Having to choose the right paint color for your decor is a decision hard enough in itself. Yet, choosing the correct type of paint should not complicate matters. So fear no more the long list of options provided by your home improvement store. With this guide your will easily become an educated shopper, and master your piece of art.
Walking into a paint store or department can feel quite overwhelming, but breaking down the decision process into categories gives an easy follow-through checklist.
Determining your paint’s location
Is your paint meant for the interiors or exteriors of your home? Exterior paint consists of a flexible property that permits it to withstand the fluctuating temperatures and elements of the outside. The paint is formulated to include additives that resist against mildew, fungus, and UV rays. While additives protect the outside of your home, it is strongly advised not to incorporate them indoors. Doing so is unsafe since the paint releases harmful chemicals that can be inhaled. Being that exterior paint needs to be very durable it does present a difficult surface to clean. Consequently, this is the reason you often find exteriors being cleaned with power/pressure washers. Interior Paint is less flexible than exterior paint. Although, it can resist changing temperatures it is less resilient to direct conditions of water and sun rays. Some interior paints are formulated to include mildew resistance for humid conditions such as a bathroom, but are not common among all interior paints (So be sure to request such paint for those humid areas of your home). Also interior paint is more stain resistant and allows for an easier wash, but the level of feasibility is dependent on its amount of sheen. Sheen will later be one of the categories on this list.
Your Paint’s Property
There are two types of paints for homes, Water (Latex) and Oil (Alkyd) based. Latex paints are the more economical option, thus why it is often the common choice among householders. Due to their water property, Latex paints dry by evaporation. This results for a faster drying time and allows additional coats to be applied sooner, which cuts your entire painting time. A great advantage of using Latex paint is a feasible wash of both your equipment and skin, which will cleanse with just soap and water. Other benefits to consider is that the paint is non-flammable and doesn’t emit such a strong odor as would an Alkyd paint.
Note that Alkyd paint does present its benefits as well. Although, it does have a much slower drying time it does result in a smoother finished appearance and displays less brush strokes. Yet one has to be careful during application, because if applied too thick it can cause bubbles and drip marks. The paint’s strong odor is an effect from a chemical drying agent (unlike Latex which dries from evaporation), but the agent is what also formulates it to be a more durable paint. Lastly, you will find Alykd paint (Oil) to cost a bigger penny, but can be worth it when painting furniture or small ornament pieces.
Deciding your paint’s adhesiveness
Resin, is the component found in your paint which determines its gripping properties. If you are seeking a long-term result you will certainly want to consider choosing paint with a stronger resin. There are two types, Vinyl resin and Arylic resin.
Paints that consist of a Vinyl resin are more economical, and are composed of a high percentage of water. Therefore, the resin property isn’t as strong, which simply means it will not grip to the painted surface for an extended period of time. Going this route may save you a few dollars at the time being, but in the end might run you a bill since you will need to paint more frequently.
On the other hand, Arylic resin is a better quality choice since it consists of less water allowing its resin to be very adhesive. Also you might be glad to know that this version of resin is splatter resistant.
Choosing your level of sheen
Different levels of sheen in your paint produce different appearances and cater to different purposes. Choose your sheen level based on the following facts below;
Flat/ Matte – A flat or matte sheen implies that the paint is non-reflective (no shine at all). It is the paint that best hides imperfections caused from brush strokes or paint inconsistency. Yet, is the most difficult to clean, so it is best used in areas of low traffic. Areas to consider are ceilings and moldings. Also, this finish gives off a calming effect.
Satin/Eggshell – A satin or eggshell finish suggests that the paint consists of a small amount of sheen, giving it a soft luster. Compared to a flat/matte it is an easier wash and is more durable. This sheen of paint is best and most commonly used for walls.
Semi-Gloss – A semi-gloss sheen is an even more durable, stain resistant, and easier cleaning paint than the previous two options. This sheen of paint is best used in high traffic areas such as, kitchens and bathrooms.
High-Gloss /Gloss – A high-gloss sheen is the most durable, stain resistant, and easiest clean a paint can provide. However, it does show the most amount of imperfections. Since, it is the most shimmering paint it is best to use on surfaces you want to highlight. Therefore, this sheen of paint is best for furniture, cabinets, floor, stairs, handrails, and small ornaments.
Ensuring your paint job with primer
Hopefully, the categories above have eased your decision process is choosing the right paint for the right job. Yet, to add one last tip do always consider using a primer to seal your surface before painting. Sealing a surface before painting has many advantages;
- It prevents your paint from soaking into the surface, allowing you to use fewer coats to attain the correct color.
- It acts as a bond between your resin and coat.
- It blocks stains and water leakage from entering onto your surface.
- Reduces the effect of peeling, thus ensuring a longer lasting paint job.
Goodluck with your painting endeavors, and happy paint shopping!
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