Painting Your House
Your home is your life asset. And it’s a matter of time should you require a notice that your home requires renovation – not because it’s getting old, but because you feel that the need of vibrant colours on your house.
Repainting your house is a tricky enterprise. Some rely on painting organizations to perform the job for you. Employing the exterior painting service may also cost you more. However, if you’re planning to paint it yourself, then you may wish to take into account the fundamentals; and think about the time and effort you will put on painting your property.
There are many types of paint available today, some offering different surface finishes, others are made for a particular program. Choosing the right paint kind might appear to be confusing at first, but as soon as you’ve projected which theme you’d like to paint your house and sorted out which job and what finishes you want, the choice is quite easy.
There are two foundations of paint for your home: solvent-based (oil or alkyd) and water-based (latex). Oil-based paints tender slow – usually taking around 24 hours. The best clean up for an oil-based paint is turpentine or paint thinner. Latex paints’ advantage is that it dries relatively fast, but it is not desirable in hot weather or direct sunshine. So if you are painting the inside of your house, it is recommended to use water-based paints, while solvent-based paints are suggested for painting the exterior of your house.
“Sheen” is a term used to describe the degree of light reflection the paint has. Lesser sheen for an interior or exterior paint means it has lesser stain resistance.
- · A Gloss paint is easy to clean and resists scuffs better. This is ideal for rooms that are constantly used. Most gloss paints are best recommended to use on woodworks, baseboards, kitchen and bathroom walls, doorjambs, and window casings. The downside of using gloss paints, however, is the noticeable imperfections in the wall surface.
- · A High-gloss paint is highly reflective and works well for highlighting details, such as trim and decorative molding. They are also the best choice for doors and cabinet – or any area that sees a high volume of abuse.
- · Semi-gloss paints are very similar to gloss plaints except it has lesser sheen. Semi-gloss is also suitable for rooms with high humidity (best used for children’s room) and can be used for trim works and casings. These paints ensure maximum durability.
- · Eggshell paints provide a smooth and low-sheen finish. Paints that are smooth and low-sheen that is ideal for your living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and dens. It is washable and ideal for bedrooms, hallways, home offices and family rooms.
- · Satin paints offer a good combination of easy-clean and moderate sheen. These paints go a step above eggshell in scrubbing ability. They perform and look great in just about any room.
- · Flat paints (matte paints) are non-reflective and always a good choice for large walls and ceilings. Flat paints hides imperfections on wall surfaces and spatters well during application. Flat paints are the best choice for vinyl and aluminum siding that is scratched or dented because it hides imperfections and spatters less when applied. These paints are ideal for low-traffic areas such as formal dining rooms and master bedrooms.
Special paints have been innovated from different consumer insights and brilliant paint technology that allows specific paints for specific needs.
- · Ceiling flats are designed specially for ceilings. These are usually extra spatter-resistant.
- · Primer paints may be oil- or water-based and are used to seal unpainted surfaces to prevent covering coats of paint soaking in. The appropriate type of primer should be used for the surface being painted – wood, metal, plaster or tiles. There are some ‘all purpose primers’ available that are designed for two or more of these surfaces.
- · Anti-condensation paints are used for rooms with humid conditions such as kitchen and bathrooms. This paint is generally formulated to avoid condensation and often contains fungicide.
- · Fire-retardant paints do not withstand fires completely but its fire-resistance formulation prevents it from flame in spreading quickly.
- It is also important that before painting your area, you use a primer. A primer can help paint adhere to the surface by providing a uniform appearance. It is essential to use a primer if you are painting over fresh wood, bare wood, drywall, or repainting over present bright or dark colors.
But before doing this, you have to know the condition of the surface you wanted to paint. Regardless of whether the base coat is latex or oil, you need to dull shiny paint by sanding or de-glossing it with a chemical de-glossing item. If you don’t dull shiny paint, then the second coat will streak and not adhere to the bottom coat when drying.
If you would like to change your area’s ambience, painting it’s an excellent option. When inside decorating, use paints which are quicker to dry and doesn’t have a powerful odor that lingers around where your kids can smell it.