Interior House Painting – How to Guide

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Interior House Painting – How to’s

For those Do It Yourselfer’s – Burk’€™s Custom Painting is here to be of help. This forum is where you can get all the information you need to know in order to complete that interior house painting project you have always been wanting to get completed. Learn tips before you purchase materials, learn how to prepare, getting the right tools and clean-up tricks. Explore tips, how to’s and techniques on painting for your interior walls.

And if it becomes a bit more of a challenge and you would like to bring in the professionals contact Burk’€™s Custom Painting and speak with our estimating specialists.€“ We are always ready to help with free color consultations, information and expertise..


A fresh coat of paint is the most inexpensive way to “remodel” a room. It starts with proper planning. We’re here to help you through this process with easy-to-follow tips and project planning advice and tools that answer common questions on how to apply and in what order to paint.

Choosing the Right Paint

The type of paint you’ll use depends on how the room to be painted will be used and the type of finish you want. Interior paint is specifically formulated to provide:

  • Scrubbability and stain resistance
  • Good hiding ability
  • Good coverage
  • Spatter resistance
  • Easy touch-up

Latex or Oil?

Interior house paints are nowaday€™s mostly either latex- or oil/emulsified water based. Today, most straight oil-based paints have been phased out to conform with the latest E.P.A. and State guidelines. Each type whether you use latex paint or oil/emulsified water based paint has different characteristics and uses. We can provide expert advice about which paint is right for your project.

Latex Paint – Get the longest-lasting finish with the best gloss retention. Latex paints are easy to work with, dry quickly and are extremely durable. Latex paints clean up easily with soap and water. Choosing the right paint for the surface will help ensure that you achieve a quality paint job that will last.

Ceilings – Use specially formulated flat ceiling paint. The flat finish hides irregularities and lap marks. Ceiling paint rolls on with minimal spatter and won’t yellow over time.

Woodwork – Use either latex enamel or oil/emulsified water based paint. Always prime bare wood. Easy-to-clean semi-gloss finishes are first choice, but when wear-and-tear is modest, flat or satin finishes are fine selections.

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 primed drywall, wood or masonry.

Masonry – For cement, concrete block and brick surfaces, acrylic latex wall paint designed for masonry surfaces is an excellent choice. Floors – Use a product specifically designed for floors to stand up to abrasion, traffic and heavy scrubbing.


  • We offer free one hour color consultations at our shop in the city of Orange
  • Pick up copies of our convenient brochures to learn how to create an attractive color palette for your home.
  • Select and coordinate colors with our expert consultants and color brochures from all local paint manufacturers available at our shop.
  • Test colors on your walls with trial-size paint samples available at any local paint store.
  • If you’re looking to recreate a custom color, we can have the exact color you want matched with computerized accuracy.

Selecting a Finish

From flat to gloss, both latex and oil/emulsified water based paints offer a full range of finishes. The sheen you choose is based on the final look and wearability you want to achieve.

Flat – Its matte appearance softens a room and helps hide surface blemishes, making walls look smooth. This finish, which cleans easily with a damp sponge, is ideal for:

  • Adult bedrooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Formal living rooms
  • Ceilings

Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of a flat finish with added cleanability. It works best for high-traffic areas such as:

  • Halls
  • Woodwork
  • Children’s bedrooms
  • Family rooms

Semi-Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that get cleaned frequently, such as:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Utility area
  • Closet doors
  • Trim

Gloss – This extremely hard and shiny finish provides a rich, smooth luster and is excellent for:

  • Wood trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Furniture

Flat Enamel- A nonreflective appearance that helps conceal surface imperfections while providing some washability. Matte- This flat finish is great for hiding surface imperfections, while its angular shine helps make walls smooth and washable Egg-Shell- Great to use for walls, Egg-shel finish has a slight hint of shine and holds up better to cleaning.

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