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UNDERSTANDING PAINT

UNDERSTANDING PAINT

UNDERSTANDING PAINT

Before buying paints, it’s wise to know their composition and how they will stand up to se. Keep in mind that terms like “flat,” “semi-gloss,” “luster,” and “satin” indicate how a paint reflects light-not its durability.

* Oil-based paints: - Sometimes called alkyds when a synthetic resin is used instead of natural oils, these paints are durable and hold up to repeated scrubbings. An oil-based paint is an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas: it is especially good for areas that will be “handled,” such as railings and windowsills. Oil-based paints resist moisture better than most water-based paints, so one can select them for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where water and high humidity are present.

Oil-based paints take longer to dry than water-based formulas. Also, oil paints will reveal imperfections, so nicks and dents in woodwork should be filled before you paint.

* Water-based paints:- These are easier to work with, give off less fumes during application, Most are made with latex and dry quickly.

Water-based paints are a good choice for bedrooms, the living room, the dining room, and other areas that don’t get a lot of wear and tear.