How to Pick a Paint
From our Beyond the Basics: Painting series—learn how to deal with low-solvent paints, and sort through gloss level and color choices
In this video, learn tactics for dealing with low-solvent paints, and sort through gloss level and color choices.
TIP 1: Add a conditioner to thicker latex paints that have fewer solvents in them. This extends the paint's working time and reduces brush marks.
TIP 2: Choose a sheen based on the paint's location: durable gloss on cabinetry; easy-to-clean semigloss in a kitchen or bathroom; satin or eggshell on walls in a bedroom; and not-so-durable flat paint on a ceiling.
TIP 3: Paint your color options on a white foam board, and tape them to the wall to see how the hues look in changing light throughout the day. Once you choose a color, mix the individual gallons in a 5-gallon bucket to even out inconsistencies between cans.
See the rest of the Beyond the Basics: Painting series:
2 How to Choose a Primer
3 How to Pick a Paintbrush
4 How to Choose a Roller
5 How to Prep the Room
6 How to Prep the Walls
7 How to Use a Brush
8 How to Roll Paint Onto a Wall
9 How to Clean a Brush
10 How to Clean a Roller