If you have little experience, I recommend you go to a store with
knowledgable people. Some of the big box stores have good people at the
paint counter, but not many. Most of them have someone who knows how to
stock, do inventory, and run the paint match machine. Not that they
won't *act* as if they're knowledgeable if you give them the chance ....
Pay a couple of bucks more per can at a real paint store where the
people live and die by their expertise. I guess you can find a stinker
there, too, but they should be much rarer.
Most of the brands are pretty good, as long as you stay away from the
My best recommendation: Use the shiniest paint you can stand. Shiny
paint lasts longer and is easier to clean. Flat paint hides flaws in
the wall better, but the flatter the paint, the more likely to hold
dirt and the harder to clean.
i like behr semi gloss from home depot. used it on 2 homes, still
looked good after 10 years
Yep, thats what the designated painter SWMBO here uses. Do a search for
paint reviews. Behr (sold by HD) is coming out #1 recently.
"New house"..are the walls already painted/primed ? If nor BEHR PVA
primer worked well for us too.
we repainted one home before selling it, paint looked fine, but fresh
paint for sale is necessary
our house here got repainted this summer, because of paint chips and
dings after 10 years. it was hard to paint in places new and old
looked the same.
behr is really good.
light colors make rooms look larger, semi gloss makes for easy clean up
Go to a real paint store, not the big box stores and they will assist you
with the proper tools and paint. Don't buy a cheap brush. Get a good one
and it will last you many years and, more importantly, will work better
along the way. Same with roller covers.
Any of the major brands should be OK. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams,
Pittsburgh, etc. You can either zip through with a plain primer, or have
some of the primer tinted so the finish coat is a bit richer and tiny spots
missed won't show.
Ceiling first, then walls, then trim. That good brush will allow you to do
the cut in freehand too.
A low luster egg shell or satin usually looks best and clean easily. High
gloss looks too commercial.
Take a look at the March 2008 Consumer Reports on paint.
Some of the favorites changed position, like BM which I used for
moved down in some categories. Nothing drastic, but you might want
to check out that report for the latest on the type of paint -- not
TYPE of paint you plan to use.
yeah WASH ALL WALLS before hand.
in this case with a new home washing not necessary but clean clean
clean, use tack clothes if necessary to remove dust.
definetely prime first.
with a brand new home you might want a professional painter? the home
has cost so much painting is probably trivial, providing you have the
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