Now that you know the prep materials you need before starting to paint, it’s time to choose the type of paint for your abode. Before you decide on the colour, read on to make sure you know the type of paint you want on your walls. Paints are classified into two. Water-based or latex paints and solvent-based or alkyd paints. Latex paints, which are fast replacing the traditional oil-based paints, have the advantage of drying quickly, that too without the strong odour of alkyd paints. They also have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emission, making it a safer option. Alkyd paints meanwhile, though slow to dry will give you a harder more durable finish.
Now that you know the basic classification, what you need to know next is where to use a primer and where to use an undercoater. Primers are for new surfaces and undercoats for painted surfaces. A primer will seal the surface for the top-coat while an undercoat will provide a smooth, even surface for topcoats. While purchasing them, make sure both the paint and your primer/undercoat are of the same type (latex or alkyd).
Now for the topcoat! Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss or gloss? If you are looking for a low maintenance option, then go for the eggshell, satin or gloss paints. Gloss-painted surfaces are the easiest to clean, followed by satin or eggshell. The downside, they highlight imperfections. So use them wisely (probably in kitchens or bathrooms, where easy cleanup is required). The safer, more common option is the flat or matte paint. The matte finish will hide any imperfections on the surface, but cleaning them will be a nightmare. If you are too scared to go full-gloss, yet want more than the conventional matte, try mixing them. Try a few strips of gloss on a matte wall (use the same colour for some interesting results).
As for the amount of paint required, measure the width and length of your walls (multiply them to get the area) and subtract the areas of windows and doors from this measurement (4 litres of paint for 33 square meters approx.). Or just go seek the help of an online paint calculator!
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