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Choosing Paint


Paint comes in various sheens, ranging from flat to high- gloss enamel. Gloss enamels dry to a shiny finish and are best for surfaces that need to be washed often, such as bathroom or kitchen walls or woodwork in any room. Flat paints are used for walls and ceilings.

  Paint prices are often accurate reflections of quality As a general rule, buy the best paint your budget allows. High-quality paint is easier to use and looks better than less expensive paint. Quality paints often last longer and require fewer coats, too.

LATEX PAINT: Water-based paint that’s easy to use and cleans up with soap and water. Latex paint is suitable for nearly every application.

ALKYD PAINT: Oil-based paint that produces a durable finish; cleans up with paint thinner or mineral spirits. Some painters feel that alkyd paint produces a smoother finish, but local regulations restrict its use in some communities.

PRIMER: Primer bonds well to all surfaces and provides a durable base that helps keep the finish coat from cracking or peeling. Always use a good primer to prepare surfaces for painting.

TINTED PRIMER: When using deep colors, tinted primer reduces the number of coats of paint necessary to achieve good coverage.
 

 

 

 

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