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Different Types of Paint: An Interview with David Lindsay of Burke Brothers Hardware

By David Lindsay

Tell us about your company and about its foundation.

Burke Brothers Hardware was started in 1936 by brothers Paul and John Burke. The business has spanned three generations. We are an independent service oriented hardware store. We sell a full line of hardware, lawn and garden supplies and paint and sundries. We offer quality products for a reasonable price and couple that with excellent customer service and knowledgeable sales associates. We offer in store shopping as well as our online catalog.

What different types of paints are on the market today?

Interior and exterior latex is widely used in most residential applications because of selection and ease of application. The most popular paint on the market today is paint and primer combined. This is a latex product with excellent coverage and lasting durability. Oil based enamels are used mainly for metal hand rails and metal items around the home. New generation deck stains also make it easier to maintain decks for a longer lasting finish. Also, cracks and checks can be covered with new deck renewal products making decking boards like new.

What sheen of paint is best for the following: walls, trim, doors, and ceilings?

The best paint for walls is flat. Flat paint hides imperfections better and covers well. Trim and doors are better suited for semi-gloss enamel because fingerprints and smudges are easily washed off. Ceilings should be painted with flat ceiling or wall paint. Off white is a popular color in the newer homes. The surface prep is essential for a quality paint job. This includes scraping, sanding, caulking and priming. Oil based primer is best for use on an exterior application. The majority of the price of a paint job is labor therefore it is cheaper to use premium grade paint.

Is there really a difference between the quality of paint and the brand?

The main difference of quality in paints is the amount of solids in the can. Cheaper paints contain less solids and more water or solvents, therefore the coverage is less and is less durable.

What is the best way to contact your and your company?

The best way to contact us is by visiting the store located at 5227 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606 or by phone 919-851-1211. You can also visit our website at burkebrothershardware.com where you can access our online catalog of over 60,000 items and shop online with store or home delivery.

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