Flat - A no-shine finish that absorbs light rather than relecting it. Masks surface imperfections and irregularities. Used on walls and ceiling. Not good for high traffic areas.
Matte - A no-shine alternative to flat. Used on walls in areas where you want a washable flat finish.
Eggshell / Pearl - A slightly satiny sheen, making it more resistant to stains and more amenable to washing than flat paint. A popular finish for walls.
Semi-gloss - Shiny without looking wet. A good choice for trim, doors and windows. Can stand up to frequent washing. Also used in bathrooms, kitchen and on cupboards.
The most important and time consuming part of painting. A clean, dry well-primed surface makes for a long-lasting paint job.
Priming covers stains, seals the surface, prolongs the wet edge as you paint the finish coat and ensures a uniform color and finish.
Start with the ceilings; then do the walls, working from top to bottom. Always work quickly enough to maintain a "wet edge" between sections. Leave the trim for last.
Let empty paint cans air dry for a few days with the lids off, then dispose of them with your regular trash. Cans containing a small amount of paint can be left to dry out with the lids off or the paint poured into a cardboard box containing shredded paper or cat litter and left to dry, then disposed of with your regular trash. Cans with too much paint to dry efficiently should be sealed and stored until your next hazardous waste collection day. For local disposal in the Westminster - Huntington Beach area contact Rainbow Disposal.