Picking The Right Coating For Your Paint Job

Because every house is different and everyone’s tastes are unique, there are no hard and fast rules for picking the right coating for your paint job. Yet the general goal should be to successfully match your particular climate, your particular house and the particular look you want so that you can be sure that you can get the best appearance and the most wear out of your paint job. Here are the basics:

Latex Paint

This very durable paint cleans easily and can be used on a wide range of materials such as stucco, wood and even vinyl siding. Looks good for a long time.

Acrylic Latex

This very popular choice is often the paint of preference for professionals. Water based, it comes in all colors and finishes. Indoors flat paint is popular, while satin is good with wood. Glossy forms offer superior protection and good for highly used areas like trim and windows. Easy to clean and work with, it resists cracking and can be used with less common materials like brick or aluminum.

Oil Based

Among the most durable, it is often used for floors and doors. It dries hard and is long lasting. Do not apply over latex paint as they don’t bond well. It is generally preferred for areas that get a lot of wear.

When it comes to price, what is true for everything else is also true when it comes to coating your paint job: You get what you pay for. After all the work, money and care you put into your paint job, don’t skimp on getting the right coating that will make it look and last to its full potential. If in the end you are uncertain as to what the right coating is for your job, then don’t hesitate to consult a professional.




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