When you go to the paint section of a home improvement store, you'll be flooded with hundreds of different choices – different colors, different finishes, primers, interiors, exteriors – the list goes on and on. You may be only concerned about finding the right shade, but you should also take into consideration the right type of paint for the room or application you plan to paint.While there are hundreds of different types of paint, these are the most common for home use:
- Acrylic flat – This is the chalky, white or eggshell colored paint you use for ceilings. It has a matte finish and can be hard to clean (so don't use it in a toddler's room!)
- Acrylic Semi-Gloss – This has a slight shine to it, and is best for walls and trim. This paint type is easier to clean, but lighter colors can reflect bright light, creating slight glare.
- Acrylic Gloss – Glossy acrylics are best for walls, and some ceiling types. They reflect light more heavily, but create brightness in rooms with no natural light.
- Latex – Used for exterior applications because it is durable and will dry very quickly. You can purchase latex paint in flat, semi-gloss and glossy finishes.
- Oil Enamel – Oil-based paints are also used for outdoor applications, especially wooden decks and patios. These are more water resistant, but you must apply them when the surface is completely dry and will be for several days.
You can also purchase special paints for wood finishing, brick, drywall, concrete, ironwork, or even to paint over wallpaper. Each of these comes with specific adhesion qualities for the right surface. Check with the store to find all the varieties paint to find both the right color, and the correct type.
When you're at the store, follow these tips to find the perfect paint for your project:
- Don't be afraid to spend a little extra on high quality paint. It will be easier to apply and won't fade or chip as quickly as the cheaper brands.
- In addition to buying the right paint, choose a high quality primer and finishing paint.
- Remember that paints fade over time, so it's best to keep record of your color, grade, and brand selection so you can purchase more for touchups later down the road.
- Look at the difference between alkyd (oil-based) and acrylic (water-based) paints, and ask a customer service employee to help you choose the right type for the intended surface.
- Remember that high gloss is much easier to clean, but can be blinding inn rooms with a lot of natural light. If you're painting a room with large windows, either choose a flat or semi-gloss paint, or purchase a window covering for bright and sunny days.
If you have more questions on paint types and uses, call Naffco Flooring & Interiors. We're experts in home renovation and repair, and can help you find the right materials for your next project. Looking for more in your remodel than a color change? Learn more about our remodel services here.