Why do Professional Painters & Decorators use Trade Paint?
One question we get asked regularly is, ‘What is the difference between trade paint and retail paint and why do professional painters and decorators use trade paint?’
Here we aim to explain the difference between the two types of paints, so you have a better knowledge before selecting paints for your home decorating project.
A choice of paint at the Wardgroup Decorating Centre, Barrow in Furness
When you enter our decorating centre, you will discover a world of paint choices. We have paints from Dulux, Johnstone’s, Crown, Little Greene, Earthborn, Rust-Oleum and many more. We have a plethora of finishes and unlimited colours to choose from using our advanced paint mixing technology. We also have a wide range of Trade Paints and an equally large range of Retail Paints…. so how do you know which one to choose?
If you are buying paint in B&M Bargains or B&Q in Barrow in Furness, you will notice that they usually only stock the retails paints and you’d think these would be good enough for any home decorating project, so why do professional painters and decorators choose to buy a trade paint?
Firstly, a professional decorator will want the best paint available for their client, and when you are a professional painter and decorator the paint you use can help to enhance or ruin your reputation, so buying cheap paint can be catastrophic for a professional painter.
We asked painters and decorators in Barrow why they choose the trade paints and one of the main reasons was that they can buy larger amounts of paint making it more cost effective to buy. Trade paint tins are often larger meaning painters can buy standard colour emulsions, i.e. white & magnolia and use them on multiple jobs. Another reason was perceived quality, painters don’t want their clients to think that they are using cheaper or inferior paints so they buy the trade paints or quality brands to ensure that customers believe they are getting the best finish possible. Finally and the most important for professional painters, was time… where a standard retail paint will provide a great finish in 3 coats, a trade paint can provide the same quality finish in 2 coats. This saving on time offsets any increase in the price of the paint and ensures that the work is done to a good standard in a fraction of the time.
Why will a trade paint only need 2 coats?
Trade paints have a higher opacity, which in terms of paints and coatings refers to the ability of the paint to hide the wall beneath, or the previous coat of paint from view. A retail paint generally has a poorer opacity which means there is a good chance that the paint underneath may show through, leading to a very poor quality paint job.
So what paint should I buy to decorate my home?
When planning to decorate your home, the main emphasis should be on the colour and style you are looking to create in a room or home. If you are painting one room, you may only need 2.5l – 5l of paint and might find the perfect colour on our decorating centre shelves. A retail paint will provide adequate coverage and a sound finish given time to apply 2 or 3 coats and may be perfect for your decorating project.
If you are decorating multiple rooms and want to have a base colour throughout rooms or are painting multiple ceilings in white, then a trade paint is a no-brainer. You can buy a larger tub of paint that will enable you to paint a large surface area and the coverage will be superior meaning less coats, which when painting ceilings, is a blessing.
A visit to our Barrow in Furness Decorating Centre is highly recommended, as unlike B&Q and B&M Bargains we have experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff, who are on hand to provide home owners with advise on the best paints for your project. We don’t earn extra commission selling a particular paint so we can provide unbiased advice on the best paint for your job.
Painting properly needs preparation
As a final thought, it also goes without saying that the painter should never underestimate the importance of preparation before undertaking the painting phase. If you skimp on preparation the best paint in the world will not stand up to the job and the results will be poor, so whatever materials you choose to use, always prep before painting.
New plaster should be allowed to dry before applying any paint and old plaster should be sanded down and freed of dust, along with proper crack repairs and removal of any old remaining paint or wallpaper.
What do Dulux themselves say on the matter?
“Q: What is the difference between Dulux Trade paints and Dulux Retail paints?
A: The key difference is the consistency of the paint. Dulux Retail paints are ready for use straight from the can. Many professional decorators, however, like to thin their paint before use and so Dulux Trade paints have a slightly different formulation. However, both Dulux Trade and Retail paints are manufactured to the same high specification.”
Are you a professional painter and decorator or are you undertaking regular painting and decorating work?
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