Different Types Of Paint and Finishes

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Different Types Of Paint and Finishes

Different Types Of Paint and Finishes

Wall paint has different types and finishes, if you understand what the different types of paint effects are,  then you can be able to specify to your painter what type of look you want and because you know how to achieve that look you will also be able to specify the colors and process for it to be done.


     1. PAINT TYPE


Nowadays, Most of the wall paint available in the market is water-based paint, but the oil-based paint remains most famous for the glossy doors, woodwork, and furniture, as well as for demanding surfaces such as floors. But, be aware of the fact that switching to a water-based paint from the oil-based product may not stick if the surface has previously been coated with an oil-based product. To prevent such problem, you need to wash the surface and then roughening it all over with a medium grit sandpaper and making it clean, dry, and dull in order to prevent peeling of the new paint coat.


An oil-based paint gives your wall a smooth finish, people prefer oil-based paint. If you desire a water-based product with oil-based paint finish, then there is a choice for you, a number of companies have introduced “waterborne enamels” or “waterborne alkyds.” These paints look and behave much like oil-based options because they have good leveling qualities for a smooth finish.


There are various paint finishes, let’s have a look at each one and its features

Matte paint:

Matte paint is the least a reflective sheen available and it has a velvety texture. It helps in hiding the imperfections in walls and ceilings. It also offers great depth of color. It is generally considered as the standard sheen for walls, but it can sometimes be very difficult to clean.

Eggshell and satin paint:

Eggshell and satin paint have some reflectivity. They are frequently used in the demanding environments where easy cleanup without a highly glossy finish is desired. (Such as bathrooms & kitchen). But it offers improved durability.

Semi-gloss and gloss paint:

Semi-gloss and gloss paints are the most reflective sheens, they are highly durable and stand up to the multiple cleanings. But they are traditionally used on baseboards, moldings, and doors. They can even make a statement but also highlight the imperfections sometimes.

Basic Information about Paints:

  • The Water-based gloss paints dry very quickly but are more shiny than glossy. Although the brush marks are more obvious than on traditional gloss, the paint is very easy to apply and dries quickly and but there is little smell.
  • The Solvent-based gloss is very hard-wearing and it is designed for the use of metal and wood, but it has a very distinctive smell and it takes up to 24 hours to dry.


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