10+ Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Paint

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Paint has been around for thousands of years, but there are still some things that still surprise even the painting professionals. Check out these interesting facts to find out some new things (or marvel at your own knowledge):


  • The Golden State Bridge has been the same colour since it was erected in 1937. The colour its painted is called International Orange.
  • The colour wheel is older than most modern countries and was developed by Sir Issac Newton in 1706.
  • The White House wasn’t always white and is only white because the original lime-based whitewash was used to protect its porous stone surface. Also, it gets repainted each year, and take approximately 570 gallons to repaint the exterior.
  • In Aztec civilization, red pigmented paint was more valuable that gold.
  • The colour purple is associated with royalty, mainly because they were the only ones who could afford the pigment.
  • Plato, the well known Greek philosopher, is credited with the discovery that when you mix two colours together you get a third distinct colour.
  • Green has the most commercially available paint shades; this is because the human eye can distinguish more variations in green than any other colour.
  • Paint colours can affect your mood. Cooler tones, such as blue and green, can invoke feelings of calm, peace, and happiness. Warmer tones, reds, and yellows, can provoke feelings of anger or energy.
  • Waterproofing paint can turn concrete into water barriers.
  • A Jumbo jet needs 2 tonnes of paint to be fully completed.
  • In 1940 Canadian Norman Breakey invented the first paint roller. An inventor working for Sherwin-Williams is also credited with the invention during World War II.
  • Throughout history, a red door was symbolized as many different things, from a safe place for travelers to stay overnight, to have fully paid off your mortgage.
  • Latex paint is recyclable, while oil based paints are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of by a qualified waste management organization.
  • Different paint colours can help the body heal itself. For example, green is known to relieve stress, while red can help depressed people regain vigor.

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