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					           How to                                    CHOOSE A PAINT
  WHAT YOU                         Choosing the right paint is as important as picking a color. Dif-
                                ferent types of paint serve various purposes, from protecting from
                                                                                                                signed for applications where no sheen is desired.
                                                                                                           Hallway Where complementary is king.
SHOULD KNOW                     mold and mildew to just looking beautiful. Here are some easy
                                steps to finding the right paint.
                                                                                                             • Satin: this sheen will minimize dirt pick-up and is washable. It
                                                                                                                is ideal in rooms that have an average amount of use and where
    Steps:                         Many paint retailers have a variety of product lines that deliver the        a deep, rich look with some sheen and washability are desired.
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    1. Select 100% acrylic      look and protection you desire, but you must first know the right
                                                                                                           Exterior Project Where sheen is determined by texture, stability
    latex (water-based)         sheen for your project. One of the most important factors in picking
                                                                                                           and type of surface. Rule of thumb: the more textured the surface,
    paints for exterior use.    your paint line is picking the right sheen. A sheen can be very wash-
                                                                                                           the lower the sheen.
    Latex provides a pli-       able or hide uneven surfaces.
                                                                                                           Garage Need something that hides imperfections or just a good
    able finish that is reli-   Interior Project Turn function into form
                                                                                                           value?
    able for exterior use.      Kitchen Your kitchen requires a very washable, durable paint.                • Flat: this sheen will minimize visibility of surface imperfec-
    2. Select either latex         • Semigloss: this high-sheen product is very washable and per-               tions due to lack of light refraction. It is less washable and de-
    or oil-based paints for          fect for areas that are more susceptible to dirt, grease and mois-         signed for applications where no sheen is desired.
    interior purposes.               ture.                                                                   • Semigloss: this finish is ideal for high use garages where dirt
    3. Use low-luster           Bathroom Your bathroom requires a very washable, durable paint.                 and oil are a problem.
    (eggshell) sheen for a         • Semigloss: this high-sheen product is very washable and per-          Wood Siding For stable, wood siding with minimal textured sur-
    flat finish in kitchens          fect for areas that are more susceptible to dirt, grease and mois-    faces or smooth shingles.
    and bathrooms. This              ture.                                                                   • Satin: ideal for full body exterior work where some sheen is de-
    is a durable and wash-         Since moisture promotes mold growth look for a product with                  sired. Best used when the surface is free of major imperfec-
    able paint good for ar-     antimicrobial protection. It inhibits the growth of odor and stain              tions.
    eas that are in contact     causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the dried paint film.                 For wood siding with rough/textured surfaces.
    with water. (Semigloss      Bedroom Your bedroom: where paint can create a serene atmos-                 • Velvet: this finish has a minimal sheen that is mostly seen at an
    also works well for         phere                                                                           angle. It reduces dirt pick-up and provides some washability. It
    kitchens and bath-             • Satin: this sheen will minimize dirt pick-up and is washable. It           may highlight some surface imperfections.
    rooms.)                          is ideal in rooms that have an average amount of use and where          • Flat: this finish is used to minimize surface imperfections. It is
                                     a deep, rich look with some sheen and washability are desired.             best used for rough surfaces or surfaces that are regularly re-
    Tips:                                                                                                       painted or touched up.
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                                Dining/Living Room For a dining room or living room that is
    Latex paints are fast-      used almost daily:                                                         Metal Siding For stable siding with minimal textured surfaces.
    drying and require only        • Satin: this finish will minimize dirt pick-up and is washable. It       • Satin: ideal for full body exterior work where some sheen is de-
    water for thinning and           is ideal in rooms that have an average amount of use and where             sired. Best used when the surface is free of major imperfec-
    cleanup.                         a deep, rich look with some sheen and washability are desired.             tions.
    Latex paints have              • Eggshell: this finish is ideal for projects where a deep, rich look
    fewer fumes and odors                                                                                  Trim Smooth trim as an accent.
                                     is desired yet only a minimal sheen is needed. It is designed for       • Satin: ideal for full body exterior work where some sheen is de-
    than oil-based paints.           areas that require minimal washability and have limited use.               sired. Best used when the surface is free of major imperfec-
    Oil-based paints are
                                Trim and Baseboards When a strong, washable surface is a must.                  tions.
    slow-drying and re-
                                   • Gloss or Semigloss: a tough, durable, high-sheen paint that is        Concrete For concrete walls:
    quire mineral spirits for
                                     very washable and minimizes dirt pick-up. Choose a very                 • Flat: this sheen will minimize visibility of surface imperfec-
    thinning and cleanup.
                                     washable sheen and perfect for areas that are susceptible to dirt,         tions due to lack of light refraction. It is less washable and de-
    Oil-based paints have            grease and moisture.
    strong, smelly fumes                                                                                        signed for applications where no sheen is desired.
    but are extremely du-       Kids Bedroom/Play Area Is there any question you need some-                Cement/Brick
    rable.                      thing washable?                                                              Look for a low-sheen, durable, water-based product for wood or
    Oil-based paints are           • Semigloss: this high-sheen product is very washable and per-          cement floors and porches.
                                     fect for areas that are more susceptible to dirt, grease and mois-
    not generally used on                                                                                  Metal Railings/Equipment
                                     ture.
    exteriors because of                                                                                     • Gloss Spar Enamel: premium oil-based enamel for railings,
    the adverse effects of      Ceiling Need something that hides imperfections or just a good                  machinery, metal parts, etc. High gloss finish is very durable



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    varying weather condi-      value?                                                                          for washability, moisture resistance and general environmental
    tions.                         • Flat: this sheen will minimize visibility of surface imperfec-             exposure.
                                     tions due to lack of light refraction. It is less washable and de-

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