Your home is your capital for life. And it’s only a matter of time before you realize your home needs an update – not because it’s showing its age, but because you feel like you need bright colors in your home.
Painting the house is difficult. Some rely on painting companies to do the job for you. Hiring a home painting service can also cost you dearly. But if you’re going to paint it yourself, consider the basics; and consider the time and effort you put into painting your home.
WHICH PAINT TO CHOOSE
A variety of paint types are available today, some offering different surface treatments, others designed for a specific application. Choosing the right color can seem confusing at first, but once you’ve planned the theme you want to paint your home and determined what work and finishes you want, the choice is pretty easy.
Your fireplace has two paint bases: solvent-based (oil or alkyd) and water-based (latex). Oil paints dry slowly – typically up to 24 hours. The best cleanser for oil paint is turpentine or paint thinner. Latex paints have the advantage of drying relatively quickly, which is undesirable in hot weather or direct sunlight. The best cleaning for latex paint requires only soap and water. Therefore, when painting the interior of your home, it is recommended to use water-based paints, while solvent-based paints are recommended for the exterior of your home.
There are a variety of water-based or solvent-based paints that produce a variety of finishes, measured by their gloss coefficient. “Gloss” is a term used to describe the degree of color luster in a painting. The lower gloss of interior or exterior paint means it is less stain resistant.
· Glossy paint is easy to clean and more scratch-resistant. This is ideal for rooms that are used constantly. Most gloss paints are recommended for trim, baseboards, kitchen and bathroom walls, door frames and window surrounds. However, the disadvantage of using glossy paints is noticeable defects in the wall surface.
If you want to change the mood of your room, painting is a great option. For interior painting, use paints that dry faster and don’t have a strong, lingering odor where your kids can smell it.
Painting the interior of a home requires thorough assessment, visualization, and preparation. Once you’ve chosen your theme for your room and bought the supplies you need (paints, brushes and rollers, extension handles, paint tray, paint mixer, fall clothes, ladder, tape, etc.).