Homeowners often do not realize how important the product is that the painter uses when they are doing an interior or exterior painting job. We thought it would benefit our readers to understand: How to know what kind of paint to use when doing a home improvement painting project.

Is the most expensive paint the best to use for painting?   No, this is not a true statement.

There are many factors to be considered when painting, such as;

  • Is the location you are painting wood, metal, vinyl siding or hardy plank,
  • What are the weather conditions,
  • What type paint to use,
  • What is the right brush, and many more.

When hiring a handyman to paint, always have a discussion about what paint product will work best for your painting project. For example, a bathroom with a shower should not be painted using a flat paint product. If a home improvement painting project has been completed and flat paint was used in a full bath, without the homeowners knowledge, moisture can cause mold and damage.

When it comes to the “wet” areas, meaning bathrooms and kitchens, we would recommend an eggshell or gloss paint. These products do not absorb moisture, thereby protecting your family from any mold or moisture damage. If you’re not aware there are different types of paint, then this may help.

how to select the right paint

Here’s a short rundown on the types of paint:

Flat or Matte Finish: Flat enamel is a paint with a durable flat, matte finish. A downside to flat paint is that it is harder to clean.

Eggshell Finish: This finish has a slight hint of shine, kind of the way an actual egg shell looks. It’s a good choice for walls and holds up better with cleaning than flat paint.

Satin Finish: This finish has a smooth, velvety look with a bit more gloss. It is mostly used for windows, doors, and trim, however, it can be used as wall paint.

Semi-gloss: This finish is most often used on doors, trim, and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easily cleaned has a nice, subtle shine, without being too glossy looking.

High Gloss: This finish has an almost “wet” look to it. It is not widely used in home interiors.

A priority, when starting a painting project or hiring a handyman to paint, is choosing someone who will do the job right and that decision should be made first before you even discuss the type of paint to use. The team at Residential Improvement Doctor, are always available and happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have for painting the interior or exterior of your home.

Call us TODAY! We can help you.

“Your Home Improvement Specialist”

Mike Walker

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