Why curb appeal matters

Selling your house? If you want to make your house and property look as attractive as possible from the road, especially for prospective buyers, you need to invest in something called ‘curb appeal’. Curb appeal can make the difference between your house sitting on the market for months or ‘sold’. For this you could need as little as some good quality exterior house paint. Adding real value to your home Although there are several ways to add curb appeal to your home, one of the most important is painting the exterior of your house. If the exterior of your home looks shabby, it won’t matter how much landscaping or other ‘dressing up’ you do, you will lose potential sales – because first impressions really do matter. Painting the exterior of home and other buildings doesn’t just add an ‘attractive’ factor to entice potential buyers; it increases the real value of your home and property. It’s therefore an essential investment, and well worth using high quality paints and painting services to do the job. Exterior painting as an investment Depending on the original state of your property, you may need to dig deep to create the kind of curb appeal that will add significant value to your home. There’s no getting around that, but in terms of return on investment, an extensive exterior paint job is the least expensive. The reward will far outweigh the outlay. In addition, few people will want to purchase a home that requires an extensive paint job, while many buyers might be enticed by the landscaping possibilities a so-called ‘blank canvas’ can offer. Exterior house paint can transform a house It’s not just the ‘fresh lick’ of exterior house paint, but the look and character that the house painting creates. You can turn unappealing or ordinary into enticing and exciting just through choosing a paint colour that can transform your home. This can add as much value to your home as interior design, and this will in turn get your house sold more quickly – and for more. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting, creating superb curb appeal with exterior house paint and with choosing a colour that will make all the difference. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products and we can help you add real value to your...

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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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How Often Should You Paint the Outside of Your Home?

Knowing that most exterior house paint can be expensive, especially if you buy the quality variants that are sure to last longer, one of the most common questions that home owners ask us is how often they should be treating the exterior portion of their home to a new lick of paint? We provide you with answers below. The Average Time Generally, it is recommended that you apply new exterior house paint to your walls at least every 7 years. However, sometimes it may be required a lot sooner, such as every 3 years. Ultimately, the frequency necessary will depend on a variety of factors including the following: The Quality of Paint You Use: As mentioned, when it comes to house painting, the quality of the paint you use has a direct and powerful effect on its overall longevity. Therefore, if you went with a cheaper alternative, the chances are quite high that you will need to repaint a lot sooner than expected. The Weather in Your Area: You will likely have to paint the exterior of your home more often if you live in an area with high levels of humidity or high rainfall, as this excess moisture will usually lead to accelerated cracking and peeling. Extremely hot weather may also result in the paint bubbling over time. How You Prep: Sufficient preparation of the surface area on which you intend to paint is just as important as the type of exterior house paint you use! A quality primer can truly work wonders when it comes to enhancing the lifespan of your work. Are you looking for advice on the type of exterior house paint to buy? Perhaps you are looking to invest in a few handy house painting tools? Or maybe you simply need advice choosing a paint colour? Whatever your needs may be, you can always turn to the Warrior Paints team for hands-on assistance and South Africa’s best painting products. Call us or pay us a visit today to learn...

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3 Painting Tips to Prevent Mess, Mishaps and More!

From accidental drips to unfortunate spills, painting a room can often be a messy business! Luckily, with the help of these three painting tips from the team at Warrior Paints, it definitely doesn’t have to be… Aluminium Foil is Your Friend One of the best things to have on hand when house painting is aluminium foil as it can be used to prevent plenty of the un-pleasantries often associated with the process. First of all, if you’re not keen on having to wash out your roller pan every day, simply line it with aluminium foil before filling it with paint. You can also use it to protect door knobs when painting on doors – just wrap it snugly all around them and VOILA! Grab a Bucket A 19 litre bucket will do the trick when house painting with the help of a ladder. Simply place your can of paint and brush inside the bucket and use paint-can hooks to hang them. There’ll also be plenty of room in the bucket for your rags, putty knife and paint scraper, making it much easier to avoid messy paint spills. Use Some Masking Tape One of the most common painting tips is to use masking tape to avoid painting over areas that you want to keep clean. However, it can also be used to stop paint from getting into the groove at the top of your paint can. It’s less messy, and you’ll be saving paint in the process. When it comes to interior house paint, very drop counts! Are you searching for more helpful painting tips? Perhaps you need assistance when it comes to choosing a paint colour or finding the right acrylic paint for your project? Whatever your needs, you can count on Warrior Paints to lend a helping hand. Contact us today for more...

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5 perfect paint colours for kitchens

Just because it’s a functional room, it doesn’t mean that the kitchen can’t make a style statement. Actually, for many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home so choosing paint colours that suit your personality and reflect your decor style is important. Traditionally, kitchen decor has always centred around warm earthy tones and wood finishes. If you really want something different however, painting the walls and cabinets in bright, bold colours can look incredible. Here are just a few of our favourite house painting colours for modern kitchens: Traffic stopping red Nothing says wow like bright red. Depending on the rest of your decor and kitchen accessories, red in the kitchen can create any feeling from Parisian chic to ultra-modern. Electric blue Luxury house paint in bright shades of royal and electric blue are clean and contemporary without being clinical. Blue, no matter what the shade, is also calming and comforting if you want to create serenity in your kitchen. Emerald and mint As the colour of nature, green is a popular choice for kitchens. The modern update however calls for bright, fresh colours such as mint and emerald. When choosing a paint colour, avoid earthy greens as these can look dowdy and old fashioned. Sunshine yellow The warmth of yellow lends itself to traditional kitchen decor. Choosing bright yellows over muted shades makes for a more modern look. Tips for tiny kitchens If your kitchen is more of a nook than a room in its own right, bright paint colours can be very overwhelming. Consider using colour as an accent – such as to paint the back panels of open shelves or glass fronted cabinets. The same applies if you are nervous of taking the plunge with colour. Bright colour accents are a way to update kitchen decor without too much risk. If your kitchen is open plan, choose a paint colour that ties in with the decor in the main room to ensure continuity. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of luxury interior paint. For more information, please contact us...

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