How To Select Paint

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    David Radtke with Olympic Paints discusses the various paint sheens and how to select the best paint for your project.

    Male Speaker: Selecting the right color isnt the only decision that you need to make when it comes to paint. There are two paint types in various sheens or finishes to consider. When brainstorming wall-painting ideas you will need to determine whether you need to use a primer first.

    In most everyday situations a primer is not needed if you are using a self-priming paint or a paint-plus primer in one. These paints are designed to do the job of both the paint and a primer, and can save you time and money without sacrificing the quality of your finish.

    However, when painting over tough stains new plaster wood or trim or glossy surfaces a specialty primer will be needed.

    The next feature to consider is paint sheen. You can choose from flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss. When deciding on a paint sheen always factor in room usage. High traffic areas in the home benefit from glossier sheens because they can easily be cleaned.

    There is a basic rule of thumb to follow in choosing paint sheens. The higher the sheen, the higher the shine; and the higher the shine the more durable it will be. Flat sheens are opaque and are the best options for hiding imperfections. Because they are the least shiny finish they dont clean as easily as other sheens and are best suited for low traffic areas like master bedrooms or ceilings.

    Eggshell sheens are typically used for decorative finishes, they provide a low luster or shine and clean easier than a flat sheen. Satin sheens are the most popular because of their look and durability. This finish has a rich velvety look and cleans easily. It works well on walls, doors, and hallways.

    Semi-gloss sheens are ideal for rooms with walls exposed on moisture or greasy stains, like kitchens and bathrooms, because they are one of the most durable sheens they are also perfect for trim work or chair rails.

    High-gloss sheens have a very hard shiny finish. This finish is the most durable and ideal for painted surfaces that get touched a lot, like cabinets, doors and trim. The higher the sheen, the darker and more intense the color will be. High-gloss sheens reflect more light so wall imperfections are more noticeable.

    As with most DIY projects proper prep is key, so make sure your walls are ready before getting started.

    With this information you will be sure to choose the right paint every time.

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