Types and Uses
On the stage of home improvement, paints play the biggest role. Interior and exterior walls, ceilings, doors and window frames – there are dozens of places on a new build or refurbishment project where the correct choice of paint makes the world of difference to the aesthetics and function of a building.
There are now paint finishes to suit different substrates and various applications – and the colour choice is immense. Today, it’s not just a choice between gloss and matt; there are paints to give a soft sheen finish, smooth and textured masonry paints, heavy duty floor paints, flexible paints, chemical resisting paints for industrial areas, anti-bacterial paints for health facilities and paints to guard against algae growth.
There is also an increased emphasis on sustainability, with new products and recycling methods always being developed with the environment in mind.
Paint companies have skilled teams able to advise on the best product for a given task and colour consultants to help professionals achieve the desired effect.
Where to buy paints
- ICI Paints - AkzoNobel - Dulux Trade Technical Advice Centre, ICI Paints, Wexham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 5DS, 0870 242 1100
- SAS (Europe) Ltd - Cheriton Bishop, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6JE, 01647 24620
- MSP (Scotland) Ltd - 1/9 Telford Road, East Lenziemill Ind. Estate, Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, G67 2AX, 01236 729591
- M&P Survey Equipment Ltd - The Survey Centre, Stanney Mill Road, Little Stanney, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4HX, 0151 357 1856
- Kingfisher Building Products Limited - Kingfisher Building Products Ltd, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9RA, 01229 869 100
- Biokil Crown Ltd - 7 & 8 Stadium Industrial Park, Springfield Avenue, Long Eaton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG10 2DD, 0115 946 0060
- Rust-Oleum UK Ltd - Unit 6, Spitfire Close, Coventry Business Park, Coventry, West Midlands, CV5 6UR, 02476 717 329
- Dixons - S.J. Dixon & Son Ltd, Dixon House, Old Heath Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 2RR, 01902 872200
- MPM: Graffiti Solutions - Unit 3 Riverside Business Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6RE, 0845 678 0068
- Designerpaint - c/o C Brewer & Sons Ltd, Maple Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6NY, 01323 430886
- Rose of Jericho Ltd - Horchester Farm, Holywell, nr Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0LL, 01935 83676
- Dacrylate Paints Ltd - Lime Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8AL, 01623 753845