Paint comes in various finishes, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. These are:
Matte finish: Also known as flat finish or wall paint, this type of interior paint has a matte or non-shiny surface that is great for hiding small wall bumps, cracks and other imperfections. You can touch up scratches and marks seamlessly with this type.
Eggshell finish: Has a hint of shine or gloss that is good for walls that will be cleaned often.
Satin finish: Has a smooth, velvety look with a bit more gloss and is best used for windows, doors, trim or ceilings. It may also be used for kids’ room walls, kitchens, bathrooms and areas with a lot of traffic because it can withstand occasional cleaning and light scrubbing.
Glossy: This has a reflective quality similar to enamel or plastic that is best used for cabinets, trim and furniture in very formal and contemporary settings. It may be used on a small area like an accent wall but careful preparation and sanding of the area to be painted is required because a shiny finish will magnify surface imperfections.
Oil-based or latex: Oil-based paint has superior adhesion making it ideal for painting over a surface that has several layers of oil-based paint on it. It emits a heavy odor that can be a problem for sensitive people. It also has a long drying time, up to 24 hours, needing additional time for applying a second coat. Cleaning up requires a paint thinner.
Latex paint is a popular choice for homeowners because it has a fast drying time and is resistant to mildew. All you need to clean up after a latex paint job is soap and water.
Choosing the right paint for your home DIY project is also important, especially if you have particular requirements like:
Cleanability and durability: Choose paint with some shine for walls that require washing or cleaning. Shiny paint is easier to clean than matte or flat finishes.
Child-friendly: Children’s bedroom walls need regular cleaning which an eggshell or satin finish can withstand. Getting odorless or non-toxic paint is also ideal for children’s rooms.
Luxurious finish: High gloss paint provides a brilliant surface that is elegant and sophisticated but it can appear too cold and uninviting if applied on large areas like walls. Shine also highlights imperfections so preparation and sanding is essential.
Inexpensive cost: When cleanability or coverage is not important as it is with ceilings, choose a matte finish that is readily sold as pre-mixed paint in most hardware stores.
Whether you hire a contractor or embark on a home DIY painting project, choosing the right paint for the job will not only enhance the look of your home but will also last you a long time. How to avoid mould in bathrooms.