There are two types of bases for your house painting: solvent-based and water-based. Oil-based paints dry slowly – generally taking up to 24 hours. The best clean up for an oil-based paint is paint thinner. Water paints advantage is that it dries relatively fast, but it is not desirable in hot weather or direct sunshine. The best clean up for water paint requires just soap and water. So if you are painting inside of your house, it is recommended by Alex Trend Painters to use water-based paints, while solvent-based paints are suggested for painting the exterior of your home.
Different types of paints are either water-based or solvent-based that produces different finishes that are measured by its sheen factor.
Gloss paint is easy to clean, and resists scuffs better. It is ideal for rooms that are used continuously. Most gloss paints are best recommended to use on woodworks, baseboards, kitchen and bathroom walls, doorjambs, and window casings. The downside of using gloss paints, however, is the noticeable imperfections in the wall surface.
High-gloss paint is highly reflective and works well for highlighting details, such as trim and decorative molding. It is also the best choice for doors and cabinet or any area that sees a high volume of abuse.
Semi-gloss paints are very similar to gloss plaints except it has a lesser sheen. Semi-gloss is also suitable for rooms with high humidity that can be best used for children’s room and can be used for trim works and casings. These paints ensure maximum durability but less shine.
Eggshell paints provide a smooth and low-sheen finish. Smooth colors and low-sheen that is ideal for your living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and dens. It is washable and suitable for bedrooms, hallways, home offices, and family rooms.
Satin paints offer the right combination of easy-clean and moderate sheen. These paints go a step above eggshell in scrubbing ability. They perform and look great in just about any room.
Flat paints or matte paints are non-reflective and always the right choice for large walls and ceilings. Flat colors hide imperfections on wall surfaces and spatter well during application. Dull colors are the best choice for vinyl and aluminum siding that is scratched or dented because it hides imperfections and spatters less when applied. These paints are ideal for less used areas such as formal dining rooms and master bedrooms. Special paints have been innovated from different consumer insights and brilliant paint technology that allows specific colors for specific needs.
Ceiling flats are designed especially for ceilings. These are usually extra spatter-resistant.
Primer paints may be oil-based or can be water-based and are used to seal unpainted surfaces to prevent covering coats of paint soaking in. The appropriate type of primer should be used for the surface being painted – wood, metal, plaster, or tiles. There are some all-purpose primers available that are designed for two or more of these surfaces.