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Answering Your Common Painting Questions

Answering Your Common Painting Questions

Painting is a popular DIY project, but it’s not always as simple as buying the paint and slapping it on the walls. Today, we’re answering some common painting questions from you, our listeners, to help make your painting project easier.

How much area will one gallon of paint cover?

For many paints, one gallon will cover 400 square feet. However, the quality of the paint can affect how much it will cover. When determining how much paint to buy, also consider the type of surface being covered, the color currently on the surface and the color being applied.

How do I recognize a good paint?

Paint has three components: the binder, the pigment and the liquid. The best paints contain a higher volume of solid materials. For example, a $13 gallon of paint with a solid content of 19 percent might cover about 200 square feet, while a $20 gallon of paint with 41 percent solid content will cover about twice that amount. The binder is the most important factor in the durability.

Clark+Kensington paint is a great choice. It was recently rated #1 by consumer reports and is available exclusively at ace.

What are the advantages of latex paint?

In addition to being able to be thinned by adding water, latex paints have other great features like less odor, easy clean up with water, non-flammable, faster drying, ease of touch up, ease of application, better gloss, less fading on exteriors, no yellowing on interiors, and it’s less likely to crack or peel.

What about an oil-based paint?

These paints have resins and thinners in them that evaporate when the paint dries. This process forms a hard coating and provides heavier coverage on the first coat, effective penetration and excellent adhesion. They are particularly good for chalky surfaces and those that already have several layers of oil-based paint.

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