You are about to get your home painted a new color and are gleefully going through the scores of shade cards thrown around by your wall painter. But ever stopped in your tracks and pondered over the amazingly ‘colorful’ history of paints dating from thousands of years back?! Yes, you heard us right.
As much as we would lie to believe it, paints are not a contemporary invention. Some known paintings have a history of 15,000 years and are preserved in the Altamira caves in Spain and Lascaux caves in France.
Also, it is known that Egyptians used paints to color the wall of Pharaoh’s tombs in around 1500 BC. During this era, paint making quickly became a widely popular skill, learnt by civilizations in Crete and Greece.
You would be surprised to know the ingredients used in pre-history paintings: bone, chalk, earth colors and burnt wood! These historic paintings are so delicate and fragile that it is not possible to display them for public viewing, lest they get damaged due to strong light, moisture and man-made pollutants in environment.
Early painters in Egypt, Rome and Greece used to create paint by treating lead with vinegar. In later times, painters used to mix white-lead paste with linseed oil and colored pigments. Today however, due to dangers of lead poisoning, paints with more than 0.6% volume of lead are banned in US!
As cool as it sounds, milk was a key ingredient used in paints too. A non-toxic paint made from milk, lime and additionally some color pigments, milk paint has been found in cave drawings too. Painters have tried varying recipes using lime, pigments and milk proteins to create paints of different durability.
The quality of a paint is best determined by its four key ingredients namely, pigment, liquids, binders and additives. You would typically find more liquids than quality ingredients in low-cost paints.
Yes! If you are working with paint with intense color, remember it will fade more quickly. Touch-ups are harder to do since shades may differ.
Sunlight can cause paint to fade faster. However, you needn’t worry much in the case of oil-based or UV resistant paints.
Similarly, low cost paints containing more liquids than pigments will fade quicker as compared to their high-quality counterparts.
Turns out, a tinted primer ‘before’ putting on the wall paint is important too, in enhancing a paint job. Not using a tinted or colored primer can leave the walls with a dull, flat look. Primer does a wonderful job in case of vivid colors like orange and red, bringing out the true vitality and vibrancy of these paints.
Haha! Talk about waiting for just the right time (of the day!) Who knew a job as mundane as painting required some temperature too! As it turns out, paint dries out fastest at a temperature of 70 degrees.
Also, you would be surprised to know that paints absorb more smoothly at this temperature as compared to very cold or hot temperatures.
Yellow is an innocuous looking color unless you are working with it for painting your house. When choosing yellow, literally take it down a notch below. Because of their intense pigments, yellow can turn out to be a shade darker when they dry out. As a precaution, you could paint a large swatch on your paint, to see if it’s your color!
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