Interior Paint



Choosing the right interior paint can lead to a beautiful do-it-yourself project, or a painting disaster.

There are a lot of different types of paint out on the market today, each having their particular advantages when used for specific applications. For example, walls throughout the house normally require a flat, or eggshell type of sheen, as opposed to using, say, a semi-gloss.

Why flat?

Because a flat sheen on the wall tends to hide drywall finishing imperfections or flaws. A shinier finish, such as in a semi-gloss paint, would significantly magnify any finish imperfections to the point of being a distraction.

Conversely, you would not brush a flat finish onto your trim or woodwork. That's when you'd use a semi-gloss, or high gloss finish, to give the woodwork a warm look to it, as well as providing a more durable protection.

"What Type of Finish To Use, and Where To Use It?"

When considering what interior paint to use, and where, use the following as a general guideline:

  • Walls are usually coated in a latex (water-thinned) flat, or eggshell finish.

  • Ceilings are generally painted with what is known as a "ceiling white", which is a flat latex.

  • Kitchens and bathrooms generally require a more washable finish coat such as a satin, or semi-gloss on the walls and woodwork. Usually just warm, soapy water will easily clean most dirty hand prints, or any other mishap.

  • Woodwork, trimwork, baseboard, doors, cabinets are other surfaces that require a durable, harder shell which can stand up to contact (human or animal) and abuse such as dirt/grime, scratches, dents, etcetera.

    Keep in mind that you can use oil, as well as latex (water based) for any interior surface within your home.

    Just remember that paint brush and roller clean-up can be a real headache with oil-based paints.

    For proper clean-up, you should use a paint thinner to clean with, and it can get quite messy. This is why, if for no other reason, using latex interior paint is so appealing to many do-it-yourselfers.

    Other Links of Interest

    Please visit Durable-Types-of-Paint for finishing hardwood floors, painting bathroom and kitchen cabinetry and other specific applications requiring really tough finishes.

    What exactly is Paint Sheen?

    The difference between Latex and Oil Based Paints.


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