On interior surfaces, use EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint. It comes in a wide array of colors and finishes, including durable flat, flat enamel, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. Your local True Value hardware store's Certified Color Experts® can answer questions you have about paint and paint color. While you're there, you can pick up a Custom Mixed Color Sample to try a few colors on your walls at home. Color samples allow you to paint a small space and live with different options for a while before making your decision. You can also pick up Paint Idea Cards for the latest colors; or Stripe Cards, which show shades of the same color.
You can also experiment online with True Value's interactive Color Visualizer, where you can preview how colors will look before you paint by changing paint colors and furniture to reflect six different moods. Our Color Selection Tool features a color wheel with every color in the True Value® paint palette.
When painting the exterior of your home, the outside surface will determine what kind of paint and primer to use. It is recommended that you use latex paints, which have higher durability on exterior surfaces than oil-based paints. Latex paint provides better fade resistance, flexibility, chalk resistance and adhesion. If your home is older, it may already have many layers of oil-based paint on its surface. If this is the case, use oil-based paint as your base coat, and then apply exterior latex paint over it.
When painting aluminum or vinyl siding, use an exterior latex primer such as True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Primer/Sealer and paint such as True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint in Satin Finish. If you will be painting masonry, such as brick, concrete or stucco, paint with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Masonry/Stucco Paint. If you have wood siding on your home, use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint in your desired sheen.
Flat and satin sheens are good for exterior siding because they have little reflection. Semi-gloss sheens are easier to clean resist mildew and chalking and are typically used for shutters and trim. Vinyl or aluminum siding that is slightly dented or worn looks best when repainted with a flat sheen because it helps to camouflage imperfections. A satin finish is a better choice when the siding is in good condition.
Once you've decided what colors you are going to use, you'll need to know how much to buy. When estimating, a good rule of thumb is to multiply the length of each surface by its height and add another 30 percent for good measure. Typically, one gallon of paint will cover 350 to 400 square feet. Buy more than you think you need; you can always use the extra for touch-ups. True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint is available in both latex and oil-based formulas.
Use the True Value paint calculator to estimate how much paint you need.