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How To Choose Paint For Interior Painting

Interior painting types

Ask a painting contractor how to choose paint for interior painting and they'll tell you about the thousands of different options available. Many times, it's just up to you what to use based on the quality of the paint, the cost, and what surfaces you want to paint.

Interior painting often comes down to choosing colors rather than paint types, but it never hurts to know what the different types are used for and why it's best to use certain ones for interior painting.

Paint Types

Oil-based – Oil-based paint is usually applied to surfaces that get a lot of damage. For instance, a varnish coating is applied over kitchen cabinets to protect the stain from the many dings and dents that the cabinetry is exposed to. Doors, especially metal or fiberglass exterior doors, are also painted with an oil-based paint. Needless to say, this type of paint protects surfaces like the door and cabinets the best.

Water-based – There's a world of acrylic latex water-based paints to choose from for interior painting. The paint formulas have greatly improved since the time when most house painters only used enamel because of it's durability. Today's water-based acrylic paint is durable and the cleanup really easy.

Epoxy coatings – A rubberized paint product that acts as a shield to protect the roof and exterior walls. Also used for garage floor painting. The formulas are made for each surface, so choose the right type for the surface being painted.

Choosing Interior Paint For Indoor Humidity

How much humidity the room exposed to – Humidity is bad for painted walls, so make sure to choose a paint formulated for high humidity inside the house.

Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms get the most humid, so you don't want to use flat paint. A nice satin finish is good enough. Be sure you coat everything or the moisture can get behind the wall texture and start lifting it up.

Choosing UV Resistant Paints For Direct Sunlight Fading

Which walls are exposed to direct sunlight – Shadows make the interior paint color seem darker while light brightens the color.

This can actually be used to your advantage in the design of the room rather than it being a problem, just plan to use a shade two shades darker or lighter to add even more interest. Choose interior paint with a UV resistant formula so the color won't fade from sun damage.

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