Paint decoration in the home will be determined by the surface to be applied. The supply is done when ready to apply and already mixed. The surfaces are either smooth for internal, rough for external or medium in texture for both internal or external. The mixing of paint for each surface should be done carefully to achieve the desired finish. It is important to know the external agents of weather. This allows understanding the consequences of each on a particular surface before painting.
The selection of paint for decoration in a home is one aspect of finishes. Different surfaces and locations require either matt, gloss, emulsion or silk paints. When applying paint on new surfaces, the wall, concrete or timber will absorb a lot of paint. This means that the walls must be thoroughly prepared and undercoats done. The weather agents that create a problem for paint is water and dust. External walls are prone to a lot of sun light, dust and rain. Also external agents like radiation and gases from the industries attack the paints.
The external surfaces should have well selected paints that are self cleansing. The home owner should check for this paints as they are more durable. The dust may cling on them during the dry weather. However as the wind or rains splash on the walls, this cleans without leaving any smudges on surfaces. Whereas colors are essential in decoration, care in selecting the shade should be done. As the weather changes some fade off the facades in a very short time. It good to know the manufacturer offering maybe tropical paints or desert condition paints.
When decorating new masonry or concrete, protection from dampness,or salts should be included in the paint. When painting iron or steel, rust is a problem due to water and oxygen. The paint must have rust protection properties. When a paint is selected, strictly follow the manufactures instructions. It may be mixed at home to use in the required quantities. Always pour the thick portion first into a mixing jar. Add the diluting lighter liquid. Use figure eight for stirring into a useable solution as indicated by the manufacturer.