We can always use a few more bills in our wallets and coins in our pockets! Painting projects could be big-ticket expense items but there are definitely things you can do to help ensure you don’t spend above your budget. Experts from the Boysen Technical Team have shared their invaluable tips on how to save money when painting. Try to remember these for your next project!
Plan Beforehand and Estimate Well
Before heading to the hardware store, it’s important to first figure out how much paint you need. Paint estimation can tell you how much paint to purchase so you don’t end up with too little paint (and find that you need to dash back to the store) or have too much leftover (which equates to wasted money).
To help you with paint estimation, Boysen has a paint calculator on its website and in the Boysen app. (Here is a quick guide on how to use both.) For more useful information on paint estimation, check out our How to Estimate a Painting Job blog post.
Say No to Low-Quality Tools
What seems like a good buy at the store, may only actually cost you more. For example, low-quality rollers are prone to quicker wear-and-tear and shedding—you’ll find yourself needing to buy a new one mid-project. What’s more, they tend to leave behind fibers on your paint surface—eyesores that you’ll need to pick out and remove.
On the other hand, good quality tools result in much better finishes and have longer lifespans. This means no finding roller fibers on your new paint coat and no buying new ones halfway through. We recommend Fuyama rollers. They’re durable, lint-free, resistant to shedding, and have a high loading capacity. Use them for water-based, oil-based, and solvent-based coatings.
Avoid Costly Paint Problems
Nothing’s more frustrating than having to redo a project because you’ve made irreparable painting mistakes. That’s money, time, and effort down the drain. So, always read paint labels in full and follow manufacturer instructions and recommendations. Pay attention to your chosen product’s painting schedule too.
Several painting problems are caused by user error. An excellent example of this is using the wrong type of paint for a surface—such as when an oil-based product, like enamel paint which is typically for use on wood and metal surfaces, is applied on a concrete surface, like a cement wall inside your home. The result is a chemical reaction called “saponification.” There’s no way to fix this mess except to strip the surface bare again and start all over.
Get Good Quality Paint
Like choosing good quality tools, if you can spare a few extra pesos, always choose good quality paint. Your money will go much further. Good quality paints are more durable so they look beautiful for longer and you won’t have to repaint anytime soon. They also have better hiding capabilities so you’ll need fewer coats which translates to less paint to buy, and less time to finish the project.
If you have a choice of buying poor-quality tools and paints now or waiting a bit so you can save up a little more to purchase better ones, go for the latter. The headaches that come with cheap materials are not worth it.
Boysen continues its dedication to providing good quality paint products to Filipinos. Find information about each of our products at Boysen.com.ph.
Ask For Help If You Need It
There are a lot of paint products on the shelf of a hardware store. It can definitely be confusing to know which one is right for your painting project especially if you’re a painting newbie. Plus, the painting process can get complicated particularly if you have to deal with painting problems, like rust on a metal surface.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help and get advice from those more experienced. If you think a painting project will be too much for you to handle, there’s no shame in hiring a professional to do it for you too. Don’t get into costly painting problems you could have avoided. Stop guessing if you’re doing the right thing and just ask!
With that said, if you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products or painting procedures, the Boysen Technical Team will be happy to assist you. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a free one-on-one consultation. Good luck!