How to Buy Interior Paint at Lowes.
Painting is the fastest and easiest way to transform your rooms. The Lowes paint department offers outstanding color selection and quality with Valspar and Olympic brand paint in most stores. If your living room walls need some sprucing up or your kitchen could do with a splash of color, painting is an easy and inexpensive way to give a room a whole new look.
Here are some helpful hints to get you started.
First of all, size up the room or rooms you will be painting. How you use color depends on what room you use it in. Each room has its own unique elements and function. Consider the shape and size of the room.
A lighter color can make a small room feel more spacious, while a dark color can help a larger room seem warm and cozier.
And remember, a coat of fresh paint on the walls breathes life into any space–and decorative paint techniques go a step further, adding dimension, drama and distinctive personality. Painting also protects the surface from moisture, fading and temperature changes. The right paint will help you achieve the look you want and provide fast, even coverage that will last for many years.
Keep the following questions in mind when determining your painting needs:
- Are you painting walls, trim, doors, molding or cabinets?
- Is the existing surface already painted? Is it peeling?
- Has the surface been stained before? Does it need stripped?
- Does the surface require frequent cleaning? Does it have imperfections?
Water-Based vs. Oil-Based
Water-based paints are safer, easier to use and more versatile. Oil paints offer better adhesion, so they’re ideal for chalky surfaces. Oil paints also aren’t breathable, so they prevent stains, rust or wood saps from seeping through.
If you’re painting a surface that may have adhesion or bleeding problems, many professionals recommend using an oil-based primer with a water-based paint to take advantage of the benefits of both.
If you haven’t painted much before, we recommend using a latex based paint. They are easier to apply, much easier to clean up and provide and excellent coverage. If you are custom color matching a paint color, latex provides many more choices in finishes and product lines than an oil based paint.
Success for any painting project results from careful planning and solid preparation before applying any paint. Even the best paints won’t adhere well or look good if you don’t prepare the surface correctly. Roughly 80 percent of the time spent on your project will be devoted to preparing the surfaces for the final finish.
If you’re working with a previously painted surface, scrape off any peeling paint and prime bare spots. Most importantly the surface needs to be clean. If unpainted wood is gray or weathered, it should be sanded.
Before painting, first make any needed repairs. This includes wood as well as drywall. Make sure you scrape, clean and fill holes in the surface. For shiny surfaces, light sanding will improve adhesion with primer or paint.
Tools and Materials
Good quality tools are one of the most important investments you’ll make as you become more involved in home improvement projects. Good tools will save you time and effort. Quality tools will last a long time and will make your painting experience easier.
Don’t forget painter’s tape to make precise edges easy and it doesn’t pull off paint when removed like masking tape.
Some of the basic tools and materials you will need are: drop cloth, sponge, a bucket, brushes, rollers, roller pan, rags, rubber gloves, putty knife, sanding block, bristle and foam brushes, painter’s tape, lightweight crack filler, sandpaper, , and heavy duty cleaner or TSP substitute.
Color is the key to your room’s personality, and combining new colors and decorative techniques will make your home come alive. Selecting the color is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make.
When choosing a color, think of the entire room and how it will look when finished. Take a close look at the walls, floors, a favorite object, or furniture that will be part of the finished room.
Where is the room situated in relation to other rooms? Is it a high- or low-traffic area? Flat paint is best suited for ceilings, walls and anywhere that has slight surface imperfections. Because it takes more effort to remove stains from this type of paint, a flat finish is best suited for the low-traffic areas of your home.
Use low-luster, satin, and eggshell on areas where a slight sheen is desired. They are easier to clean than flat paint and hold up better under scrubbing and washings. They withstand the wear and tear of high-traffic areas-hallways, woodwork, kitchens, baths, children’s rooms, and playrooms.
Semi gloss and high-gloss enamel are best suited for banisters, railings, shelves, kitchen cabinets, furniture, doorjambs, windowsills, and any other surface that will need moderate to high cleaning. Remember, the higher the gloss, the more you will see any surface imperfections.
Think safety when you paint and protect yourself carefully. When you’re painting inside remember to wear safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from paint droplets and spray. Wear rubber gloves when using solvents, sanding or scraping. Paints can become slippery so wear shoes that are slip resistant.
Protect your lungs and wear a respirator. Be sure the space is adequately ventilated whenever you are working indoors and wear loose-fitting clothing. Consider wearing a lightweight inexpensive painter’s cap.
Final Tip: Don’t purchase low-quality paint. High-quality paint performs better for a longer period of time. It’s less prone to yellow as it ages, goes on smoother, and won’t leave brush marks. It is also easier to wash and dirt resistant.
If possible, purchase a test quart to take home. Let it dry overnight and see if it really the color you want.
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By Victoria Stone