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Scarsdale Painter: Article About Choosing The Right Paint

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As any Scarsdale painter will say, choosing the right kind of paint is just as important as picking the right color. After all, the wrong selection can mean that the paint won't hold up to traffic, may stain easily or just may look bad. To get the right paint selection, homeowners will need to navigate between the various types and finishes available.

One of the first decisions to be made is whether the homeowner will want oil- or latex-based paint. Oil-based paint tends to need fewer coats, sticks to smooth surfaces well, is very durable and is stain-resistant. However, it can yellow as the paint ages, and cleanup after the project isn't as easy. Latex paint, on the other hand, has fewer harsh fumes, dries quickly and won't turn colors over time. However, latex is more likely to show imperfections and may require sanding between coats.

Once the decision between oil and latex is made, the finish of the paint will need to be chosen. There are five basic finishes available to homeowners: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss paint.

Choosing a paint finish, or sheen, is a trade-off process. The shinier the paint, the more imperfections will be shown. However, a shiny finish reflects more light and is easier to clean.

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Thus, homeowners need to find balance between what will look best in their space and what is the most durable.

Because some finishes are more durable than others, the sheen selected generally depends on the room. Kitchens and bathrooms, for example, are generally painted with satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. Besides being easier to clean, these finishes are also more mold resistant. Obviously, mold resistance is an important factor in high-humidity rooms.

Bedrooms, on the other hand, are great candidates for a flat finish. Shiner sheens can look too industrial in a space designed for relaxation. However, the ultimate decision of paint finish is obviously up to the homeowner.

It's important for homeowners to remember that the type of paint finish they choose will make subtle changes to their chosen color. As a result, an exact sample of the type, finish and color should be mixed and applied to the wall. This is the only way to make sure that all the paint's elements together create an attractive result.

When all factors are carefully considered, the result will be a paint that looks great, lasts a long time and fits the needs of the room.

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