible results. Your newly plastered wall should be even, smooth and have no cracks – and you will want it to stay that way forever! That’s where using an eco-friendlier primer with sealing properties is important. Using this product will give you a smooth, white, water-resistant blank canvas on which to effectively apply the eco-friendlier paint colour of your choice. How to apply an Eco-friendly undercoat: First, make sure that your wall is dust free and completely dry. You’ll be able to see any damp spots pretty easily as they will be darker than the surrounding dry plaster. Put down drop sheets and covers to ensure that your floors and furniture are well protected. Make sure that you are wearing old clothing or protective overalls over your body. Make sure you have a roller, paintbrush, paint tray and solvent on hand before you start. Get started on your first coat of primer. It should cover 6-8 square meters of wall per litre, so make sure that you have enough to complete the whole wall in one go. Leave your wall to dry. This may take between 4-12 hours. If the surface is tacky, leave it for a few more hours – better safe than sorry! Get started on your final coat. This will cover around 8-10 square meters of wall, so you need less for your second coat than your first. Leave to dry overnight. Make sure that you have covered all streaks for an even, uniform finish. This will ensure that your final paint colour will look it’s best, and that your new plaster is well protected. Your new wall deserves only the best, so contact Warrior Paints today and find out more about eco-friendly undercoats and beautiful eco-friendly wall paint colour...

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