For the smoothest finish, spraying wins hands-down but not every item lends itself to spraying. A well-brushed finish can look great too, but you have to choose the right brush for your paint. For water-based paints always select a synthetic brush because natural bristles absorb water and will give you a streaky finish. Rolling is good for large surfaces like walls, but these areas can also be sprayed. For a beautiful finish on a new interior wall, apply a mist-coat base layer using your topcoat emulsion let down with some water and follow with two sprayed topcoats, allowing enough drying time between applications. TeknosPro 5 waterborne matt emulsion would be ideal for this.
Spraying is the way forward and there’s lots of advice out there if you’re just starting out. The Teknos Futura Aqua range is brilliant for spraying, especially for kitchen cupboards and interior/exterior doors. It’s suitable for wood and metals and can be used indoors or outdoors, so would be great for re-spraying garden furniture.
There are lots of well-known manufacturers with a wide range of good products. If you’re looking to purchase specialist products along with your emulsions and glosses, however, these can be harder to find in one place. Most Teknos stockists carry our full range, including more specialist ones like stain blockers, adhesion primers and anti-microbial paint. If they don’t have it in stock, you can have it the next day.
Modern waterborne paints are high quality with low VOC and odour levels, so there’s every reason to give them a try. Lots of decorators trying Teknos Futura Aqua have commented that it flows like an oil-based but it is water-based, so if you’re nervous about moving over to waterborne this would be a good starting point. Furthermore, unlike some waterborne full glosses, you won’t be disappointed with the high sheen of the Futura Aqua 80.
Such is its versatility, you can use Teknos Futura Aqua on metal as well as woodwork, so it’s ideal for radiators. Sand back the old paint then apply Futura Aqua 3 primer. Key this base back lightly to give a super strong surface for your topcoats to grip onto e.g. Futura Aqua 20 or 40, resulting in a highly durable finish that won’t yellow, crack or peel.
Drying times for waterborne paints depend a lot on the ambient conditions. Air-flow makes a big difference to drying times so as well as monitoring the temperature in the room or outside space, check that plenty of – not too cold – air is passing over your painted area so that you can minimise waiting times between coats.
There is no universally recognised definition or standard for ‘environmentally-friendly’ in the world of paint. To choose paint that is better for the environment, look for terms such as ‘waterborne’ or ‘water-based’, ‘low-VOC’, ‘no lead’, ‘no chrome’, ‘no heavy metals’ and paints that meet European REACH substance regulations (or UK REACH if/when the UK leaves the EU). Better still, look beyond paint manufacturers’ environmental responsibilities and choose ones that are making their whole business sustainable for example, the ethical sourcing of ingredients and contributing to the local community.
Durability of paint is heavily reliant on the quality of the product’s ingredients and the ratio of the carrier substance to the solid ingredients, for example pigments and binders. Most TeknosPro paints for example, contain up to 40% solid ingredients which are dissolved in the water-based carrier. This high solid ratio means that they have excellent coverage and this makes them last longer. The superior quality pigments in TeknosPro paints also give them a rich deepness ensuring the colours don’t fade. Some waterborne paints contain lower amounts of solids and more water which is why they don’t last so long.