Tips for decorating with alkyd based paint

Adding colour to our houses is a big part of making a house a home. In South Africa, alkyd based paints are a popular choice for paint projects because it is perfect for all kinds of jobs around the house. Below follows a couple of tips to help you get great results.

  • Make sure that you have everything you need before you start with the job. Alkyd based paint can be difficult to touch up afterwards, so you’ll want to get it right the first time.
  • You may need to thin the paint with appropriate solvents in the right ratios. Follow the instructions on the paint can or consult with your paint provider for more information if you are still unsure.
  • Alkyd based paint may not work well when painting over masonry. It also has a tendency to fade faster when compared to water based paints.
  • Oil based paints are flammable which does pose a safety risk, so refrain from using it in rooms or areas where there is higher risk of fire. Oil based paints give off a strong odor after the job is finished and depending on the environmental conditions like moisture and air movement, it can take quite some time for odors to subside. Like most paints, it could cause problems for people with illnesses such as respiratory issues. Remember to wear a mask while painting.

A paint project is usually more work than anticipated at the start but it is always worth the effort. A fresh coat of paint is like a new start with all kinds of possibilities. If you follow appropriate precautions, plan ahead and use good equipment and techniques the finished product will look great.

Contact Warrior Paints for quality alkyd based paint in South Africa at competitive prices.

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