Latex or Oil-Base Paint

Latex paints have been improved a great deal since they first became popular in the 1960’s. Some modern latex paints are actually better than oil based paints for home interior and exterior surfaces. It’s important to choose the right kind of paint for your job.

Flat Latex Paint is fine for interior walls and hides surface irregularities well. Some brands offer one for walls and one for ceilings, but I always use wall paint. Can be cleaned, but in high traffic areas, and in kitchens and bathrooms, use Semi-Gloss Latex Enamel.

Semi-Gloss Latex Enamel is fine for trim, cabinets, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, kid’s rooms, and anywhere that a semi-gloss finish is wanted. It is very scrabble, and somewhat water-resistant.
Acrylic Latex Paint is designed for exterior use and comes in flat, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. One of the benefits of using latex outdoors is that it is more flexible and “moves” as the surface heats and cools, instead of cracking or blistering.

Primers made for interior or exterior use are available in latex and oil. When painting over oil paint, oil primers work well with latex paint. If you’re painting metal, after sanding, wipe with turpentine and apply an oil primer before painting with latex. For new work, use latex primer and paint.

Oil-Based Paint no longer has lead. The vehicle is usually linseed oil and turpentine, with other chemicals and coloring. For special applications, oil paint is great. For example, to get a flawless finish on a door, gloss oil paint with a small amount of linseed oil added will leave a mirror-smooth finish if applied properly.


True stains are designed to stain the wood to add color. Other types of stains are more like paint — they let the texture of wood show through, and sometimes let some of the wood color show through, but usually provide less protection than paint.

Often doors, trim, and furniture are given a true wood finish by using a true stain. The stain is applied then rubbed off to leave only the softer grains colored, finishing with a sealer like varnish or polyurethane.

Varnish & Polyurethane:

These are similar in what they do but are made of very different materials. Varnish tends to yellow and is not as long lasting as polyurethane. Where I live, you can’t even buy varnish anymore. These come in satin and gloss finishes. Polyurethane also comes in a high gloss finish that looks like glass when several layers are applied. Not for outdoor use.


This is an alcohol-based paint or sealer. It is seldom used in homes, but I mention it here because it makes a good primer for plaster that has had water damage and a brownish discoloring is bleeding through. It also helps stop light crumbling of plaster.
KILZ — Special Primer:

This helps cover stubborn stains, grease, graffiti, plaster stains, and other problem surfaces. Used before primer and paint, this will cover almost every kind of stain that bleeds through.

Epoxy Paint:

This is a very special paint used for extreme durability and waterproofing. It is two-part paint — one can have the pigment and vehicle and the other can have the catalyst and hardener. After mixing, it must be used within eight hours. Sometimes, this time can be extended if refrigerated below 40 (f) degrees. Very scrabble and works well in showers and around pools. Extremely hazardous to use without proper ventilation and/or breathing device.

Glosses and Finishes – Latex and alkyd paints alike come in several finishes

Latex and alkyd paints alike come in several finishes. It is sometimes confusing when it comes time to decide which finish is right for the job you are doing.

Latex paints are much better for beginners; they are easy to apply and clean up. However, for some areas in the home alkyd paints may be desired for a more “finished” look.

The degrees of gloss:

High Gloss – mostly used for interior surfaces, such as hardwood floors and handrails. High traffic areas. High gloss is not generally used outdoors due to the increased possibility of blistering. Also high gloss finishes require extra precise prep work. This finish will show every imperfection.

Semi-gloss – perfect for indoor and outdoor trim. It makes a beautiful contrast against flat wall paint. It also increases the durability of the trim.

Low Lustre – also a semi-gloss type finish. A fancier term for it. Another great choice for trim.

Eggshell – just as the name implies, it resembles the outer finish of an eggshell. It is smooth and washable, but with little reflective gloss properties. An excellent choice for high traffic areas where you don’t want to use semi-gloss.

Velvet – also an eggshell type finish. Generally alkyd products use the velvet term for finish.

Flat – No gloss, no shine. The perfect look for most of the walls in your home. Flat paint is not very washable, so it may not be your first choice for kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms. However it is the classic look.

Is It Latex Or Oil?

Here´s an easy way to check if the surface you are about to repaint is a latex or an oil based paint. Carefully cut a quarter-size chunk off in an inconspicuous place, like in a closet. If the chip of paint is brittle and it cracks, it´s an oil base, if it´s rubbery and it bends, it´s a latex.

House Painting Tips

You probably want a classy home interior painting without spending too much money and exerting too much work. If that’s the case you can simply refer to the following tips for interior house painting.

If you will be eager to know these tips for interior house painting, you would come to realize that there is more than just rolling your preferred shade of paint color unto your walls.

Knowing these interior house painting tips will not just make your walls beautifully painted, but these will as well give you great and fantastic ideas on how you can make your painting sessions speedy yet looks professionally done.

The following are the tips for painting the interior of the house. And if you will follow them consistently, it is guaranteed that you can save a good deal of time in your painting session.

First, wash your brush. Just before you start painting, wash your brush in the solvent that you are going to use when you are done with your painting. Like for instance, water based latex. Through this, as you clean the brush when you are done it will easier for you to do so.

Second, wrap the roller or the brush. If you don’t plan to clean the roller or the brush after using it, yet you are planning to do the painting again after a few days. It is suggested that you wrap them inside a plastic bag very tightly and place them inside the freezer.

Third, use either lotion or latex gloves. If you want to keep your hands clean while painting, use latex gloves then. These are great especially when you are using a paint that is oil-based.

However, if you have allergies in using latex gloves, you can apply hand lotion as an alternative. If you apply a thick coat of lotion before you paint, cleaning will only be easier for you when you are done.

Fourth, consider the wet edge problem. Whenever you paint always consider the wet edge problem, then stay away from it. Also remember that painting over a dry edge will make overlap marks.

Fifth, don’t get stingy when buying brushes or roller covers. When you use cheap roller covers, this will only create a fuzzy form on your wall. Also, cheap brushes will only create uneven brush marks. Rollers that come in multi-packs sold a one dollar are not advisable to buy. It is more advisable to prefer better manufactured tools. Be practical in a clever way.

Sixth, get the “blue-tape”. This blue-tape is nothing like a masking tape. This is different from the traditional masking tape which comes in a beige color. The good thing about the blue-tape is that it doesn’t peel that easily. Hence, this will keep you away from possible frustrations when doing the actual painting.

Seventh, be careful not to lose the can opener of your paint. These can openers for paint come as small metal keys. Therefore, they are prone to be lost in any moment of carelessness. Preferably, chain it to a little chunk of wood.

Eight, be clever on the process of your painting. Follow this order: start from the ceilings, to the walls, trimmings, down to the cabinets, then to the doors. Just always remember to start it from the top going to the bottom.

So, these are all the practical tips in doing your interior house painting. Simply, follow these interior house painting tips carefully and you will never meet stress in painting.

Benefits Of Latex Paints

Painting tips & tricks

Benefits Of Latex Paints

The benefits of latex paints are:

• No or low odor.
• Quick drying.
• Easy application.
• Easy clean up.

Some interior latex paints also are splatter resistant.

Other pluses: Latex paints are more durable and have increased resistance to blistering and bubbling.


This technique creates a strong, textured look, Prepare the surface with a coat of matte oil- based paint, and working in sections of approximately 2 sq yds (2 sq m), paint on the tinted oil glaze. Place a rolled-up cloth in a plastic bag and run the bag over the surface in a pattern, such as overlapping circles. Wipe off any excess glaze from the bag. When the glaze is dry, protect it with a layer of matte varnish.

Avoid Painting In direct Sunlight

When painting outdoors it is important to follow a few easy steps in order to avoid, “Lap” marks which will show after the paint is dry. Latex paint has a molecular structure which allows vapors to pass through it, which prevent blistering. However, these same properties cause the paint to dry very quickly, especially on hot days, or in direct sunlight. It is best to paint your siding, or foundation in long runs across the house, a few layers at a time, rather than to paint section by section. You won’t see the lap marks until the paint is completely dry, but they will be there.

Asphalt Sealer Coating

Do not work in the sunshine, the best time would be evening or early morning shade.

Do not power wash.

1. Clean with T.S.P General Household Cleaner, heavy-duty mix. For any cracks or puddle areas, fill with premixed asphalt patch. Tamp in place with metal tamper.

2. For small cracks, use premixed asphalt crack repair.

3. Then apply asphalt sealer (not acrylic sealer) with a driveway brush, squeegee or 50 mm roller.

4. In the following years, clean with T.S.P General Household Cleaner and then seal with an acrylic sealer as needed.

Note: Never seal asphalt the first year, let the product cure and Harden.

Building Up Damaged Concrete Surfaces

Clean the area with T.S.P General Household Cleaner and rinse well. While still damp from washing apply a concrete adhesive (Weldbond) to the entire area. Mix the Bonded Topping mix to a thicker consistency (like muffin mix) and trowel over the prepared area. Texture the surface with a broom if that look is desired. Allow to cure for 24 hours, and then follow with the brightening concrete procedure. Leave for one week and seal with a solvent- based concrete sealer.

For severely damaged surfaces I would suggest hiring a Concrete Restoration service to place a new layer of concrete minimum of 1 ½” over the existing surface. If concrete is sinking in some areas I recommend using a Slab Jacking service to lift and stabilize the slab.