Choosing the Right Paint for Your Project
Whether you’re painting furniture, cabinetry, or your home’s interior or exterior, these tips for choosing paint products will help you successfully paint any item or surface.
As you know, not all paints are created equal. There are many types to choose from, and it’s not always easy to know which paint is best for which project. While there is some flexibility, choosing the right paint can save you time, money and frustration.
Whether painting a dark-colored wall white or making a slight color change, a dual-purpose paint that includes both primer and paint will give better coverage than traditional latex paint. There are even brands on the market that boast one-coat coverage, eliminating the need for multiple layers of paint, saving you time, money, and a lot of effort.
Painting a room that is prone to high humidity, such as a bathroom or sunroom, will require specialty interior paint that are made for high-moisture areas. These types of paints help reduce the possibility of peeling and staining over time.
Cabinetry, Doors and Interior Trim
When it comes to painting cabinets, doors or interior trim in your home, the key to choosing the right paint is finding one that is durable and leaves a nice, smooth finish. High-traffic areas, such as trimwork, doors and cabinets exposed to a lot of daily wear, are best served by water- or oil-based enamel paints formulated specifically for these types of situations. The paints are dual-purposed when it comes to durability and finish, and contain self-leveling additives that reduce brush marks and ensure the paint spreads evenly. Enamel paints do not require a top coat due to their tough finish.
There are many, many furniture paints on the market today, including specialty paints with chalk-style finishes, high-gloss lacquer, and finishes that result in a distressed look. If a specialized decorative paint is not what you’re looking for, traditional water- or oil-based enamel paint is a great choice. It will produce a smooth, durable finish tough enough for even pieces exposed to high traffic. No top coat is needed with enamel paints.
A trick for using enamel paint on furniture is to use an extender additive with the paint so that the drying time is extended, and paint leveling is increased. The addition of an extender additive makes the furniture painting process smoother and helps hide painting imperfections.
If anyone in your household suffers from asthma, allergies, or sensitivities to paint chemicals or fumes, then choosing the right paint becomes even more of a challenge. Luckily, there are now interior paint products available with low and zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These types of paints help reduce allergens and sensitivities to paint.
If you thought there was a lot to learn about interior paint varieties, there is even more to learn when it comes to exterior paints. There are a lot of exterior paint variations on the market today and it can be overwhelming trying to sort them all out. So, let’s simplify things:
When it comes to the exterior, you’re looking for paint that will best hold up to a wide range of weather conditions over an extended period of time. The most durable exterior paints that boast the greatest staying power have formulations that include UV protection, resistance to chipping, flaking and cracking, and resistance to mold and mildew. To ensure that you find the right paint for your home, therefore, you must seek out an exterior paint that checks all the boxes when it comes to durability. Similar to interior paints, dual-purpose exterior paints that contain a primer will require fewer coats and less paint, saving time and money.