My name is Mark Stilwell, General Contractor (CCB 204226) with Home Improvement Experts in Eugene, Oregon. One of our more popular service offerings in the winter and spring months is interior painting. Whether you’re a recent home buyer transitioning to a residence, or an established homeowner in need of a refresh coat, interior painting can have a significant impact on the way you feel about your living space. So let’s talk about it!
First of all, here are a few examples of interior painting that my team has finished:
A few things to consider:
SMOKE STAINS, ODOR, AND SLICK SURFACES:
There are several kinds of primer that are designed to cover various problem surfaces. Smoke stains and odor, for example, are best covered by a shellac-based primer, which permanently seals in the smells and stains. On slick surfaces, however, a bonding primer is going to be the better option, such as on fiberglass, or over wallpaper panel boards (most often seen in manufactured homes). Keep in mind that wallpaper should typically be removed rather than painted over, but panel boards are a slightly different story because they are manufactured panels.
Another kind of primer to consider when doing interior painting is PVA (poly-vinyl acetate) primer, which is typically used on new drywall, to seal up the porous surface before painting and after texturing. In fact, one way to increase the longevity of a new interior paint job is to add artist-grade PVA size to the existing PVA primer. It’s this kind of nuance and expertise that distinguishes Home Improvement Experts from the rest, and with 20 years of residential painting experience, I can help guide you to all of the best options for your unique circumstance, whether it’s a matter of quality and perfection, or economy and speed.
SHEEN & MILDEW-RESISTANCE:
Depending on the brand of paint, the sheen hierarchy is generally something like this:
Bathrooms and kitchens ought to have a slightly higher sheen (level of shininess) for various reasons. In kitchens, for example, your interior painting should be mindful of washability, since kitchen walls collect oils and grease. Higher sheen is more washable than lower sheen paint, and it’s also more likely to contain 100% acrylic, which adds durability in the cured paint film. Higher sheen paint is also smoother and less porous, and harder for mold spores to penetrate through the paint film. For clients who want a permanent interior painting solution for their bathroom, they could technically choose a two-part epoxy paint that is chemical-resistant and very high gloss, but we generally recommend a semi-gloss or satin acrylic paint for bathrooms and kitchens, because extremely high gloss will also increase the light refraction, drawing more attention to the wall texture. So the key is to pick the right sheen for the space, depending on these and more variables.
It’s rare that anyone will handle a ceiling, so washability is not a priority for ceilings. Instead, going with a flat paint is ideal, because it disburses the light refraction more evenly.
If you want to brighten a room, it oftentimes seems that adding color is the obvious solution. But it can also be surprising how dark a room can get when it’s filled with color. So I typically recommend choosing select areas for your accent color, and keeping other areas lighter.
So let’s meet to discuss your interior painting needs! My team is ready to serve you, starting with your free estimate. Feel free to call me at 541-999-5588. And be sure to like Home Improvement Experts on Facebook. Thanks, and have an excellent day!