Most homeowners and contractors use latex paint nowadays because of its ease of use and quick drying time. Most latex paints will dry within 4 hours, at which time they can be recoated.
However, latex paints may take up to 60 days for to “fully cure”. In most cases, latex paint can be put to normal use after a day or two.
Fresh latex should be allowed to cure for at least 14 days before attempting to wipe or wash the walls. It can be sensitive to water or chemicals during the curing process.
Also, lower sheen finishes, such as flat and matte, will be more susceptible to moisture and chemicals even after fully cured.
Bathrooms and kitchens have their own set of unique challenges given constant moisture, high traffic, splatters, and frequent washing.
Fortunately, most major paint brands have a line of kitchen and bath paints that are specifically formulated to stand up to the test in kitchens and bathrooms. Using advanced technologies, these high-quality durable paints are designed to withstand moisture and frequent washing and even resist mildew. They typically come in a satin or semi-gloss finish.
Some examples include:
Benjamin Moore Kitchen and Bath Paint
Sherwin Williams Bath Paint
Valspar Ultra Kitchen & Bath
With so many retailers, brands and products on the market, it’s difficult for homeowners to determine which paint to purchase for their interior projects. We’ve all seen commercials for Valspar, Glidden, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware, and the choices can make our heads spin.
Fortunately, J.D. Power and Associates released a report ranking the best interior paint brands and retailers in 2013. You can view the full report here or read our synopsis below.
Findings from the 2013 U.S. Interior Paint Satisfaction Survey released by J.D. Power and Associates in April 2013 indicate that Benjamin Moore ranks at the top amongst interior paint brands, while Sherwin Williams ranks at the top amongst interior paint retailers.
The study shows that application drives customer satisfaction with paint brands, while availability and courtesy of staff drives customer satisfaction with paint retailers.
For the third consecutive year, Benjamin Moore ranked at the top for interior paint brands with high performance in application, durability, product offerings and design guides.
Sherwin Williams ranked highest for paint retailers, performing well in services provided, staff and selection.