Stage 3: Selecting an FX Product

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Product choice is based on many factors. Before choosing a product from any of the FX Ranges, consider the following:
  • Personal taste:
    Your space, your choice! Choose products and colours that express your personality, and the way you live in the space. Soft colours are calming, strong colours enliven.
  • Décor:
    It’s a fallacy that classical and contemporary styles demand matching classical or contemporary paint finishes. Antique and vintage furniture can blend beautifully with modern finishes, while retro and ultra-modern style can be set off by a paint finish that was used in Roman villas. Mix it up, be daring – and be rewarded. The FX design service is at your service to guide and assist.
  • Function:
    Is the finish serving a purpose? Decorative, protective, or both? Many FX products are both decorative and protective, and some of the FX special effects coatings that you might think won’t take hard wear can be toughened to withstand busy children and pets with just a simply applied wax coating.
  • Gloss/Sheen:
    It’s important, because the ‘gloss’ or ‘sheen’ levels of paint determine its suitability for the job. Flat/Matt finishes are excellent for ceilings, as they hide minor imperfections. Satin/Low Sheen finishes are ideal for walls as they minimise imperfections and subdue lighting. Semi-Gloss/Gloss finishes are best for heavy-wear surfaces like trims, architraves and doors. As a general rule, the higher the gloss of a coating, the easier it is to keep clean. Both spaces with low natural light, and those in which you want to emphasise a high level of natural light, will benefit from FX special effects products that can be polished to a moderate or high sheen.
  • Consistency:
    For every aspect of every project, there’s an appropriate FX Australia product, so we’re a virtual one-stop shop and you’re guaranteed consistent high quality and colour matching throughout our product ranges. FX high-performance architectural coatings – FX Pro, FX Max and the ultra-safe FX Lemon Tree Creek – are perfect for standard walls, ceilings and trims and can be used alongside FX Special Effects coatings and combined with FX purpose-formulated coatings such as the FX Isolare exterior insulation range. Shop on-line, or let FX Australia guide you personally through our one-stop shop.
  • Cost:
    Look at the total cost to commence and complete a project. Include preparation work and tools. Do you require a professional for all or part of the project? Do you require hire equipment?
  • Proficiency:
    All FX products are water-based: they’re easy to use, won’t create clean-up problems, and can be applied by anyone with an average level of DIY proficiency. A few of our special effects products require the skills of a professional applicator, and our Product Information Sheets will identify these for you. Read the relevant FX Product Information Sheets to assess whether your skills level is appropriate to the product you’ve selected. If in doubt ring FX directly to discuss your needs, and for assistance in locating an FX-trained applicator through the FX Network.

You’ll find more information and ideas on the individual product and projects pages on this website. If you have questions about any aspect of your project, phone FX directly for answers. We’ll give you all the help you need to produce professional results. Your success is our success.

Still Unsure? We are at your service!

  • Read the relevant FX product Information Sheets to work out the quantities of product you require and any preparatory products.
  • Read the Checklist Stages 1 – 3 for preparation tools and other goods you may require.
  • Unsure of the colour? Request a ‘brush-out’ or purchase a sample pot.
  • Uncertain of your measurements and quantities? Ring or email FX to assist.

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