House Paint


Compare house paint brands in New Zealand at Canstar Blue. PPG Paints, Resene, Dulux, Wattyl, British Paints and Valspar were compared on ease of application, quality of finish, value for money, durability, range of finishes and overall satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | PPG Paints

PPG Paints rated number one for customer satisfaction

Customers rate PPG Paints for overall satisfaction

There’s no denying painting can be a messy business. But it can also be hugely therapeutic. Once the prep work has been done, the masking tape applied and the drop sheets laid down, there’s something cathartic about rollering or brushing on the paint and watching your room’s transformation. Your hard work leaves you with a sense of satisfaction, and your room fresh, clean and bright.

The hardest part (other than stripping back years of old enamel!) is often choosing the right paint for the job. Thanks to TV shows and glossy magazines, there’s plenty of inspiration, but the huge range of paint brands and colours can be confusing. While Canstar isn’t in the business of providing interior design tips, we can help by recommending the right paint manufacturer.

Canstar Blue canvassed the opinions of 887 Kiwis who had purchased and used house paint or stain in the last three years to discover their views on the different paints on the market. We asked them about the paint they’d used to get their response on a range of factors, including the paint’s quality, durability and ease of use.

With flying colours, PPG Paints won Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – House Paint, winning 5 stars for overall satisfaction. PPG Paints also scored a smooth 5 stars for ease of application and value for money. In the survey, two other paint brands were also awarded 5 stars: Resene for ease of application, quality of finish, durability and range of finishes, and Dulux for ease of application, quality of finish and range of finishes.

The research into New Zealand’s Most Satisfied Customers of house paint revealed other intriguing details about our renovating habits.

It appears the popularity of DIY TV shows is inspiring Kiwis renovating their own houses. Home makeover shows were credited by 24% of respondents for inspiring renovations, particularly among young women. The breakdown of demographics showed 42% of 18- to 29-year-olds, and 33% of women, referenced reality-TV shows as an inspiration for their work. Only 17% of men and 8% of those aged over 70 credited television shows as an influence on their renovations.

The research also showed Kiwis have become big DIYers: 80% of respondents do their own painting, as it’s cheaper than hiring a professional. Surprisingly, 45% of respondents said they did their own painting because they enjoyed it. More tellingly, 25% of those who responded to our survey didn’t bother with any prep work before slapping on the paint, which leads to the question:

Should you prep before painting?

Yes, prepping your surfaces before painting is essential. Not only will it deliver a better finish, but it will ensure your new paint job lasts longer, saving you precious time and money in the long run.

Making repairs before painting

Repairing any damage to your house before giving it a fresh lick of paint is definitely the easier and cheaper option. Papering (or painting) over cracks, doesn’t make problems go away – if anything, it only causes more problems down the line, and then, invariably, more redecorating. So, fix any problems before you open your tin of paint.

Wall preparation before painting

Paint looks better on clean, smooth walls. Fill any holes or dings with filler, then sand. Depending on the state of the surface, it may need to be totally replastered. Unless you’re an expert, don’t attempt this yourself. Hire a professional, and save yourself the embarrassment of lumpy, bumpy uneven walls.

Priming before painting

Priming is the first, or base, coat that prevents your final top coat soaking into the wall and looking blotchy. Primers also minimise the amount of future flaking and wear. After priming, fewer coats are required to achieve a smooth finish. And, when changing a dark colour to a lighter choice, primer facilitates ease of application and may save you from applying a second or third lick of paint. Some products are a paint and primer in one, which can save you further time and money.

Filling gaps

Fill, or caulk, any gaps or seams between your walls and skirting boards, window and door frames and architraves. It’s usually better to caulk after priming, as the white primer base will highlight the seams and therefore give you a better guide to filling all of them. Once your filler is dry, you can apply the top coat for a professional, gapless, finish.

Test pots

If your original surface is in good condition, and your new colour scheme is similar to your old paint job, you may be able to get away with only one new coat of paint. Whereas, some colours may require four to five coats, which can prove expensive. Dark paints also tend to need repainting more frequently. Use a test pot to gauge how many coats you’ll need to apply and to get an idea of how the final paint job will look. After putting in the time, effort and expense to redecorate, you want to ensure you love your room’s makeover!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 2,551 New Zealand consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers who have purchased and used house paint or stain in the last three years.  In this case, 887 New Zealanders.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.