Choose The Right Paint
Shopping for paint and getting a little confused by all the different types of paint names you are seeing? One company has 16 different paint names to select from.
Here are the basics:
The type of paint you’ll use depends on how the room to be painted will be used and the type of finish you want.
Interior paint is specifically formulated to provide:
- Scrubbability and stain resistance
- Good hiding ability
Hiding power is the ability to hide the surface of an object. When applied too thin, a coating lacks sufficient hiding power. The hiding power of paint measures its ability to obscure a background of contrasting color.
- Good coverage
- Spatter resistance
- Easy touch-up
Latex or Oil?
Interior house paints are either latex- or oil/alkyd-based. Today, most oil-based paints are made with synthetic resins (alkyds), which perform better than paints based on natural oils. Each has different characteristics and uses. Your paint store expert can provide advice abut which paint is right for your project.
Get the longest-lasting finish with the best gloss retention. Sherwin-Williams latex paints are easy to work with, dry quickly and are extremely durable. Latex paints clean up easily with soap and water.
Oil / Alkyd
Good adhesion, excellent durability and stain resistance make oil/alkyd-based paints excellent choices for trim in high-traffic rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Clean paint tools with mineral spirits.