A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to any home's exterior and interior. Not only does paint increases your home's beauty, but it also helps to protect your home from the elements.
The type of paint you choose to use depends on what you are painting - exterior siding and trim, or interior walls and woodwork - as well as the type of finish that you want. As a rule of thumb, purchase the highest-quality paint you can afford. High-quality paint is less prone to yellow as it ages, goes on smoother, and won't leave brush marks.
Latex or Oil?
Interior house paints are either latex- or oil/alkyd-based. Each has different characteristics and uses.
When Do You Need A Primer?
- Latex - provides the longest-lasting finish with the best gloss retention. Latex paints are easy to work with, dry quickly and are extremely durable. Additionally, latex paints clean up easily with soap and water.
- Oil /Alkyd - offers good adhesion, excellent durability and stain resistance make Oil/alkyd-based paints are excellent choices for trim in high-traffic rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms. You can clean paint tools with mineral spirits.
A primer will help paint adhere to the surface, providing a more uniform appearance. Use a primer when painting over new wood, bare wood, or repainting over existing bright or dark colors. You will also need to use a primer when the surface you want to paint is porous or the paints are incompatible (such as when you apply latex paint over alkyd). An existing painted surface in good condition and compatible with the finish coat may not need an additional primer.
Levels of Sheen
Sheen is the term used to describe the degree of a paint's light has reflection. Both latex and oil-based paints are available in a variety of different glosses, which determines the luster or shininess of dry paint. The sheen of paint also determines its ability to hide flaws and how easy it is to clean.
- Eggshell and Satin Finishes
Use eggshell or satin paint finish in rooms that are used most frequently, such as kitchens, bathrooms, children's bedrooms, hallways and the garage. Eggshell and satin finishes offer subtle sheen on walls, are very durable and clean up easily.
- Semi-gloss Finishes
Semi-gloss finishes work well on kitchen cabinets, the front door, banisters, railings and windowsills. They also highlight details in trim and decorative molding. Note: the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes any surface imperfections.
Flat paints have very little sheen to no shine and hide surface imperfections." Since stain removal can be difficult, flat paint is usually used in areas that require little or no washing, such as ceilings or in closets, adult bedrooms and formal living rooms and dining rooms.
Purchase test quarts to review your color and finish selections at home. Paint a piece of scrap material such as cardboard, or even a portion of your wall, to study the effects of various light conditions.
Consider Low -Volatility Paints
When selecting an interior finish, consider water-based enamel instead of an oil-based gloss paint. Water-based gloss enamels emit less odor than conventional oil-based paints. Many paint manufacturers also offer low-volatility paints to promote healthier air quality.
What About Texture Coating?
An alternative to painting your home's interior and exterior every few years is texture coating. In addition to the many interesting patterns and designs that can be created with textured coatings, a wide range of color choices is also possible.
Many contractors offer 100% acrylic polymer-based protective, long-lasting and decorative textured coating. Texture coating can work as exterior protective and decorative coating over surfaces of concrete, masonry, stucco, wood, metal or acrylic-based textured coatings. It can also be used as an interior protective and decorative coating over prepared drywall, concrete or masonry surfaces.
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