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Paint

We offer free computer color matching and over 2112 standard colors to choose from. We carry a full line of brushes, rollers, caulking, and solvents. We also carry wood stains and varnishes.

 

Brushes

Paint brushes come in a variety of sizes and styles. Smaller brushes should be used for smaller areas and for detail work whereas a large brush can handle a bigger project. Square or flat brushes are available with natural or synthetic bristles. These are generally used for painting around the house because they can cover a large area in less time. Angular or chiseled brushes are available with natural or synthetic bristles. They are designed to use on jobs where cutting-into corners and painting trim, molding, and windows would be required. The filament is the most important part of the brush because it comes in contact with the paint.

Bristle is the most popular natural filament made from animal hair, commonly from hogs. It is not recommended that you use these brushes in water-based paints because it absorbs into the bristles and leaves them limp. Bristle is also not good to use on rough surfaces, which can break the "flags" and ware down the brush. Flags are what help hold paint in the brush so it's distributed evenly through the stroke. Bristle works well with oil-based, alkyd paints, stains, varnishes, urethanes, and shellac.

Nylon is a very durable filament that is generally less expensive than natural bristle. Fiber bristles are hollow so they absorb the paint and often leak paint even after they have been cleaned. Because of its durability, this would be a great filament to use on rough surfaces. Use with fast-drying paints like acrylics since they are so easy to clean up after.

Polyester filaments are popular with do-it-yourselfers because of their low price. They absorb no moisture so it retains its stiffness better than any other brush-type. It also resists heat and is therefore good to use in any climate and with all types of coatings. The drawbacks are that because it is a stiffer brush it does not have the proper amount of flex and leaves more brush marks in the coating. Also, it cannot be precisely tipped and is not as easy to clean-up as nylon.

Nylon/polyester blend is the most popular synthetic paint brush since it combines the best qualities for better performance. The polyester bristles are used in the shorter lengths for its stiffness when using water-based paints and its resistance to heat; the nylon is used in the longer lengths for precise tipping and durability during use.

 

 

Caulks & Sealants

Caulking and sealing are inexpensive ways to seal air or water leaks in homes, protect surfaces from outdoor conditions and fill in unsightly gaps. Keep in mind that no individual product is an all-purpose solution. The term caulk and sealant are often used interchangeably but they are not exactly the same.

A caulk is commonly used for closing cracks and openings that leak water into homes or leak heated air and energy out; common examples include areas around dryer vents, foundations or window and door trims, special caulk can be used around bathtubs and tile. Many caulks do not perform well in wet areas or outdoors unless specified on the label.

A sealant is generally a high-performance caulk that has exceeded the minimum requirements of the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). These have a high durability both inside and outside and are ideal in inclement conditions. If the label does not specify that it meets the requirements of the ASTM it is considered a caulk.

 

 

Pad Applicators

For edging, cutting in and painting flat trim, foam pads provide a convenient alternative to brushes. Because they're flat, they leave less surface texture in the paint and they tend not to drip or spatter. Their flexibility also makes them ideal for reaching inside tight areas (like vents of heat registers). Some feature roller wheels that cut in close and give a professionally finished look.

 

 

 

Choose the Right Sheen
Know your finish before you start

Once you have selected a color, our experts can help you choose the correct type of paint finish (or sheen) for your project. Consider the room you’re painting when choosing a finish:

  • Flat – Provides a smooth look and hides surface imperfections. The ideal choice for living rooms, dining rooms, dens and home offices.
  • Eggshell - (Not available for exteriors) Has a soft, washable sheen that looks great in living rooms, dining rooms, dens and home offices.
  • Satin – Offers a slightly shiny appearance that holds well to washing. Use in heavy-traffic areas, such as hallways, kid’s bedrooms and playrooms.
  • Semi-Gloss – Has a higher sheen level than satin, but as shiny as gloss. Use in kitchens and bathrooms or trim and windows.
  • Gloss – Highest sheen level. Perfect for use on doors, cabinets and trim areas that are washed often.

 

 
 

Rollers

For most walls and ceilings you'll use a paint roller. The best generally have a steel frame, a metal cage, and a threaded handle that can hold an extension pole.

When selecting a cover, choose a shorter nap (3/16" or 3/8") for painting smooth indoor surfaces and longer nap (3/4" or 1-1/4") for rougher surfaces including textured walls, masonry and stucco. Remember to remove the sleeve from the frame immediately after painting to prevent dirtying the roller. After you have finished painting with water base paints, wash the sleeve with soap and warm water and rinse it until clean. For oil base paints, dip the sleeve into paint thinner such as turpentine or mineral spirits. Never leave it soaking in water or paint solvent to remove paint. Dry and store the sleeve in a dust-free area when finished cleaning.

 

 

 
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