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Texture Finishes or Wallpapers: Which One is Better for Your Interiors

Whether buying a new house or revamping your old design, walls make an integral part of interior decoration and remodelling.

The good news is home owners have countless options to design their walls to transform the feel and look of the interior spaces. Texture finishes and wallpapers are one of the most popular ways to add life to your walls on an instant. You can make smaller rooms look bigger and transform dull, boring spaces into more vibrant and cheerful and do a lot more to the simplest of walls with the right wall treatment.


However, given the variety of stunning textured paints and eye-catching wallpaper prints, making the right decision can be quite overwhelming.

But don’t worry. We present you with advantages and disadvantages of both options, which will make the selection process easier and rewarding.

Ease of Application

Though paint is easier to apply than wallpaper, adding textures to the base finish is a time-consuming process and calls for a professional job just as putting up wallpaper does.

However, painting is still an easy yet quick option in the long run as you can always apply a fresh coat of paint on an old wall but you will have to remove the existing wallpaper to apply a new one.


There are endless wall treatment choices when it comes to wallpaper and texture finish. The quality of your wall treatment is of utmost importance because it decides how long it will last.

Good quality paint finishes tend to last up to 10 years but may lose their lustre and begin to chip or flake off over a certain period of time. Wallpaper, on the other hand, can stand the test of time and may last until you get bored of the print or need to change as part of your home makeover.


Paints are generally inexpensive and easily available too. However, exclusive finishes and textures may come with extra costs. Also, paints have a life of a few years and hence your walls may need to be redone after that duration, resulting in recurring costs.

On the other hand, wallpapers may be expensive initially but they may come out as an investment in the long run owing to their durability.

The Takeaway

Home owners can be easily inundated with the choices available for wallpapers and modern texture finishes. Considering your budget, lifestyle, the look you wish to achieve along with the above mentioned pros and cons of textured paints and wallpapers, you can make your dream aesthetics come alive while making the most out of your investment.

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Painting Science 101: Is it the right time to paint your house exterior?

Painting the exterior of your dwelling is the probably the easiest way to spruce up the forefront and add much needed elegance to your dwelling.

What’s more, the idea of DIY painting makes the job more fun and less exorbitant. But if you’re planning to embark on this exciting DIY venture anytime soon, we got to stop you there for a minute because there’s something you should know.

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No matter how much fun the job is and how good your paint materials and texture finishes, you can’t paint the exterior of your house any time of the year. Okay, have you ever seen anyone painting their exterior while it’s raining or anyone up on a ladder with a paintbrush in their hand in the dead of winter?

Of course, not.

However, bitter winter and rainy season aren’t the only times you shouldn’t be thinking about painting your exteriors. There are many other times of the year when you would want to put off your exterior painting project.

So, what’s the best time to paint your house’s exterior?

Weather has a crucial role to play in the success of a painting project. The temperature and weather conditions at the time of the application affect how the paint dries and how the job turns out eventually.

Ideally to yield best outcomes, you would want to choose warm, dry days. That said, late spring and early summer offer the best weather conditions with moderate temperatures, lower humidity and minimal rainfall. While late April and May might have a hint of the arrival of summer, the consistent warm weather with minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night and scarce rainfall doesn’t come until June. Painting your house in, late June, July, August and early September produce quite good results.

Furthermore, it is suggested that you observe the weather for a few days before and after painting your exterior. If it rains before the painting day, you need to check weather forecast. If the news indicates toward a clear weather for the next few days, you want to wait at least one full day for the walls to dry fully and then you can proceed to paint.

To sum up

  • Summer being typically dry and warm is considered the ideal time for painting exteriors.
  • For those who can’t paint over the summer owing to unfavorable household situations or personal reasons, it would be a good idea to either take on the project in early spring or late fall.
  • Avoid painting in the rainy season and give your home’s siding adequate time to dry out if you’re planning to paint after spring rain.

The success with a paint job relies on much more than a quality texture paint. It is essential to ensure optimal temperatures, humidity levels and temperature fluctuations for an exterior paint job to turn out perfectly.

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DIY Secrets: 3 Cabinet Painting Mistakes that Will Make You Regret

Enthusiastic, valiant DIYers just love the idea of spicing up their home putting into work handy décor ideas combined with a couple of self-experimented tricks. And when it comes to pulling off an instant kitchen makeover, almost every DIYer seems to be totally endorsing the practice of painting cabinets.

Painted cabinets are becoming a much-loved trend amidst home owners these days. After all, a few coats of a vibrant colour doesn’t ask for much effort and dollars to put in. However, this DIY project is nothing like painting a wall and this is what most home owners don’t get and end up plunging into a pool of pitfalls.

We don’t want your excitement to turn into a regretful experience. So, here we have the common blunders one might make when painting cabinets for an elegant makeover.

Start off without cleaning

You may need to start over from the beginning anyway if you don’t clean up your cabinets in the first place. It doesn’t only slow down the painting process but the water-based paint doesn’t stick to greased doors, leaving rough and unevenly painted surfaces.

Skip on Sanding

Jump to a paint finish right after cleaning and you’ll be putting in a good amount of time and paint. As important it is to clean the doors and base surface before painting, one should spend enough time sanding cabinet surfaces before you add coats of your favourite texture finishes. This will not only touch up scratches and imperfections but also allow the cabinets to hold new paint properly.

Paint with hardware on

Home owners often start painting without taking the doors, hinges and knobs off, which ultimately leads to more cleaning work and time. By removing doors, drawers and hardware off, you can ensure that you don’t mask off undesired surfaces and have a cleaner look after finishing the job.

In addition, DIYers often skimp on primer, use cheap paint finishes and don’t give in much preparation time, which also leads to unnecessary investment of time and effort in your project. So, make sure you have a proper DIY plan and budget in place to get things started smoothly and pull off optimum results.

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Indulging in DIY Paint Job? Consider These Tips from Pros

So, you are going to paint your interior walls on your own?

Embarking on a DIY paint project can be as fun and exhilarating as it seems. You can paint your walls the colour you want to, the way you want. But this seemingly exciting DIY project can turn into a terrible nightmare with stained walls, dripping paint and endless coats to cover stains and brush marks.

So, how to pull off a professional-looking paint job? Well, different painters have different ways and preferences to carry out a paint job. However, they all know the same secrets that help them achieve seamless results when it comes to painting interiors.

To make your sure DIY paint project goes off without a hitch and you have smooth, fine-looking walls, we have put together a few tips from the experts.

Prep and inspection to start with

Want to do it like a pro? Get rid of all those cracks, flakes, dents, holes and other surface imperfections. Before you go on to apply your favourite paint colour, texture finish and even primer on the required wall, inspect the surface thoroughly and scrap, sand and clean it to cover or remove imperfections.

How’s the weather outside?

You don’t want to move brush and roller on your walls all day long only to incur slow drying, excessive blistering, brush marks, drips and patches the next day. This is what happens when you paint on a rainy day or excessively hot, dry, wet or cold weather. To avoid these issues, pay heed to the climate outside before you start off.

Experts love box paint

Ensuring colour consistency remains a key concern when paint interiors and exteriors. Pros pull it off by combining and mixing all the paint needed in one container, rather than using one gallon at a time. This way, you can make sure paint is consistent through the wall.

And there are many other tips and tactics like these you may come across on the web. Adhering to these quick yet useful tips, painting your walls can be as easier and hassle-free for you as for any professional out there. Moreover, before you get on your DIY paint venture, it is advised to have the right tools and resources in hand to ensure a great experience.

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Paint Care and Touch-Ups: Cleaning and Maintenance of Painted Surfaces

Picture1Texture paints and finishes give your home matchless beauty. Yet, daily living can result in dirt, dust, smudges, stains, smears and fingermarks on your walls and ceilings tarnishing the beauty of your texture paint.
So, if you haven’t taken a fine look at your painted surfaces lately, you must have a close examination. Keeping your interior and exterior painted surfaces clean and maintained will help attain a freshly painted look and extend the life of your paint.
How should I clean painted surfaces?
Start out with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in the clean water. Rub the stained surface gently. If that doesn’t work, use a mild soap water solution, and wipe the surface again with the sponge with gentle pressure.
If the marks and stains persist, you can use an abrasive cleaner or a strong solution of water and household bleach.

What treatment to apply on different kinds of stains?
Stains can be either waterborne or oil-based. Waterborne stains, like mustard, ketchup and wine, are mild ones and can be easily taken off with a wipe of clean, wet cloth. Oil-based stains, including cooking grease, lipstick, shoe polish and crayon are stubborn ones. To remove such greasy spots, you may need a mild dish-washing soap solution and a soft brush to rub the surface.

How do you go about cleaning permanent marker?
For these are stains from permanent markers on your walls, use dish-washing liquid to get as much stain as you can. Even then, the marker may not be removed completely, so you can go for an aggressive cleansing product like Comet.

What about wax drips?
First, try to scrape off as much solid wax as possible with a dull-edge knife. To remove the additional residue, hold a bag of ice over the stain, which will harden the wax, and then remove it using the knife. Finally, you can use a hair dryer to melt the remaining residue and wipe it off using a cloth.

What more, before using a bleach solution or abrasive cleaner, always test a tiny spot to make sure the chemical doesn’t affect your original paint finish.

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Brilliant Advantages of Texture Painting

A good and presentable home not only beautifies your surroundings but even defines your personality. Whatever you choose and the way you present your house defines your taste and preferences. Although you can give a new look to your place in many ways but painting it in different shades and colours holds its own magic. You can choose vibrant or soothing colours, sophisticated or simple yet classy designs to give an absolutely new display to visitors and peace to your minds.

When we talk about texture coatings, it completely gives a great finish and touch to the walls. Your ordinary cement walls can turn into smooth surfaces giving an adorable look to your living rooms, outer walls etc. Using texture finishes is like giving a covering to the walls to provide more elegancy and durability. Before texture painting, it is always advisable to render the walls for a pleasing finish.

Why apply texture paints to your homes?

[Know about ASTEC Paints’ Render & Texture paints to leverage maximum advantages]

  • Enhanced durability
    Resilient against wind, water, UV-rays from the sun and sudden changes in temperature
    When used as interior paints, offers extreme resistance to peeling, sagging, flaking and fungi-algae growth
  • Better looks
    Textured and slightly gritty look adds certain character to the
    Far better than wallpapers with various styles, colours, and textures
  • Easy to apply
    No complicated tricks required to ensure a clean and dry surface
  • Covers cracks and defects on walls
    Cracks on walls and sagging of previous coats can easily be covered
    As it is applied in thick coats, it is effective in hiding imperfections and uneven surfaces too
  • Low maintenance
    As texture finishes are extremely durable and resistant, it requires very little maintenance

Applying texture paints is simple yet complicated as it requires reasonable and uniform craftsmanship.

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Here’s how you can achieve the Desired Results with a Texture Finish

A texture finish or paint can add a new dimension to an otherwise dull-looking surface. But for this, it is important that the paint is applied in the right way, using the right equipment. In short, this is what needs to be done:

First of all, you must cover the application area properly so that it remains free of dust as well as foreign material. The area can be uncovered later, when you are all set to apply the paint. For application, you can decide on your own, whether you want to apply the texture finish using a brush and roller or spray equipment. However, if you use the equipment recommended by the manufacturer, you can expect better results.


Whatever equipment you choose, just make sure it helps you finish the paint job efficiently and in no time.

Furthermore, it is also advisable to use the correct application technique. That’s because it’s the technique that determines the opacity and sheen level of a texture coating system. Once the paint has been applied, it’s time for you to identify the errors, if any, so that you can take corrective actions and achieve the desired results.

Tip: If possible, also cover the adjoining surfaces, prior to the application of the texture paint. 

We, at ASTEC Paints, offer a wide range of textures. Click here to give your room a unique touch!

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Here’s how Texture Coating is better than Painting

As the name suggests, texture coating is a kind of coating, which unlike paint, imparts a slightly rough textural effect. It is not only different from paint, but also better in many ways. Here’s how:

  • Painting does give a makeover to a residential or commercial space, but because it needs to be done frequently, it may turn out to be costly overall. However, texture coating delivers lasting results and doesn’t call for frequent paint jobs. It is more economical that way.
  • In comparison to typical paint, texture paint has several benefits such as colour retention and moisture & dirt resistance.
  • Texture finish is the latest trend. Unlike paint, it gives a contemporary look to the surface it is applied on. So a texture coating system is a good option for anyone who needs a modern-day look but does not wish to spend a lot of money.
  • Paint is seldom durable. But texture paint is different. Its application ensures that there is no need to paint the interior and exterior surfaces in the coming few years.
  • Paint has its share of drawbacks, including chalking and fading. However, texture finish easily addresses these drawbacks.

Therefore, it can be safely concluded that texture coating does a much better job at protecting the interior and exterior surfaces of a building. Get assistance from Astec Paints’ services.

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