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Choosing Paint Types For Your Park City Home

Anyone can get lost in a paint store. Have you ever tried to pick out paint before? It can really get overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the basic paint types.

People are usually only thinking about color choices when they go to pick out paint. Then they see the hundreds of cans that don’t seem to be arranged in any type of order other than by brand.

Hmm, should you pick Eggshell? What should I paint the stucco with? Would flat paint be right for the bathroom?

The differences can be astounding. But it’s important to make the right choices or things like blistering, flaking, and peeling could be a problem.

Here is some information you’ll need to know about paint types for your next Park City painting project.

Types Of Paint

Latex or Acrylic Paints - Latex is acrylic based and is very commonly sold for interior and exterior painting projects. It is a water-based paint that performs well for years. Top quality latex paints are more durable due to a 100% acrylic base. It dries fast, usually from one to six hours. The paint is flexible and the color lasts.

Enamel - Enamel is oil based paint that usually has a higher gloss. The base or makeup of the paint can vary. Some are made with varnish added to the oil base. The term actually means “hard surfaced paint”. It is commonly used on exterior surfaces for waterproofing and rot proofing and as floor coatings.

Types Of Paint Finishes

  • Semi-Gloss Paint -Acrylic semi-gloss is a popular paint type that gives off a subtle shine. It is commonly used on wood surfaces such as trim, doors, and cabinets. It’s easy to clean and is great for areas that quickly get dirty such as on a door frame.
  • Eggshell Paint -Eggshell is a name that refers to a slightly off white color. It can also mean a low sheen. The sheen varies between brands and can refer to a satin, matte, or low gloss finish.
  • Satin Paint -A satin finish is low in luster. It reflects some light. It’s great for walls in the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and kids rooms. It’s easy to clean with a little soap and water.
  • Gloss Paint -Gloss paint gives a high gloss sheen. It reflects a lot of light. It is usually used on furniture and sometimes on trimwork or cabinetry. Use it wherever you want a dramatic effect. It can be scrubbed to clean.
  • Matte Paint -A matte finish is a term that is interchangeable with flat paint.
  • Velvet Flat or Pearl Paint -This is a finish with a sheen that rests between flat and satin. It is useful for walls where you want to reduce light glare but add some washability. It is commonly used in living rooms, bedrooms, formal dining rooms, and dens.
  • Flat Paint -Flat paint has no sheen. The finish doesn’t reflect light. It is not very washable. It is used on walls but mostly on ceilings or entertainment rooms.

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