When we decide to tackle a paint job it can be hard to decide what kind of paint to buy. With all the brands and types of paint it can be overwhelming. How much should you spend? Is it smart to go with cheaper paint? Will you save money in the long run? It’s a good idea to learn more about what each type of paint can give you and how much you should spend. Every project is different and has its own set of challenges.
Painting Surfaces of the Job
The surface you’re painting makes a difference. Your front door will require a paint that is different than the one you would use in the bathroom. Bathrooms need paint that is resistant to mold because of the high levels of moisture and front doors need to deal with high levels of UV rays and all the elements that it will be exposed to. Most professionals will agree that basic, cheaper paint is probably okay to use when the surfaces don’t need any extra benefits. If you’re painting a wood surface, like cabinets and trim, they typically have stained or finished surfaces and will need deep sanding of additives to ensure proper adhesion. The more knowledge you have about paint, the better your results will be. You’ll get all the benefits you paid for by purchasing the right paint.
Interior or Exterior Paint & Finishes
Paint is put into one of two categories: interior and exterior. Exterior paints are usually more expensive because they are packed with extra ingredients to increase toughness, moisture resistance and UV color corrosion. This makes interior paints cost less because they are more basic. Paint finishes go from flat to high gloss. The finishes include flat, eggshell and satin semi-gloss and gloss. These finishes will all affect the way the paint will look over its lifetime and won’t affect the price.
Paint Ingredients & Their Functions
Paint goes through testing before it can be purchased. All paint, regardless of price, includes four characteristics: color protection, mold resistance, stain resistance and abrasion resistance. These four attributes are tested to see if the color will last, whether it will stand up to UV rays and mold and how well it will stand up to stains and abrasions from rubbing and scrubbing. When you purchase more expensive paint there will be other ingredients added. This paint should last longer and look better too. You can buy many paints that have primer added to them. Primer is an ingredient that helps paint coat evenly and prevents having to add extra coats of paint. This will save you time and money. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint has become more common. This is a great additive because it makes the paint less, or totally free of toxins.