Before you call a Painting Contractor
Have you selected an overall color scheme? You must consider all of your decorating plans, furniture carpeting and wall colors. Selecting the right colors can accentuate architectural assets and hide flaws.
Paint colors: The color you paint your walls must be an integral part of your decorating. Most painting contractors are very good at helping you select colors, if you’re not using a decorator. Make sure you choose a specific paint shade using samples of the materials you will be using in the room. Colors will appear differently on walls, depending on whether you are using a glossy or flat finish.
Here are some of the paints your contractor will be using, make sure you’re involved in the decision process.
Latex paints: These are water-thinned and apply easily with a brush or roller, and are used on most wall surfaces.
Latex paints: are available in most gloss ranges and will do a good job in most interior areas. They are not flammable and have a very mild odor.
Oil based paints: these are preferred for areas where constant cleaning is necessary, like kitchens and bathroom shower areas. Very high gloss enamels are usually solvent-thinned, the odor is stronger than with latex paints, but disappears after a few days.
Enamel Paint: is smoother and dries to a harder surface than other interior paints. They are available in high or low gloss and can be either latex or oil based.The gloss is the luster or shininess of a dry paint. Paint is classified as flat, eggshell, semi-gloss or high gloss.
Special paints, or sealers are available for many different surfaces. Wood floors, concrete, masonry, and metal surfaces require special care. Your Painting Contractor will explain and make recommendations for different surfaces.
Masonry surfaces: contain alkalis and should paints used on these surfaces should be alkali-resistant. When painting iron or steel, a rust primer is desirable.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re taking bids from Contractors to have any areas in your home painted.
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