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Homeowner's PAINTING & STAINING LIBRARY

Both latex, and oil based paints require important preparations.

How To Prepare For Interior Painting
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Several things should be taken into consideration before painting the interior of your home. You need to select the proper paint for each room, decide on what interior wall surface you want, figure out how much paint will be needed, and make sure your home is ready for a professional painter to perform the job.

Interior paint can be divided into two main categories; latex paint and oil based paint. Latex paints are what most homeowners use for interior walls. It is fade resistant, easily cleaned with water and comes in a wide array of colors to suit your needs. Latex paints come in different levels of gloss. The glossier the paint, the more wear and tear it will take. For this reason, it is best to use glossy latex paint on rooms that will receive more traffic. Flat paint is non-reflective and hides minor imperfections making it a good choice for living rooms and ceilings.

Oil based paints work well in rooms that tend to be more humid such as bathrooms and basements. It is also recommended to use...more

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Fun Painting Techniques
How To Choose Exterior Paint Colors
How To Prepare For Interior Painting
Murals
Paint Color Selection
Paint Removal
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Paint Color Selection
Finding the perfect color to paint the interior and exterior of your home can be a challenge for even the most skillful do-it-yourselfer. After browsing through thousands of different colors, it's no surprise that most homeowners feel overwhelmed! Rest assured, because there are helpful

tricks to getting the most out of your color scheme. Understanding the color theory and the vocabulary most commonly used will help ensure that you are making the best decisions on your...more

Paint Removal
In order to achieve the brand new finish that so many homeowners strive for, it is often required that you remove a coat of paint or varnish. There are several ways to do this. The most common approach involves using a chemical paint or varnish removal. Paint can also be

sanded away, removed by heat, power washed, or metal brushed. In most cases, chemical paint removers are the easiest and quickest means for removing old paint or varnish...more

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