Not All Paints Were Created Equal
Use this guide to help you chose which paint is best to use for your home
The most common types of paints are latex, oil base and enamel.
Latex paints dry quickly and are easy to clean. This is a good choice for most
Oil base paints dry slowly and have a strong odor. This type of paint is suited well
for painting cabinetry and molding.
Enamel paints are dirt resistant and have a nice sheen. This type of paint is ideal
for heavy traffic rooms such as a kitchen or mud room.
Before painting be sure to evenly apply a primer to your walls first. In doing so it will
create an overall more even paint job. Using a Primer is an important step in
painting it will help your paint adhere plus the primer will help cover wall
blemishes and stains. If you are painting your walls a light color a white primer will
work fine but if you plan on using a dark color buy a primer that is grey or have
your local paint supplier tint your primer for you.
Be Sure To Know Your Paint Finishes
Flat paint is non reflective or "matte", therefore, it hides imperfections better. As a
result, if your walls are rough or just plain banged up or scuffed a flat paint will
help hide some of the imperfections. It is also a favorite of decorators because the
colors are saturated and true. One downfall, flat paint is hard to clean so be sure
to use it in rooms that are less frequently used.
Eggshell is a notch more lustrous than flat paint. Because of this slight sheen the
paint is washable and can resist stains better. Make note that any paint with a
sheen will look best on walls that are smooth and blemish free.
Satin is another low luster finish, it is a bit shinier than eggshell. Satin paint, like
eggshell, cleans well and resists stains. A satin finish paint is a good choice for
kitchens & bathrooms, as long as the walls are in good condition.
Semi-gloss paint is shiny and reflects light. It adds a nice touch to wood trim, such
as window or door frames. Dirt washes off very well therefore it is a popular choice
for walls in homes with young children. Keep in mind the glossier the finish, the
more imperfections your walls will show.
High-gloss is the most lustrous of all paints. It is the most durable of all paint finishes
and cleans up the best of all paints. High-gloss is primarily used on baseboards,
crown molding, and wood trim around window and door frames.
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