Selecting a 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 are:
Water-based vs. solvent-based.
Water-based paints are commonly referred to as latex or water-borne.
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 may not be
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.
Quality. 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 250 and 300 square
feet per gallon.