The homes in the west are a little more colourful in the main. We seem to enjoy making a home stick out in the street by painting the doors and windows and even the complete outside of the home. We paint everything inside too. Long ago, it was beige, and now nearly any colour goes into making the room become part of you.
In the Philippines paint seems to be a little of a luxury. Homes are just not painted and the bare wood just looks horrible. We seem to like the Nipa hut, but town homes look run down and neglected with lack of colour and paint. The interior of most homes are bland white- really dirty white where painting has not been done for many years-if ever.
The types of paint is limited too. The number of companies providing paint is very small for the size of the country and the monopoly seems to be with Boyson paints.
Pacific Paint (BOYSEN®) Philippines, Inc. was founded in 1953 as a repacker of paint and lacquer thinners under the trade name Columbus. In 1958, the company expanded its operations and started paint production with the introduction of NATION® House Paints, an economy grade paint.
In 1960, the company acquired the license to manufacture BOYSEN® Paints in the Philippines from the Walter N. Boysen Company of Oakland, California, USA. This access to new technology gave birth to a comprehensive line of premium grade BOYSEN® decorative coatings for architectural and some industrial applications. Through the foresight and dedication of its founders and all the pioneer employees, Pacific Paint was able to capture the lion’s share of premium quality paint market in the Philippines in the mid 1970’s – outselling all leading U.S. brand paints that also operated production facilities in the country. The most rewarding experience for the company is to find out from The Coatings Agenda Asia-Pacific 2001 that Pacific Paint ranked no. 58 in the world’s top paint makers.
BOYSEN® has also proven itself as the industry leader in product innovation with its constant development of new products to suit specific market needs, especially in environment friendly paints. Through constant progress and innovation, Pacific Paint keeps elevating the level of confidence bestowed by its customers. In 2000, Pacific Paint commissioned a fully integrated state of the art manufacturing facility just outside Metro Manila that is the biggest and most modern paint production facility in the country placing the company at an even better position to service its customers with reliable supply and consistent product quality of BOYSEN® Paints. To better service its customers, a Technical Service and Project Management Department has been installed to provide assistance to consumers with product inquiries and product specifications, instruction of proper surface preparation and painting techniques.
In 1995, BOYSEN® Paints was awarded the PS Mark Distinction of Quality. BOYSEN® Paints’ quality is recognized and well accepted not only locally but also in other countries, as seen by the steady growth of its exports to China, Guam, and Saipan.
This from an expat
How Often should you Paint your House?
It depends on two things: Desire and need. Most people want to repaint their houses before they need to. In my case, I need to repaint my house in the Philippines more often than I want to. The “need” factor depends mostly on the weather.
My previous house, in Phoenix, Arizona, didn’t need to be repainted until I was ready to sell it. That was around 12 years. The weather in that area is dry most of the time, with sunshine way more often than not. Sure, the exterior paint faded, but so did the paint on all the neighboring houses in our subdivision.
The Philippines has almost the complete opposite weather with a couple of added bonuses: Torrential rains and tropical cyclones every year. The exterior of my house there looked like it needed to be repainted after only two years.
The only interior room that’s been repainted is the master bedroom. That’s where I spent most of my time and for some reason, the walls got progressively dirtier every month. The original paint wasn’t any good (I blame the contractor). When it was repainted, it was only one coat. It looks dirty again and I haven’t been there for months