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The Awesome House Painting Guide For Interiors in India

Getting your home painted can be a daunting task to say the least. There are multiple decisions to be made and many questions that arise. Right?

  • How do I find the right painting contractor?
  • Which paint brand should I choose?
  • How much will it cost to get my home painted?
  • What is the right wall painting process?
  • What to expect while getting my home painted?

There is a dearth of helpful and comprehensive information about home painting on the internet. So, we decided to write this Umbrella Guide which covers the answers to all the questions you could come up with before, while and after painting is done in India.

This blog post is packed with a lot of useful information and might get a tad bit difficult to navigate. Use this table of contents to effortlessly navigate the different sections of the post. Or read this complete guide for thorough knowledge.

 

Table of contents

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Why you are getting your home painted? A very important question to ask yourself. Image credits Wikipedia Commons

Why are you getting your home painted?

This seems like a silly question, but it is not.

You have to know the exact reason for getting your home painted. This will affect a number of your decisions, ranging from the type of paint and paint brand to go for, to the amount of money to invest in painting.

Here are all the reasons for why you might want to get your home painted and how it matter?.

  1. Painting new home or office 

    You might want to get your brand new house or office painted after the construction is over. The painting procedure used at a new site is different from repainting procedure. Extensive base (surface) preparation is done on a new painting site and it takes a longer time as painting has to be done on fresh plaster. To know about new painting process, see our New Painting Process section.

  2. Repainting of an existing home or office

    The procedure followed while repainting an existing home or office is different. The base/surface preparation is easier because of existing paint. The cost of repainting is typically less than fresh painting. Go to Repainting Process section for details.

There are various reasons why you would get your home interiors repainted:

  • Change in Existing Color

    You might be bored of the existing colors or textures on your walls and wish to give it a new look by getting it repainted. In this case you should choose a painting contractor that provides color consultancy, so that you can visualize how your home will look like after repainting.

  • Special Occasion

    You might want to get your walls repainted for an occasion like a wedding or  for festivals like Diwali or Eid. In this case, it is crucial that the painting is done within a deadline. Hence, it is important to hire a reliable painting contractor who can get the job done on time. Typically, local contractors are bad at meeting deadlines as they undertake multiple projects at once which are incapable of handling. We suggest you to hire a reliable professional painting service provider.

  • Dampness & Waterproofing Issue

    Dampness & water seepage can wreck havoc on painted walls. In such a case, it is important to fix the waterproofing issue first and then repaint.
    You can read more about how to get rid of dampness in walls and ceilings before painting in our Comprehensive Waterproofing Guide Blog.

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Asian Paints, Nerolac, Dulux or Berger? Which paint Brand to Choose? Image Credits Stevendepolo via Flickr

 

Which Paint Brand to Choose?

Now that you have decided to get your house painted, you must be engaged in choosing the perfect paint brand and paint type for your house. Let’s immediately get to it!

The top brands of paint available in India are Asian Paints, Nerolac, Berger and Dulux. Each brand offers a variety of products falling in different price ranges, with unique features and paint finishes.

Below, we provide an overview of the type of products the top paint brands are offering you. It will give you introductory information on the features that are unique to each brand, price ranges, paint finishes and textures.

For complete knowledge about all products within each paint brand, see our detailed paint brand comparison guide.

ASIAN PAINTS

Asian Paints products are segregated into three categories on the basis of price range – Luxury, Premium and Economy. Each of these categories have several paint products, each with different finishes and features to choose from.

A unique feature of the paints in the luxury range is the Teflon Surface Protector which provides durability, stain resistance and hence, great washability. All the paints offered by Asian Paints are washable. The washability can be best-in-class, high or medium depending on the price range.

For example, Royale Aspira by Asian Paints has exclusive features such as water beading technology, crack bridging property, and flame spread resistant along with a 5 year warranty!!

Nonetheless, each paint product has its own unique attributes such as burnish resistance and fungal shield. Most important, they have different finishes too ranging from high sheen to rich matt finishes!

If you wish to get amazing wall textures, Royale Play is the product for your home.

 

NEROLAC

Nerolac’s products are divided into three categories based on price – Premium, Popular and Economy ranges. Again, there are a variety of products to choose from keeping in mind the type of paint finish you desire and the product features that you think you can use.

Common features are stain resistance, fungal resistance, low VOC (Volatile organic compounds that are bad for health), low odour along with washability depending on price range. Also, multiple paint finishes are available ranging from high sheen to smooth matt.

Impressions Ideaz and Impressions Metallic Finish from Nerolac are used to create great wall textures.

 

BERGER

Berger is another paint brand you could go for. It’s products fall into different price ranges, namely – Luxury, Premium and Basic. It has fewer products as compared to Nerolac and Asian Paints.

The paint finishes are similar to the brands mentioned before, ranging from rich sheen to matt. The features, however, are standard comprising of scratch resistance, fungal resistance, low VOC and durability to name a few.

In case you are interested in textures, Silk Illusions is used for that purpose.

 

DULUX

Dulux products are available in luxury and premium categories. Dulux Velvet Touch paints with high sheen or smooth matt finishes possessing stain proof and washable features fall into the luxury category. The premium section comprises of Dulux Promise Interior.

For Special Effects paints product offered are Dulux Velvet Touch – Trends and Dulux Velvet Touch – Trends Glitter.

For stunning Metallic finishes  Dulux Velvet Touch – NY Metallics is the one to go for.

This information ought to give you a brief idea about which paint brands are available in the market and what kind of products they have.

BUT to make a smart and reasonable choice you need to critically compare these paint brands along with their products based on a number of parameters.

We have complied exactly that for you in the form of a table for easy and quick understanding!!

Go to Paint Brand Comparison Guide!

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How to choose the right painter for interiors?

There are numerous ways in which you can look for a painting contractor. You can do an online search, ask friends for references or ask paint shop owners for suggestions. There are three kinds of painting service providers we will discuss about :

  1. Branded Paint Companies providing painting services

  2. Professional Painting Companies

  3. Local Painters/ Contractors

Know how to hire them and what to expect!

1. Branded Paint Companies providing painting services

Paint Companies like Asian Paints, Berger, Nerolac and Dulux provide painting services by certified contractors. You can  hire them by visiting their websites or calling their contact centers. Here are contact details of various branded painting providers

Click to visit Asian Paints Painting Service webpage or call 1800-209-5678

Click to visit Berger Express Painting webpage or call 1800-103-6030

Click to visit Dulux Expert Painting Service webpage or call 1800-103-7373

Click to visit Nerolac Home Painting Services webpage

After talking to the representative of the company, you are assigned to an representative who visits your place to measure the dimensions of the walls to be painted and provides a cost estimate for the same. This cost estimate will include the labor charge and the material cost to be used in the painting process.

If you choose to go ahead, a contractor will visit the site to check it and a supervisor will be made in-charge to oversee the painting work at the site.

Pros

  1. They provide high quality painting services. The consumer does not have to himself deal with different people.
  2. They supervise the project and also inspect it once the painting process is completed.

Cons

  1. The higher cost of painting is compared to other options.
  2. They may be late in following up on your lead.

2.Professional Painting Companies

Professional painting service companies like us (Broomberg Services) provide quality painting services that matches with what the paint companies provide, but at a lower price.

To book a FREE site visit and consultancy you can visit their home painting services webpage or call 8010104040 (Services in Delhi/NCR only)

They will send over a painting expert to measure the dimensions of the walls to be painted and provide a quotation for the entire project.

Their painters are well trained and the job is positively completed within the stipulated time. The project is well supervised and inspections are carried out after the painting completion to address any grievances.

They also offer FREE Color Consultancy.

Pros

  1. Painting services quality is at par with what branded paint companies provide but at a lower  price
  2. Better turnaround time as compared to paint brands and local painters. A sales associate will get in touch with you immediately to understand your requirement and to schedule a site visit for a cost estimate.
  3. Well trained and background verified painters for peace of mind.
  4.  Free color consultancy provided.

Cons

Currently, services are only available in Delhi and NCR.

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3.Local Painters/ Contractors

You can get in touch with local dealers and contractors either through contacts or references from friends and family. Paint dealers can also refer you to local contractors.

Pros

  1. This is the cheapest option.

Cons

  1. Poor quality of the service

    The quality provided will be inferior. Since the contractor only cares about the completion of the project and not about customer satisfaction, he focuses on the fastest way to complete the job, irrespective of the quality expected by the customer.

  2. Lack of cleanliness

    Contractors rarely use masking which leads to paint spots on window frames and switch boards. They also do not help in covering furniture.

  3. Job not completed on time

    Local Contractors rarely complete the assigned project on time because they undertake multiple projects at the same time. They usually keep shifting labor from one site to another and end up missing deadlines.

  4. Theft and security problems

    Most contractors hire temporary laborers without a background check which can threaten home security.

  5. Material theft

    Local contractors sometimes use only a part of the material that they have purchased and pilfer it for other sites in order to save costs. Hence, you end up being charged  for something  they have not even used for painting your home.

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Badly painted upper corners of a wall

 

Paint on skirting of a wall due to a job not well done
Paint on skirting of a wall due to a job not well done

I hope this helps you decide how to find a paint contractor.

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Interior Wall Painting Process – A Step by Step Guide

Getting your home freshly painted or repainted, undoubtedly requires basic knowledge about the painting process on your part.

As the owner of the home, accurate information mentally prepares you for the painting work that is about to be undertaken at your house. It also enables you to smartly oversee and inspect the painting quality.

The aim of this guide is the educate you about the interior painting process in a simple way. We will talk about both fresh painting and repainting processes. So, when you get your house painted you’ll know exactly what’s going on!

Essential Components of the Painting Process

Here are some key terms that will assist you in better understand the steps involved in interior painting.

POP (Plaster of Paris)

It is a fine white powder which when mixed with water and allowed to set forms a hard mass. It is applied on the wall to provide a smooth and hard surface. It is the first step to the base preparation for the wall especially when the wall is uneven.

Sanding

The wall is smoothened using sand paper preparing it for application of putty or primer.

Putty

It is a soft, whitish paste which is applied on the wall as a layer during Fresh Painting and also used to fill cracks in case of Repainting. It’s importance lies in the fact that it levels uneven surface and also smoothens the wall for painting .

Primer

It is a preparatory coat, which is applied primarily to develop adhesion between the paint and the surface. In simple words, it helps the paint to stick better to the surface and allows the paint to last long. It also prevents unevenness of the wall surface.

If primer is not used, it can lead to patches on the wall and peeling of the paint.

 

Fresh Painting/ New Painting

If your house is under construction, that is if you are building a new house – the painting process is called as Fresh/ New Painting. Here, a brand new base is prepared over the plaster, and then coats of primer and putty are applied as illustrated below. Finally, the wall is freshly painted.

Fresh/New Painting Process

Needless to say, the bricks form the basic structure of the wall. It is then covered with Plaster Cement. Then, the following is done:

Interior Painting Process for New Painting
Interior Painting Process for New Painting

Step 1: POP (Plaster of Paris) is applied to smoothen the surface.

Step 2: Sanding is done to level undulations on the wall

Step 3: Filling of cracks / Waterproofing

Step 4: 1 coat of Primer is applied

Step 5: 1st coat of Putty is applied

Step 6: 2nd coat of Putty (If required)

Step 7: 1 coat of Primer is applied again

Step 8: 2-3 coats of Paint (topcoat) as applicable

 

Repainting

Repainting clearly refers to getting your house painted again. You might decide to repaint your house due a variety of reasons. A few reasons are:

  • On an occasion, like Diwali or marriage ceremony
  • For a change in interior decor
  • There’s no paint on the surface
  • Old paint has worn off or peeling off
  • Poor adhesion of the old paint
  • There are cracks or undulations on the wall

Repainting Process

The repainting process is less extensive than fresh painting, since the base is not prepared again. The imperfections on the wall, if any, are corrected and the application of primer is followed by coats of the new paint.

The process is mentioned below:

Interior Painting Process for Repainting
Interior Painting Process for Repainting

Step 1: Sanding to level undulations on the wall

Step 2: Primer

Step 3: Putty

Step 4: 2nd coat of putty if required

Step 5: 1 coat of Primer is applied

Step 6: 2-3 coats of Paint (topcoat) is applied

 

Common mistakes made while painting

Although the process of interior painting for fresh and repainting is clearly outlined, there are certain mistakes which if not avoided can negatively affect the paint quality. Furthermore, this can lead to the deterioration of the home’s interior look.

Hence, make sure to avoid these common mistakes while getting your house painted:

  • Application of paint directly on putty
  • Putty applied in excess of what’s required
  • Paint is thinner or thicker than what’s desirable
  • Insufficient time interval between application of coats
  • Painting during rains
  • Poor finishing of the painting

A Quick Tip!

Make sure to hire reliable painting services that genuinely follow the correct painting process, hence guaranteeing quality interior painting with desirable finish and look.

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Things to keep in mind while painting is being done

Our boss, Samrat Goyal got his home re-painted recently. We asked him for some tips or crucial points to keep in mind while home painting is being done.

This is what he advised:

  1. Take care of your valuables

    It is essential for you to take necessary care of your valuables. Inform the painters about  fragile products or ones that need to be moved before commencement of the painting.

  2. Masking

    Make sure that the painter is using masking on objects. In case this is not done, paint drops can leave stains on switch boards, windows and doors. Make sure to cover furniture to avoid droplets and stains.

    Paint Droplets on Blinds
    Paint Drops on Blinds
  3. Supervision

    Even though the contractor is supposed to take care of the material and the labor, you need to supervise the work and  keep an eye on the material purchased. There is a chance that he might charge you for a particular paint but use another one or use less paint.  This is why it is a better choice to assign the painting project to a professional company. They provide you with an estimate of the project beforehand and buy all the material within that estimate and also complete the job within the deadline.

  4. Start with Kitchen in case of repainting

    Kitchen painting is completed first,  so that you can prepare your meals without trouble.

  5. Painting is carried out room by room

    If you’re living in the house during the painting process, make sure the painting is carried out room by room and not all at once. This way you can shift from one room to another without facing any issues.

We hope this guide proved helpful to you and gave you good info regarding interior painting!

We will be more than happy to know your comments and suggestions if any!

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Happy Painting!!!

Written By:

Akshita Sharma

Anushka Srivastava

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