Matching Paint to Surfaces
To ensure a quality paint job that will last, the paint you’ll use depends on the type of surface you want to paint. Walls – Because it’s easy to work with, latex paint is an excellent choice for do-it-yourself projects. Latex paints can be applied over properly prepared wood, vinyl, aluminum and stucco. Metal – Metals need to be properly primed if you’re going to apply latex based paint. Trim Ã¢ÂÂ Acrylic Latex paint is a fine choice ÃÂ for trim. Gloss and high gloss finishes are generally your first choice, but flat or satin finishes are fine selections. Masonry -ÃÂ Specialty coatings are excellent for protecting and beautifying masonry and brickwork.
Selecting a Sheen
Exterior paint comes in a full range of sheens. The finish you choose will be based on the type of surface you’re painting and the durability and final appearance you want to achieve.
Flat/Matte – This finish softens the look of an exterior and helps hide surface blemishes. Flat finishes are ideal for body siding.
Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of a flat finish with added cleanability. It works best for:
- Window Frames
- Surfaces that need routine cleaning
Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that require frequent cleaning. Gloss finishes, however, may accentuate surface imperfections. This finish is ideal for:
- Garage doors
- Decorative metal (lamp posts, metal trim)
- Functional metal (gutters, downspouts, railings)
- Accent trim
High Gloss – This extremely hard and shiny finish provides a rich, smooth luster. Gloss finishes, however, may accentuate surface imperfections. This finish is excellent for:
- Front (main entry) doors
- Decorative fixtures
- Accent trim
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