If you have a home in Saigon, chances are you’d like to change your home’s color or simply in the mood for a little home improvement. Whether you’re an expat who is looking for the brands you know or a native who wants to support local brands, there’s no need to worry! You’ll find an abundance of Vietnamese and international paint brands produced in Vietnam. Most shops have hundreds of colour selections, but if you are looking for custom colours, you are out of luck as there are no mixing machines in the country that are precise enough. In terms of quality, international and local brands are comparable, but for outdoor use, it is best to stick with international brands.

Brands found in Vietnam: Dulux (brand of Akzo Nobel), Jotun, MyKolor, Nippon, Rainbow (brand of Benjamin Moore), Maxilite, Seamaster, Toa, Expo, Kova, Cadin, Bạch Tuyết, Spec.

For outdoor paints, Kova is well-known for its reliability regardless of climate. It is normally used as a primer layer before the final layers are added. The top three interior brands are Dulux, MyKolor and Jotun.

Prices vary among contractors but they are usually based on the square metre, normally VND65,000-125,000.

Ask the following questions to paint contractors before hiring them:

››How many coats do they paint? The price normally covers three layers: a primer coat and two colour coats.

››Do they have sheets to protect your furniture?

››Do they use masking tape for any electrical fixtures, etc?

››Do they honour a warranty if the paint starts flaking?

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