When it comes to home painting, you can be flooded with paint choices and ideas. But in the end you will want to settle for the type of paint which will give you durable yet awesome looking walls. Experts suggest water based paints to be the most preferred and suitable option for painting walls. Read on to know why these paints are considered the best choice for your walls.
It’s true that oil-based or alkyd paints are the most durable of all paints on the market, but that durability comes at a price for those of us with chemical sensitivities. The smell is strong and cleanup is not simple. Strong solvents such as mineral spirits must be used to clean your skin, the brushes and any other equipment used. Ventilation must be excellent and even then the odor can be overpowering.
There are two types of paints available at all times, both water based and oil based. Each has it’s own distinct good traits and bad traits. If you are an environmentally conscious person, you will definitely want to use water based products as these tend to have lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Increased amounts of these chemicals could have horrible health side effects, so keep that in mind during your paint selection process. When it comes down to the end product and how it appears on the wall, you’re going to have several choices in terms of finish . The paints finish is wholly dependent on whether you have applied the paint correctly, primed, cleaned the surface beforehand, etc. So be sure to read the instructions given by the paints manufacturer. Matte paints are those with the least amount of shine, but are well-suited if you want to mask any inconsistencies on the surface being painted.
If you decide to use latex paint, also be sure to test whether the residue applied by the previous Edmonton painting contractor has been removed. The recommended and ideal way to test this is to apply a small amount of paint to a smaller area of the surface just as in the test above, only this time use two coats. And instead of waiting a few hours, wait a couple of days. Once three days has surpassed use a paperclip to scratch a line through the paint, then stick some clear tape over the line and quickly remove it. Check the tape for paint specks. If more than a handful of paint specks are stuck to the tape, which means the paint isn’t bonding strongly. This means you’re going to need to do either one of two things. You’ll have to make sure you thoroughly clean off the chalked paint. Or you’ll need to switch to alkyd paint. Alkyd paints do a better job of covering up chalk.
There are quite a number of paint choices, and although it can seem confusing at first, choosing the right one will make a big difference in the finished product. As always, we recommend seeking the guidance of a professional Edmonton painting contractor if you feel unsure about any of the above, their website can be found here