How To Know What Type Of Paint To Use For Your Painting Projects
Many times, the type of paint you needs isn’t determine by the surface area you’re painting alone. Other things can factor into the choice, like exactly where you’re going to paint.
In fact, that can be actually the only thing that really makes a difference because there are so many ways to make paint adhere to just about anything these days no matter what the surface is or what’s already been put there before.
Many customers don’t know which to choose between the paint types. First, you should do a little investigation into what all the paint types are, and then learn where they’re commonly applied.
At Mike Ausherman Painting Inc., we’ll be glad to help you any time if you have questions about what to use for painting during remodeling. And don’t forget, we’re experienced professionals so we’ll make short order of your painting project if you would rather someone else handle it for you! The only thing you’ll have to worry about is how you can get your friends over to see your new space!
Oil Or Water Based Paint For Painting Interiors or Exteriors
Basically with paint, the first thing to remember is that there are two bases that the tint is mixed with. Either water or oil. Water based paint dissolves with water while oil based requires a chemical solvent.
Water based paints used to be much less durable. Today, with new manufacturing methods and advances in chemistry, we have durable water based paints.
The differences between oil or water based paints is still significant, especially when it comes to enamels and other oil based paint. You get a stronger product with enamels that are oil based.
But watch out for latex or water based paints hitting the market that have adopted the term, “enamel”. When marketers do things like that, it just make it more confusing for the consumer to differentiate paints.
Gloss, Semi-gloss, Flat, or what?
Gloss paint ranges from low sheen to high gloss. Both water and solvent based paint comes in gloss varieties. Gloss is used on trim work, bathrooms, and areas that need protection from moisture. Flat paint shouldn’t be used in bathrooms or areas exposed to fogging, steam, or any type of regular moisture.
Flat paint is water based. It has no sheen and absorbs light. It’s a beautiful option, but not very suitable for places where moisture will be present. The texture underneath the paint will easily start to peel off in these rooms because they aren’t protected from moisture.
Varnish is high gloss and should be used as a coating. It can be and some do come with tints giving it a slight color. It’s perfect to give you a highly reflective surface that incredibly durable and long lasting. Generally, varnish is used for flooring applications, but many modern styles incorporate this high sheen finish into the design, especially in commercial buildings that boast a high-class modern design.