The paint you choose for your project can make a big difference in both the look and longevity of the finished product. Once you decide on the perfect color for your project the next decision to make is on the type of paint. Interior or exterior? With primer or without? Satin or Semi-gloss? You will find that there are a lot of options when it comes to choosing paint. So, how can you make sure you choose the right paint for your project? You need to start by asking a few important questions about the area you want to paint and your preferences.
Interior or exterior
The first element to consider is whether you are painting on the interior or exterior of your home. The paint that is appropriate for each space is different. Exterior paint is designed to stand up to elements like sunshine, wind, and rain. Interior paint is not exposed to those elements at the same level as exterior paint. If you are painting on the interior of your home, you should consider how the paint will impact the air quality. You can get low or no VOC paint that is designed to have minimal impact on the air quality inside of your home. Once you determine if you need interior or exterior paint you can move on to other factors to help with your decision.
Use of the space
The use of the space you want to paint can also impact the paint you choose. For example, a high traffic area such as the kitchen or bathroom will require paint that is tough and easy to clean. You will find that the sheen of the paint impacts the toughness of the paint. In areas where you will likely need to wipe down the walls frequently it is best to choose paint with a higher sheen. Many paint manufacturers also advertise paint options that are formulated to stand up to heavy use. Explore these options for spaces that will be subject to regular use.
Current paint condition of the surface
The current condition of the surface you want to paint will impact the paint you choose. For example, going from a dark color to a lighter color will impact the coverage options you consider. If you need a high level of coverage then you may want to consider a paint with built-in primer. There are a number of high-quality paint options that are designed to provide high coverage. The current paint on your walls is an important factor to consider and explore as you choose a paint.
Your personal preference also matters when it comes to choosing paint. If you love the look of matte paint, take that into account. You need to weigh your needs with your preferences in order to make the right choice.
If you need help choosing the best paint for your project, give the pros at D&D Painting a call. We can provide you with an in-home consultation and help you determine the type of paint that is suited best for your project.