Paint & Painting Your Home

Paint & Painting

DIY painting is not so tough, however, there are some things to know if you have not painted on the interior or exterior of a home/structure before.  Factors may vary depending on the use, location and species of the room or item being painted.  Let’s get into it…

Let’s start here, what is paint, types of paint and which sheen should you use? 

Paint= mixture of pigments, resins, solvents and additives

  • Pigment = color
  • Resin = binder or glue
  • Solvent = carrier making it liquid & evaporates when the paint dries
  • Additives = stain blockers, mold-killers & other performance characteristics

Expensive or cheap?  Sometimes the middle of the road or more expensive is best and here’s why.  Basically, if you have to do more coats of paint, which is product, money, and ultimately your time, are you really saving?  Learn from the Pros who value their time to make money and get the paint with 45% pigment and resins by volume.  Good to know eh?

Water vs. Oil, hmmm?  All paints fall in one of these two categories.  Water-based paint which has water as the solvent and this paint is usually called Latex (not that it contains latex?).  Are you learning stuff here?  Me too!  Many water-based paints are made with acrylic so, if you see acrylic latex, don’t let that confuse you.

Now, the label of oil-based paint is confusing too, of course, hence this blog to help you out.  It’s not made with oil.  Huh?  The solvent is mineral spirits which is a paint thinner or alkyd resin.  So, latex is thinned with water and alkyd or oil-based is thinned with mineral spirits, just to be clear.

Water-Based (Latex) Paint:

  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Excellent performance
  • Can prevent mildew and moisture
  • Fast Drying
  • Available in many colors and various sheens
  • Can use in almost any home application interior or exterior

Oil-Based (Alkyd) Paint:

  • Usually more expensive than latex
  • Order is strong when drying and contains more VOC’s = volatile organic compounds (IT STINKS)
  • Must clean up with a chemical solvent such as paint thinner or mineral spirits
  • Some places restrict use of it due to the hazardous materials and creating waste
  • Works good on heavy wear areas
  • Doesn’t show brush strokes due to slow drying time
  • Works great on trim, woodwork and cabinetry

Last but not least Sheen, and I am not talking about Martin:

  • FLAT = least amount of sheen, hides imperfections well, very little glare on surface, however, not as washable and may come off the surface if scrubbed. Usually Flat is used on ceilings the most.
  • EGGSHELL = moderate sheen so still hides imperfections for the most part, little glare, somewhat washable. For these reasons, this becomes a choice for non-moist living areas.
  • SATIN = this is a half of a step up from Eggshell in gloss and can be offered instead of eggshell and some places offer both, so don’t let that stump you. Satin simply has more sheen to it to be used in all areas be it wet or dry.
  • SEMI-GLOSS = this is typically used in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, reason being that these areas need high washability and moisture resistance. Semi-gloss is the better all-around use option in these areas.
  • GLOSS = this is used primarily on Trim, doors and cabinets for obvious reasons, durability, water resistant, and the most sheen for that stand out option on your woods and trims, etc.

Thank you for reading & come back for more free tips.  4 Sale Real Estate is here for you regarding your home needs!

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