Indianapolis painter offers tips for picking the right paint

Indianapolis painter offers tips for picking the right paint

Joshua Devries started painting as a teenager spending summer vacations repainting gas meters for the local utility. He went on to be a chef, but long weekend and holiday hours made him reconsider cooking and paint temporarily while he contemplated his career.

"Fifteen years later, I'm still doing it," Devries says. "I never thought I'd be a full-time painter, but I love the work." His customers love it, too - his company has earned the Super Service Award every year since 2003.

How do I know what's the right paint for my home?

"I ask clients what their long-term goals are. Are you only staying in the house for 10 years or so, or are you staying permanently? Do you have kids and need more durability for the walls? Do you want to focus on washability, or do you want something that can just be touched up? Certain locations in the home demand different types of paint. For example, in two-story homes, the paint around the stairway tends to get marked up, so you should be concerned about how it will touch up. Flat paints touch up better than semigloss paints. When it comes to a bathrooms or kitchens, and doors and trim work, you may want a higher sheen like semigloss. The higher a paint's sheen or gloss, the more washable and durable it is.

"Almost all painters today use water-based latex paints. Oil-based paints are rarely used because they eventually crack, especially near window sills where moisture contacts it, and maintaining oil-based paint is very difficult. It has a tendency to discolor over time, and you have to use chemicals like thinner to remove it.

"When people call and ask about color, I'll listen to what they want and ask questions, but I tell them to follow their instincts. If they've looked at a color chart, I offer to put color samples on the walls. Paint colors will look different on the wall than the color chart due to the furniture in the room and the surroundings. After that, we can modify to make it darker or lighter, or a totally different color.

"When it comes to cost, cheaper paints aren't going to have as much durability as more expensive paints. Expensive paints cover better, they're more durable and they'll last longer. But I can't say what the cost of an average repainting job is. It depends on how many rooms, the type of paint and the condition of the walls – like if there are five holes to patch in the drywall or 100. The location's difficulty is a consideration, too, like if a home has very high ceilings. An estimate should list out all the things the painter is going to do and everything should be explained to the customer."

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Paint tips are nice -- would've liked more about choosing paint colors. That's the hardest part. They never look the same on walls.

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