Have you ever walked into a paint store – or even down the painting products aisle at a hardware store – and been overwhelmed by all the options? Stains, enamels, sealants, stains, latex, oil, finishes – it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re looking for if you’re determined to get a job done yourself. So today we’re here to help you discover how to know if you are choosing the right paint?
The first thing to do is to take a look at what you’re painting, and decide how you want it to appear after you’re done. Is it a big family room that needs to look welcoming, or a small bathroom that needs to be refreshed? Are you brightening up some faded bedrooms doors? Have an idea of the colour you want, and how shiny you want the finish to be. (Generally, main walls are flat or eggshell finish, while bathrooms and trim pieces are semi- or high-gloss.)
Environmental Factors & Application Method
Next, you should consider where the painting job is. Are you working on an painting an outdoor deck that’s exposed to extremes of moisture, sunlight, and cold? A child-height handrail that gets lots of sticky hands? Or are you just touching up the shelves of a little-used bedroom closet? Take notes of whether you need moisture and extreme weather protection, durability, washability, and coverage. The location of a job may also determine how you’re applying the paint – sprayer, brush and roller, spray can, etc. This is important, too, as some products cannot be easily sprayed or rolled.
It goes without saying that the paint that goes on a high stucco ceiling is different from the stain that would be used on an outdoor fence. Keeping the area’s function in mind will help you make a final decision on finish, durability, and other properties that differ between paints – for example, a paint with high washability is ideal for kids’ rooms, while bright, flat whites are perfect for ceilings.
As with anything in life, you want to ensure you buy a proper and proven brand of paint that will last for years to come. At The Urban Painter, we use top-quality, high-grade Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Dulux paints, which consistently provide excellent results and longevity.
Choosing the right paint can seem deceptively simple, but it’s worth taking the time to look over your needs and selecting the most fitting brand, finish, and grade. If you’d like an expert opinion, we’d be more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect paint for your home – we even offer a colour consultation to our clients, where you can get answers to all your questions about current trends and styles. Take advantage of our free estimate today, and find out how the right paint can not only increase the value and look of your home and property, but provide years of ambience, warmth, and memories!