Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
  • Architectural
  • Industrial
  • Marine
WHAT PRODUCTS CAN I GET FROM BERGER PAINTS?

Berger Paints offers a range of premium and value-for-money architectural paints, protective coatings for industrial use, and marine coatings. Details of all our products are available at Choose Paint.

WHERE IS CLOSEST LOCATION TO ME FROM WHERE I CAN PURCHASE BERGER PRODUCTS?

Please call us at +65 68017000 or email us at berger@bergeronline.com.sg and we will assist you with the most convenient way to purchase Berger products depending on your need and location.

HOW DO I VIEW THE PRODUCT DATA SHEETS OF YOUR FINISHES?

The Product Data Sheet of each finish is available along with the information for each product. They are also available here.

WHERE COULD I GET ADVICE ON HOW TO APPLY A BERGER PRODUCT?

A product data sheet (PDS) is available for every Berger product and clearly indicates how each product is to be applied to different surfaces. For any queries, you can contact us at +65 68017000 and request technical advice or a visit to your project site.

HOW CAN I SEE WHAT STANDARDS BERGER PAINTS CONFORMS TO?

We are committed to creating the best and safest products. Berger finishes conform to standards of leading certifications PLS, Lyod's Register, DNV - GL, etc. Apart from these, the Berger plant in Singapore is certified with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BizSafe Level 4.

HOW DO I DECIDE HOW MUCH PAINT TO BUY?

Use our paint calculator tool to figure out the amount of paint needed for your project. Area that can be covered by 1 litre of paint is called as coverage and the guide values for the same are provided for all products in the choose paint section.

I SEE A COLOUR THAT I LIKE BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO MATCH IT.

You could download the Berger Colour Scheme Pro App on your android device; and this will allow you to take a snapshot of the colour you like and match it to the nearest Berger Spectra colour. Alternatively, you can send us a small sample of colour you like (minimum size of 1 square inch) be it fabric, painted surface, tile, etc. or the colour coordinates (CMYK, Pantone, HSR or similar values) and we will try to provide you with the closest possible paint colour match.

WHY IS SURFACE PREPARATION IMPORTANT?

For paint to adhere well, to perform over time and display all its characteristics, the substrate must first be prepared properly. Surface contamination will prevent paint from adhering on the substrate and its ability to prevent corrosion. Ensure that you follow the steps for surface preparation as outlined in the product data sheets to get the maximum performance from paint.

WHAT ARE THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR PAINTING?

Try to paint when temperatures are above 3 degree centigrade and relative humidity is less than 85%. For more details, refer to the technical data sheet of your selected product.

HOW CAN WE DISPOSE OFF PAINT?

Avoid wasting paint. Empty containers may also contain some residue of the paint, so they must be disposed off safely. Dispose off surplus and non-recyclable products via a licensed waste disposal contractor. Disposal of the products, solutions and any by-products should at all times comply with the requirements of environmental protection and waste disposal legislation and any regional local authority requirements. Avoid dispersal of spilled material and runoff, and contact with soil, waterways, drains and sewers.

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED WHILE PAINTING?

Store your paints in cool dry conditions. Ensure there is adequate ventilation during application. Wear overalls, goggles, dust masks and gloves. Avoid all contact with skin and eyes. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for further information.

DO YOU HAVE A PAINTING APP TO HELP ME PICK THE RIGHT COLOUR?

Try our Colour Visualizer (Link to be provided), which allows you to see how your room would look with different finishes. You can also download and use the Colour Scheme Pro mobile app for quick reference.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLOUR AND TONE?

Colour is a phenomenon of light caused by how our eyes detect differing qualities of projected or reflected light. Hue defines pure colour. Tone is a visual property of colour. Tone is softer than the original colour as colour is mixed with white, greys and black.

WHY DO COLOURS ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN LOOK DIFFERENT WHEN I PRINT THEM?

Monitors and printers may be calibrated differently leading to differences in colour. When in doubt, refer to a physical shade card from Berger Paints available at one of our outlets, or request a wall swatch.

HOW WILL I KNOW ABOUT NEW LAUNCHES OR OFFERS FROM BERGER PAINTS?

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HOW DO I APPLY FOR A JOB AT BERGER PAINTS?

Please upload your CV here. The HR department will get in touch with you if there is a relevant opening.

WHY IS LOW VOC IMPORTANT?

VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds are substances within paint that give off harmful emissions. These emissions continue long after the paint has dried. They have a strong odour, and cause a variety of health problems such as headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies. They are also linked to cancer. Select a Low VOC finish so that your family and your children are not exposed to harm.

HOW CAN WE AVOID PAINT SMELL?

Water-based finishes are usually odour free. Choose a low odour paint for best results. Do keep windows and doors open while painting. However, a slight smell may linger for a few days if you’re using a solvent based paint.

CAN I WIPE PAINTED WALLS WITH WATER TO CLEAN THEM?

New generation paints have excellent washability characteristics. This means you can wipe them with mild detergent and water to remove stains, without affecting the colour or the finish of the paint. Most beverage, food and dirt stains, and some chemical patches can be removed in this manner. Washability characteristics differ from paint to paint, so check the technical features to understand what performance you can expect.

HOW DO YOU MEASURE MOISTURE CONTENT IN THE SUBSTRATE?

The most effective way to measure moisture within a substrate is to use a moisture meter. This is usually carried out by professionals such as Berger Technical Inspectors. You can request for a visit from them to examine the substrate and propose the best painting systems based your requirements.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOURS FOR MY HOME?

The colours you choose will depend on your personal tastes and preferences. Colours are intricately linked with mood, and can elevate or depress your spirits. For rooms that require rest and repose, opt for cooler colours from the blue, green and lavender families. Pastels will work very well in such spaces, while dark colours may be overwhelming and depressing. For rooms that are about energy and vitality, such as living rooms, family rooms or home offices, try warm colours from the red, orange and yellow families. Mild warm shades such as peach and lemon yellow create happy atmospheres. Of course, vibrant colours must be used carefully; try to restrict them to feature walls or décor accents such as furnishings or art. For smaller, darker spaces, use light colours to liven them up and create an illusion of space. Using neutral colours also helps you play off your prized objects.

CAN I CREATE MY OWN COLOUR COMBINATIONS?

The Colour Visualizer allows you to play around with complementary and analogous colour schemes. It allows you to see how these combinations will look in your home.

HOW WOULD I KNOW WHICH SHEEN TO USE?

Whether matt, silk, low-sheen, semi-gloss or glossy, sheens can dramatically change how a colour looks. Gloss can add depth to colour, and is also very reflective, which not only changes perception of the colour but will also reveal surface imperfections. The glossier the finish, the more light bounces off the walls. Flat finishes on the other hand reflect the least amount of light, and conceal more, making them the best choice for imperfect walls. For normal walls without too much of undulations low-sheen or silk finishes can give a rich a luxurious feel and texture.

IS PRIMER A NECESSARY PART OF THE COATING SYSTEM?

Primer plays a number of roles within the coating system. It provides anti-corrosive properties, provides adhesion key of the system to the substrate and also has a degree to abrasion resistance to protect the substrate from mechanical damage.

IS BUILDCOAT A NECESSARY PART OF THE COATING SYSTEM?

A build coat or intermediate coat increases the total Dry Film Thickness (DFT) of the system and thereby provides improved barrier against corrosion.

IS COLOUR SELECTION IMPORTANT IN INDUSTRIAL COATINGS?

Correct use of colour contributes in a very real way to:

  • Safety - Use of focal colours to draw attention and be instantly visible in case of emergency.
  • Identification - Consistent and exclusive use of colours provides ease of identification of specific areas or applications. Use of associative colours such as blue for water pipe lines also provide great help in identification.
  • Reflective control - Fatigue caused by eyestrain is a common cause for accidents. Colour schemes chosen for reflectivity of light will improve the situation especially in areas lacking natural lighting.
  • Decoration - Correct use of colour will improve productivity, reduce accident, improve morale and reduce fatigue. A well chosen colour scheme inspires cheerfulness, encourages cleanliness and develops pride.
IS TECHNICAL INSPECTION REQUIRED FOR MY PROJECT?

The role of a technical service inspector is:

  • inspecting the substrate and ensuring surface preparation in accordance to specification
  • advise on product use and handling
  • assessing product quality at site
  • assessing suitability of atmospheric condition during application
  • maintaining records for reference

Berger Technical Inspectors are armed with full set of equipments to conduct necessary tests on site and ensure that typical application problems can be overcome.

WHAT IS FOULING?

Fouling is the term generally used to describe the settlement and growth of marine plants and animals on submerged structures.

  • Macrofouling – which includes plant (weed) and animal fouling
  • Microfouling – which includes unicellular algae and bacteria (also referred to as 'slime')

It is estimated that there are in excess of 4,000 known fouling species, all of which have the potential to form colonies in a submerged surface

MY VESSEL IS SLOW MOVING, DO I NEED ANTIFOULING?

Vessels at greatest risk are those slow moving, low activity vessels trading extensively in tropical or sub tropical coastal waters, e.g.: a. Low speed vessels

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTIFOULING?

Antifoulings tend to fall into two main categories which are self-polishing and conventional antifouling. Generally, most raw materials used to make up these antifouling is similar and it is the proportions, quality and binders used that determine their properties. Self-polishing antifouling is the most widely used for regular moving vessels, depending upon various speed. This type is partially soluble in water and so once immersed the resin binders are broken down in a controlled manner which continually exposes a fresh layer of biocide. Conventional antifouling work on a principle known as contact leaching. Upon application, antifoulings dry to form an insoluble resin that is packed with biocides which leach out on contact with water to prevent fouling. The leaching process is chemically controlled ensuring that biocide is released throughout the season, however, the amount of biocide released will steadily decline.

WHICH ANTIFOULING IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Choosing the correct antifouling is critical. Factors such as vessel type, speed, sailing pattern, geographical location and mooring characteristics should all be taken into account. Berger supplies a range of products to meet your needs. You may contact Berger’s representative for more details.

IS PRIMER A NECESSARY PART OF THE COATING SYSTEM?

Primer plays a number of roles within the coating system. It provides anti-corrosive properties, provides adhesion key of the system to the substrate and the antifouling coatings. It also has a degree to abrasion resistance to protect the substrate from mechanical damage

IS TECHNICAL INSPECTION REQUIRED FOR MY PROJECT?

The role of a technical service inspector is:

  • inspecting the substrate and ensuring surface preparation in accordance to specification
  • advise on product use and handling
  • assessing product quality at the yard
  • assessing suitability of atmospheric condition during application
  • maintaining records for reference.

Berger Technical Inspectors are equipped with all relevant testing kit to conduct necessary tests and ensure optimum performance of the product.

Note:-
The shades displayed on this website are indicative only and may vary from the actual colours due to variance in monitor calibration and resolution as well as screen settings.
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