What’s the difference between paint and stain? And which one is best for my project?
Solid color stain can look a lot like paint but it certainly isn’t. Stain soaks into wood, bringing out the natural grain and helping to preserve it and extend its functional life. As weathers (or ages), it begins to fade gradually. Paint, on the other hand sits on tip of wood and rather than agin gracefully, it often breaks and begins to peel. Over time, layers of stain tend to look better than agin point. Which is why stain is the perfect choice for unfinished natural hardwood floors and wooden decks, pergolas, and porches. Professionally applied paint, however, comes in a huge variety of colors and very weather-resistant. It’s the best choice for interior walls and wood or fiber cement siding.
What kind of paint finish is best for bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens?
Flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and glossy, oh my! Here’s what you need to know to choose the perfect paint finish for your home. The shine or finish you select has a huge impact on the final project. The lower on the shine scale the paint, the easier it goes on, but the harder it is to maintain. High gloss paints, in contrast, can show off imperfections in your walls or deficiencies in your painting skills but they’re incredibly durable and easy to clean.
Flat Or Matte
Flat is also know as matte. Because it doesn’t reflect light, flat paint has the least amount of shine, goes on easy, and hides minor imperfections and hairline cracks beautifully. However, it’s nearly impossible to clean, so keep it out of high-traffic areas or kid-friendly rooms.
Eggshell is a little more durable than flat paint, but has a low level shine. Many homeowners select eggshell for interior walls and lightly used spaces such as a dining room or home office.
This finish is incredibly popular. It’s relative durable, pretty easy to clean, and isn’t too shiny. Think of it as the workhorse of paint! Perfect for family rooms and high-traffic areas.
Semi-Gloss & Glossy
The shiniest finish is a great choice for rooms that take a beating. Commercial spaces, playrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms are all great candidates for this highly-reflective and durable paint finish. If you’re unsure of your painting abilities, however, this is a finish that might be best left to the pros.
What’s the best order to paint my room in?
Generally speaking, we work from the top down. Start with the ceiling and then move on to the walls. Don’t forget to prime everything first! Then, install the trim, caulk the edges, and then prime and pain. Even when you’re repainting, ceilings, walls, and trim is the way to go.
How long does it take for paint to cure?
Depending on temperature and humidity, it may take latex paint up to 30 days for a full cure. Give your paint at least two weeks before washing the walls. Remember, the lower the sheen, the more susceptible the moisture the paint will be.
There are so many roller sizes and naps! Which roller size and nap is best for my walls?
The thicker the paint or rougher the surface, the heavier the nap. Consider using a 1/2 nap for viscous paints and textured walls. However, if you’re working with a smooth surface, you can probably get away with a thin, 1/4 nap for a smoother finish. If you want to leave it to the pros, give us a call for your exterior painting and staining!