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Paint cheatsheet Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by

Tips and tricks for homeowners

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Paint Sheens

High Gloss
Kitchens, Door and Window Trim
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Chair Rails
Family Rooms, Foyers, Hallways, Kids' Bedrooms
Dining Rooms, Living Rooms
Ceilings, Closets

Oil Based Paint best for...

Exterior areas with heavy "­cha­lki­ng" (powdery substance on surface)
Repainting exterior areas with four or more layers of oil-based paint.
Never used on fresh masonry or galvanized iron.
Interior trim and cabinets

Acryli­c-based paint

Exterior wood that experi­ences freezing temper­atures
New stucco and masonry
Weathered aluminum or vinyl siding
Interior walls
Interior trim

Paint Sheen

The flatter the paint, the better it hides surface imperf­ections
Colorant adds sheen. The richer the color, the shinier it will be; you may want to step down a sheen.
Gloss surfaces are less porous and therefore more mildew resistant.
The higher the gloss, the more washable and scrubbable the surface.
The glossier the finish, the greater the durabi­lity.
The glossier the paint, the higher the price.

Miscel­laneous Advice

Surface prep is 75-90% of the success of a repaint.
Good painters are really just good sanders.
Don't buy cheap paint. You really do get what you pay for.
A primer coat and two finish coats should do a good job when the repaint is roughly the same color.
Make sure your acrylic paint is 100% acrylic. It is more durable than vinyl acrylic paint.


Use a synthe­tic­-br­istle brush
Use a natura­l-b­ristle brush