Taking on a new interior painting project can be overwhelming with the wide selection of paint products to choose from. Using the right tools is a vital part of making any painting job faster and easier, while choosing the right paints will get you the best results. Here is what you need to know about the different types of interior paints and painting products you can use.
If you are painting a new surface, primers are important to protect the material before you start painting. Primers are also a good way to prevent paint from absorbing into the surface material, reducing any unnecessary waste of paint.
When choosing a primer, be sure to select one that suits the type of paint you are using. Primers can also be purchased for specialized surfaces, like tiles.
Once you have prepared a surface to paint, the next best step is to apply a base coat to guarantee a smooth, even paint job. A good base coat eliminates the need for excessive layers of paint, saving you time and money.
Types of Paint
The most popular paint types for interior painting include gloss, flat, and eggshell. Other options to consider include whether you use a water-based or solvent-based paint.
Acrylic and latex paints are examples of water-based paints because they use water as a binder. Eco friendly paints tend to be water-based because disposing of them has less of a detrimental effect on the environment.
Oil paints are solvent-based because they use thinners or mineral spirits as binders. For interior painting, the fumes from oil based paints can be overwhelming. Keep that in mind if you want to choose paints with low VOCs. Solvent-based paints are more difficult to dispose of due to the negative environmental impact of chemical solvents.
Gloss paints can be used for interior and exterior painting purposes and provide a glossy finish. These paints do not require numerous layers. With a good quality gloss paint you can count on one to two coats over a good primer and/or base coat.
When you are painting ceilings, sidings and walls, and want a matte finish, go with a flat paint. They can be used for exterior or interior painting and some formulations designed for exterior use provide you with the option to choose a smooth or textured finish.
If you are looking for a good middle ground between glossy and flat paints, eggshell is an ideal option. Mostly used for interior painting, eggshell paints are as durable as gloss paints and only need one to two coats over a solid base coat or primer.
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