Unless you have wood paneling or lath and plaster, there is a good chance your walls are covered with drywall. If that is the case and you are planning to repaint, it helps ahead of time to know what paints and primers you should use.
Primers: Before you paint drywall for the first time you need a primer to seal the plaster and texture. Both will absorb your paint if not properly sealed. For older walls, a good primer will seal any stains and prevent the previous color from showing through. A good primer can also be used over mildew and water stains. For never-been-painted drywall, use a P.V.A drywall primer and sealer. Choose a fast drying variety that can be used under any flat, gloss, or stain enamel. For new and old drywall, you can use an interior enamel undercoater primer and sealer. This one is more all-purpose, and can work over both water-based and oil-based paints.
Paint: There are definitely no restrictions on which color you choose for your wall color, but there are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the type of paint. Water-based interior enamels are what are most commonly used for interior walls. Use a flat finish in main living areas, a semi-gloss, high-gloss, or satin in kitchens and bathrooms, and a ceiling paint for ceilings. Oil-based enamels can also be used, although definitely not as common as the water-based paints. One reason for this it is more messy and difficult to apply. If you want to explore more of the custom options such as faux painting and stenciling, there numerous glazes and specialty paints to choose from as well.
Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add value and dress up your home. If you would like the assistance of a skilled professional, then request a free estimate today from a pre-screened painting contractor in your area.
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