We are now open for Browsing & Click & Collect!

What to Know Before Painting...

Useful Answers to frequently asked questions...

Featured Questions:

1. What does the information on the tin mean? 
2. How do I paint on fresh Plaster?
3. Water-based or Oil-Based paint?
4. What do I use to clean the equipment?
5. How much does a tin cover?
6. When do I need an undercoat?


 Full Decorated Room

1. What does the information on the tin mean? 

What does the text on the tin mean...

 2. How do I paint on fresh Plaster?

Fresh plaster is highly porous and will soak up any paint applied directly onto it. There are special paints on the market but they are often sold at a premium. At Exaireo Reuse we suggest a simple method that saves you money, whilst being just as effective. It is called applying a 'Mist Coat'.

A Mist Coat is simply applying 70% water mixed with 30% emulsion (water based paint). Apply 2 or 3 coats, once it has stopped soaking in you are ready to apply 2 or 3 coats of your chosen top coat.


Person Roller Painting a Wall


3. Water-based or Oil-Based paint?

 The last decade has seen more and more paint manufacturers moving exclusively towards the production of more eco-friendly water-based paints. Premium brand 'Farrow and Ball' were one of the first businesses to go exclusively water-based in 2012. In 2015 Akzonobel, owner of Dulux, Cuprinol and Hammerite, also announced they would be pushing towards a more sustainable water-based future.

It is worth considering however, that brands such as 'Little Green' produce oil based paint using sustainable vegetable oil, so not all oil based paint is bad environmentally.

But what is the difference and which should you choose?

It all depends on your preference and where it is being used. Here are some points to consider when choosing your paint.


 4. What do I use to clean the equipment?

There are 2 main things to remember when cleaning equipment or clothing after painting:

1. Water Based Paints - Can be washed off fairly easily using water.

2. Oil Based Paints - Require brush cleaner to be removed (e.g. turpentine / white spirit)


5. How much does a tin cover?

 Most paints will need 2 to 3 coats to ensure full and even coverage. To account for this, divide the coverage of each sized can the number of coats you anticipate needing to determine the approximate area that can be completed. 

 When covering dark or bright colours with light shades, it is wise to apply a neutral colour as an undercoat before applying the topcoat!

Many of our tins are recycled and therefore part used, if this is the case it will be declared on the item details, it is wise to purchase more than expected to avoid running out.


Coverage varies depending on paint type, brand and amount remaining in container, most tins have an estimated coverage stated on the packaging, you can refer to this to help you determine how much paint is required. 

Picture of Person Paint Rolling Wall

6. When do I need an undercoat?

 Although wall and ceilings undercoat is available on the market, it generally isn't necessary unless you are covering a particularly bright or dark colour.

On the other hand, it is vital you use an undercoat whenever you paint or even re-paint wood and metal surfaces. Undercoat provides a barrier protecting the paint from discolouration caused by oils in the wood as well as protect metal from corrosion and rust.

It is recommended to reapply the undercoat EVERY time you repaint wood or metal. 


 Not found what you need? Click the button below to visit Community RePaints Help Page

Link to Community Repaint Help Page



Click to View All Furniture  Link to Home Page  Link to View Available Furniture