INTERIOR DECORATING PAINTS
Most interior decorating paints have a latex base as opposed to being an oil (or alkyd) based coating. Some professional painters do still use oil paints on trim though when the woodwork is very old.
Popcorn type ceilings that have never been painted before should also be coated with an oil based paint.
Below are a list of interior decorating paints and the best place to use them.
KITCHEN AND BATH PAINTS
Rooms that have higher humidity and receive more traffic compared to other areas of the home tend to require paints that can stand up to such conditions. Also, most kitchen and bath paints have additives which help fight mold or mildew and are much easier to scrub clean once the paint has cured.
TRIM (OR WOODWORK) PAINTS
As mentioned above interior decorating paints for your trim or woodwork can be either latex or an oil based coating. Both are very durable and in most cases do have some type of sheen or finish (ie., semi gloss).
Other advantages of trim paint would be its ability to level out with little or no brush marks.
When dealing with older woodwork (or trim) it is advisable to use an oil based coating so as to stay with the originality of the paint while at the same time insuring that the paint will adhere properly.
MODIFIED OIL BASED PAINTS
Modified alkyd coatings have the same advantages of both a latex and oil based paints. Such modified coatings seal the surface, have wash-ability, durability, excellent coverage and flow or level out like an oil paint does.
At the same time modified's clean up with water, dry fast, retain their color and sand easily just like a quality latex paint does.
Other advantages of modified oils can be self priming, mildew resistance, splatter resistance and ease of touch up.
There are also disadvantages to this type of paint though, including a slower dry time than regular latex coatings, lack of blocking for certain stains or tannins, and they take 30 days to cure (like most latex paints do).
WATERBORN TYPE PAINTS
Waterborne paints can come in either alkyd or latex based products. Waterborne have much the same advantages as the modified alkyds mentioned above (depending on the type of paint you're purchasing).
INTERIOR DECORATING PAINTS FOR CEILINGS
Ceiling paints come in a number of bases and formulations. Be sure to use the proper ceiling paint in regards to the project at hand. As an example, ceilings that have never been painted before require an oil based coating.
Furthermore if your ceiling has stains or dis-coloratrion then an appropriate coating will have to be used prior to applying a finish coat.
THE BEST INTERIOR DECORATING PAINTS TO USE
For me, the best paints to apply would depend on the job at hand. Cheaper paints work fine for projects that will be repainted in a year or two.
Surfaces that require more durability or wash-ability perform best when coated with a waterborne or modified oil. Of course such paints do cost more money.
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, also, do keep in mind that your local paint retailer will assist you with selecting the best products, tools and materials for the work being done.
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