“Ayoko ‘yang water-based paint for exterior, malulusaw yan sa ulan.”
“Primer lang kailangan ko, maski wala ng topcoat.”

These are some misconceptions that our technical experts get from customer inquiries. Here, we hope to shed light on common painting myths and give you tips on how to make your home painting project a lot easier. 

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 1: Paint is paint. You can apply it anywhere. 

Untrue. Each surface needs a specific kind of paint. You need to consider three things for you to get the right kind of paint for your walls. First, is it a new painting job or a repainting job? Second, are you going to apply it inside or outside your home?  Third, is the surface plain or textured? 

Check out our Choose Your Paint tool so you can get a paint recommendation that suits your painting needs.

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

 Myth 2: Putty (masilya) can cover any type of imperfection.

Truth be told, putty can only cover hairline cracks or minor imperfections. For larger holes and gaps, consult structural engineers so they can suggest the best method to repair your walls. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide to prep your walls before painting. (Video starts at 2:12)

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 3: A primer can go without a topcoat.

That’s just wrong. You need them both. The primer protects the walls and serves as the base that will help the topcoat to stick to the surface, while the topcoat is made to withstand wear and tear that a primer cannot handle. Together, they make a long-lasting paint job. 

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 4: You can mix any kind of thinner with any kind of paint.  

Nope. Although all kinds of thinner are colorless, they are not the same. Each kind of paint needs a specific thinner. For example, a lacquer paint needs a lacquer thinner. 

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 5: You can get the exact paint color that you’ve seen on your phone screen. 

Not quite. You can’t replicate the colors that you see on your phone or computer screen because devices have different screen resolutions. It’s best to visit a Mix & Match Station near you so you can see for yourself the paint colors that you like. 

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 6:  Soak paint brushes in thinner to remove paint residue.

Avoid soaking synthetic paint brushes in thinner for a long period of time because they’re made of plastic fibers that can melt and harden the bristles. 

Must-do: After painting, wash synthetic paint brushes in thinner and dry them off right away. 

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 7: Paints don’t expire. 

The truth is that paints do expire especially leftover water-based paints. Make sure that once you’ve opened a can you’ll use it all. 

We can help you in estimating how much paint you’ll need for your space, use this Paint Calculator tool.

9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 8: Water-based paint dissolves in water so you can’t use it on outside walls.  

False. Water-based paint is durable, and it can’t be washed away with water when it has dried. 

BOYSEN® Permacoat™ Latex and BOYSEN® Wallguard™ Dirt Resisting Latex are some of our dependable and long-lasting water-based paints for outside walls. 

 9 Painting Myths, Debunked

Myth 9: Wall paints can be applied on floors. 

It’s not ideal to use wall paints to floors because wall paints are not made to withstand too much wear and tear that floors are exposed to, but you can use floor paints on your walls. 

 Need more painting tips? Click this link. If you have any technical questions or clarifications, please get in touch with ask@myboysen.com.


Yasmin Aguila is a copywriter at Boysen Paints Philippines. Interested in making paints fun and relatable, she produces quizzes and painting ideas for this blog. She claims that she is obsessed with yellow, but she always dresses in black from head to toe.

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