Interior Painting Services near Cleveland, Ohio

One of the best ways to completely transform the look and feel of your home or office is interior painting. Whether it’s a complete color change, removing wallpaper, or repairing high ceilings — Total Restore is your destination for all your interior painting needs. We’ve assembled this helpful guide which explains some of the most popular interior painting services along with the differences between interior paint types. Let’s take a closer look!

Interior Paint Types

Painted Interior Wall

Interior Painting Service List

  • Complete room repaints
  • High ceiling repaints
  • Plaster and drywall repairs
  • Garage interior and basement repaints
  • Wallpaper removal

Interior Paint Types & Common Uses


Primer is the paint used on surfaces before applying your desired paint color. Applying a coat or two of primer before painting is highly encouraged if you’re looking for good results. When painting an already painted surface, especially one that has a drastically different hue, applying primer prior to painting allows you to use less paint.

Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paint is better when used on surfaces that will take a beating, such as window/door trims, exterior surfaces, and doors; it’s important that a brush or paint roller specifically designed for oil-based products is used. Some characteristics of oil-based paint are:

  • Very durable; lasts longer than its counterpart, water-based paint
  • Stain blocking and water-resistant
  • Longer drying and curing periods
  • Requires the use of harsh chemicals when cleaning brushes or rollers (paint thinner)

Water-Based Paints

Water-based paint has become a more popular option due to recent movements to ban oil-based paint in parts all over America. When opting for a water-based paint over oil-based paint, you are trading durability for user-friendliness. Water-based paint characteristics include:

  • Shorter drying period
  • Cleaning rollers and brushes doesn’t require harsh chemicals
  • Less odor and fewer VOCs
  • Not as resilient or long-lasting

Latex Paint

If you come across paint with the name latex, it’s probably referring to “acrylic latex”; instead of rubber, this paint contains a plastic resin made of acrylics or polyvinyl.


  • Dries quicker than oil-based paints
  • Great when trying to cover an already-painted surface.
  • Can be used on unprimed drywall or unpainted masonry
  • No harsh chemicals required when cleaning painting tools


  • Rusts bare steel
  • Raises the grain when used on wood
  • Poor adhesion to high gloss finishes
  • Sometimes peels wallpaper from the wall

Not only do harsh cleaning chemicals present health problems if inhaled or handled, they’re also hazardous if not stored properly.

Enamel Paint

In a broad context, enamel paint means any solvent-based paint that dries to a hard, glass-like shell (solvent-based paint = oil-based paint).


  • Mar-resistant
  • Holds color well
  • Resistant to yellowing
  • Hard, shell-like surface
  • Adheres to a wide variety of surfaces


  • Heavy, unpleasant odor
  • Harsh chemicals required for cleaning
  • Requires expertise/attention when mixing

The main application of enamel paint comes when adding finishing coats or touch-ups to appliances, casings/moldings/trims, and furniture. Use enamel paint for projects requiring a glassy/glossy finish or high durability.

Contact Total Restore Inc. Today

From initial prep to a complete room repaint, you can count on our team of interior painting experts at Total Restore Inc. to give your home or office the look you’ve been dreaming of. Contact us today!