Ask new homeowners in Singapore (or the world for that matter) what choice of paint they went for, and they’ll tell you easy wash. Why? Because it’s easier to maintain.
Or is it…?
The thing about this seemingly miraculous product is that while highly practical, it does come with drawbacks. In this entry, we take a quick look at whether it really is the ideal choice for our homely walls.
The reason easy wash paint is washable, is because it’s light and not as durable as other paints. The “protection” it gives your wall is like a thin layer of invisible wax. In addition, when it gets dirty (and we all know this will happen) only certain stains can be removed. Things like permanent marker ink and “burn marks” from moving furniture around cannot be removed.
You will usually need to paint over the marks and to avoid uneven blotches of paint, you’ll need to repaint the entire wall.
You know those adhesive hooks that can be used for hanging photo frames, mirrors and so on? Well, they’re not entirely useful when used on easy wash paint. When something heavy is hung using the adhesive hooks, gravity will continually pull away at the flimsy layer of protection that easy wash paint provides.
In some cases, adhesive hooks holding clocks and notice boards have fallen off after only a year of usage. One way to get around this is by drilling hooks or nails into the wall, especially for items weighing more than half a kg.
What’s the best option?
Like most things in home design, there is no easy fix-all solution. Homeowners however, can at least make informed decisions. It also comes down to what you see yourself using the walls for.
If you see yourself hanging several pictures on a wall, it’s probably best to avoid easy wash paint. Couples with young kids and a high probability of staining walls can consider easy wash paints.
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