The first thing that comes to mind when one is to have a surface painted or repainted is the color. But there are other things to consider. Two actually. The two things that you need to remember when it comes to painting are the base and the finish. Both can greatly affect the vibe and feel of a room or exterior. Here are the things you need to consider when it comes to painting.

Base

There are two main types of paint bases: water-base and oil base.

Water-based Paints

As the name suggests, this type of paint is based mainly on water. It has a light formulation and is easy to use. This is why it is the more popularly sold and used type of paint. Water-based paints dry immediately. They are resistant to mold and mildew. They don’t require pre-treatment and can be used on any type of surface. If you spill something on the wall, cleanup will be simple. This type is elastic, flexible, and won’t crack easily. It has a low level of toxic emissions (VOCs). The color payoff is stable and won’t fade over time. Water-based paints cannot be used together with oil-based ones. Don’t attempt to mix them. If your current wall paint is oil-based and you want to repaint it with water-based paint, make sure you sand it first with fine sandpaper to make sure the paint will stick.

Oil-based Paints

Like water-based paints, oil-based ones can be used on many surfaces as well. It has a richer finish compared to the former which makes it longer to dry. This type also gives off fumes that won’t be comforting. Oil-based paints cannot be washed with water. You will need thinners or solvents to wash your paint brushes or rollers. This paint gives a glossy finish. Application with brush won’t leave streaks. It also gives a durable and smooth finish that will be perfect for the bathroom or kitchen or anywhere that can be wet for easy cleanup.

Finish

Paint finishes can be categorized into matte, eggshell and satin, and gloss or semi-gloss.

Matte

The sheen level of matte paints is very low. It will not reflect light but will give a great color payoff. It can hide wall imperfections well but will give you a hard time to clean.

Eggshell and Satin

Eggshell and satin paints reflect light and have a subtle sheen level. They are also durable and are preferred to be used in places where cleaning is a must but not much light reflection.

Gloss or Semi-gloss

This type is best used in kitchens and bathrooms, doors, window trims, and at the exterior of the house near the garden. The reason is obvious – it makes for very easy cleanup. Among the three, they are the most reflective, with gloss having the most sheen.

If you are unsure about how you’re going to do the painting yourself, it’s best to hire professionals. They can get the job done and get it right. Contact commercial drywall installation Aurora IL if you need help painting.