Paint Buying Guide
Paint not only gives something a new look, it changes the way we look at things – renewing our appreciation for what we once took for granted.
From basic painting supplies to trend-setting paint colours, Canadian Tire has what you need to bring new life to your home, indoors and out. Here are few house painting ideas to make your work easy and interesting.
Choosing your finish
Flat, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, latex, alkyd - what should you choose? Start by considering how the room will be used and the type of traffic it receives. An elegant flat finish may not be the best choice for a child's room or high-traffic area, but it's ideal for a ceiling, living room or an area in which you want to hide imperfections in the wall. A higher sheen paint such as satin, eggshell or semi-gloss is usually easier to clean, so it's great for hallways, children's rooms, kitchens or bathrooms.
To prime or not to prime?
Primer readies your walls for painting by blocking grease, water and smoke stains that can prevent proper adhesion. It also helps ensure a smooth and uniform painting surface.
One coat or two?
If you're covering a light-coloured surface, you may only require one coat of paint, but generally, two coats of paint provides good coverage. By starting with a deep-base primer with superior hiding and excellent sealing properties, you can help ensure good paint coverage.
How much paint do you need?
To establish the square footage of your room, simply multiply the total length of the walls by their height, allowing for windows, doors and other areas that won't be painted. To cover a 350 to 400-sq ft. room you will need one gallon for each coat of paint. And don't forget it's a good idea to buy a little extra paint in case you need to make any quick touch-ups later on.
Thousands of colours to choose from - how do you decide?
Your favourite colour may not be the perfect colour for your home because what looks great in your wardrobe may be overwhelming in your living room. So, how do you choose? There are many things to consider when you are choosing paint colors:
- Furnishings - Eliminate the possibility of clashing colours by taking a swatch of your upholstery fabric with you when deciding on a colour.
- Light - Room lighting also plays a big role in the appearance of colour, so tape a paint chip to the wall to check the colour throughout the day
- Room size - In a small room, a light colour may create more of a feeling of spaciousness than a deep colour. By choosing a deep colour for a large room, you can create more of a feeling of intimacy.
- Room use - The room's function should be an important factor in your colour choice. Some colours lend themselves better to certain applications. That blue that looks so relaxing in the bedroom may be wrong for the dining room.
Painting Preparation: the first step to a great finish
A great paint job requires more than great brush technique. Long before the first stroke, caulking, wall repair and taping can determine the difference between a passable and a professional paint job. Here's what you need to know about each step.
- Whether you're weather-proofing an exterior wall or water-proofing a bathroom, caulking is vital to proper surface preparation.
- Canadian Tire carries a variety of acrylic latex and silicone caulking products to help you create an effective seal and protect against water damage.
- Painter's tape is how professionals avoid getting paint on baseboards, door frames, adjoining walls and the ceiling.
- Decorating a child's room? Painter's tape is a great way to create stars and other patterns.
- Canadian Tire carries a selection of tape to suit whatever surface you're protecting. In addition to standard painter's tape, there are special low-tack tapes that are suitable for stucco, wallpaper or other delicate surfaces.
Transforming furniture and more
Here's a colourful way to complete the look of your backyard deck, balcony or porch. Rust paint can help you transform ordinary furniture into one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
While you're reinventing the great outdoors, why not revitalize your railing or metal planters? It's this easy:
- Wipe away debris.
- Apply one coat and allow to fully dry.
- For proper outdoor protection, wait overnight and then apply a second coat.
A paint for every project
Different household items have different painting requirements. Whether you're putting a fresh face on plastic patio furniture or cooking up a new look for your grill, Canadian Tire has the paint you need. Check out our complete line of Krylon specialty paints.
Paint that's beautiful in its practicality
Canadian Tire offers a range of hardworking floor paint, masonry paint and waterproofing paint. Whether you're sealing a basement or protecting your garage floor, we have the right paint for your purpose.