A home DIY paint job can be the perfect way to add life to any room in your home. While painting is generally straightforward, where all you need are paint and a roller and brush, some consideration goes into choosing the right materials for your space.
There are various finishes, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. These are:
Also known as flat finish or wall paint, this type of interior product has a matte or non shiny surface that is great for hiding small wall bumps, cracks and other imperfections. You can touch up scratches and marks seamlessly with this type.
Has a hint of shine or gloss that is good for walls that will be cleaned often.
Has a smooth, velvety look with a bit more gloss and is best used for windows, doors, trim or ceilings. It may also be used for kids’ room walls, kitchens, bathrooms and areas with a lot of traffic because it can withstand occasional cleaning and light scrubbing.
This has a reflective quality similar to enamel or plastic that is best used for cabinets, trim and furniture in very formal and contemporary settings. It may be used on a small area like an accent wall but careful preparation and sanding of the area to be painted is required because a shiny finish will magnify surface imperfections.
Oil-based or latex:
Oil-based paint has superior adhesion making it ideal for painting over a surface that has several layers of oil-based material on it. It emits a heavy odour that can be a problem for sensitive people. It also has a long drying time, up to 24 hours, needing additional time for applying a second coat. Cleaning up requires a paint thinner.
Latex is a popular choice of homeowners because it has a fast drying time and is resistant to mildew. All you need to clean up after this versatile material is soap and water.
Choosing the right one for your home DIY project is also important, especially if you have particular requirements like:
Cleanability and durability
Choose paint with some shine for walls that require washing or cleaning – it iss easier to clean than matte or flat finishes.
Children’s bedroom walls need regular cleaning which an eggshell or satin finish can withstand. Getting odorless or non toxic paint is also ideal for children’s rooms.
High gloss provides a brilliant surface that creates an elegant and sophisticated diy project but it can appear too cold and uninviting if applied on large areas like walls. Shine also highlights imperfections so preparation and sanding is essential.
When cleanability or coverage is not important as it is with ceilings, choose a matte finish that is readily sold as pre-mixed in most hardware stores. Whether you hire a contractor or embark on a home diy project, choosing the right paint for the job will not only enhance the look of your home but will also last you a long time.