The quality of your tools matters. Especially when you're painting your home, it's important to pay attention which tools you buy. The most important quality to look out for is in the type of paint you choose. You might think you've found the perfect paint, just based on the color, but it's essential that you check the quality before putting it on your walls.
For an experienced painter, this goes without saying. They can walk into a hardware store and know exactly what to look for. If you're not a professional painter, don't worry. We've put together this blog in order to help you figure out what you need to look for when you're deciding on paint.
Paint quality should be your focus
So how can you determine the quality of your paint? The finish is a great place to begin. Each type of paint finish has its own specific purpose and special qualities. For instance, flat paint is excellent at hiding imperfections but doesn’t clean up well; that makes it ideal for ceilings. Meanwhile, eggshell paint is much easier to clean and significantly more durable, but still pales in comparison to semi-gloss’s toughness.
By choosing the right finish for the area you’re painting, you’re going to extend the lifetime of that paint job. We have a blog all about the different paint finishes, so check it out if you need some guidance.
What do I look for beyond sheen/finish?
The brand of paint matters, although most major paint manufacturers (Behr, Sherwin-Williams, etc.) are fairly reliable. Moreover, you should understand that the paint market is expanding like basically every other market (hence why we showed you the paint department earlier). As companies grow and invent, sometimes they come up with new products that are great; and sometimes, they come up with products that aren’t really worth it (like combo primer+paint).
Our advice: the simpler the better. Look for simple paints that are only identified by their finish, avoiding new products that promise things that seem too good to be true. We’ve been painting homes for decades, and I assure you that regular old paint will do the job just fine.