Interior Paint Finish Types
Flat / Matte - Velvet / Satin - Eggshell / Pearl - Low Sheen - Semi-Gloss
Faux finishes and decorative painting
Texture Painting - Chalkboard Paint - Color washing paint - Dry-Brushing - Painting a Fresco - Painting Geometric Reflections (Shapes) - Paint with Glitter - Glow in the Dark Painting - Ragging Painting - Smooshing Painting - Strié Painting - Texture Painting - Painting Striped Walls
Flat / Matte Exterior Finish - Velvet / Satin Exterior Finish - Eggshell / Pearl - Low Sheen - Semi-Gloss - Gloss - Checkerboard Porch - Decorative Deck Staining - Standard Walls, Brick & Block.
Oil Base Wood Stain
Oil based stains do not dry out quickly, which makes them easier to work with.
Water Base Wood Stain
Water based stains are more environmentally friendly and allow you to work inside your home without the harmful vapors.
Gel stains are a little less well known, but have much to offer. They are like a thick paste.
Exterior Wood for Staining, The best time to stain your home's exterior, deck siding, or outdoor furniture is when temperatures are moderate (above 50°F, but below 95°F).
Paint Subtypes (Water-based)
There are three types of water-based paint that can be used to paint brick once it is properly prepared.
The first type, latex, should only be used to paint interior brick as it does not have the ability to flex or stretch like the next two types, which can be used either inside or outside.
Those two types are acrylic and waterborne. Acrylic is becoming widely used because, as mentioned above, it can stretch along with weather conditions. The second type, waterborne paint, is a special technology meant to mimic the leveling (leaving few brush strokes) of oil-based paint. While it flexes like acrylic paint, it offers superior leveling to both latex and acrylic paint.
All three types of paint dry quickly, though waterborne paints dry extremely fast. In summary, latex paint should only be used for interior brick, while acrylic and waterborne paints can be used on either interior or exterior brick.
A common myth is that water-based paints cannot be used to paint on top of old oil-based paints.
Stain Wood Fences
Type of Stain Is Best for a Fence.
Cabot Stains. Cabot stain blocks UV rays and keeps water from penetrating the fence.
Bakers' Gray-Away Wood Seal. Bakers' Gray-Away Wood Seal is used to protect wood fences and keep paint color looking new.
Penofin's Ultra Premium Red label. is a product used to protect wood fences and other wood products that spend time outside.
Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain. Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain is designed to protect wood that is outside and vulnerable to weather conditions.