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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:

  1. How to Pick a Paint
  2. How to Choose a Primer
  3. How to Pick a Paintbrush
  4. How to Choose a Roller
  5. How to Prep A Room for Paint
  6. How to Prep Walls for Paint
  7. How to Use a Paint Brush
  8. How to Roll Paint Onto a Wall
  9. How to Clean a Paint Brush
  10. How to Clean a Paint Roller