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Types of paints to choose from

By Charles Hopkins Published 03/13/2006 | Home Improvement

There are different kinds of paints for different jobs.  Not all kinds of paint are good on all surfaces.  You should make sure that you use the right kind of paint when you are designing your room.  If you use the wrong paint on a certain surface, you may have more of a mess than you intended.  Check out what kind of paint you should use before you buy it. This will save you money and time in the long run. 

There are primers and sealers that you should buy to prepare the surface for the actual paint color.  Primers are used to prepare bare or previously painted walls.  Sealers are mostly used for bare woods.  If you are painting a room that will have kids using it, you should go for a latex paint because it can be cleaned up with soap and water. 

There are special paints that are becoming more and more popular with stores.  Usually water based paints are different by the additives or the application technique.  There is a magnetic paint that contains iron dust mixed with a primer.  This type of paint is best for textured finishes for outdoor purposes. 

Another type of paint is milk paint.  It is a natural and non-toxic paint made from mild protein and earth pigments.  It works best for bare wood.  Topcoats can be either water or solvent-based coatings.  Topcoat finishes create a durable finish on wood floors, furniture, and doors. 

There are different finishes for paint also.  Flat has no sheen and it is best on walls in rooms that have little use.  It will conceal some minor imperfections and is washable but not scrubbable.  Eggshell has a smooth finish with a subtle sheen.  It is good for walls in family rooms and bedrooms.  It is also washable.  There is also satin finish, which is a step up from eggshell.  It is an all-purpose and popular sheen suitable for almost any room in the house. 

Semi gloss is a medium sheen that is good for walls and trim in high abuse areas of the house like the kitchen, bathroom and childrens rooms.  It is very durable and washable.  Gloss is a paint that is best for doors, trim, and cabinets.  

When you are painting, there are a few tips that you should use.  When painting walls and trim, use a lower sheen on the walls and higher sheen on the trim.  Do not use latex over oil.  Latex has a faster drying time so that you can use the room faster.  Sometimes when we are painting in our home, we need it to dry fast so that we can put the items back in to that room for use. 

When you are painting a room, make sure that you paint the ceiling first.  You want to do this so that you do not mark up the walls after they have been painted.  This will only cause you more work in the end.  When you paint the ceilings, it is best to use a longer pole.  This will help you get it done faster and you will not have to worry about getting up and down off of ladders so that you can reach all the areas of the room.