Choosing a Type of Paint
The first step in the painting process is selecting the right paint.
Different paint types exist for different applications. Some key
factors to consider when choosing a paint are as follows:
Color. Color scheme is an
important and personal choice. Various color schemes create different
atmospheres and often say much about the owner. To choose the right
color scheme, view color samples at home if possible. Because the
lighting at home is almost always different than at a paint store,
samples may appear dramatically different when viewed at home.
Water-based vs. solvent-based. Water-based
paints are commonly referred to as latex. Historically, water-based
paints have not been as durable as solvent-based or oil- based paints.
With recent advances in paint technology, there is currently little
difference between the performance of the two. However, solvent-based
paints are more hazardous than water-based paints.
Finishes. Paint is available
in a variety of finishes, ranging from flat to glossy. Glossy paints
are more durable than flat paints, but they show flaws in the surface
and in the painting technique more easily than flat paints. The high
sheen of glossy paint is ideal for areas that must be cleaned often,
such as bathrooms and kitchens. The dull finish of a flat paint makes
it appropriate for ceilings and walls in other living areas.
Quality. Skimping on paint
quality by purchasing a less expensive, lower-quality paint should be
avoided. Often, cheaper paints require an additional coat to get the
same result as more expensive, higher-quality paints. Since the cost of
paint is usually much lower than the cost of labor, cheaper paints
often cost more in the end. Good, quality paints usually cover between
320 and 340 square feet per gallon. When engaging painters, homeowners
should ensure that the paint paid for is the same as the paint applied.
Some less-reputable painters have charged homeowners for expensive
paints and then applied cheaper paints or simply used paint left over
from previous jobs.