What paint brands do you use/recommend?
Dunn Edwards, Sherwin Williams and Microblend are the three brands I use most often. All offer high quality paints at reasonable prices...if you have an account with them! Benjamin Moore is also a great paint company, but only has few less convenient locations. If you want the greatest selection of color choices, Benjamin Moore wins the prize. All companies color match, so don't think you are stuck with a certain brand just because you chose their color.
How much area will one gallon of paint cover?
For many paints, one gallon will cover approximately 400 square feet. However, the quality of the paint can affect how much it will cover. The label on the paint can usually provides some guidance. In addition, there are a number of factors that affect how much paint you will need. These include the type of surface being covered, the color currently on the surface and the color being applied.
How do I recognize a good paint?
Paint has three components: the binder, the pigment and the liquid. The best paints contain a higher volume of solid materials or titanium dioxide. Generally, you get what you pay for. Although, when painting interior walls it is not as necessary to buy the highest quality of paint. The higher priced paints often include uv protection for outdoor surfaces, or other 'gimmicks' that the home improvement stores sell you on. All paint brands have great quality paints, just stay away from the lowest priced products as you will end up spending more time and money than if you chose a good paint to start with.
What are the advantages of latex paint?
In addition to being thinnable with water, latex paints feature:
- Less odor
- Water cleanup
- Faster drying
- Ease of touch up
- Ease of application
- Better gloss
- Less fading on exteriors
- No yellowing on interiors
- Less likely to crack or peel
- Better for the environment
What does the term sheen refer to?
It refers to how shiny the paint is. Manufacturers use terms such as flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss to describe their paints, but there are no specific industry standards.
What sheen should I use in my kitchen and bathrooms?
Satin and Semi Gloss paints are great for high-traffic areas because they provide a tough, washable finish that also resists water and grease. Use them on kitchen and bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, doorjambs and windowsills.
What sheen should I use in the bedrooms and common areas?
I like eggshell or satin is these areas. Most homes have texture on the walls so the higher the sheen you choose, the more noticeable the texture will become. If you need added washability go with satin, otherwise eggshell looks great!
Where should I use a flat paint?
The only place I use flat paint is on ceilings. This provides a nice dull surface so you dont get any glare across the ceiling from lights or the sun. I guess you can use it on your walls...if you don't have any kids or pets!
Why do homebuilders use flat paint?
They use flat paint for the same reason I recommend it for ceilings, so there is no glare. In the builders case, this helps to prevent imperfections being noticed by the new homeowner, and it is the least costly paint.
Do I need the $8.00 roll of masking tape?
To put it simply, NO. Occasionally it is necessary to use a low tack blue tape when masking wallpaper, or other surfaces that might be harmed by regular masking tape. But most often the use of the regular tape with a tube of caulking works best and is much cheaper. The expensive tapes claim to seal the edge and use fancy gimmicks like 'edge lock technology'. They do work well on a surface that is completely smooth but put it on a wall with texture and it's pretty much useless. I like to seal the tape line with a very thin bead of clear caulking. I also use white paint (if the baseboards are white) to seal the tape on the baseboards. This prevents the wall paint from seeping under the tape.