Paints, Stains, Primers, & Painting Supplies
from Warren's Decorating Center
Warren's carries several high-quality interior and exterior brands of paints, primers, and stains that we are proud to recommend to our customers. We are also pleased to offer a full selection of Pratt & Lambert Accolade Velvet sample paints available in 288 pre-tinted, popular colors to test on walls and trim.
Interior painting has become the nation's most popular home improvement project. Having the right tool for the job can save you time, money, work, and frustration. At Warren's we have the latest painting tools and supplies for preparing and doing any paint job such as:
Paint has certainly come a long way in recent years. It has become much easier to work with, contains far less odor, and is much more environmentally friendly. Interior painting has become the nation's most popular home improvement project. Today's formulas can be mixed to match almost any color, and they provide excellent coverage on a wide variety of surfaces.
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Choosing Paint Color
Inspiration for color choices is everywhere. We have thousands of paint chip samples for you to take and review in the comfort and, more importantly, the lighting and conditions of your own home. We can also custom match paint colors to other samples, fabrics, and objects. Our paint companies have a wealth of information and ideas on their websites:
Choosing Interior Paint
Interior paint comes in a variety of finishes that resist stains and mars, are washable, and provide the look you want for your decor. Ranging from no gloss to glossy to textured, these include flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, faux finishes, and stains. Glidden's paint sheen guide will help you decide.
Generally, the glossier the paint, the more resistant it is to stains and moisture, making eggshell and semi-gloss acrylic enamel or latex ideal for kitchens, baths, and children's spaces. Flat latex covers beautifully and leaves a smooth, matte surface. Faux finishes have become quite the rage in recent years, giving texture and depth to walls and other surface like wallpaper but without requiring quite as much work or precision. Stains can bring tired furniture back to life or make unfinished furniture look like a family heirloom.
Choosing Exterior Paint
Exterior paint also offers several finishes: flat, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Obviously durability is a major factor as well as coverage and the surface to be painted. Also look for waterproofing and resistance to mildew, moisture, waterspotting, and stains. Warren's carries whatever you need to bring a new look to your house, trim, porch, or deck, whether you are painting wood, vinyl, aluminum siding, brick, metal, stucco, masonry, or concrete.
Choosing Stains and Varnish
A wood stain is formulated to impart the pigment into the pores of the surface rather than creating a film on top of the surface as is the case with paint. Wood stain is designed to add color to the substrate of wood and other materials while leaving the substrate mostly visible. Transparent varnishes or surface films are applied afterwards.
Varnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. Varnish finishes are usually glossy but may be designed to produce satin or semi-gloss sheens. Varnish has little or no color, is transparent, and has no added pigment, as opposed to paints or wood stains, which contain pigment and generally range from opaque to translucent. Varnishes are also applied over wood stains as a final step to achieve a film for gloss and protection.
Spar varnish (also called marine varnish) is high quality, waterproof, and sunlight-resistant varnish named for its use on ship or boat spars and other woodwork where a glossy finish is desired.
Choosing Quality Paint
As with many things in life, you get what you pay for in paint. It's true that quality paint costs more up front at the time of your painting project. But investing in quality paint can pay for itself because of its durability, resistance to stains, and longer color life, meaning you'll have to repaint less often. As anyone who has tried both a budget and a quality paint can attest to, a high quality paint goes on much more easily, flows better, requires fewer coats for the same coverage, and splatters less during application.
For more details on the technical differences of different paints, take a look at this article from Building Operations Management magazine on evaluating paint quality. While the article is written for facility management executives, do-it-yourselfers and contractors will find it informative. Don't hesitate to call or visit Warren's with any questions you have about paint.
How Much Paint to Buy
Deciding how much paint you need can be tricky. The amount of surface area to be covered is usually what comes to mind, but other factors such as the color already on the surface and whether it has been primed can also add to the needed quantity.
On Devoe Paint's home page, there is a menu option called "Paint Calculator," a very handy tool that lets you calculate paint quantities for both interior and exterior paint jobs. Glidden also offers a useful online paint calculator. Of course, you can also ask the pros at Warren's and take advantage of our expertise from selling and using thousands of gallons of paint!
How to Paint
This is a subject that entire books have been written about, so we'll give you a great place on the web to start researching your project. The Paint Quality Institute's web site has a wealth of clearly written information written for both the "do-it-yourselfer" and contractors:
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