Dean Capewell Decorators - Interior Paint Buying Guide.
Added: (Tue Feb 19 2013)
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Dean Capewell Decorators: What you need to know when buying paint for your house.
Dean Capewell provides a guide to decoding the various formulas and finishes available in paint today. Colour isn't your only choice when picking out a paint, should you use oil or latex, eggshell or matte, and what does low-VOC even mean?
Latex: Aka acrylic or water-based paint (water is the solvent), it's the most DIY-friendly choice because it cleans up with soap and water. Most paint sold today is latex, and in many areas it's the only option available in gallons as more states limit the sale of solvent-based products.
Oil: Known as solvent-based or alkyd paint (mineral spirits are the solvent), it dries slowly and requires paint thinner to clean. But that slow drying time helps oil paint level out, ridding the surface of brush strokes or roller stipples. Oils harden to a durable, enamel shell. Dean Capewell Decorators Top Tip - When brushing oil trim paint, take care not to pass the brush through the paint too many times. Several thin coats are better than one heavy coat.
Low-VOC: Paint solvents contain volatile organic compounds that off-gas (creating that paint smell), a health hazard. Recently paint companies have reduced or removed solvents to make healthier products, which are thicker (aka "premium") and dry very quickly. Adding conditioners such as Floetrol or Okon can extend working time without introducing VOCs.
Metal: These paints are formulated to adhere to metal and inhibit rust. Acrylic metal paints are fine for nonferrous metal (such as aluminium), but ferrous metal (like a cast-iron radiator) requires an oil-based metal paint.
Dean Capewell Decorators believe safety should always be you main priority when it comes to DIY. When you’re painting inside remember to wear plastic safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying particles and paint droplets. Wear appropriate gloves when using solvents, sanding or scraping. Paints are slippery so wear shoes with slip resistant soles.