Selecting the Paint

Selecting the Paint

First off, pick a powerful primer; primers aren't just diluted paint. They're formulated to establish a solid, even base; seal stains; and ensure that the topcoats of paint go on smoothly and bond securely to the surface.

In general, glossier paints are more stain-resistant and scrubbable. But a higher sheen also highlights any imperfections in the wall or in the paint job. The pros also agreed that using two coats of paint will result in the best-looking job. Don't skimp on the coverage.

Modern paints dry too quickly, and are difficult to brush out. Use paint additives, such as Floetrol for latex paints and Penetrol for alkyds. Adding a few ounces per gallon slows drying time and makes the paint more workable.

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