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A Quick Guide to Paint Finishes: Everything You Need to Know

By: Christime Simard


4 min read

A Quick Guide to Paint Finishes: Everything You Need to Know

By: Christime Simard

PaintRenovation guideA Quick Guide to Paint Finishes: Everything You Need to Know

With seasons changing fast, we suddenly feel the urge to redecorate our space. When we think of an idea for a simple, yet drastic change that is both easy and economical, repainting walls seems to be the logical option.

Depending on the rooms you want to paint, there will be different finishes to choose from in order to ensure that these hold up well and do not deteriorate in the long run. Eggshell, satin, matte; it's easy to get lost quickly. Here's a little guide that will hopefully make things easier when choosing the right type of paint finish.

A quick guide to paint finishes: everything you need to know

Start by establishing your painting needs

Before you head to the store and end up coming back empty-handed, you will need to take into account the important points and the needs that you'll have regarding your project. On the eco-peinture website, the team summarizes this for us in a few practical points:

“Before making your choice, a few criteria should be taken into consideration:

  • The type of room in which the paint will be applied

  • The function you assign to the room (playroom or bedroom?),

  • The lighting style

  • The circulation in the room

  • Your personal preferences for a type of finish. ”

This step is all the more important since the finish you choose for a room will not necessarily have the desired effect. For example, in the bathroom, you will need a finish that is resistant to moisture damage, while in the kitchen a stain-resistant or easy to clean finish will be preferable.

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Knowing how to recognize the different paint finishes

Matte Finish: With such a descriptive name, a matte finish is preferable for rooms with low-maintenance walls, as this type of finish is harder to clean. Since it has virtually no sheen, its application is uniform. For this same reason, it won't create any reflections and will instead absorb light, making it perfect for ceilings.

Velvet and satin finish: Also offering a low-gloss finish, the surface of the wall remains elegant and uniform. However, unlike the previous finish, a velvet finish is easily washable but remains just as easy to get dirty. This type of finish is suitable for any room, excluding the bathroom.

Platinum and Eggshell Finish: Creating a semi-gloss surface, these finishes are suitable for any room, but also for doors, trim and mouldings. Also available as Eggshell, they are durable and easy to clean, in addition to reducing light reflections.

Satin and Pearl Finish: Just like with the previous finish, you can get walls and other surfaces dirty without remorse! This finish offers a soft sheen, reflects light and is highly versatile. The difference here is that it is also suitable for floors and stairs.

Shiny and High-Gloss finish: Being also quite descriptive by name, this is the type of finish that would be ideal for the bathroom. Since this is a glossy finish, it is particularly suitable for high humidity areas as it is tough and durable. Its only flaw is that it gets dirty easily, therefore making flaws more noticeable. Other than the bathroom, this type of finish could be useful for your kitchen cabinets.

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Some practical information to know before starting your painting project

Before you start applying your colour, it is strongly recommended that you apply a coat of primer to ensure that the result is completely uniform. Also, it's best not to skip this step even if the paint colour being used is white. The reason is that the primer coat will help camouflage any imperfections you may have missed while preparing your walls.

This brings us to the next important point to consider before getting started: preparing your walls. By cleaning and repairing all imperfections visible to the naked eye, you will ensure a flawless finish.

From personal experience, if you are painting a varnished wood surface (such as kitchen cabinets, for example), it's recommended that you sand the surface before applying any product to it. You should know that over time, paint applied to a varnished surface will eventually peel off in one piece after any type of damage. Make sure the finish you choose is suitable for wood too! You will avoid a lot of easily preventable problems.

Aside from finishes, you might still have questions about your painting project, and that's okay! Here are some articles that could provide answers:

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Let’s be real, wood isn’t easily replaceable. We can all agree that wood’s warmth and versatility are especially valued. We like that it’s easily worked and offered in a variety of essences to suit all preferences. Both authentic and malleable, wood works wonders no matter what. However, a well-known fact about wood is that it requires maintenance when used outdoors. Painting wood revamps it so that you can enjoy it for many years to come rather than replace it. Paint and Stain on Treated Wood: Our Top Tips Source: Canva Ideally used to build decks and porches, or as exterior cladding, pressure-treated wood is both eco-friendly and mould- and insect-resistant. Unlike creosote wood, treated wood can be coated with all types of exterior paint finishes. Ideally suited for durable construction, wood is protected by preservatives. Such products are available in a variety of colours, especially in the semi-transparent stain category. Fall is a prime time for exterior painting projects, especially when it comes to repainting the siding on your home. Summer is also a good time to paint because the sun helps the wood dry quickly. Regardless of when you choose to apply paint, steer clear of very humid days. Moisture, the main cause of blistering and peeling, can quickly wreak havoc on your project. Pro tip: Beware of morning dew. Wait until the dew has cleared and the air has warmed before you start painting in the morning. In the afternoon, put your brushes away early enough to give the paint time to dry before nightfall. Paint also dries somewhat more slowly as the temperature drops. If the overnight temperatures are cool, the paint may still be sticky by morning. Getting paint to stick to wood: A flawless finish in 3 steps Source: Canva Anyone can paint wood. However, whether it's a door, deck, fence, or furniture, to get a professional-looking result, you'll need the right tools, the right products, and the right technique. With every step of the process, everything must be done properly. Here's a list of tips to avoid making mistakes while painting. Step 1: Prepare the surface Albeit crucial for a decent finish, adequately preparing the surface is often an overlooked step when painting. Clean the wood prior to painting it Grease and dirt prevent paint from holding up, increase the drying time, and result in the paint's yellowing. Start by vacuuming or spot-dusting all surfaces. Then, use a degreaser (a trisodium phosphate solution or TSP) to eliminate grease stains, dirt, or any other contaminants. Remove the current coat of paint If there are paint remnants, remove the latter with a putty knife. Simply scrape the surface. Sanding will help remove all residual paint. If the paint isn’t easily removed, use a stripper. Step 2: Sand the wood Essentially, sanding down the wood will make the surface smooth and favourable to the new coat of paint’s adherence. The wood must be completely dry. On rougher surfaces, use coarse grit paper. On surfaces with fewer imperfections, medium-grit paper will get the job done. For a quality finish, close this step by sanding the entire surface with fine-grit paper. Tips: Always sand with the grain, not against it. Never use a metal wire brush or stainless steel on wood as it’ll damage the fibres. Don’t push down on the sander to avoid digging into the wood. Trick: To easily remove dust, use a vacuum and then wipe down the surface with a damp rag. Step 3: Apply the paint The paint is applied according to a few steps. Apply a coat of primer Since wood is a porous material, it absorbs paint unevenly. By applying a primer, it allows for an even layer of paint. It can also help conceal any small flaws like stains that didn’t come out when you cleaned the surface. The primer can be applied with a paintbrush or a roller. Depending on the surface and product you’re using, you may need one or more coats of primer. Tip: On wood, using an oil-based primer is best since a latex one risks raising the wood grain. A grey primer is preferred beneath dark paint and a white or clear primer beneath a light shade. Apply a finish coat with a paintbrush or roller For vertical surfaces, it’s best to paint from top to bottom, and always with the grain, not against it. By painting in one go, you’re ensuring that there are no brush or roller strokes. Apply as many coats of paint as necessary to obtain the desired result. Pro tip: Is your painting project spread out over several days? Instead of cleaning your paintbrushes and rollers every day, slip them into individual bags, seal them, and leave them in the refrigerator. Apply a protective finish Many types of paint are advertised as providing water or wear protection. However, it's best to apply a product specially designed to ensure the durability of the wood. The varnishes currently available on the market include a wide range of finishes that highlight the beauty of your project while also adequately protecting it. For an impeccable finish, lightly sand the surface between each coat of varnish. Trick: Varnish is a little denser than paint. Apply thin coats of varnish to avoid bubbling, drippage, and streaks. Are you looking for experts for your paint project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! How to Paint or Stain Wood Patio Furniture Source: Canva Talk about the perfect weekend project! By following along with the steps detailed below, you’ll be able to benefit from your garden furniture for many years to come. Here’s how to go about it. Step 1: Prepare the surface Start by looking over all the surfaces. If there’s mould, clean it off with a part of bleach and a three-part water solution. Rinse and allow to dry. On a cold day, move the furniture inside the house so that it dries faster. When the weather is nice, just ensure it's sheltered from the rain. Don't cover the furniture with a tarp or plastic sheet since adequate air circulation allows it to dry completely. Step 2: Sand and strip the surface Sand the wood with the grain, first with coarse-grit paper, then with finer paper until the surface finish is nice and smooth. If necessary, use a stripper to remove the current layer of paint. Step 3: Apply and treat wood paint The old layer of paint or stain can sometimes serve as a primer. Otherwise, ask a capable sales representative for help in choosing the right primer for the job at hand. To paint wood garden furniture, you have to choose quality products that won’t alter when exposed to the sun, will resist adverse weather conditions, and will also protect the wood. Keep in mind that exterior wood paint needs to be more efficient than interior wood paint. Once painted, leave your furniture to dry in a clean, well-ventilated area. Don't leave the furniture outside because the wind carries dust and particles that can stick to the still-wet surfaces. What type of paint should be used on wood? Source: Canva To paint wood, you have to choose the right type of paint. Depending on the surface and the intended use, you can choose between acrylic paint, solvent-based paint, oil-based paint, or spray paint. Every type of paint has its respective advantages and disadvantages, and for that matter, you’ll have to choose according to your specific needs. Here are a few Canadian wood paint brands that’ll improve your décor. This type of paint is normally available in several colours and can also be used on flooring. INSL-X Prime Lock Plus – $49.99 Prime Lock Plus is an all-purpose, high-coverage primer that gives the finishing coat a gloss and even appearance. It can be coated with a layer of alkyd or latex finish. It can also be used as a touch-up primer for outdoor surfaces. SICO Exterior Wood Paint and Primer – $79.99 This 100% acrylic latex paint has the distinct benefit of working at temperatures ranging from 1°C to 32°C. It doesn’t require a primer, is resistant to mould, and has excellent UV ray resistance too. Benjamin Moore’s AURA Exterior Paint – $39.99 to $109.99 AURA exterior paint allows you to carry out your projects in record time, while still using less paint. We appreciate the fact that it has superior coverage, excellent durability, and colour-fade resistance.

8 min read 21 Mar 2023

Go Green With Recycled Paint

For a few years now, Boomerang Paint has been increasingly solicited for interior renovation and decoration projects. The reason being its green characteristics and excellent value for money. If you’re looking for eco-friendly interior paint, opting for recycled paint is the best decision you can make. Learn all about this type of product in the following section. How’s Recycled Paint Made? Source: Canva Recycled paint is manufactured from leftover architectural paint given away by prior consumers. It’s made with surplus latex paint from some of Canada’s most recognized paint brands. Its manufacturing process doesn’t differ from that of traditional paint. In fact, in Quebec, a program was initiated to enable citizens to have access to more than 1,200 paint pick-up spots, such as municipal locations, hardware stores, ecocentres, paint stores, and municipal garages. Consumers can drop off old or unused paint cans, whether the container is empty or has some remnants of paint inside. Leftover paint is thus collected and sent to factories where it’ll be used as another paint’s raw ingredient, thus the making of recycled paint. The latter is grouped into categories, colour-sorted and then mixed. Some additives are added to kill bacteria and ensure the paint’s stability, then the paint is filtered, and submitted to a series of quality control tests to finally be canned for resale. Boomerang Paint Characteristics Source: Canva Boomerang Paint is good-quality recycled paint made with acrylic latex. It can be used practically everywhere inside. It comes in 15 to 20 shades and is quite sustainable. Yet, it’s the paint’s actual characteristics that set it apart from regular paints. A Green Choice The first distinguishing characteristic that sets it apart from other regular paints is definitely its eco-friendly factor. Boomerang paint is manufactured from reclaimed paints, which only generate a quarter of the greenhouse gasses emitted by standard paint production. Moreover, it complies with national standards, as well as LEED requirements. Typically, Boomerang brand paint has as little as 50 grams of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) per litre, which is well below Canadian standards, which allow recycled paints up to 250 grams per litre. Also, this brand of paint is sold in containers made from recycled and recyclable plastics, rather than the more energy-intensive metal cans used for regular paints. By using Boomerang paint for all your renovation and decoration projects, you're consciously deciding to use eco-friendly products, thus contributing to environmental preservation efforts. Here are a few habits you can implement to further reduce your carbon footprint: Use 100% eco-friendly paints only; Carefully measure the amount of paint needed to coat a surface to limit waste as much as possible; Give away leftover paint or re-use it when needed; Drop off your leftover paint at recycling centres to ensure it’s recycled. A High-End Recycled Product Source: Canva Boomrang’s recycled paint is known for its undisputed quality. It’s manufactured by combining several paint remnants (low- to high-end brands), giving the product a professional-like quality. It’s easy to clean, has incredible coverage, and is easily applied. Made with 1% pure ingredients, it gives the product the right level of shine and consistency, as well as the best possible drying time. To get the best possible result out of Boomerang paint, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, if you decide to use recycled paint with a glossy finish on an irregular surface, it’s highly likely that the result will be far from perfect. As a matter of fact, said finish has a tendency to highlight any flaw. However, the same paint used on a smooth surface will have a much better finish. Are you looking for experts for your painting project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Types of Finishes Since this type of paint is made from various unused and recovered paints, their interior paint collection has a velvet finish that’s somewhere between glossy and matte. This finish is ideal in rooms that require little maintenance. It really absorbs the light and has a slight sheen. Matte finish Boomerang interior paint is best used on ceilings and living room and bedroom walls since these don’t require as much cleaning. On top of that, it can help conceal any irregular surfaces. The pearl finish, available in the interior/exterior paint line, is widely used to emphasize finishing details, doors and door frames, mouldings, backsplashes, etc. Colour Options Source: Canva Boomerang recycled paint has a rather limited range of colours. The reason behind this short list of hues is that the paint collected from consumers is already coloured and can't be restored to its original shade. The colours available on the market are limited to about twenty. Here are some of the current trending colours. Whites for simple and tactful décors Whites give any interior a stylish touch while ensuring a lovely balance between the more colourful elements and the more textured materials. Opt for a Moonlight White if you want to create a cozy vibe in a room while also emphasizing your bright décor. As for White Clay, it’s the best shade of white you could use to create an elegant and bright room in your house. You can use it as your base colour, and add a few hints of gray for a unique and personalized look. Shades of beige for a coordinated look Beige is the perfect colour if you want to create a daring colour combo. Since it’s a neutral colour, it’ll balance and unify busy spaces. You can choose between various shades of beige: Cotton for a refined look; Everlasting for a traditional décor; Linen for a pleasant and calming ambience; Greige for a timeless look; A dark Castle In the Clouds beige for a unique and refined look; And lastly, Truffle if you want to create a more exotic look. Grey for a chic vibe Grey is perfect if you want to create a clean look. You can use it to transition from one colourful room to the next. Amongst the various shades of grey, one can choose between White Clay, which conveys an elegant and bright décor; Perley Grey if you dream of bright spaces with a modern touch; Stone Grey for a reassuring and comforting décor, etc. Pastels for a jovial and lively décor Pastel colours can add a touch of optimism and playfulness to any room. Choose a light colour like Millennium Pink for a warm and friendly space. If you're opting for a bold, radiant look, opt for a Sunshine yellow. Azure blue will definitely make your home look timeless. Tonics for a velvety ambience Pair pastels with shades of beige to create a luxurious look that's sure to leave a lasting impression. Choose a colour from an array of shades such as Galaxy blue, mysterious Evergreen, rich Truffle brown, and dark and mysterious black like Coal. Why choose Boomerang-brand recycled paint? Source: Canva The reason why Boomerang paint is so valued by consumers and professionals is due to its numerous advantages. It enhances air quality through low VOC emissions, making it ideal to paint nurseries and kids' bedrooms. Moreover, it's the most eco-friendly paint on the market. It can be used instead of latex paints that would otherwise seep into the ground and contaminate the phreatic zone. Aside from its environmental merits, Boomerang recycled paint boasts superior coverage over regular paint options due to its higher pigment content. Therefore, it requires fewer coats for complete coverage, unlike latex or oil-based paint. Also, it's very easy to apply, dries quickly, and tools used during the process can be cleaned with water. However, recycled paints don't solely have positive attributes. They also have a few drawbacks such as a very limited choice of colours and a faint gloss, which isn’t as easily cleaned. Examples of Interior/Exterior Paint & Pricing Source: Canva Choosing Boomerang paints will financially benefit you when it comes time to give your home a much-needed facelift. Paint cans cost half the price of brand-new, regular paint for basically the same benefits. For 3.78 L, a can of Boomerang paint costs about $15. This paint line is available in recycling and clearance centres, paint and home hardware stores, and construction material suppliers. Recycled acrylic latex paint: This is washable paint made with reclaimed quality paints. It’s made for interior use and has outstanding coverage. The 3.78 L-can costs $28.49. It’s available in Galaxy blue and is washable with soap and water. Velvet finish latex paint: Solely meant for interior use, this type of reclaimed paint has outstanding coverage. It emits very few VOCs and generates four times as few greenhouse gases compared to regular paints. Its 3.78 L-can format costs $28.49. Pearl finish interior/exterior acrylic latex paint: It’s a LOW-VOC-certified paint, which means its VOC levels are under 150 g/L. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, on flooring, decks, etc. It's available in a 3.78 L can and costs $28.49.

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