Easy to spread, offering a good yield and not costing much, these are the most sought after characteristics in a wall paint; in our buying guide we will go into further detail on the subject but if you take a look at our ranking you can get an idea of what are the most requested paints on the market today.
The most popular are those with plaster, as they are versatile and suitable for both walls and furniture and metal surfaces; Buyers especially prefer the extra matt White Shabby Chalk Paint , thanks to its excellent value for money, and the Hemway , English-made and of above-average quality.
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And here are the eight most requested wall paints on the market; in the first places there are two chalk, suitable for painting furniture and other objects, but in the list you will also find decorative and anti-mold paints.
Microblend Interior Paint
According to buyers’ opinion, one of the best wall paints of 2021 is the extra matte Chalk Paint produced by the Italian firm Bianco Shabby. It is therefore a paint that, once dried, leaves a satin and velvety finish to the touch, and is suitable both for painting walls and for fixtures, furniture and other objects.
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The paint is available in one or 2.5 liter jars and in a wide range of pastel colors, depending on your needs; the best sellers online, however, are the natural white one-liter jars. The further advantage of this paint is that it is available at low prices.
The type of surface on which it is applied affects a lot on the yield, however; on a porous base it performs well while on glossy surfaces it takes more coats. It is also possible to add dyes to obtain unique shades.
Price: Although it may seem expensive, in reality the quality-price ratio of Bianco Shabby is very favorable, so it is recommended for those who do not want to spend a lot and do not expect perfection in yield.
Washable: In case of stains and dirt it can be easily washed, just use a soft sponge dampened in warm water.
Easy to spread: It can be applied both with the brush and with the paint roller; in the second case it is better to avoid the spongy ones, however, in order to avoid the embossing effect on the surface.
Finishing: Unfortunately, it cannot be applied alone but necessarily requires the application of one or two coats of waxed finish varnish, matt or glossy as desired.
Prestige Interior Paint and Primer
The one produced by the English firm Hemway is also a chalk paint with a matte finish like the one examined above; compared to Bianco Shabby, however, it has a slightly higher cost and yield.
- Ultra premium paint and primer in one
- Ideal for living rooms, family rooms, media rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and hallways
It is only available in 1 liter jars and in different colors, depending on your needs, but one of the most requested shades is antique pink; it can be used for both walls and ceilings as well as furniture and other surfaces, including wooden floors. The consistency of the paint is dense but spreads easily, both with the roller and with the brush, and it can also be applied without having previously sanded the surfaces.
Apart from the higher cost, the only flaw of Hemway wall paint consists in the color rendering, which does not entirely correspond to that indicated; in fact, once dry, the shade turns out to be a little lighter.
Quality: Hemway’s is much higher than the standard average of other plaster paints. Moreover, it is also easy to deduce it from the price, which is duly proportioned.
Versatile and easy: It is suitable for all types of surfaces, including metal ones, and can also be applied without prior sanding; it spreads easily both with a brush and with a roller.
Yield: The yield is also excellent; the standard average of gypsum paints is around 10 square meters per liter, while Hemway reaches 15 square meters instead.
Color: The only flaw is the fidelity of the color; in fact, once dried, the paint is a lighter shade than that shown on the sample figure.
3. MaxMeyer Home Color washable wall paint
Among the most advantageous offers there is the Home Color produced by the well-known Italian brand MaxMeyer, excellent for those who want to paint the walls of the house new.
Home Color is a washable interior paint that stands out for its excellent characteristics; those who already have experience with the paints of this company, in fact, know the quality of its products well both in terms of yield and in terms of hiding power and the final effect after drying.
Home Color excels in all these aspects: it is easy to spread, has a drying time of about 4-6 hours and with a liter you can paint up to 13 square meters; the shades are intense, uniform and with a velvety finish to the touch, two coats are enough to obtain a perfect result.
The proposed jar is the 2.5-liter Moqui-colored one, but other shades are also available depending on your needs.
Washable: A quality always appreciated in a wall paint, especially if there are children in the family; the Home Color can be safely washed if necessary, with a non-abrasive sponge moistened in warm water.
Decorative: Once dry, it leaves a velvety effect to the touch and the color tone, regardless of the one chosen, is full and uniform thanks to its high covering power.
Yield and Colors: The range available includes twenty-nine different shades of color, including black; the yield, on the other hand, is about 13 square meters per liter.
Number of coats: Despite the high hiding power, at least three coats are needed to ensure maximum fullness and color uniformity.
4. MaxMeyer T2020 white breathable water-based wall paint 4 liters
The cheapest product among all those examined in our guide is always made by the company MaxMeyer and, in this case, it is a white water-based wall paint, ideal for all environments.
The T2020 is characterized by an excellent hiding power and is able to mask imperfections; the opaque white color is extremely versatile in terms of applications, but since the paint is breathable, it is especially recommended for bathrooms and kitchens.
Drying times are relatively fast, from about 4 to 6 hours depending on the case, and the yield is 12 square meters per liter, so the 4-liter bucket has an overall yield of 48 square meters. The paint is ready to use and spreads easily with a brush or roller; it can be diluted if necessary but it is necessary to follow the proportions indicated by the manufacturer.
Breathable: Once dry, it leaves a porous finish that lets steam through; even if it is suitable for all environments, it is therefore ideal above all for kitchens and bathrooms.
Affordable: The value for money is excellent, especially considering that the MaxMeyer brand is synonymous with quality and reliability in the paint industry.
Easy to spread: It can be applied either by brush or roller, it is dry to the touch in 30 minutes and is ready for the application of a further layer of paint within 6-8 hours.
Dilution: Depending on the dilution ratio, T2020 tends to lose its hiding power, so it is better to use it without diluting it.
5. Colorificio Mazza anti-mold wall paint 5 liters
Another Italian paint manufacturer much appreciated for the quality of its products is the Mazza paint factory, especially the paints belonging to the professional line. In fact, we have two of these in the standings, so let’s start examining the first.
It is a white wall paint made with the Glass Bubble technology of the multinational 3M, based on hollow glass microspheres; this technology ensures Mazza paint various properties that make it extremely versatile.
As anti-condensation it is ideal against mold, therefore it is suitable for bathrooms and kitchens, it also has thermal insulation properties that make it ideal in homes located in areas where the temperature drops a lot, and it is also sound-absorbing. Furthermore, the insulating effect increases according to the number of coats applied. The 5-liter bucket has an excellent quality-price ratio and offers a yield of 25 square meters by calculating the application of three coats of paint.
Glass Bubble 3M: Apart from the excellent quality typical of Mazza products, this paint is made with the Glass Bubble technology of the American multinational 3M, with hollow glass microspheres.
Anti-mold: The glass microspheres guarantee thermal insulating properties, which further increase according to the number of passes. Consequently it is excellent for counteracting condensation and mold phenomena
Sound-absorbing: The further advantage of hollow microspheres is to act as a buffer for sound vibrations, therefore it is also useful for attenuating noises, both those coming from outside and those produced inside.
Difficult to spread: Due to the microspheres contained in its composition, this paint is hard and grainy so it must be diluted well to obtain a uniform result.
6. Colorificio Mazza decorative paint for interiors with multiple effects
The second Mazza painting we examined is intended for interior decoration, and is particularly interesting as it is characterized by a composition that ensures different effects.
In fact it is a sandblasted wall paint, therefore it has a very fine granular finish that gives an iridescent sand effect depending on the angle of reflection of the light; moreover, the color Argento Medio Sbp3003 is characterized by pigments that also give an additional metallic effect.
The paint is water-based, so it is easy to apply both with a roller and a brush, and has a yield of about 9 square meters per liter; the 5-liter bucket, therefore, is sufficient for an area of 45 square meters equivalent to a room of 4 x 4 linear meters. Its features also make it suitable for interior decoration in commercial and work environments, such as shops and offices.
Quality: The Mazza paint factory enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to the quality of its paints, especially those produced for the professional line which includes the three paints examined in our ranking.
Versatile: The particular effect of this decorative paint makes it suitable both for the interiors of homes and for those of shops, entertainment venues and other work environments.
Double effect: Apart from the sandblasted texture, it also contains special pigments that give metallic reflections to the wall; the final result is very beautiful and the silver color is also classy.
Preparation: As a decorative paint, it cannot be applied directly, in addition to preparing the wall, it is also necessary to apply at least a couple of coats of Primer.
7. GDM Superfacile Dekortè breathable water-based wall paint 14 liters
If you are wondering where to buy wall paint in large quantities and at an affordable price, then it is worth taking a look at the Superfacile Dekortè from the company GDM.
The proposed package, in fact, is a 14-liter bucket of water-based wall paint with transpiring properties, white in color, with a very opaque finish with a velvety effect; it is excellent for painting interiors in general, but its moderate vapor permeability makes it particularly suitable for bathroom and kitchen walls.
Given the quantity and the price, however, the qualitative level of this painting is not comparable to that of the other products examined previously; in fact, even days after drying, it tends to leave a patina of white powder to the touch. Consequently, it is especially recommended for those who have no particular needs and prefer to save on spending.
Economic: The quality-price ratio is extremely favorable; with an average of 2.5 euros per liter, in fact, it is the cheapest of all the paints we have examined in our ranking.
Yield: This too is good, with one liter you can cover an area of about 11 square meters, so the 14-liter bucket is enough for a total area of just over 150 square meters.
Breathable: It is good for all indoor environments, but being breathable it is especially suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
Lime: Abundant in the composition, therefore even when dry it tends to leave an impalpable layer of white powder on the fingers; given the price it is normal though.
8. Colorificio Mazza decorative paint Le Velature 5 liters
The last wall paint in our ranking is also produced by the Mazza paint factory, and in this case it is a 5-liter bucket of special decorative paint used to obtain the cloudy effect.
Before applying this paint, therefore, it is necessary to adequately prepare the walls, filling any imperfections, applying a coat of acrylic insulator and, once completely dry, two or three coats of Primer of a color similar to that of the paint used, which in this case is Lemon Yellow.
The paint is ready for use, but if desired it can also be diluted in the proportions indicated by the manufacturer; it must be applied with the brush, distributing it randomly on the wall, and then worked with the spatula in order to create the nuances. Keep in mind that it is very opaque and that it has a yield of about 8-10 square meters per liter, so the bucket is enough to paint a maximum surface of about 50 square meters.
Convenient: The 5-liter bucket has a decidedly advantageous cost, especially if we consider the quality of Mazza paints; the price per liter, in fact, is just 8 euros.
Yield: Thanks to the high covering power, a single coat of paint is enough to obtain the desired effect, the shades are then obtained by using a spatula after applying the paint in the affected areas.
Colors: Although we have proposed the Limone Yellow shade, the Le Velature paint is available in over one hundred different shades, which allow you to fully customize the decorations.
Primer: This paint must obviously be applied last, therefore it requires the preliminary use of a Primer paint and adequate preparation of the walls.
How to choose the best wall paints
Do you find it difficult to choose which wall paint to buy? The best thing is to start calculating the surface to be painted and check which product offers the best proportional yield, and then consider any characteristics required of the product.
Watch the surface
To understand how to choose a good wall paint one must assume that its properties change according to the composition and type. Some can be spread very easily immediately after filling the imperfections of the wall, while others require more complex preparations, such as careful sanding or the application of additional finishing paints.
The width of the surface to be painted affects the overall expenditure to be incurred therefore, especially if to complete the work it is necessary to use additional finishing paints; the first parameter to take into account, therefore, is the proportional yield per liter.
This can vary from 8 to 15 square meters per liter, depending on the manufacturer; the yield is usually indicated in the description of the paint and is an approximate figure that may vary depending on the dilution percentage.
The hiding power
The dilution, in turn, affects the hiding power of the paint, so it is important to respect the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the relative percentages. It makes no sense to try to increase the yield of a paint by increasing the dilution ratio, in fact, because doing so proportionally decreases the hiding power and consequently increases the number of coats required to obtain a good result.
In this way, instead of saving, you run the risk of spending more and significantly lengthening the working time, since between one coat and the other of painting you have to wait at least 4 to 8 hours for drying.
Even the best wall paint is subject to limitations and if it is diluted too much it tends to lose its characteristics; it is important to remember, in fact, that nowadays most of the wall paints on the market are ready to use and to obtain the best result they should be applied without dilution.
Exceptions are only certain paints that have special characteristics, such as sound-absorbing and heat-insulating ones, for example, but even in that case, to maintain a homogeneous covering power, they must be diluted sparingly and always according to the specific indications given on the jar.
The special features
Some paints are characterized by a particular composition capable of providing special properties. Those in gypsum, for example, are defined in this way because once dry they have a velvety finish to the touch like that of gypsum stone; to paint the walls of bathrooms and kitchens, on the other hand, breathable paints are needed to prevent water vapor from stopping on the surfaces and stagnating.
The latter are generally white in color, this aspect must be taken into consideration because this color is obtained by adding a certain amount of lime to the composition of the paint; one must therefore be careful with cheap breathable paints, because usually the lower the price, the greater the quantity of lime they contain, and consequently they stain with white powder to the touch even after they have dried completely.
There are also specific anti-mold paints and, as mentioned before, sound-absorbing and heat-insulating paints; it often happens that a single paint can have several different properties, and therefore be destined for specific applications. The same goes for decorative paints, especially those with particular finishes such as the metallic effect and the cloudy effect. For this type of paint, obviously, the average cost tends to rise in proportion to the characteristics possessed.
How to prepare wall paint
Regardless of the capacity of the can purchased, before using a paint it is preferable to pour it into another container; this allows to keep the paint intact in the original tin, especially if not all of it is used, and to proceed with any dilution in a controlled manner.
This operation is especially necessary when buying buckets of 5 liters or more, but as mentioned before it is advisable to perform it also with cans of lower capacity. As for dilution, on the other hand, it is better to strictly follow the percentages indicated by the manufacturer, otherwise there is the risk of altering the balance of the composition of the paint and, consequently, its properties, starting with the covering power.
How to treat the walls before painting
Cleaning, grouting and sanding
Before applying the paint for walls it is good to prepare them adequately, in order to avoid that after drying, cracks form or come off in certain points. The operations to be performed vary according to the state of the walls; if the old layer of paint is not damaged or has imperfections, then you can also consider not removing it, otherwise you will need to arm yourself with a sander, or a stick and hot water, and carefully remove the old layers of paint.
In any case, it is important to carry out a preliminary cleaning with a brush, in order to remove dust and any dirt. In the face of the most stubborn dirt, do not hesitate to use a spatula or a scraper, after having carried out the cleaning and preliminary sanding, in fact, it will be necessary to use the putty to correct any imperfections and then sand again in order to even out the surface of the wall as much as possible. .
The use of adhesives
After having prepared the wall, you will finally be ready to apply the paint, but there are cases in which the preliminary drafting of one or two coats of clinging agent, or Primer, or a “preparatory” paint which serves to ensure greater adhesion and stability to subsequent layers.
The Primer is used above all when decorative paints have to be applied, because in some cases these may contain special substances or pigments that would not take root on a rough surface, however well grouted and sanded.
How to dilute the wall paint?
Wall paint should be diluted with water; usually the proportions vary from 30% to 40%, ie for each liter from 300 to 400 centiliters of water must be added; a 5-liter bucket, therefore, must be diluted with a quantity of water between 1.5 and 2 liters at the most.
Before proceeding with the dilution, however, it is first of all good to read the manufacturer’s instructions, because in some cases the dilution percentage could be lower and vary from 15% to 25%; a well-thinned paint should never drip from the brush, if it does it means that too much water has been added.
Furthermore, for the first coat, it is possible to dilute with a higher percentage, but always within the permitted limits, while for subsequent coats it is better to leave the paint a little denser.
How to remove the old paint from the walls?
The wall sander is the ideal tool for removing old layers of paint, but it has the disadvantage of producing a large amount of very fine dust that remains suspended in the air, consequently the rooms must be well ventilated for at least a whole day beforehand. to proceed with the painting. There are also cheaper methods that have the further advantage of not producing excessive quantities of dust, that is, it is enough to use a metal scraper to remove the old paint after having softened it with hot water, by using a vaporizer, or with the jet. hot air from the heat gun. Instead of water, you can also use specific products, such as chemical paint removers or pickling agents.
How to remove acrylic paint from walls?
Except for the sander, which is better not to use in these cases, to remove the acrylic paint from the walls you can use the same method described above, that is by using a scraper and hot water and alcohol. The peculiarity of acrylic paint, in fact, is to create a thin resinous film which, once dried, becomes very hard and has a stronger grip on the underlying surface; to remove it correctly without damaging the wall, therefore, it must be softened with foamy soap or hot water; in both it is advisable to add a generous quantity of isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol, in order to facilitate the dissolution of the acrylic resin. Once the paint has softened, it can be easily removed using the scraper.
How to get the cloud effect with painting?
Just apply the relative decorative paint on 2 or 3 square meters, using a brush, and then work it with a spatula, spreading it until you get the desired shades.
How long do you have to wait between coats of paint?
The drying time varies from paint to paint; it usually ranges from around 4-8 hours, but for some it can even reach 12 hours. Gypsum paints, on the other hand, have faster drying times, about 2-3 hours.