Most home-owners may think that retail and trade paints are exactly the same, but they are actually quite different.
They don’t only look distinctive from the outside, with the size of the tubs being a lot larger, but they are produced differently by the paint manufacturers. Compared to retail paint, trade paint has a much higher level of opacity and pigmentation. This results in a better colour quality finish and an increased ability to coat. For example, using retail paint you may need up to three coats whilst with trade you only need one or two. Not only does the painting take far less time but the end result is superior with exceptional colour production and finish.
Can you use trade paint throughout the house?
Yes, you can. Trade paints are versatile and adaptable. They come in a range of finishes such as water-resistant for outdoors and silks, vinyls and gloss for indoor use. There is also a faster-drying option if you need to get a room ready for use quickly.
But aren’t colours limited?
Sometimes clients are put off because they think trade paints only come in colours like magnolia and white. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dulux Trade and Leyland Trade produce literally thousands of colours. Whether you want something very traditional and classic (think period colours) or contemporary and trendy, you will find the perfect shade on one of the colour charts.
Do trade colours only come in huge tubs?
You may need a lot of paint if you are decorating a whole house. The larger tubs offer many advantages in this case as you know the colour consistency will remain the same throughout and money will be saved by buying in bulk. But don’t panic if you just need 5 litres; all trade paints come in smaller sizes such as I litre and 5 litre cans. If you want to paint just one room but want all the benefits of trade quality paint, you don’t need to miss out.
How to get a trade quality finish
But getting a great finish is about so much more than just buying high-quality trade paint. As with most tasks of this kind, preparation is key. Professional painters will take their time to get everything ready before a lick of paint touches the wall. Brushes and rollers must be of good quality, masking tape needs to be applied where necessary and dustsheets put in place to cover carpets and furnishings.
If you would like your home painted with trade paints but don’t want to try doing it yourself, ask for advice from a skilled professional. They will get the job done quickly and cleanly, guaranteeing a perfect result.