4 FM quick reads on paint
1. Paint Quality and Performance
Many factors go into evaluating paint. In general, as paint quality increases, so does the price of paint. Quality paints use higher cost components, which translate into higher product costs. This is not always the case, but it is a strong indicator of quality.
Quality paint will have a high percentage of solids. The more solids, the more dry paint left on the application as the liquid evaporates. A higher concentration of solids will make the paint flow better during application, require fewer coats, splatter less and have better hiding characteristics.
Quality paints will also contain prime pigments that cover better and higher percentages of acrylic binders in latex paints that allow better bonding and higher resistance to cracking.
2. Green Paints Becoming More Durable
Low- and no-VOC paints have sometimes had a bad reputation because the push for green products has driven some manufacturers to formulate paints that sacrifice performance and durability for green features.
Paint manufacturers have worked out many kinks however and are now developing better formulas for more durable low- and no-VOC paints. If you’re still dubious of a green paint’s durability because you’re planning on using it in a mechanical room or industrial area, you may still want to consider traditional paint formulas. But using green paint in all other applications should give you a long-lasting, durable coat.
3. Choosing Paint Colors for Classrooms
If you're tasked with choosing paint colors in a classroom during a renovation project, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind in order to facilitate a productive learning environment.
In classrooms for young children, from kindergarten up to grades three or four, consider bold, saturated colors. Younger children can handle intense color and it helps energize the space and make children more excited about being in school.
In classrooms for older children, grades four and up, colors need to be more muted and less saturated. The tone should also get cooler, meaning use more greens, blues and grayed-out colors. This will give the classrooms a less juvenile feeling and help children stay calm and focus on their schoolwork.
4. Choosing Interior Paint Colors
Facility managers are sometimes intimidated by the task of choosing wall colors. They have confidence in most other areas of their job, but when it comes to color, they often try to defer that decision on to someone else.
But like other aspects of the job, facility managers only need to do a little homework and trust their gut instinct. Research simple color theory, what colors work well together and the effect colors have on humans. This will give you an idea of the types of colors to choose, whether a warm tone, an energetic color or something cool and calming, for example.
Then, trust your gut instinct and personal preferences. Too many facility managers are afraid of choosing a "bad" color, so they end up with spaces that are dull, lifeless and grayed out. Try a color on one wall and get occupant feedback. It's relatively fast and inexpensive to change a paint color, so don't be afraid to try something interesting.
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