More and more home owners are deciding to stay in their homes and make
improvements. The housing market doesn’t look like it will be improving anytime in the near future and you may be one of those people who has decided to stay put and improve your home rather than try and sell your home in a depressed market.
Here are a few tips from Myrtle Beach Painter on selecting the right type of paint.
Oil-Based vs. Water-Based Paint
The first consideration when selecting your paint of choice is to decide
between oil-based and water-based paint. Most people tend to choose oil-based
paint because it is tough and can stand up to more abuse from children and
Consider that oil dries through a process of oxidation as opposed to drying
by evaporation. This oxidation converts the oil into a polymer chain which forms a layer that will be last
longer and will hold up to repeated cleaning for a longer period than
water-based paints. With that said, there are a few disadvantages of oil based
paint. An oil-based paint will take longer to dry and has a strong odor that
can linger long after the paint is applied.
Another disadvantage is oil based paint contains volatile organic compounds called VOCs.
What does that mean to you? There is a solvent in the paint pigment that is released
as the paint is drying. VOCs are found in this solvent and can be harmful to
your health and the environment. The government regulations regarding
VOCs are increasing and this is one of the reasons oil-based paint is
decreasing in popularity.
Water-based paint is your latex or acrylic paint and it does not use these
solvents. The most popular paint is a latex paint because the time to dry is a lot
less than oil-based paint, making your living area accessible in a shorter
period of time. The odor from latex paint is much less and better for your
health and the environment.
Picking the Right Paint Finish
Paints are usually distinguished based on what they do, for example,
sealers, binders, primers, finishing paint, etc. Another means of classifying
paint is by the type of pigment used – zinc, lead and titanium. However, the
type of finish is the most important classification.
The finish shows how the paint will reflect light when it is dry. One exception to this is faux painting which
we covered in an earlier post. Because special faux painting techniques require more than one coat and type of paint, it does not fall into this classification.
You should select a finish based on the room and its use. Each finish has aspects that set that finish apart from other finishes. Here are some things to consider:
Matte finishes don’t reflect the light and are often considered to be a more warm and comfortable finish. Because they are not slippery, they don’t tend to wash well and should be used in rooms with low
traffic areas. Matte finishes are often used in living rooms and formal dining rooms. If you are remodeling an older home, matte finishes are great for minimizing those imperfections in the walls caused by age because they reflect the light rather than drawing the light to the wall.
Flat enamel finishes give the look of a matte finish; however, it is more washable. This makes it a great choice for family rooms or bedrooms where there is more traffic but you want the light deflected off the walls. One downside to flat enamel is that it does contain strong chemicals and can give off an odor for several days.
Eggshell finishes have a slight gloss much like the outside of an egg (I guess that is where it got its name.) This finish is easier to clean because it has a slight gloss. This is also a good choice for formal dining rooms and sun rooms or Carolina rooms.
Satin finishes have more of a shine than an eggshell finish and therefore, they are an easy finish to keep clean. They are usually the finish of choice for kitchens and game or bonus rooms. They are a great finish for that billiard room over the garage where you want to entertain.
Semi-gloss finishes have high durability and sheen and are the best finish selection for keeping the surface clean. They are often used on doors and trim and are a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Gloss finishes are the highest end of light reflection and are usually not selected for interior walls because they will show the imperfections in the wall. However, of all the paint choices, gloss finishes are the most durable and should be considered for floors (such as a garage floor), trim or doors.
Of course along with choosing a finish your will also want to choose the best color and
Myrtle Beach Painter covered that in depth in a previous post which you can read here.
Our next post will cover what goes into the preparation of a wall prior to painting.
When it comes to selecting the right color and finish, Myrtle Beach Painter recommends that you consult with a professional. You can save hundreds of dollars, not to mentioned disappointment with the result, if you take the time to do your homework and consult someone who has been in the business of painting for several years.
Give Myrtle Beach Painter a call at 843-438-4840 for a free paint consultation – it will save you hours of time and aggravation in the long run.
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