Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Painting 101

Painting projects can be daunting, especially if you are looking to do it yourself. Calling the experts can save you time and the hassle, but if you are going to take on the battle, you do not want to exhaust your time and money on a painting project to only realize it was all wrong. Proper planning is key to a successful DIY painting project. You will need to figure out what tools and materials are required. A lot will be based on room size and what areas of the room you would like painted i.e., walls, ceilings, trim and doors. Clearing a room is easy, choosing the right paint color can be a little tricky. For the sake of simplicity, the color is not an issue to you, because you already know what you are looking for. Let us then fast forward to types of paint in hopes to convert you to an expert painter overnight.
The quality and types of paints can vary significantly. If you are looking for a level of luster in a type of paint, the term is called “sheen”. The different sheens vary from the dullest matte paint to the shiniest high gloss paint. There is a science to sheen and the proper usage. Below are some quick key notes on “sheen” types. Consider this painting 101. Rule of the trade, ceilings call for flat, walls call for eggshell and doors and trim call for semi-gloss. It is that simple, but there are reasons for the application as all types of sheen serve their purpose.
Matte paint:
• is the dullest least reflective in sheen
• assists in hiding imperfections and irregularities in walls and ceilings
• depth of color is plus with matte
Unfortunately, they are not stain-resistant

Eggshell and satin paint (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell):
• have some reflectivity and add warmth to a room
• offer improved durability and offer a compromise in comparison to matte finish
• are frequently used in demanding environments, like kitchens and bathrooms, where easy cleanup without a highly glossy finish is desired

Semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss paint:
• are the most reflective sheens
• are highly durable and washable
• are traditionally used on baseboards, moldings, and doors
• can make a statement, but also highlight imperfections, use very sparingly
When choosing any of the above, you may want to consult with the salesman with regards to paint brushes and pan, ladders, amount of paint required and coverings for your floors or personal belongings. Being patient will go a long way. Painting can be fun if done right.