The Secrets to Using the Right Paints and Coatings for Your Projects

It all seems relatively easy when choosing a paint or a coating for your next project. If you are working on an inside room like the bathroom or the bedroom, you want interior products. If you are planning to spruce up the home’s outside paint job, you need exterior products. Generally, this is the best place to start, but there are other important considerations to make.

Before you reach for that paint, think about the surface it is going to be applied to. Will you need the paint to last for years? Of course! Will that paint or coating prevent mold or mildew from growing? That may be a question you do not have an immediate answer to. Can the coating you apply keep odors from filtering through your home? That may be another question you had not considered.

Choosing the right paints and coatings for your project can be a bit more involved than selecting the perfect shade from a decent brand. There are a few secrets that the pros have which can help you select more than just the perfect colors. These secrets will help you prevent mold, mildew and even bacteria from developing. Odors can be kept from absorbing into paints making your home fresher, cleaner and healthier to live in.

So, what are these secrets? Look for quality coatings made for the specific application you need them for. Coatings should be clear and made without harmful, Volatile Organic Compounds also called VOCs. They should be made without Hazardous Air Pollutants or HPAs. For optimal protection against bacteria and odors, they should also contain antimicrobials.

For more concerns such as sun exposure, there are products that contain special filters which will prevent UV rays from bleaching out your paint. Basement areas or HVAC systems do well with specialty coatings made with Microban technology to keep odors and mold from happening. There are also coatings made to dry clear or to cover porous surfaces and those that will be exposed to harsh elements.

Be sure to choose the right type of coating for the work you are doing. They provide better adherence for paints and paints go on clean, fresh surfaces which will be protected for years. You are on the right track if you choose those made for interior surfaces for your bedroom or exterior surfaces for your home’s outside paint job. You just want to select the right specialized coatings which will protect against odors, microorganisms, bacteria, mold, and mildew.