Paint Guide | Go Argos

Complete guide to paint

Don't know the difference between a gloss and an emulsion? Here's all you need to know to choose the best paint for your home.

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Base coats

Essential for new surfaces and old surfaces that are dirty or have a very strong colour. A base coat ensures you get the best results from your top coat.

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  What's it for? What does it do?
Primer paint

New surfaces that have never been painted

Smooths out imperfections

Seals surfaces so topcoat isn't absorbed

Undercoat paint

Old dirty walls

Painting over strong colours

Stops dirt showing through

Stops old colours from showing

Smooths out imperfections

Damp seal paint

Walls stained by damp and mould

Prevents damp stains showing through

Makes it harder for damp to show on walls

But it can't prevent the causes of damp

Interior top coat paints

Don't just focus on the colours - each type of indoor paint has different benefits for you and your home.

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  Best for Benefits Washable Shiny
Matt emulsion paint

Most rooms. Less suitable for kitchens & bathrooms

Helps hide imperfections

Easy to paint with

Not very easy. Washable options are available

Not shiny

Eggshell paint

Most rooms. Less suitable for kitchens & bathrooms

Helps hide imperfections

Easy to clean light marks

Low

Satin/Silk emulsion paint

Most rooms. Great for hallways & kids' rooms

Ideal for areas that may get dirty

Wipe clean

Medium

Kitchen & bathroom emulsion paint

Kitchens. Bathrooms. Kids' rooms

Moisture, grease and dirt won't absorb into the surface

Wipe clean

Medium/High

Gloss paint

Kitchens. Bathrooms. Kids' rooms

Moisture, grease and dirt won't absorb into the surface

Wipe clean

High

Have you heard about anti-allergy paint?

When paint dries, it releases compounds that can be uncomfortable for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.
Anti-allergy paints are made without these compounds, so you can breathe easy.

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Trims / Interior wood paints

Paint for skirting boards, doors, window frames and more. There's a wide range of finishes and levels of durability to consider.

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  Best for Benefits Washable Shiny
Eggshell

Doors, skirting, window and door frames, other wood surfaces

Helps hide imperfections

Easy to clean light marks

Low

Satin/Silk emulsion

Doors, skirting, window and door frames, other wood surfaces

Durable against wear and tear

Good for areas that get dirty

Wipe clean

Medium

Gloss

Doors, skirting, window and door frames, other wood surfaces

Very durable against wear

Good for areas that get dirty

Wipe clean

High

Furniture paint

Redecorating indoor furniture

Variety of finishes available

Check description – depends on the finish

Range of options

Interior varnish

Doors, skirting, window and door frames, other wood surfaces

Keeps natural wood look

Durable against wear and tear

Wipe clean

Range of options

Exterior paints

Outdoor paint is specially created to stay bright and strong through rough weather, bright sunshine and general wear and tear.

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  What's it for? What does it do?
Wood paint

Smooth wood fences, sheds, decking, furniture, doors

Protects wood against the elements

Adds a layer of colour over the wood

Wood stain/Fence treatment

Smooth or rough wood (check product details) sheds, fences, decking, furniture

Protects wood against the elements

Colours but keeps the natural look of wood

Masonry paint

House walls, garages, garden walls

Offers durable decoration and protection

Can resist dirt (check product details)

Metal paint

Railings, gates, fences, furniture, drain pipes

Protects and decorates surfaces

Some varieties can be applied over rust

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