Is your hallway a race track of dirty fingerprints? Are the walls of your kitchen marred by grease and food splatters? Is your bathroom yellowed by hairspray? Have the kids used markers, pens or crayons on the walls of their bedroom? You need stain-resistant paint!
What causes paint to stain?
If the paint is low sheen, applied to a porous surface or applied without the use of a primer, it’s likely to stain.
What are the most common sources of stains on painted walls?
Watch out for lipstick, oil, grease, markers, pens, pencils, crayons, dirt, mud, red wine and spaghetti sauce! These are the most common household stains found on walls.
What is stain-resistant paint?
Stain resistance refers to a paint’s ability to withstand discoloration and the ease with which it cleans. Matte and flat paints show every mark and stain and are difficult to clean. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints are less likely to stain and easy to wipe clean. They’re ideal for high traffic areas like the kitchen, entryway, hallway and bathroom.
What paint should I look for and how do I use it?
To save yourself from needless scrubbing and repainting, purchase the right paint and primer. Choose a high-performance primer that’s made to hide previous colours, block stains, seal porous surfaces and promote adhesion. Look for semi-gloss or high-gloss paints from a brand that mentions stain resistance on the label. Use one coat of primer and two coats of stain-resistant paint for maximum durability.
Not sure which paint has the best stain resistance and meets your colour and shine requirements? Ask your local painting contractor. They have the knowledge and experience to help you pick the paint and primer that’s perfect for your project.
Need help choosing and applying a stain-resistant paint? Call the Calgary residential painting experts, Cal Res Coatings at (403) 835-4817. We’re a residential painting contractor that strives for quality, has an eye for detail and colour, and will not rest until your job is done to your satisfaction. Request a free quote today.