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  • What is the gloss Paint ?

Our gloss paints have been enamel and acrylic base and include resin to give them a hard wearing quality. Some are still oil (solvent) based paints whilst water based gloss paints are now also available. Liquid gloss needs requires an undercoat but gives a more traditional high gloss finish and is extremely hard wearing and resistant to dirt.

  • What is the Plastic water base Paints?

Modern Plastic Paints are water-based, with vinyl resins added to which make them more hard-wearing than traditional emulsions. This results in varying degrees of sheen in the finish; as the shine increases, the paint tends to be more hard wearing. The ranges usually offer silk and full gloss.
Although normally thought of as for internal walls and ceilings, there are water based types of plastic specially produced for woodwork. These are easy to apply but do not give the same hard-wearing qualities as enamel paints.
Interior Walls and Ceilings
Plastic paint is the most popular paint for walls and ceilings due to the fact that it is water based and has less smell odour, dries comparatively quickly and is easy to apply. Vinyl silk emulsion gives a high sheen finish and is the most durable of all the emulsion paints. It is good for rooms that are subject to a lot of moisture i.e. condensation. Our company’s 900 emulsion paint specific Kitchen & Bathroom paint which is ideal for areas of high humidity.

  • What is the Acrylic paint ?

Acrylic paint is fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

 

  • What is the under coat paint ?

These enamels are used to seal unpainted surfaces to prevent covering coats of paint soaking in. The appropriate type of primer should be used for the surface being painted . wood, metal, plaster or tiles. There are some all purpose primers' available which are designed for two or more of these surfaces.

 

  • What is Fire-retardant ?

These special paints contain an additive to provide a fire-resistant quality, it does not resist fire completely, but has a greater flame resistance than ordinary paint and will reduce their spread.

 

  • Does gloss have an effect on how durable a products is?

Yes, flat finishes as a general rule us 'filler pigments' or 'extender' to lower the gloss. The extender pigments are usually soft, which reduces the scrubability, durability or weather resistance of a product.

 

  • What makes paint hide well?

1. Hiding pigment concentration is the most important.
2. How well the product flows out when applied.
3. The quality of the tool used to apply the coating (brush, roller cover, spray equipment, etc.).
4. Proper surface preparation is an important variable in making a coating hide well. If a surface is rough, paint will settle into the 'valleys' of the surface, leaving the 'peaks' with an insufficient amount of coating to provide coverage or protection.

 

  • What is the best product to use, plastic, acrylic or enamel ?

Keep in mind, many painting projects are unique and each may require a specialty finish or surface preparation. With today's advancement in paint technology, there should be a plastic paint formulation for almost any application. There are many situations that require an enamel or specialty product. FOR EXAMPLE: A weathered barn or outbuilding may have very little paint left and more appropriate in this application. Enamel products generally will tolerate small amounts of dirt on a surface better than plastic (water base) or acrylic . Make sure to read labels for specific product information.

 

  • How important is surface preparation?

Surface preparation is the single MOST IMPORTANT variable in determining the service life of any coating. Proper surface preparation insures maximum adhesion to any surface. Even the best paint available today will not adhere to an excessively dirty or greasy surface, or if moisture and contaminates penetrate behind the paint film. Proper surface preparation will decrease the chance of contamination, discoloration, inconsistent gloss or improper film formation of a finish coat.

 

  • What is the difference in a vinyl emulsion paint and an acrylic emulsion paint? Which has better properties?

The vinyl latex emulsion paints were the first water based trade sales products on the market. As the demand for improvements grew, the simple vinyl latex paints were modified to give the end user a better product; better washability, harder abrasion resistance film and improved color retention.
Most of the improvements are achieved with an acrylic modification. More expensive but better durability and wear resistance.

 

  • What is the difference in a Plastic water base paint and an enamel paint? Which has better properties?

                                  

PLASTIC WATER BASE PAINT

ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGE
Fast Dry Shrinks more when drying ,creating more surface stress
Better fade resistance More temperature sensitive
More chalk-resistance Less adhession to chalk and dirt
Breathes ; less blistering Can stain with water - solouable contamination
Retains flexibility longer Softer, normally not used in high traffic areas
Tolerant on alkaline surfaces like masonry
Will not be yellow
Resist mildew better
Clean-up with water
Good on galvanized metal

 

SUPER ENAMEL PAINT

ADVANTAGE DISADVANTAGE
Less shrinkage Turns brittle with age
Low temperatures have less affect Slower dry than vynil
More durable in high traffic areas Colors fade faster
Seals stains better Chalks fasterthan vynil
Holds rust better in steel Tight film blisters faster (won't breathe)
Better adhesion on dirty or chalky surfaces Yellows with age
Peels on galvanized metal

 

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