Choosing and Purchasing Paints and Supplies

While there are really only two kinds of paint – latex (water-based) and alkyd (oil-based), there are endless varieties when you start accounting for the different finishes and specialty versions of each type of paint.

If you’ve visited a home improvement store lately, you know what we mean! Which to choose? We’re simplifying the puzzle for you by giving you the pros and cons of latex and alkyd paints.

Choosing and PurchasingPaint Finishes: Both latex and alkyd paint are available in different finishes. Each finish refers to the amount of sheen, or gloss, that will show on your surface. Most manufacturers provide four finishes. Although each manufacturer may name its finishes differently, the range of finishes generally includes the following:

A matte finish (sometimes called a flat finish) is a totally flat finish that is used mainly on ceilings. It absorbs light and therefore is good for hiding imperfections. However, it is not very durable and scuffs very easily.

An eggshell finish (sometimes called a satin, pearl, or velvet finish) provides a subtle sheen and is very popular for walls because it is the “happy medium” between matte and gloss. It is the best choice if you are planning to mix paint with a glazing liquid.

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